Alan Shearer has argued that Arsene Wenger has not made good enough choices with his transfers this summer to make Arsenal good enough to challenge for trophies.
Shearer, who made 63 appearances for England and scored 30 goals, singled out Mikel Arteta as not being good enough to fill the space left by Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
“It would be naive for people to think that Arsenal's problems are over simply because the manager has finally brought in some new players just before the transfer window shut,” Shearer said in his BBC column.
“In Mikel Arteta they have a real gem who gives them some real quality in midfield now that Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have been sold.
“But Arteta and the others do not turn Arsenal back into title contenders.
“They have had a tough start, something they have not had to contend with too many times during Wenger's reign, and it will be interesting to see how they cope.”
Shearer said that he believed the Gunners would even have trouble breaking into the top four, with the side looking set to fight for a sport in the Europa League.
“I still think they will find it difficult to get into a Champions League slot. In fact, I see them fighting it out for fifth and sixth place with Tottenham,” he added.
“If they are going to end their trophy drought, their only hopes are the FA Cup or Carling Cup.”