Thierry Henry claims Arsenal players are not extending their contracts because they can see there are serious problems at the club.
The club legend has also called on Arsene Wenger to change the attitude within the dressing room following the shocking defeat to Liverpool.
The Gunners were beaten 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday in match that highlighted serious issues at the club. Collectively and individually, the display was awful.
‘I wanted to leave [the stadium]. I don’t relate with this team,’ Henry said of the performance.
‘I am not surprised. I was expecting this. Stagnation.
‘I knew what was going to happen today. But still when you see it you’re like, no, not again! The way Arsenal lose the game is the problem. We are talking about desire, commitment. Have a go. The team I arrived into could fight. These guys? It is painful. As a fan, you try to be positive, but it’s not nice to see.’
Henry says players are aware of the problems, which is why they are struggling to commit to the club. Numerous players have less than 12 months on their contracts, including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs.
‘We talk about Sanchez and is he staying, but they are not going to want to be part of this team,’ Henry told Sky Sports. ‘That is why players are not renewing their contracts, they can see something is wrong.’
The defeat to Liverpool compounded a tough start to the season for Arsenal. A late winner was needed to beat Leicester in their opening fixture before defeat to Stoke. The loss at Liverpool leaves the Gunners with just three points from three games.
Henry has called upon Wenger to remove the ‘comfortable’ and ‘nice’ atmosphere at the club to help turn the team into winners.
‘Everything that you see on the day has been happening for the past 10 years.
‘The word I have used for a long time — comfort. Everyone is comfortable at Arsenal. It’s not the same pressure you have at a big club, that you should have. Everything is… nice. It cannot be like that.’
Arsenal 2017/18 fixtures
Bournemouth (H) – Sat 9 Sep
FC Koln (H) – Europa League – Thu 14 Sep
Chelsea (A) – Sun 17 Sep
Doncaster (H) – League Cup – Tue 19 Sep
West Brom (H) – Mon 25 Sep
BATE Borisov (A) – Europa League – Thu 28 Sep
Brighton (H) – Sun 1 Oct
Arsenal will have time to reflect on their problems with the Premier League taking a break for international fixtures. When it resumes Arsenal host Bournemouth before a meeting with champions Chelsea.