Frank McLintock has called on Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and manager Arsene Wenger to explain their vision for the club.
Robin Van Persie is to become the latest big-name player to quit Arsenal after announcing he will not extend his contract, which expires next summer.
The Dutchman does not believe he can fulfil his ambitions with the Gunners after seven trophyless seasons and McLintock now wants answers from US-based majority shareholder Kroenke over where the club is heading.
“He [Van Persie] wanted to know they were going to sign top-class players and I don’t think Arsenal have been signing top-class players for the past two, three, four seasons. It has all been second best people,” the former Gunners star told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“They have a fabulous ground. They have done a great job going to the ground. The first part of the plan has been excellent. But they said going to the ground allows Arsenal not just to compete with Manchester United and Chelsea but to compete with Barcelona and Real Madrid. We were Reading all this, taking it all in, and thinking 'brilliant'.
“I don’t know what their plan is. Mr Kroenke has got four other clubs in America and I believe he is doing this business plan that you don’t spend an awful lot of money, you don’t get relegated, but you don’t get promoted either.
"It’s a business deal for him, I think, and I don’t think Arsenal fans deserve it. It is one of the most expensive grounds to get into and we get disappointed every year.
"I would love to say to Mr Kroenke and Arsene Wenger ‘would you please come out and tell the supporters what is your plan’. We don’t know what it is. They are getting terrific gate receipts all the time, the debt is well, well under control, so what is the problem?"