Arsenal have become a smaller, weaker club since leaving Highbury, says Tony Cascarino on talkSPORT… and Piers Morgan agrees

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The former Chelsea striker insists the north London club have to show more ambition and splash more cash to catch up with their top four rivals

Piers Morgan has agreed with Tony Cascarino’s claim that Arsenal have become a smaller, weaker club since leaving their legendary Highbury home for the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners’ move to their 60,000 seat stadium in 2006 was supposed to mark the beginning of a new glittering era for the club.

Tony Cascarino says Arsenal have not been ambitious enough to make the most of their move from Highbury to the Emirates

Tony Cascarino says Arsenal have not been ambitious enough to make the most of their move from Highbury to the Emirates

But this coming season will mark the third straight campaign without Champions League football for the north Londoners, after they were pipped to a top four spot by rivals Tottenham.

Arsenal have failed to win the Premier League since moving to the Emirates, with only three FA Cups added to their trophy cabinet in the 13 years since the switch.

In comparison, during their final 13 years at Highbury, the Gunners won eight major trophies, including four league titles (one Division One, three Premier League).

There are also reports that manager Unai Emery only has around £40m to play with in the transfer market this summer, despite the squad needing major surgery to catch up with their top four rivals.

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And Cascarino believes the whole club has gone backwards since their stadium move, saying Arsenal need to show more ambition to become the European superpower they aspired to be.

On Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast Cascarino said: “They left Highbury to become a bigger club and build the Emirates, have this super stadium and rub shoulders with the greatest clubs in Europe – that hasn’t happened.

“I don’t believe Arsenal don’t have enough money to compete. They should do. Why move to the Emirates if you’re going to become a weaker team, a weaker club?

“If you move to the Emirates, you’ve got to compete with the very best in Europe.

“I’d like to think they would be considering spending £150m to £200m.

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The futures of a number of Arsenal’s key players – including striker Alexandre Lacazette – are in doubt after their latest Champions League failure

“I keeping reading in the papers and hearing on the radio that isn’t going to happen, but I would be amazed if Arsenal don’t spend more than £150m.

“Why? Because they have to! They’ve got to become a Champions League team!

“It all goes back to: why would you leave Highbury? Why would you do it if you’re going to become one of the teams who are regularly outside of the top four?”

And it appears Piers Morgan agrees.

The famous Gunners supporter has lamented the club’s lack of progress in recent years and has also been a vocal critic of club owner Stan Kroenke given his lack of investment into the squad.

And he had his say on Twitter in response to Cascarino’s claims.

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