George Graham, who managed Arsenal as well as their arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, believes that current Gunners gaffer Arsene Wenger needs to invest a whole new ‘spine’ if they’re to truly return to the upper echelons of world football.
The north London-based club have endured a transitional period following the financial implications placed upon the club after the move from Highbury to the Emirates. However, with that burden now lifted and the FA Cup trophy resting in the trophy cabinet, the pressure has increased tenfold on Le Professeur to deliver consistently, again.
Speaking to Alan Brazil on his talkSPORT breakfast show, the former Arsenal manager said:
“All Arsenal fans would like to see new players right down the middle
“They need a new goalkeeper, a centre-half and a defensive midfielder.
“With all the talent they’ve got in midfield, they’re up there with the top teams in the league, playing attractive football when they’re in possession.
“When they don’t have the ball, though, there are too many players who don’t want to win it back early enough.”
Following Wojciech Szczesny’s recent errors – on and off of the pitch – Arsenal have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s Petr Cech, as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, West Ham’s Winston Reid and Southampton midfield enforcer Morgan Schneiderlin.
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table and currently sit on 36 points with a tricky test away at Manchester City this Sunday.