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Arsenal need to bring Arsene Wenger back, says BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson

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Arsenal need to bring Arsene Wenger back, says BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson

Arsenal need to bring Arsene Wenger back in a director of football-type role to oversee recruitment, according to BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson.

Gunners are currently in dire straits, sitting a lowly 15th in the Premier League table, just four points above the relegation zone.

Arsenal have lost eight of their 14 league games so far, have scored just 12 goals, and are lacking in creativity, struggling to fashion chances.

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Mikel Arteta’s charges haven’t picked up three points in a league game since 1 November, when they ran out 1-0 winners at Manchester United.

Since then, they have lost to Aston Villa, Wolves, Spurs, Burnley and Everton, and drawn with Leeds and Southampton in the league.

Lawrenson believes that Arsenal’s issues run deeper than just the man in the dugout, claiming their recruitment hasn’t been good enough, and thinks Wenger would be a good shout in that department.


“Arsenal aren’t winning games but I would not point the finger at their manager, Mikel Arteta, I think their issues run far deeper than that,” Lawrenson wrote on BBC Sport.

“Their recruitment has not been good enough – I know it probably wasn’t possible but I honestly think they need their former manager Arsene Wenger in charge of that side of things.”

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Arsenal are a sorry sight at present, a team that went into the new season with expectations so high – and rightly so, given their FA Cup and Community Shield wins, not to mention some good signings – floundering near the bottom of the table.

While the signing of Willian hasn’t worked out, the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey have done well, while other players – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for example – are proven world-class players in uncharacteristically bad form.

So while the recruitment side of things could certainly do with a change, there’s no denying the current squad is great on paper but seriously underachieving – and that’s something that the manager has control of.

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