By Tony Hughes
Jamie Redknapp has claimed the current Arsenal team is similar to the underperforming Liverpool side he played in during the 1990s.
Arsenal have once again fallen short in their bid to challenge for the Premier League this season to extend their spell without the title to 12 years.
The Gunners drew 0-0 at Sunderland on Sunday and will end the weekend fourth in the league and behind Manchester City, their main rivals for third position.
Redknapp sees similarities with the Liverpool teams of the 1990s, which played some of the most eyecatching football of the era but usually finished behind Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for the major honours.
“They remind me a little bit of the Liverpool side that I played in,” Redknapp told Sky Sports 1 on Sunday afternoon during the Gunners’ clash against Sunderland. “We were full of quality but we did not quite have that edge.
“Arsenal have let themselves down this year. That has to come from the manager. Arsene Wenger has to set them hunger.”
Redknapp is convinced that Wenger, who will have been in charge for 20 years in October, has been at the helm for too long.
“There comes a point when it becomes tiresome,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “They keep hearing the same voice year in, year out.
“That’s fine when you’re winning, but there comes a point when you need a change. I look at Arsenal and think, ‘it’s the same thing every single season’.
“There are elements Arsenal keep getting wrong year in, year out. Why don’t they buy more players in the window? They need to defend better, they need a killer striker.
“It looks to me like Tottenham are going ahead of them and they need some players in the window.”
Former midfielder Redknapp spent 11 years at Liverpool from 1991 to 2002 and is remembered for being a key player in the side that also included the likes of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Stan Collymore, John Barnes, Jason McAteer, Neil Ruddock and David James.
Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 following a barren nine-year spell without a trophy.
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners have reportedly offered a midfielder to West Ham.