Embattled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is faced with more credibility issues as club legend Ian Wright has strongly criticised their transfer policy and overall administrative style.
Wright, who starred for the Gunners between 1991 and 1998, recalls the club’s infamous failure to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool and questions why French star Antoine Griezmann would want to leave Atletico Madrid for London under the present environment.
With Wenger’s current squad badly in need of strengthening, Wright has singled out Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law as a major culprit for the club’s decline, Goal writes.
“Wenger wouldn’t get Griezmann,” he told BT Sport, “why would Griezmann come to Arsenal over any [rival] teams in the current climate?
“Whether it’s Arsene’s fault, whether it’s the people above him, Arsenal are not your first destination if you’re Antoine Griezmann, if you’re Kylian Mbappe.
“It’s not realistic that Arsenal will get them. There’s so much more to be done before we can go for those players.
“I’m hearing that Dick Law is going to leave at the end of the season and rightly so. I’m hearing that he was the one [to blame] for [not signing] Suarez.
“He was the one who I’m hearing that we went to sign Ozil and he missed the plane to get him, for christ sake.
“This is somebody who’s trying to bring recruitment in to make the club better. That’s the incompetence that we’re dealing with.
“How can [we bid] £40m and a pound for Luis Suarez who went to Barcelona for £75m and made Barcelona better. How does that get through the different layers of management.
“For that to actually come out into the public domain. There’s massive problems at Arsenal at the moment.”
The Gunners take on Manchester United on Sunday knowing a defeat would effectively end their Champions League qualification hopes, the first time they would finish outside the top four in two decades.
United manager Jose Mourinho has said he’s going to rest players as the Europa league is his main priority, but many are of the opinion that the task may still prove too difficult for the current Arsenal.
Surely, Wenger’s problems for this particular tie go beyond his enmity with the Special One.