Pundit warns Arsenal: It would be criminal to allow manager to spend Arsene Wenger’s money

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson doesn't want to see another manager spend Arsene Wenger's transfer funds

John Hartson has warned Arsenal that it would be criminal to allow another manager to spend Arsene Wenger’s money.

The Gunners boss is coming under increasing criticism following a disappointing start to 2017 in the Premier League and the Champions League.

The north London side have collected 13 points from a possible 21 in the Premier League after losing to Watford and leaders Chelsea.

Wenger’s men are in fourth place and 10 points adrift of current leaders Chelsea with 13 games to play in the 2016-17 season.

Arsenal lost 5-1 to Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

Wenger’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season which has led to speculation about the manager’s future.

Former Gunners striker Hartson believes it would be unfair to allow Wenger’s successor to spend the 67-year-old’s hard-earned transfer funds.

“If Arsene Wenger was to leave and a manager comes into Arsenal and doesn’t have the knowledge or the talent that Arsene Wenger has and goes and spends £300m of Arsenal’s money but doesn’t have the success Arsene Wenger would have he spent the money,” Hartson told BBC’s 606 Podcast. ” That would be criminal if Arsene Wenger was to leave without spending the money that is there.”

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