Patrick Vieira admits Arsenal have dipped in recent years, with it now vital that they invest in new contracts and fresh faces.
According to the Gunners legend, the collective performance under Arsene Wenger is “not good enough” for a club with such lofty ambition.
The 2016-17 campaign saw the north London outfit slip out of the Premier League’s top four, forcing them out of the Champions League, while only three FA Cups have been secured since last claiming the title.
Further struggles are now feared, with Arsenal in danger of losing key men such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as their contracts run down while the club continues to see domestic rivals outspend them on the very best talent available.
Vieira told Sky Sports on what needs to be done at Emirates Stadium: “When you look at the Arsenal team in the last few years, I think everybody will expect more from Arsenal because of what this football club represents.
“In the current years, of course it’s not good enough.
“It’s not good enough for the club, it’s not good enough for the fans.
“Of course, when you are used to winning, you want to keep winning.
“There are players who have to make a decision about what they want to do in the future and that is the first thing they need to resolve.
“Then bring in quality players to challenge Manchester City because I believe that Manchester City will be the team to beat in the years coming.”
Absence from Europe’s premier club competition will make it more difficult for Arsenal to attract the world’s best, while leading those currently on their books to look elsewhere.
That is the problem facing Wenger, with the Gunners once again locked in a battle to secure a top-four finish.
Arsenal sit sixth in the Premier League table at present, with a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool heading into Christmas keeping them on the outside of the Champions League places.