Jamie Redknapp has laid into Arsenal after they were mathematically ruled out of the Premier League title race.
A 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Sunday rendered Arsenal’s title challenge over, with the club having topped the table in late January.
But manager Arsene Wenger has overseen a predictably disappointing set of results, with the Gunners winning three, drawing four and losing two of their nine games since beating leaders Leicester two months ago.
Arsenal are now fourth, five points above Manchester United, who have a game in hand over their rivals for a Champions League qualification place.
“It’s like groundhog day,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “We’ve seen so many games like that from Arsenal, where they seem to run out of ideas, look like they’re waiting for something to happen. When Alexis Sanchez isn’t on form, you wonder who’s going to score.
“It looks like they’re going to limp into the top four again and that, for me, is boring. They deserve better than that.
“You can’t keep doing that and be brainwashed into thinking fourth is good enough. They should be doing more. They should be looking to win the title.
“I know you can say Chelsea and Man United are still behind them but this was their big chance and unfortunately, they’ve blown it.”
Redknapp then criticised manager Wenger, who has come under increasing scrutiny over the past few seasons after winning just two FA Cups in the last 12 years.
“He can talk about all the things outside the club – like Leicester being a freak season – but Arsenal have let themselves down this year and that has to come from the manager,” Redknapp said.
“There comes a point when it becomes tiresome from a manager when you hear the same voice year in, year out. That works if you’re winning, but if you’re not, then there has to come a time when there has to be a change.
“I look at Arsenal and it’s the same thing every single season. It gets boring for us talking about it. Why don’t they buy more players in the window? They said Petr Cech would be the answer, and has he? Of course he hasn’t. They need more than that.
“They need to defend better, they need a killer striker and they are all elements that, for me, Arsenal keep getting wrong year after year. This was their time to win it, and they’ll never get a better one. It looks to me like Tottenham are going ahead of them and they need some players in the window.
“The counter argument would be a team like Leicester, saying that you don’t need a lot of money to win the title, but they still need that X factor at Arsenal. He has so much trust in his players, but there has to come a time when they need to be stretched and have some questions asked of them.”