Stewart Robson believes Arsene Wenger has a major problem at Arsenal and has questioned his ability to cope with the pressure.
The Gunners are facing heavy criticism after going down 2-0 in their opening Champions League group game against Borussia Dortmund. Having beaten the same team at the same venue last season, Arsenal were expected to come out with all three points, but they went down without ever worrying Jurgen Klopp.
'Why are we surprised?'
For Robson, who played 186 games for Arsenal between 1980 -1987, says the manner of the defeat came as no surprise to him. He said Arsenal's inability to play against top teams is fast becoming a chronic issue.
He told talkSPORT: “Against the average sides, Arsenal will win. Against the very best sides, Arsenal lose. That’s because they haven’t got a game plan, they are not good enough defensively, and it has been the same problem for five or six years now.
"Why are we surprised? It’s the same old thing that’s been happening for six or seven years. Whenever Arsenal play a good side, they are caught on the counter."
Wenger is infamous for his refusal to study the opposition, instead focusing Arsenal's preparations on their strengths. That tactic failed to reap rewards last season against title rivals where they were hammered 6-3 by Manchester City, 5-1 by Liverpool and 6-0 by Chelsea.
Such results left their title challenge in tatters and, for Robson, the game against Borussia Dortmund was a signal that nothing has changed at the Emirates Stadium.
But it is not just down to tactics. Robson also lamented Wenger's refusal to address the situation in his squad and is now paying the price for not reinforcing his defence or midfield.
This has all added up to what could be a major problem for the Gunners.
“The same mistakes are happening time and time again," he said. "Everybody told Wenger he needed another centre-half, he needed another holding midfielder. Your full backs away from home can’t be playing too high up the field and allow people to counter attack. You have to earn the right to play.
“Arsene Wenger either doesn’t see it, sees it and doesn’t know how to rectify it, or knows how to rectify it but the players aren’t taking any notice of him. Whichever one of the three it is of those, it is a major problem for Arsenal.”
It is worth noting that Robson has made himself the go-to guy if you want criticism on Wenger. In fact talkSPORT wouldn't think of inviting Robson on if everything was looking rosy for the Gunners.
So fans will not be surprised to see the astonishing attack come from the former player, who used to host a popular show for Arsenal.com but was let go. Whether he blows things out of proportion to get airtime, or is simply suffering an extended bout of sour grapes, Robson won't rest until Wenger is out of the job.