Alan Shearer believes there are issues at boardroom level at Arsenal which will need to be fixed before the club can make any progress on the field.
The TV pundit can see a situation where things get worse at the Emirates even if a new manager is appointed, and he has called on the club to resolve their problems off the pitch:
“Before Arsenal have any chance of improving they have to sort themselves out behind the scenes. If they don’t, we will still be talking about the same issues on the pitch for the next two or three years as we have the last few.”
“If nothing changes, it really wouldn’t surprise me if things get worse at the Emirates before they get better. If Arsenal are not careful, then it could take years for them to get back to where they have been used to. For me, the Gunners have no chance of making the top four.”
Last month, it was reported that there were tensions between members of the Arsenal board. Chairman Sir Chips Keswick and Lord Harris of Peckham were said to be in favour of appointing David O’Leary as an advisor.
However, Head of Football Operations Raul Sanllehi was against the move, with Edu having already been appointed as technical director.
The lack of power over footballing decisions has also seen Keswick consider his future as chairman. All in all, it is a pretty messy and complicated situation which has, no doubt, played a role in Arsenal’s poor decision making off the park.