Charlie Nicholas explains why Arsenal fans should be worried
Charlie Nicholas says Arsenal have been getting "weaker" under Arsene Wenger
Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsenal have been getting progressively weaker in recent seasons and that the Gunners are in need of at least five new players this summer.
The north London side have been in stuttering form in recent weeks and have dropped out of the top four in the Premier League to leave their hopes of Champions League qualification in serious doubt.
Arsene Wenger is currently preparing his side for their crunch FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as the Frenchman looks to salvage a difficult season by winning a trophy.
Arsenal have not won the title since the 2003-04 season and Wenger has been coming under increasing pressure to deliver success at The Emirates in recent campaigns.
But former Gunners star Nicholas feels that the north London side have been moving in the wrong direction in recent campaigns.
Nichols told Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday: “There are a lot of people jealous about the consistency that Arsenal have had over the last 20 years, and it’s something I’ve always applauded.
“But this team is getting weaker, and yet they’re spending more money on it. The younger players who have now got to the age where their potential has gone, have not progressed to the stage Arsene Wenger would like.
“He can’t camouflage it anymore. The fans will bite your hand off to win the FA Cup, of course they will, but it has to be a win while showing there is progress.
“Two years ago they had back-to-back FA Cup wins, and it hasn’t gone forward.”
Arsenal finished second and without a trophy last season but won the FA Cup in both 2014 and 2015.