By Matt Farr

Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri claims Arsenal’s recruitment policy is the reason for their recent Premier League failings.

The Gunners have not won the Premier League title since their 2003-04 triumph, and have failed to finish above fourth on five occasions since.

Arsene Wenger’s side are challenging for the league title once again this season, but already find themselves eight points behind leaders Chelsea, and outside the top-four.

With just five wins in their last 10 league games, questions are once again being asked of Arsene Wenger’s side, and former Gunner Sami Nasri believes he knows the reason why Arsenal have failed in their bid for domestic success.

In an interview with French magazine Onze Mondial, Nasri claimed that Arsenal’s recruitment policy was the underlying issue, and that the club is more focused on financial security than spending big on world-class players like their title rivals.

He said: “We must also take into account the fact that when I was in Arsenal, we did not fight on equal terms with Chelsea or Manchester United.

“The bosses of the club have always wanted to have healthy finances, they never wanted to go into debt. So they obviously did not recruit like the others.”

Since Arsenal’s last title triumph, the club has lost many of its stars to Premier League rivals and beyond due to a lack of silverware.

Nasri left Arsenal for Manchester City in 2011 alongside Gael Clichy, where they have since won two league titles, and were later joined by full-back Bacary Sagna in 2014.

Robin Van Persie, meanwhile, won the league title with Manchester United in 2012-13. Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas also returned to Barcelona for a shot at European glory, and has since signed for Chelsea.

With their long-term futures under increasing uncertainty, Arsenal risk losing current star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in similar circumstances.

Both players are examples of Arsenal recent heavy-spending, splashing out a combined total of around £74million for their services, but the figure still does not compare with their Premier League rivals.

Manchester United spent £89.3 million on Paul Pogba alone last summer, while Manchester City and Chelsea both continue to spend freely – and they both find themselves above Arsenal in the league.

In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has delivered his verdict on Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.