Arsenal have been urged to sack Mikel Arteta in order to attract better quality players to the club, with two big names tipped to replace the Spaniard.
The Gunners spent a whopping £150million on new talent over the summer, adding players to their ranks – but Stan Collymore believes they will still struggle to reach the top four while Arteta remains in charge at The Emirates.
Arsenal technical director Edu strick deals to bring in Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Nuno Tavares, Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard.
The Brazilian was tasked with overhauling a squad that finished eighth in the Premier League last season.
After the opening few games of the campaign, it appeared that not much had changed. However, Arteta’s men have since won three in a row – two in the league and one on the Carabao Cup.
But Arteta faces a real test of the club’s upturn in form when bitter rivals Tottenham visit on Sunday.
And speaking ahead of the game, Collymore admitted that he doesn’t see Arteta guiding Arsenal back to the top four.
He told the Daily Mirror: “I just don’t see them getting back there while Mikel Arteta is in charge.
“He is a coach who wants to play out from the back and through the lines – but without players who are capable of doing it against the better sides.
“Even sometimes against teams who aren’t so good. He isn’t a manager whose formula and way of playing is conducive to attracting anything other than B-list players and, without Champions League football, the club can’t even attract them.
“As a result, things just aren’t going to change while he is there.
“Which means that, when he does go, Arsenal will face their most important decision since the appointment of Arsene Wenger back in 1996.
“Unless they bring in an A-lister such as Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte, then they are going to stay stuck in their current rut.”
Arteta can’t attract big names
Collymore also believes that having a manager like Arteta, who is in his first managerial job, means that the north London club are limiting their options in the transfer market.
“In years gone by, Arsenal would have been looking at two upwardly mobile clubs such as Leicester City and West Ham United, and then signing their best players,” he added.
“A little bit like Liverpool did when they bought me from Nottingham Forest. The Gunners should be looking at Youri Tielemans of Leicester or Declan Rice of West Ham and trying to get them in.
“But if you’re either of those two, would you leave the club you’re at to give Arsenal the injection of discipline, quality and character they need? No, you absolutely would not.”