West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes Arsenal must spend in the region of £120m this summer in order to win next season’s Premier League title.
The Gunners have suffered another untimely end-of-season capitulation in the Premier League - going from title contenders to dropping out of the top four altogether. With five matches remaining, Arsene Wenger’s side find themselves two points behind fourth-placed Everton, who recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over FA Cup finalists Arsenal earlier this month.
Allardyce believes Arsenal’s problems are down to a lack of quality - rather than a poor collective mentality - and has urged Wenger to get the chequebook out this summer in order to compete with the Premier League’s big hitters next term.
“I would say looking at them that it’s a spending problem,” Allardyce, who added that Arsenal’s decision to move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium is the main reason for the club’s lack of silverware over the past decade, was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“Can you spend £120-£150m in one year? Because that’s what happened at Manchester City and that’s what happened at Chelsea.
“One hundred million pounds-plus in one year. Is that within the capabilities of Arsenal’s spending power at the moment?
“I would say probably not because they are in a position where they run that club in that particular way.
“They obviously give Arsene as much as they can but I don’t think they can give as much as a Manchester City or probably a Chelsea can do.”
Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil for £42.5m from Real Madrid last summer, but failed to land another top-class striker to provide competition for Olivier Giroud, who appears to have grown tired in recent months.
The Gunners have been linked with several big-name stars in recent weeks, but it remains to be seen whether they can compete financially with the clubs Allardyce mentioned.
It has now been nine years since Arsenal last won a trophy - and the pressure on Wenger’s shoulders is intensifying - but the Frenchman will have the opportunity to end the club’s long wait for silverware at Wembley next month, when his side take on Hull City for the chance to win the FA Cup.