Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal need to carry out a major overhaul of its playing staff this summer in order to challenge for the league title next season.
It’s been another disappointing season for Arsenal again in terms of challenging for major honors. Just like previous years, we were one of the favorites at the beginning of the season, only to falter at the crucial stage of the season.
We have now dropped 16 points behind league leaders Chelsea, although we have played two games less.
Gooners have been unimpressed by the team’s showing this season and are urging the club to spend big in the summer.
Former Gooner and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has now joined the bandwagon.
Nicholas has urged Arsenal to break the bank on five or six top players if we want to return to the top of English football.
“Arsenal are caught in a catch 22 with the Wenger situation, plus we still don’t know what’s going to happen with Sanchez and Ozil,” Nicholas told Sky Sports, as quoted by The Express.
“They have to get these big things sorted before they can do anything.
“I’d like to see five or six sold and then go in after some statement signings.
“I would sell David Ospina and bring in Joe Hart to get a bit of aggressive British attitude back in the side and then sort out the midfield by getting rid of Francis Coquelin and, if Bayern are as interested as I read, try to recoup the money spent on Granit Xhaka.
“Don’t go in with some half-baked attempts to sign players this time. Go to Lyon and give them what they want for Alexandre Lacazette and do the same to get Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.
“Arsenal need a left-back as well. I would sell Kieran Gibbs and have Nacho Monreal as a squad player.
“They need another genuine centre-back and I’d spend £50-60m on Rafael Varane rather than pay £30m for somebody who doesn’t really improve you team.”
Of a truth, our squad needs a clear out this season. We have lacked the quality to challenge for major titles and something needs to be done about it. I think the way we go about our transfer business needs to change and start paying top dollars for top players because that’s the only way we can improve the team.
I hope Wenger thinks so too.
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