Arsene Wenger has been let down by many of his leading players and the Arsenal boss needs to ship out half a dozen of his stars in the summer, according to David O'Leary, the club's record appearance holder.

O'Leary believes the Gunners should keep faith in Wenger but that the manager needs to wield the axe and bring in fresh blood. Wenger should have more than £50million at his disposal for new signings - and perhaps more should Arsenal finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League - and O'Leary believes the Frenchman should not hesitate to act.

"Arsenal need to change about half a dozen players. I think Arsene has been let down by a group of players he had a belief in. That group have been failures in my eyes and now a change is needed," said O'Leary.

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