Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey wonders whether Robert Pires has got it spot on in his assessment of Arsenal.
Robert Pires reckons Arsene Wenger needs to buy English players if the club are to win more silverware.
Arsenal legend Pires, who will face his former side in the Champions League quarter finals in a fortnight, has said that the reason the club have not won anything since 2005 is down to the manager's transfer policy.
"Arsenal lack English players at the moment. That ingredient is very important and it's missing," Pires said, as reported in The Sun.
"When I arrived, there were a lot of English players there and that is why we won.
"You need to have a mix in the dressing room. What I see now is that they lack that mix."
Theo Walcott one of few Englishmen currently playing at the Emirates who, despite a whole host of promising youngsters, have done little to challenge for trophies in recent seasons.
Their Premier League dreams were ended a long time ago this season, although they remain in the hunt for the FA Cup and Champions League.
Pires was obviously brought to the club by Wenger; are these comments just trying to stir things up before the biggest game of their season, or is he genuinely trying to help out his former employers?
Pires talks about the teaming lacking a mix; no doubt he is talking about the likes of Tony Adams who would inspire and would play with a great passion.
Is that what is missing from the current Arsenal side? Are there too many players only there to serve themselves, rather than the club?
However, buying English is easier said than done. There is a premium on English players such is there worth as a worldwide marketable assetand Wenger is reluctant to spend money.
Could it be, once again, that the lack of spending is the real reason for the clubs lack of success?