Former Arsenal defender Frank McLintock has revealed that the club are drifting at present and that having to wait two more years for success is not good enough, talkSPORT report.
McLintock was commenting after Arsenal’s AGM yesterday, where Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis claimed that success was not around the corner and that the club knew this when they moved to the Emirates Stadium.
“I think they’re drifting,
“They didn’t tell us [when they built the Emirates] it would take between seven and 12 years to start to achieve success.”
“We keep on selling our best players and bring in other players that are not quite up to the same standard and you have to be extremely lucky to continue to do that season after season. You might get away with it once or twice but you won’t get away with it four or five times.
“There is a lack of transparency. It would be nice if [Arsene] Wenger or the board came out and said this is the situation we’re in, these are our plans, it might take another year or two but this is where we’re going to go. But we don’t know. It’s always promises, promises and then in the end it’s disappointing.”
McLintock went on to discuss Arsenal’s on the field worries that can’t continue for much longer.
“The top four is essential, it really is, because you get so much money if you stay in there. But for a club like Arsenal that’s not enough,
“We have the most expensive tickets, the most expensive food and drink, but we don’t put top quality players on the pitch, so why are we playing so much for so little for so long?
“Getting in the top four [every season] is a great record, but he needs a cup and how are we going to compete with these top teams and when is it going to happen?”