Emmanuel Petit: Arsenal’s key players are cracking up and there is a curse around the club

Cesc Fabregas needs ‘some psychological work’

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has accused the club's key players of “cracking up” after exiting three competitions in a fortnight.

Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United means the Premier League is now the Gunners' only hope of a first trophy in six years.

Petit, who won the Double with the north Londoners in 1998, admits key players are not performing.

He told The Sun: "There seems to be a curse around the club at the moment. Arsenal's key players seem to be cracking up."

The Frenchman has picked out Cesc Fabregas for special criticism, stating that the Spaniard needs to see a psychologist.

The skipper has been heavily linked with a move back to Barcelona and World Cup winner Petit feels this has impacted on the 23-year-old's performances.

"You get the impression that some psychological work will need to be done on Fabregas," he added.

"His recent performances have been below his usual standard. He seems to have a complex over his former club Barcelona."

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