That’s the verdict of journalist Jonathan Northcroft, who thinks the Gunners need to emulate Jurgen Klopp’s side by pumping more money into the club.
Liverpool were desperately unlucky not to clinch their first league title in 29 years last term, with Manchester City bettering their incredible return of 97 points by just one in a ferocious title race.
They managed to finish their season on a high, nevertheless, beating Tottenham 2-0 in an all-English Champions League final on June 1 to capture their sixth European Cup.
As for Arsenal, they missed out on Champions League qualification for the third season running – and Northcroft has urged them to take a leaf out of the Reds’ book.
“Liverpool used to look up to Arsenal when FSG came in. Arsenal were one of the models they were looking at”
“The parallel for Arsenal is Liverpool, actually,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“Liverpool used to look up to Arsenal when FSG [Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group] came in. Arsenal were one of the models they were looking at.
“But it’s flipped. And Arsenal really need to look at them, because FSG overall are not that much different to the Glazers or the Kroenkes because they are sober businessmen who really are in it to do well and turnover the bottom line.
“But they are sports guys. I know Kroenke’s a sports owner, but he doesn’t seem to have the feel for it that John Henry and FSG have got. They seem to understand the sporting equation, that you do have to put in, you do have to invest, you do have to make that kind of bet or gamble on talent and on investment and on the people that you’re hiring back in order to try and get the return.”
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He continued: “We’ve talked about Liverpool pumping into the wage bill, pumping into the structure. At some point Arsenal are gonna have to try and do that. Not in a Manchester United way, in a rational way.
“But until they do that, it’s gonna be very, very difficult for them to catchup with anyone.
“I guess the hope for them is the academy and I wonder if that’s one of the reasons why Freddie Ljungberg’s been promoted from working with the younger players.
“Because it’s clear that under this model that they’re at, they will need to get some of their talent through into the first team and make use of it, because that refreshment of talent isn’t really gonna come from bigger signings.”
Arsenal boss Unai Emery could be set for a frustrating summer, with reports indicating he will only be granted a transfer budget of around £40m.
At best, that would allow the Gunners to bring in just one reinforcement at a time they are most probably in need of a squad overhaul.
They have been linked with moves for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.
Yet the only way the north London club will be able to afford all three players is if they cash in on some of their current stars.
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