Tony Adams wants to become the new Arsenal manager once Arsene Wenger no longer rules the roost at the Emirates.
Gunners boss Wenger has come under mounting pressure in the hot-seat and many frustrated fans have called for the Frenchman to quit.
Arsenal face a ninth year without a trophy and the boss’s critics argue he is a busted flush and that a new man should be recruited.
Arsenal legend Adams has thrown his hat into the ring and also called for the Emirates outfit to overhaul the club’s wages structure.
He said: “One hundred per cent I’d like to be Arsenal manager. Of course my heart says ‘yes, yes, yes’, but my head says ‘can I win with this current team?’ My answer is no, I can’t, and I am not sure anyone can.
“I would want assurances if I walk through the door, those assurances meaning I’m given the go ahead to build a new team.
“I would get my teeth into building a new team but to achieve that, you would need to spend.
“To keep hitting the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is great, and Arsene has done such a great job, but there is going to come a day, and that won’t be far away, when Arsene leaves.
“For a long time he has been a one-man band, but that won’t happen again. The next man appointed will be the head coach, not the manager.”
One-club Adams, who won a clutch of silverware in a glittering career in north London, believes the club finances must be sorted out – and soon.
Wenger has yet to buy a single marquee signing this summer despite Ivan Gazidis boasting of a brimming transfer fund kitty.
The squad’s shortcomings were highlighted on Saturday when the Gunners were stunned by a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Adams added: “I know Arsene would not spend £25million on buying Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for example, no matter how much he might need a new keeper.
“I think that is a great policy, but the club needs to restructure its wages spend, and that is a vastly different matter.
“The club are paying in excess of £150million on players’ wages but there have been a lot of average players on £50,000 a week when the big teams now need four or five players on a lot of money. Arsenal do not attract those big players because of their wages structure.”