Stan Collymore: This is who Arsenal need to sign this summer
Stan Collymore discusses the summer transfer window and what it means for Arsenal
Stan Collymore believes that the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are not good enough for Arsenal and has urged Arsene Wenger to splash the cash on some big-name signings this summer.
The Gunners have come in for plenty of criticism in recent seasons for failing to challenge for the Premier League title.
The north London side ended up second in the table last term and 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester City as their wait for the top-flight crown went on.
Arsenal have thus far only signed midfielder Granit Xhaka, striker Takuma Asano and defender Rob Holding in the summer transfer window.
And former Liverpool man Collymore feels that it is time for Wenger to spend big on some headline signings this summer.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mirror, Collymore said: “It is as clear as day to the rest of us what Wenger’s squad needs, yet for some reason he is so stubborn with the Emirates chequebook. Sol Campbell, you could argue. He offered great defensive stability.
“But I still don’t feel Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez or Granit Xhaka are of the highest level. They’re very good players. Xhaka is the right type of signing, mobile and aggressive.
“But his arrival didn’t light up the eyes of Arsenal fans in the same way that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s did with Manchester United’s, or Paul Pogba’s will do, if his deal gets done.
“Wenger could have done it with Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan could be banging in goals for Arsenal now rather than Barcelona.
“Wenger and his Arsenal paymasters don’t seem to possess that ruthless streak. We know he has money to spend, but he is unwilling to take risks. But sometimes you have to gamble and pay whatever it takes to get a Gonzalo Higuain or similar striker.
“That’s why Wenger needs those one or two ‘wow’ signings and fast – otherwise Guardiola, Mourinho and Conte could taint his legacy for ever.”
Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since the 2003-04 season but won the FA Cup in both 2014 and 2015 under Wenger, who has been in charge at the club since 1996.