Football pundit Stan Collymore has urged Arsenal to sign bigger names this summer. The former footballer believes Wenger needs to make a ‘wow’ signing because there is no star player in the Gunners team.
Wenger had stated he is willing to spend big on players this summer but recently pulled out of the race to sign Higuain because of his €94m price tag and Collymore believes Wenger needs to spend such money if the club wants to win the league next season.
The club recently signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach but Collymore claims the arrival of the midfielder didn’t receive as much fanfare as Manchester United’s signings.
“I still believe that Wenger’s team could be right in the top-four mix, I only think that will happen if they sign a boss central defender and/or a boss central striker, otherwise they could just as easily miss out,” as quoted by Goal.
“That, for a team which relies on finishing in the Champions League spots season in, season out, would be a disaster. It would also, I’m sorry to say, leave Wenger’s reputation shredded to bits.
“It is as clear as day to the rest of us what Wenger’s squad needs, yet for some reason he is so stubborn with the Emirates chequebook. Sol Campbell, you could argue. He offered great defensive stability.
“But I still don’t feel Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez or Granit Xhaka are of the highest level. They’re very good players. Xhaka is the right type of signing, mobile and aggressive.
“But his arrival didn’t light up the eyes of Arsenal fans in the same way that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s did with Manchester United’s, or Paul Pogba’s will do, if his deal gets done.
“Wenger could have done it with Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan could be banging in goals for Arsenal now rather than Barcelona.
“Wenger and his Arsenal paymasters don’t seem to possess that ruthless streak. We know he has money to spend, but he is unwilling to take risks.
“But sometimes you have to gamble and pay whatever it takes to get a Gonzalo Higuain or similar striker.
“That’s why Wenger needs those one or two “wow” signings and fast – otherwise Guardiola, Mourinho and Conte could taint his legacy for ever.”