Former Arsenal striker has a blunt message for Arsene Wenger
Niall Quinn has criticised Arsene Wenger's outdated Arsenal transfer policy
Niall Quinn says Arsene Wenger needs to accept that Arsenal will need to pay a premium price to sign the world’s best players.
The Gunners made a disappointing start to the new Premier League season after Sunday’s 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger behaves in the transfer market like he is the club’s financial guardian
The north London side have only added three new players to their squad in the summer transfer window despite Wenger being linked with a host of players.
Switzerland international Granit Xhaka is Arsenal’s marquee signing so far, completing a £33m switch to The Emirates from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Former Arsenal striker Quinn believes Wenger needs to accept that the transfer landscape has changed since the Frenchman took over the reins at the north London club in 1996.
“Summer is always a difficult time for Arsenal fans, not helped by the fact their team have won just one of their last seven opening-day fixtures,” Quinn told Sky Sports.
“Wenger behaves in the transfer market like he is the club’s financial guardian. In a world awash with money he is still hoping to find good value for his family.
“Every now and then he breaks out and buys a Mesut Ozil or an Alexis Sanchez, but, generally, every club in the world knows Arsenal have a lot of money and they need a centre-half, a combative midfielder and a world-class striker.”
Quinn added: “So, when they see poor Arsene coming into the store there are no bargains for him. Selling clubs know what he needs and they know what he ought to pay.
“It may not be fair but I’m afraid that’s football, Arsene will have to accept that if he wants to win again. The world has carried on spinning since the Gunners last won the title; clubs pay silly money because, on the whole, that is the only money there is in the Premier League.”
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 when Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira inspired the Gunners to a famous unbeaten season.
The north Londoners finished in second place in the Premier League table last season but 10 points behind champions Leicester City.
The Gunners will face the Premier League holders in their next top-flight game at King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.