The club’s 4-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield last week has led to frustration among fans and former players alike about the Frenchman’s inability to make important tactical changes in matches against other top six teams, and Pires believes that new blood is needed in order for a different approach to be tried out. He told RMC Sport (translated by the Sun):
“He [Wenger] needs to inject some youth into his staff, it’s important. He loves his job. No-one can teach him anything, and I won’t. But football has changed, the footballers have changed, their behaviour isn’t the same, and football is getting faster and faster. Perhaps his entourage and he need to adapt to this new football. I don’t want him to leave, but he will have to inject some freshness around him.“
After the international break, Arsenal will face Bournemouth at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. They could be without key player Alexis Sanchez for the game after the 28 year old limped out of a training session with Chile after injuring his left ankle.
The forward is now a serious doubt for Chile’s game against Bolivia tomorrow night, and it is not known whether he will be fit to play for the Gunners either.