Emirates captain hits-out at boss’ policy of blooding youngsters.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has warned his manager Arsene Wenger to spend money on experienced players if Arsenal are to start winning trophies again.
The Gunners have not won any silverware since the FA Cup in 2005 and it looks increasingly likely they will finish empty handed this campaign too.
Wenger in recent seasons has put the emphasis on training up youth products as opposed to spending large amounts of money on big name players.
Fans are beginning to run out of patience with the Frenchman’s policy and Fabregas can see why.
The 23-year-old admits that sooner or later Arsenal’s management will have to decide whether or not winning trophies is the club’s primary goal.
The midfielder believes there is a risk that the club’s famed ability to punch above its financial weight by finding promising young players will ultimately make it less competitive.
“When I started we won the FA Cup and then we reached the final of the Champions League,” he told Don Balon
“We didn’t win but you say, OK we lost to Barcelona, by one goal in the last minute. It’s not a victory but still – it’s the first time the club reached the final of the Champions League.
“From 2007 I started saying, ‘we didn’t win but we played very well.’
“But then you realise it doesn’t work. This year, for example, when we were in four different competitions, you think to yourself, ‘We could win it all!’
“But after missing that final point you have to make a decision: play to win, or to train players.
“I imagine there will be a time when they will have to take the plunge: to win or not win.”