Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna believes that his former side have ‘lost’ their DNA in recent years, and now less players are excited about the prospect of joining the club.
After finishing eighth in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons, Mikel Arteta’s side have made another poor start to the Premier League this campaign, losing both of their opening two games 2-0, to Brentford and Chelsea respectively.
Meanwhile, they’ve brought in five new players – Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale – all of whom fit a particular under-25 profile.
However, Sagna is against that transfer policy because it doesn’t promise instant success.
Speaking to former Gunner Emmanuel Petit on RMC Sport, via the Daily Cannon, Sagna said: “When I watch Arsenal now, honestly, I know that they are going to lose the majority of the time, that something is going to happen, that we are going to concede a stupid goal.
“How can you spend €150million (£129million) and only bring in young players? It might be good for the future, but someone has got to think about the present.”
The Frenchman continued by explaining that when he was playing at the club, any player would be interested in moving to the Gunners, but things have since changed.
“When I was playing, anyone would be excited to join Arsenal, now we have lost our DNA,” he added.
“Maybe we have players with character but they have won nothing. Today, you know how youngsters are, some older player tells them what to do.
“They say, “well, what have you won?” A player who has won titles barely has to speak to be listened to.”
With a week left to go in the transfer window, Arsenal do still have time to bring in another marquee signing before deadline day, but they’ll have to start getting some points on the board soon otherwise pressure will continue to grow.