Arsenal majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke has been urged by legendary goalkeeper – David Seaman to splash the cash or watch the club slip further into mediocrity.
Arsenal finished outside the Top 4 for the first time under Arsene Wenger’s watch and are faced with the prospect of losing their two most important players this summer.
Seaman believes the club has to break the wage structure if they want to start competing again.
“Arsenal need change,” the goalkeeper said. “Something needs to happen, because what is going on is not working.
“We’ve been left behind.
“Other clubs, like Chelsea, are kicking on and spending on their teams. It’s about time we signed better players.
“Not announcing Wenger’s future was totally a problem. You’ve got players at the club with contracts running out, [fans brandishing] banners in the ground, that just breeds unrest. We are at the end of the season and it’s still not sorted out.
“We are not attracting the bigger players that Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United attract. That is down to wages.
“That’s where the problem probably lies. Arsenal don’t pay the top money for the top players so they are always going to go to the bigger clubs.
“If you have a top player who wants to come to London and at Arsenal he is being offered, say, £100k [a week] but at Chelsea [the salary would be] £200k, where is he going to go?
“If Kroenke is saying they are not for sale then do something about it. What are the targets of the club now? Are they to be a successful business or a successful team?
“There is nothing coming from the board. No information. Arsene is taking all the stick. Whether his hands are tied or not I don’t know, but what we do know is they haven’t challenged for the league in eight years or so.”
“Give Arsene the power in the transfer market. The power is not the fee, the clubs decide that, it is the players’ wages.
“If we lose Sanchez because we can’t pay him the wages, that would be a massive blow.
“It was bad enough when we lost Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy. They all went to other clubs and doubled their wages.”