By Harvey Byrne
Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley has warned that Arsene Wenger needs to win things with Arsenal and it’s not just about the top four these days.
The former West Ham boss managed the Addicks between 1991 and 2006 and he has stated that the fans have changed and that they expect more than just Champions League qualification.
With his longevity in charge of Charlton, he also used himself as an example and former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as having similar situations to that of the Gunners manager.
“It’s part of today and the media these days,” Curbishley said to ESPN. “One banner in a 50,000 crowd will be highlighted. Fans know that now. It’s a big influence on what goes on.
“I think that Arsene is in a situation now where’s he been at a club an awful long time, a little like myself, a little like [former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson].
“Fergie had to win things every year, I had to survive in my situation, getting the club up to the Premier League and keeping them there.
“Arsene’s in a different position. It’s not just about finishing in the top four any more. The Arsenal fans want to win something.
“I think the expectation levels are changing at the Emirates. If they are not going to be reached, they are going to get criticism.”
Since Arsenal’s unbeaten season during the 2003-04 campaign, the Gunners have won the FA Cup three times, but it has left fans disgruntled with a 12-year wait for another league title.
However, Wenger has maintained his club’s position in the top four and the Champions League, while the ‘traditional’ top four in Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all slipped out among the years.
One of the French manager’s biggest criticisms from fans is that he doesn’t spend enough in the transfer window and this has returned this summer.
The manager has made just one major addition to his squad so far this window in £30million-plus midfielder Granit Xhaka.
He also guided his team to a first day defeat at the hands of Liverpool and this has brought further criticism to the manager, who is in the last year of his current contract.
In other Arsenal team news, Alex Iwobi will be out for a month with a hip injury.