Ray Wilkins has claimed that if Arsenal don’t start winning trophies they will lose their top stars.
The Gunners have failed to lift a single piece of silverware for six years and now a host of big names are set to leave the Emirates.
Gael Clichy has already completed his move to Manchester City, Cesc Fabregas should tie up his return Barcelona in the coming weeks and midfielder Samir Nasri has his pick of Manchester clubs, with both City and United interested.
Now the former Chelsea assistant manager believes it’s the lure of winning honours rather than the financial benefits that’s convincing players to turn their back on Arsenal.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, Wilkins said: “Arsenal are leaving it far too late [in the transfer window] and they’re losing players hand over fist.
“They have needed experienced players for a couple of years and I don’t see them going for trophies this year.
“Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas are financially secure, but they want to win [things] and they haven’t won in six seasons.
“That’s the one thing they are missing, Arsenal are a wonderful football club but if you’re not winning trophies then these players will look to move on.
“Wenger’s letting two top players go and who is he going to bring in that’s going to replace them?
“Is it going to be a couple of players from France and Spain that are young guys and need adapting to the Premier League?”
“They [Nasri and Fabregas] have got to a period in their lives where they are not winning anything and they have this burning desire to pick up a trophy.”