Former Arsenal player Frank McLintock told Alan Brazil on talk sports breakfast show that Arsenals bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has turned into a disaster for the club.
Arsenal put in a bid of £40 million plus £1 thinking that it would trigger a buyout clause in the Uruguayans contract.
Liverpool went on to say that no such clause existed with all of Arsenals planning coming to nothing.
“The Suarez deal did us in. We spent ages trying to do that deal but it looks like they had the wrong information.
“Suarez is not the best person in the world, but he’s a fantastic player. But how can a club like Arsenal get their facts so wrong?
“They spent half the transfer window trying to get him and it’s been a bit of a disaster. I’m just hoping they might get in some really good players [before the window closes] because we need them.
“We badly need a centre-forward because we’ve only got [Olivier] Giroud. [Lukas] Podolski can sometimes play there, but he doesn’t look happy when he does. Theo Walcott can play through the middle, and Nicklas Bendtner is still on the books but he has said he doesn’t want to play for Arsenal again.
“So if Giroud gets injured we’ve got no-one. It will be disastrous for a club like Arsenal if we don’t get another centre-forward.
“We’ve got a good squad, but not a great squad. That’s why we’ve finished fourth for the past two years.
“Unfortunately for [Arsene] Wenger, when he has spent big money, they’ve all been flops, by and large, and maybe he’s a bit scared of going in and buying big.
“Man United bought Robin van Persie for £24m last summer. I don’t think Arsenal would have bought a player of that age for that much, but he’s repaid that four or five times.”