Legendary Arsenal manager George Graham has expressed his belief that current boss Mikel Arteta needs three top-class players in order to get the Gunners competing again.
While there have been flashes of brilliance at the Emirates this season, it has been another campaign to forget thus far for the north London club, Arsenal currently in tenth and 13 points behind rivals Chelsea in fourth.
That has left them facing the possibility of a fifth successive season without Champions League football, winning the Europa League looking like their best hope of a return to Europe’s elite competition.
One key issue this term has been inconsistency, with the Gunners blowing hot and cold on a weekly basis, as well as possessing an ability to make frequent defensive errors and having a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.
Although Arteta has set about trying to re-shape his current squad by allowing some of the deadwood to depart, there still remains a distinct lack of quality in the side, something former boss George Graham – who won two league titles in charge of the club – believes can only be solved by spending up to £300 million.
”They have got problems, but they can rectify them with three players,” Graham told the Express.
“Arteta is doing a very good job. But while he has improved the players, he has only improved them to a certain point.
“They have got to have natural ability to get to the next level.
“Arsenal have outstanding young players, but they need help. Quality players around them to show them the way.
“They need to go out and buy two or three players, each costing £75m to £100m.”
The 76-year-old said that the current side need reinforcements at both ends of the pitch, in order to be able to close the gap on their rivals up above them.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made a point since he came into the club but not many others have enjoyed the same success,” Graham added.
“Alexandre Lacazette will get you a few goals here and there, but if you want top-quality you want an Ian Wright or a Thierry Henry. Arsenal needs outstanding strikers.
“Then at the back they have just got to get rid of these stupid mistakes. If individuals keep making these mistakes, eventually you have to think, ‘maybe they are not good enough’.”
Arsenal face Tottenham in the North London Derby on Sunday afternoon.
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