Ray Parlour and Nigel Winterburn, English Premier League title winners with Arsenal, have called on Arsene Wenger to deliver next season.Frenchman Wenger led Arsenal to three league titles and four FA Cups in his first nine years at the club, but the team are now without a major trophy in their last six seasons.
Retired midfielder Parlour, who played in all three league championship victories under Wenger, defended his old manager’s record, speaking at the London Legends Cup on Sunday.
But the fans’ favourite also acknowledged the importance of improving on a poor return in recent years.
“In a way, when Arsene Wenger first came to the club the supporters got a bit spoiled as he continued the tradition of winning trophies,” Parlour said.
“But you also have to look at what else he’s brought to the club with a new training ground and the infrastructure for a new ground.”
“The last six years haven’t been great in terms of winning things so I think he’ll need to reassess things and bring some new players in over the summer.”
Winterburn was a member of Wenger’s first Premier League-winning team in 1998 and also collected the old First Division title with Arsenal back in 1989.
Formerly a left-back, he believes the time has come for Wenger to alter his long-term policy of relying on youth development.
“I think Arsene Wenger will change it in the summer and will bring in some new players,” Winterburn said.
“It’s a massive season for Arsenal next year and a big summer ahead.”
“I think he needs to bring some more players in and maybe let a few go. This is where the manager has to earn his money.”