Graeme Souness says Arsene Wenger must face reality

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the start of the match

Arsenal were beaten 4-3 by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Graeme Souness has told Sky Sports that Arsene Wenger must face reality and accept he must pay a premium for the best players.

The Frenchman is under intense pressure at the Emirates again this summer after failing to spend this summer.

That came back to haunt him on Sunday afternoon as they took on Liverpool in their first game of the season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejectedArsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejected

The Reds ran riot in the game, coming away with a 4-3 win that clearly demonstrated Arsenal's deficiencies and left the home crowd booing their manager.

And Souness has told him that he must face reality and accept that he must pay a premium to bring the best players to the club.

“He [Wenger] has got to face reality, his team isn’t good enough and in certain areas he has to strengthen,” he told Sky Sports.

“To do that he has to accept, like Fergie used to accept, like Abramovich and Manchester City accept, that there is a premium to pay today for players if you’re a big club in the Premier League.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejectedArsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejected

It now remains to be seen if Wenger will accept his side’s shortcomings and spend money before the end of the transfer window.

His team does not need a complete overhaul by any means, just one or two big signings to add in the key areas, namely centre back and centre forward.

To improve in both areas will mean big money will need to be spent though, and it will be interesting to see if the Frenchman is willing to do that after this defeat.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the start of the matchArsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the start of the match

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