Dublin: Arsenal must force Wenger to do this in the summer
By Matt Farr
Dion Dublin believes Arsene Wenger must be forced to spend money on new players this summer.
The Arsenal chief has been heavily criticised for the club’s current slump in the Premier League this season, with the north London club in danger of missing out on the top four.
His long-term future remains shrouded in mystery as he approaches the end of his current contract at the Emirates, but Dublin thinks he should be kept on board under one condition.
Speaking to the Express, the former striker urged the Arsenal board to force Wenger to spend money in the summer transfer window if they grant him an extended stay.
Dublin said: “What I would say about Arsenal, from the outside looking in and from what I know, I would say keep hold of Mr Wenger, give him some money to spend.
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“Yes he’s had it, I know, but give him some money to spend, force him to spend it, make him bring young players in and Arsenal can challenge.”
A fresh two-year deal is understood to be already on the table for the veteran Premier League chief, but it is yet unclear what Wenger intends to do beyond the current campaign.
But Wenger has been frequently criticised for his reluctance to spend big money on players in the transfer market, only recently bucking the trend to land the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
However, the club now run the risk of losing both Sanchez and Ozil this summer, and face a struggle to land suitable replacements without Champions League football at their disposal.
The Gunners will need to finish in the Premier League’s top four to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe’s premier competition, and as it stands, they are still four points short.
But regardless of their end of season finish, the Arsenal squad is still well-below the quality required to mount a serious title challenge, and far behind that of their closest Premier League rivals.
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