Ray Parlour names how much next Arsenal manager will need to spend
The Arsenal legend believes the Gunners will need to invest £200m on new signings in the summer transfer window
Ray Parlour believes the next Arsenal manager will need to spend £200m on new signings in the summer transfer window.
The Gunners are on the lookout for a new head coach after Wenger confirmed that he will stand down at the end of the Premier League season.
Arsenal are set to finish in sixth place in the Premier League table to miss out on Champions League football for the second successive campaign.
The north London side lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley back in February.
The Gunners are a staggering 34 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s side to highlight the size of the task facing the next Arsenal boss next term.
Arsenal haven’t reached the Champions League last eight since 2010 to underline their regression under Wenger.
The north London side loss 2-1 to Atletico Madrid over two legs in the Europa League semi-final last week.
Former Arsenal star Parlour believes Arsenal will need to spend £200m on new signings.
“If I was the new manager going into the club in the summer, the first thing I would say is: ‘How much have I got to spend?’,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“I’d say they would need £200m, but a little bit more if they want to compete – £250m.
“A big problem Arsenal are going to have this summer is attracting the big players, because they’re not in the Champions League.
“The challenge for Arsenal’s new manager is to get back into the top four, and to do that you’ve got to have investment – simple.
“The board have got to back him. They won’t want to spend a lot of money in the summer. But that’s what they’re going to have to do if they want to compete in the top four.”
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Arsenal finished the season unbeaten.
The north London side missed out on a top-four spot last term after Arsenal finished behind Liverpool FC in fifth place.