Stan Collymore believes Arsenal will fall behind their top-four rivals unless Arsene Wenger makes a “wow” signing this summer.
Wenger has been criticised in the past for not splashing out in the transfer market and Granit Xhaka remains his only signing of the summer window.
Despite admitting Xhaka is a “good player,” Collymore is concerned that the Swiss international along with stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are not the top quality players they need to challenge for the title.
The Gunners missed out on Jamie Vardy – who instead decided to sign a new deal with Leicester – and Collymore believes they need to target more high quality players to make a statement ahead of the new Premier League season.
“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,” he wrote in the Sunday Mirror.
“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.
“It is as clear as day to the rest of us what Wenger’s squad needs, yet for some reason he is so stubborn with the Emirates chequebook. Sol Campbell, you could argue. He offered great defensive stability.
“But I still don’t feel Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez or Granit Xhaka are of the highest level. They’re very good players. Xhaka is the right type of signing, mobile and aggressive.
“But his arrival didn’t light up the eyes of Arsenal fans in the same way that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s did with Manchester United’s, or Paul Pogba’s will do, if his deal gets done.
“Wenger could have done it with Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan could be banging in goals for Arsenal now rather than Barcelona.
“Wenger and his Arsenal paymasters don’t seem to possess that ruthless streak. We know he has money to spend, but he is unwilling to take risks.
“But sometimes you have to gamble and pay whatever it takes to get a Gonzalo Higuain or similar striker.
“That’s why Wenger needs those one or two “wow” signings and fast – otherwise Guardiola, Mourinho and Conte could taint his legacy for ever.”