Tony Cascarino has called on Arsenal boss Unai Emery to try to improve the club’s form by following Frank Lampard’s method of throwing youngsters into the limelight.
Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Saturday, which made it only two wins in 10 for the Gunners and mounted the pressure on Emery’s future at the Emirates.
Across London, meanwhile, Chelsea made it six Premier League victories in a row against Crystal Palace with 21-year-old duo Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic both scoring.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Cascarino said that Emery could take a leaf out of Lampard’s book and axe first-team stars in place of younger talents to help turn the club’s form on its head.
“Now, I’d suggest start making some scapegoats,” the pundit said. “Take people out who even some Arsenal fans might not be happy about. Put [Gabriel] Martinelli in there, the young kid, who has been exceptional and looks dangerous. Give him a chance.
“Put [Joe] Willock in there, don’t bring him on as a sub. Start making some decisions that might make some of their senior pros think, ‘I’m out of the door, the future might be elsewhere.’
“At the moment they will take Arsenal to a lower depth than they are. Look, he’s already done that to a certain degree with [Mesut] Ozil but it doesn’t feel like [Frank] Lampard has done with [Olivier] Giroud.
“He’s really been pushed aside and [Tammy] Abraham has become the No.1 and [Michy] Batshuayi has become the No.2, when at the start of the season he was probably the No.1.”
Saturday’s result left Arsenal in sixth in the Premier League table.