Robson blasts "petulant" Wenger

Arsenal legend Stewart Robson is of the opinion that the club should have dismissed manager Arsene Wenger four years ago.

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Although Arsenal have always finished within the upper echelons of the Premier League, the club have yet to win a major piece of silverware for the past seven years. With the Gunners sitting in a dismal 10th place in the league table this season, enduring their worst ever start to a domestic campaign, some sections of the team support led protests against Wenger's managment prior to their loss to Swansea.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Robson related his belief that Wenger was a bad influence on his squad.

"I would have sacked him four years ago but I'm in the minority, Arsenal need a new manager and they need it soon," he stated.

"He doesn't have the tactical understanding, his manner on the side of the pitch doesn't help the team, he's petulant and therefore his players become petulant. He doesn't give any information from the sidelines and his teams look under-prepared defensively."

The former midfielder admitted that Wenger was still loved by a majority of the fans due to his noteworthy achievements in the past, but Robson urged the club's board to act now, while the Gunners still possessed the talent to change things around.

"I wrote that article five years ago and nothing has changed my mind since. In fact, my views on Arsene Wenger are even stronger now than they were then. There's still 50 per cent of the fans which will say what a good job he is doing and we must trust in Arsene Wenger but I just don't see it," he said.

"Arsenal still have good players, if somebody got hold of them and taught them how to defend, had a solid game plan and worked hard on them then I still think Arsenal can still be a very, very good side."

Naming Terry Burton and Steve Bould as two possible replacements for the Frenchman, the 48-year old remained optimistic of Arsenal's chances of challenging for honours in the future.

"For me, there's no reason why they can't promote from within. Terry Burton, who is the reserve-team boss, is an excellent coach and Steve Bould, who isn't allowed to do any work at the moment, are both candidates," Robson pointed out.

"I would like to see somebody else given a chance at Arsenal, so they can take the club forward to where it should be. I think there's some wonderful players already at the club and if some better signings come in I think Arsenal could be right back at the top again."

Arsenal welcome West Brom to the Emirates Stadium for their Premier League fixture this Saturday.

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