Arsenal great David Seaman believes the club’s current stars are “getting away with murder” whilst Mikel Arteta cops heavy criticism.
The Gunners have lost their opening three games in the Premier League without scoring and sit at the foot of the table.
It comes after heavy investment in the summer and pressure is already mounting on the man in the dugout.
Arteta presided over an eighth place finish last term and defeat against Norwich this weekend could see his position come under serious threat.
But with stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on their books, Seaman believes the players need to stand up and be counted having been well below par.
“The players haven’t turned up, even towards the end of last season,” he told talkSPORT.
“I know Arteta was getting a lot of stick but the players weren’t turning up and I was like, ‘hang on, these guys are getting away with murder’, because there’s not a lot being said about them and they’re not performing to their best.
“They’ve got to turn up this weekend, it’s a massive game and I fear the worst if we get beat, because the fans will turn. They’re not happy with two seasons of finishing eighth, it’s nowhere near good enough.”
Over £150m was spent on the likes of Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale.
Those arrivals have been criticised, with pundits claiming they have done little to bolster the strength of the starting XI.
Nevertheless, with the Arsenal hierarchy investing in the squad they must now expect the players themselves to deliver.
“We’re at that point now where the board have chucked some money at the team and the squad,” he added.
“They’ve put their money where their mouth is and it’s time for the players to do the same.”
Arteta has followed the example of club chief Edu in underlining his faith in the Arsenal project.
He insists they are taking a long-term view at the Emirates which will require patience.
“We have tried to explain the project and the decisions that we have made over the last few months in the transfer window,” Arteta said.
“The amount of changes that we’ve had in two or three years is almost 30 players. Edu explained it like I’ve tried to explain it.
“We have all participated, trying to create and build this project obviously led by the owners. It is a project that we believe in, that we have to assemble.
“It was the option that we believe is best for the future of the football club. We all take responsibility because we were all involved in the decision.
“Now we have to make it work. The complexity in football is that you want to build a medium, long-term project with immediate results.
“And we have to embrace that because there is no other way in football, you’re going to have to have results and we are ready to do that.”