Ian Wright: Arsenal needs huge cash splash to stay in top four

The Gunners legend believes that, in order to remain in contention for the Champions League, they need almost three times the 70 million pound figure currently being touted
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed that Arsene Wenger needs to spend 200 million pounds if the club is to stand any chance of seriously competing for a top four spot in the Premier League.

The former Gunners striker responded to claims that Arsene Wenger will receive 70 million pounds in the next window with contempt, saying that they need to spend almost three times that amount to remain in contention for Champions League qualification.

His comments came after a late winner from Santi Cazorla prevented a draw against Aston Villa, which would have capped off a disappointing week for Arsenal, as they recover from successive cup defeats at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and Bayern Munich.

Wright was adamant that the touted transfer budget was not enough and also stated that the club still needs to replace Robin van Persie.

"70 million pounds is not enough," Wright said, speaking on his Absolute Radio show. "If Arsenal are going to stay in the top four they are going to need £200m or so to really compete and attract the right players,"

"Losing Robin van Persie was an unbelievable blow of course, but the fact that they haven't looked to replace him with a real top quality striker is hard to take."

The former England international was also keen to assert the club's need to target the right of player as he criticized the manner in which Wenger has added to his squad following big-name departures.

"Arsenal can't be in the market for 15 million pound players, they need to add a few world class 30 million pound-plus players to start competing again," he continued.

"Players leave the club, it's the nature of football, Thierry [Henry] left, [Samir] Nasri left, Robin left but Wenger needs to replenish the squad in the right way and he's just not doing it at the moment. 70 million pounds isn’t enough."