Arsenal have been urged to sack Mikel Arteta in order to attract the higher caliber of player needed to return the club to the Champions League. The Gunners spent around £150million in the summer transfer window to bring six new players to the club, but Stan Collymore believes they will still struggle to reach the top four while Arteta is in charge.
Arsenal were busy over the summer signing Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Nuno Tavares, Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard for Arteta’s squad.
The Gunners boss and technical director Edu brought the players in an attempt to overhaul the squad which only managed to finish eighth in the Premier League last season.
Initially the new players did not appear to have made much difference, with Arteta’s side beginning the season with three straight defeats in which they failed to score.
They have since picked up, winning three successive matches without conceding against Norwich and Burnley in the Premier League and AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.
Arteta faces a real test of his mettle this afternoon when 13th-placed Arsenal hosts rivals Tottenham in the north London derby and Collymore is far from convinced by the club’s manager.
“Unless they bring in an A-lister such as Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte, then they are going to stay stuck in their current rut.”
Collymore believes that having a manager like Arteta who is in his first job means that Arsenal are limiting their options in the transfer market.
“In years gone by, Arsenal would have been looking at two upwardly mobile clubs such as Leicester City and West Ham United, and then signing their best players,” he wrote.
“A little bit like Liverpool did when they bought me from Nottingham Forest. The Gunners should be looking at Youri Tielemans of Leicester or Declan Rice of West Ham and trying to get them in.
“But if you’re either of those two, would you leave the club you’re at to give Arsenal the injection of discipline, quality and character they need? No, you absolutely would not.”