Paul Merson has urged Arsenal proprietor Stan Kroenke to shelve plans to redevelop the Emirates, and use the cash to fund two key signings as a substitute.
The Gunners’ hierarchy confirmed their want to revamp the stadium at a followers’ discussion board earlier this week.
In line with the Telegraph, the north London membership are ready to take a position tens of millions into renovating the house they moved into in 2006, together with upgrading the massive screens and repairing the roof.
Nonetheless, Merson needs Arsenal to scrap these plans and make the funds accessible to Mikel Arteta to permit the Gunners boss to pursue Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Ward-Prowse.
“Arsenal won’t ever be kings of England profitable a number of titles once more whereas Stan Kroenke is busy losing cash refurbishing the Emirates,” Merson instructed the Every day Star.
“I nonetheless assume they’re just one high class striker away from being contenders – however they’ll by no means stick round on the high lengthy whereas Kroenke has his eyes elsewhere.
“Go and signal Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Go and get James Ward-Prowse for the midfield. Don’t spend it on the stadium. What a waste. Severely.”
Kroenke not too long ago celebrated Tremendous Bowl success together with his American soccer franchise the LA Rams, and Merson needs the 74-year-old to place the identical form of funding into Arsenal; to permit the membership compete within the higher echelons of English soccer as soon as once more.
He added: “We’ve simply seen what Kroenke’s completed with the LA Rams, constructing a staff to win now – and profitable the Tremendous Bowl.
“Evaluate that to what he’s doing at Arsenal. It simply exhibits you what his intentions are for Arsenal – he doesn’t have any!
“If he needed to do one thing huge at Arsenal he’d have completed it already. Refurbishing the stadium? It’s like having a pleasant home and doing it up so it doesn’t lose its worth.
“Spend your cash on gamers. Calvert-Lewin would make them contenders once more. However for those who actually need to go for it, why cease there?
“They want a very good midfield participant. Somebody who can spray the ball round. They’ve all that expertise on the wings and no person switching it to them.
“Martin Odegaard performs one-twos. He’s a tippy-tappy sort. Good and neat. He’s not going to hit 40-yard diagonal balls. That’s one factor they haven’t received.
“They’ve a very good XI. Good younger expertise bettering daily. They only want a little bit bit extra high quality and they are going to be actually aggressive.”