Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that the Premier League club have lost the ability to attract the top footballers in the world.
Henry feels the best players are motivated by the opportunity to win trophies at their respective clubs, and that the Gunners are not competing for silverware at the highest level anymore.
Arsene Wenger's side have dropped to seventh position in the league standings after a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last week.
"It kills me to say this as an Arsenal fan, but my old club are not an attractive destination any more for the top, top players," Henry wrote in the Sun.
"Why would the leading players who can have a real impact in the Premier League and improve that Arsenal team come to the Emirates?
"Yes, wages come into it. It is a job after all and as a player you get what you can – like anyone in any walk of life. But competition for trophies is the key. If you are a director of football and you work for Arsenal, how do you attract a big player?
"I'm not suggesting people aren't doing their jobs at Arsenal – just that selling the club has become increasingly difficult over the last two or three years. I don't see anything to attract the big players."