Arsenal must make spend big before the transfer window closes to avoid another season of despair, according to Gunners legend Ian Wright, who admits he ‘fears the worst’.
The former striker watched on in frustration as an inexperienced Arsenal defence shipped four goals in a humiliating 4-3 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
Wenger’s perceived reluctance to splash the cash led to youngster Rob Holding partnering Calum Chambers in the heart of the Gunners’ backline.
Per Mertesacker and Gabriel were both ruled out due to injury, with Wenger opting not to risk Laurent Koscielny who helped France to the Euro 2016 final earlier this summer.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Valencia stopper Shkodran Mustafi but have so-far failed to bring in a new defender.
And Wright believes, unless Wenger spends big before the end of the month, it could be another campaign of frustration for his former side.
“It breaks my heart to say but I can’t recall the last time an Arsenal fan really looked forward to the start of the season,” Wright wrote in his column in The Sun.
“Yes, we all know these days it is about profits and balance sheets. But that cannot be at the total exclusion of everything else.
“Speculate to accumulate? There is not a great deal of the former at Arsenal. And unless they are prepared to do so, you really do fear the worst.”