Arsene Wenger has been told that defenders Gabriel Paulista and Shkodran Mustafi and midfielder Granit Xhaka simply aren’t good enough to represent Arsenal. that’s the damning verdict from former Gunners skipper Frank McLintock, who has labelled the club’s recent transfer policy as a disastrous.
Injured Mustafi missed Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Middlesbrough in the Premier League but both Gabreil and Xhaka played in the victory which eases the pressure on the under-fire boss.
But the Gunners, who face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday, still face an uphill struggle to finish in the top four and claim Champions League football for next season.
And McLintock, who skippered Arsenal to the Double (FA Cup and former Division One title) in 1971, believes the players just aren’t up to scratch if the Gunners want to compete for silverware and rub shoulders with the great and the good from the European elite.
He said: “Arsenal were talking about challenging the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and that why they moved to the new stadium. But if you look at the buys they are making, the best you can say is they are adequate.
“They are not players that are going to turn Arsenal around and have them right up there at the top of the league. I think the scouting system, this year especially, has been disastrous.
“If you look at Calum Chambers (who is on loan at Boro), the two centre-halves, Gabriel and Mustafi, and Xhaka, they are quite good players but they are not Arsenal standard. I can’t see them getting in the top four. It doesn’t look good at the moment. That team is definitely not good enough to win a championship in the future.
“It’s very sad at the moment. It needs freshening up, and you’ve been able to see that over the past two or three years. I don’t like to say it, I don’t like to be one of Wenger’s critics. He’s done a wonderful job, but I think it’s to move on. The future does not look very good. It’s going to be a tough job next year, whether it’s Arsene carrying on or someone else taking over.”