Stewart Robson has launched a stinging attack on Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s shock Capital One Cup exit – claiming the Frenchman is ‘putting players backwards’ with his training methods.
The competition was viewed as Arsenal's best chance to bring an end to their seven-year trophy-drought but the Gunners suffered a humiliating penalty shoot-out defeat to League Two minnows Bradford on Tuesday night.
And Robson says Wenger has to take full responsibility for the club’s demise in recent seasons.
He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show: “He’s got a reputation for developing players. Maybe he did that six, seven years ago. He’s actually putting players backwards now.
"I’ve seen Gervinho play for the Ivory Coast before he came to Arsenal, he was a good player. I saw [Andrey] Arshavin play for Russia and Zenit St Petersburg, he was a good player. I've seen [Aaron] Ramsey play for the Welsh Under-21s, he's a good player.
“Arsene Wenger is not doing enough on the training field. He’s not coaching the players, they have got no game strategy and, because he won't let anyone else do it, Arsenal are going backwards and some of their players are going backwards.
"Sir Alex Ferguson is not a coach. He doesn’t know how to put on a session, so people tell me. But what he does know is about the game, and he realises that, to get the best out of his players, he has to get the best coaches. That’s why he’s had some Dutch coaches underneath him.
"He’s made sure his number two is not just a yes man, which Arsene Wenger likes to appoint. He’s appointing people that are going to be tactically superior, who are going to take all his players out on the training field and work hard tactically and technically with the players.
"Arsene Wenger, because he has got a massive ego, because he's a dictator when it comes to Arsenal football club, he’s not allowing Steve Bould to do any work."