Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has offered manager Mikel Arteta advice on how to transform his team into title challengers.
The Gunners saw their winning start to the Premier League campaign ended by Liverpool on Monday night, with the top-flight champions securing a routine 3-1 win at Anfield.
Speaking to the BBC, Bergkamp said: “My philosophy as a coach is based on my whole career and my life, but the decisions I wanted to be made when I was at Arsenal were more based on me wanting success. If we were missing something in the team, I would always hope that would change quickly.
“Even then, though, we did not have the big money to go out and sign really expensive players and I guess it’s the same for Arsenal now.
“They cannot just go out and sign big names in every position, but they have a lot of talent coming through.
“They have to be inventive if they want success, but it looks like the club is heading upwards again and I think if the fans can see progress, they don’t mind having to wait.”
Bergkamp also urged Arsenal fans to be patience, but is confident that Arteta is the right man to oversee this squad overhaul.
He added: “They will need that patience too. Whether it’s Arsenal or anyone else, if you don’t spend big money then it takes time to build something.
“When you finish eighth, like they did last season, it is a big challenge to get players of the level of Thierry Henry or Robert Pires.
“You have to try something different, rely a little more on the manager, his philosophy and the playing style – and, yes, build yourself up.”