Quinn shines the spotlight on Arsene Wenger

Niall Quinn before the match

Niall Quinn has spoken out about Arsenal's current state of affairs, reserving particular vitriol for Wenger's cautious transfer policy.

Niall Quinn before the matchNiall Quinn has been scathing about Arsene Wenger's methods

The 92-times capped Irish striker said in an article for Sky Sports that "Watching Arsene Wenger in these last few seasons has been like watching an old man who thinks he can still do all the newfangled dance moves while still wearing his sensible old-man shoes."

He added that watching yesterday's 4-3 defeat to Liverpool was "cruel", "painful" and "hands-over-your-face stuff".

Wenger has shown remarkable longevity, fulfilling the role of Arsenal manager for 20 years during an era where two seasons at a club is considered loyalty. 

But the fact remains that Arsenal haven't won the title since 2003/04. In six of the following 12 seasons, Wenger's side has finished in 4th place. 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejectedWenger looking dejected as his side lose 4-3 to Liverpool

Quinn makes particular mention of Manchester United's signing of Paul Pogba. 

He commented: "For Arsenal fans he will always remind them of the Patrick Vieira-like presence they don't have anymore."

Past comments by Pogba in the Mirror would suggest that a move to Arsenal could have appealed to him, but as ever the summer's big signings invariably bypassed the Emirates altogether.

Pogba's comparison with Vieira bears especial resonance for fans of the North London club as it was under Vieira's captaincy that Arsenal last won the title during that memorable, undefeated 2003/04 season. 

Arsenal's transfer signings this summer consist of a big-money move for Granit Xhaka, who started from the bench in yesterday's defeat to Liverpool; the £5 million signing of Takuma Asano; and a £2 million move for Rob Holding

Arsenal's Granit XhakaGranit Xhaka came off the bench to make his competitive debut on Sunday

21-year-old Asano was described by Wenger as a "talented striker and very much one for the future" in the Guardian

But as Arsenal's fans sat through an embarrassing opening-weekend defeat, they probably hoped Wenger had focused on signing players for the now. 

20-year-old Holding signed from Bolton but suffered a tough time on his debut, with the Daily Mail commenting that he "should never have been put in this position". 

Arsenal's inactivity in the transfer market this year isn't even a one-off. The year before Wenger only brought in Petr Cech and Mohamed Elneny. 

In contrast, during that time Manchester United have spent £30+ million on Pogba, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial, alongside signing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Morgan Schneiderlin. 

Manchester City have brought in Kevin De Bryune, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus to name a few in that same timeframe. 

As if to hammer home Arsenal's transfer market impotency, they were dismantled by a Liverpool side inspired by Sadio Mané, signed from Southampton for £34 million. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Sadio Mane after the matchLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his new signing Sadio Mané 

Quinn certainly didn't hold back with his criticism, and the figures would appear to back up his claims about Wenger's actions in the transfer window. 

The former Sunderland man remarked: "Wenger behaves in the transfer market like he is the club's financial guardian.

"In a world awash with money he is still hoping to find good value for his family."

He went on to add: "Every now and then he breaks out and buys a Mesut Ozil or an Alexis Sanchez, but, generally, every club in the world knows Arsenal have a lot of money and they need a centre-half, a combative midfielder and a world-class striker."

If Wenger wants his side to challenge for the title again, he'll need to move with the times or he may find his time at the Emirates coming to an end. 

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