RAY PARLOUR has urged Arsenal’s money men to back rookie boss Mikel Arteta in the transfer market.
Arsenal face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals with fans allowed at Wembley.
The Gunners are in danger of missing out on European football for the first time since 1996
If they don’t win the Cup or finish seventh or above in the Premier League, the Gunners will be without European football for the first time since 1996.
Parlour, winner of nine major trophies at Arsenal, believes it is vital the club recruit wisely before next season to ensure they don’t fall further behind.
The 47-year-old told SunSport: “Arteta is the right man to take the club forward and you have to take a gamble to get better players.
“The problem will be attracting the players. They have to sell the club.
“Investment will be very important. To get back into the Champions League, which is massive revenue, it probably takes a bit of a gamble. More quality of players.
“Football is all about money now. To have any chance to break back in the top four you have to spend money.
“It doesn’t always mean buying really expensive players – it’s about the right recruitment. Look at the positions you need.
“Your scouting has to come into their own. And they need the right characters.”
Arsenal will be underdogs having lost their last EIGHT matches against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, conceding 20 goals in the process.
Parlour said: “Man City are big favourites. You have to catch them on a bad day – and Arsenal must play well.
“I hope Arsenal turn up and give a good account of themselves. Hopefully the players will have that urgency to get into Europe.”