Nigel Winterburn has told Arsene Wenger that he will have to change his transfer policy this summer or risk another disappointing season as the Arsenal manager.
The Gunners have endured an up-and-down season, leading the Premier League for a large chunk of the campaign but falling away after heavy defeats the Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton.
Instead of challenging for the title, Arsenal have fallen down to fifth and now face a fight to qualify for the Champions League. Failure to do so would be nothing short of disaster for Wenger and many fans have called for him to leave if they don't finish in the top four.
For Arsenal legend Winterburn, who experienced some of the most successful years with the Gunners in the early years of Wenger's reign, the manager has to abandon his frugal policy this summer in order to gain ground on his rivals.
“Arsene Wenger has got to change his transfer policy if he stays,” he talkSPORT. “He’s got to go into the transfer market and really strengthen this team because they have struggled against the big boys."
For Wenger, however, Arsenal's transfer policy may not matter as his current contract at the club expires in June with no sign of him signing an extension.
He has already verbally agreed a new deal and assured reporters that he will be at the club next season but, with no pen meeting paper, he is free to leave in three months if he wants to.
That has forced Arsenal officials to consider potential replacements with Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Martinez reportedly on the shortlist.