Ian Wright has not held back in revealing what he thinks about the state of Arsenal, claiming the club has been left in a mess.
Ian Wright isn’t known for hiding his feelings so to hear him vent is no surprise, it’s why he makes such a great pundit.
But there’s also no denying the love he has for the club and where these comments come from.
“Decisions were being made, in respect of Aaron Ramsey’s contract, before it was starting to run down and were being made by people who were no longer there,” he told Talksport.
“They’ve gone on to pastures new and left Arsenal in a little bit of a mess.
“In the contracts they’ve given people, it was very top heavy in the squad and we can see that in the way the guys are performing.
“As much as Arsenal have to take a massive amount of blame for that, there was a stage where they must have known he was not going to sign.
“So we are talking about a £60 million player that should have been a case of ‘OK, we will have to sell you now’ and not let it get to a stage where it has got to.
“You have to look at Aaron Ramsey as well. He’s getting to a situation in his career where he can run down a contract and Arsenal made him an offer that was a good offer but when you consider what he has been able to get and has been documented he has got, then there’s no way are you going to be able to match that.
“If he knew he was going to get that there was no way he was going to sign.
“I remember having arguments with Arsenal fans and trying to say to them ‘we are in danger here’, ‘we are going to be in problems like thinking about finishing fourth’ and ‘are we going to be challenging anymore?’
“I remember saying those things, but people don’t want to hear it at the time and we are in that situation now.
“Right now Arsenal are in a position where it is interesting what is going to happen in the summer without the money to spend or qualifying for the Champions League and going back into the Europa League.
“Have the players improved? Has the mentality improved? What system is he going to play now?
“There’s a lot of questions to be asked and you just have to hope something happens.”
It’s very hard to argue with what Wrighty says here. The club also appears to be utterly directionless with more people leaving than arriving.
Although most of us expected some degree of chaos when Arsene Wenger departed it was really Ivan Gazidis’s resignation to chase the Euros on offer at AC Milan which has really helped Arsenal to unravel.
We can only hope that Raul Sanllehi can put it all back together because if he can’t, then we are well and truly screwed.