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24th Jul, 2016 | 2:36pm

Stan Collymore: Arsenal must spend or risk Champions League future

By Will Butcher

Outspoken pundit Stan Collymore believes Arsenal are in desperate need of a big-name signing if they’re to have any hopes of mounting a title challenge this season.

The ex-Aston Villa legend is the latest to question manager Arsene Wenger’s hunger as he enters his 21st season as Arsenal boss.

In his Daily Mirror column, the 45-year-old labelled the upcoming campaign as the ‘season of super managers’, after the arrival of Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

Collymore, who also turned out for Nottingham Forest and Liverpool during his career, believes that Arsenal need a big-name signing to keep pace with the other big hitters.

“Does our boss have the same hunger as the rest of those guys?” Collymore wrote.

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“While I still believe that Wenger’s team could be right in the top-four mix, I only think that will ­happen if they sign a boss central ­defender and/or a boss ­central ­striker, otherwise they could just as easily miss out.

“That, for a team which relies on finishing in the Champions League spots season in, ­season out, would be a disaster. It would also, I’m sorry to say, leave Wenger’s reputation shredded to bits.”

Collymore compared Wenger to the rest of the Premier League’s managers, stating that he believes the Frenchman is too stubborn with his transfer budget, despite it being ‘as clear as day’ that he needs to spend.

The former England international, who has just resigned from his position at TalkSport, is of the opinion that a big name signing hasn’t entered The Emirates gates in years.

“Come on, when was the last time Wenger signed someone and you ­exclaimed, “Wow!” Collymore claimed. “It has been years since a truly great player arrived at the club’s London Colney training base.”

Arsenal had been linked with a big-name move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, but Wenger has seemingly lost out to Juventus, as he looks to add to £35million signing Granit Xhaka.

In other Arsenal news, Wenger has allayed fears on Alexis Sanchez’s injury.