Ian Wright has fired a warning to Arsenal over the futures of youngsters Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
Ian Wright fears rival clubs will target Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe if Arsenal cannot improve.
The lack of progress has become a ‘massive concern’ for the Gunners legend following another disappointing campaign at the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel Arteta’s side currently sit only ninth in the Premier League, are set to end the season empty-handed, and could fail to qualify for Europe next term for the first time in a quarter of a century.
And unless things improve soon, two of Arsenal’s best players for this season could be tempted to leave.
“You’re hoping Arsenal can match their progression because if they don’t, then clubs will try to take them off of us,” Wright has told Premier League Productions.
“It is a massive concern.
“It is a massive concern that are Arsenal are able to sort out whatever is going on upstairs, with the manager, with the players that are going to come in, whoever he is going to bring in to try to execute whatever game plan he wants to do, because these guys are going to be a major part of that.
“If they continue to play well, if we do not progress as quickly as these guys progress, then you have to be worried about their ambition and what they want to do because they’re fantastic players.”
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, has urged Arteta to build his team around Saka, Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney, and Joe Willock.