first_imgEx-Arsenal striker John Hartson believes Arsene Wenger doesn’t deserve the criticism he receives from supporters, and has told Gunners fans the manager WILL finally splash out in the summer.Wenger has come under constant bombardment from fans over the past few seasons for the team’s continued failure to end their long wait for a Premier League title and his hesitance in the transfer market.The Frenchman has faced a fresh wave of attacks in recent weeks, with Arsenal’s title challenge – having been one of the favourites over Christmas – all but gone up in smoke as table-topping Leicester sit 11 points clear of the third-placed Gunners.But former frontman Hartson says Wenger’s achievements at the club are severely undervalued and he also believes the manager will prove his critics wrong in the upcoming transfer window.“Arsene Wenger gets more stick than any other manager,” the Welshman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But if you look at their season, the title is beyond them but they’re going to finish in the top four, they were in the last 16 of the Champions League where they were knocked out by the defending champions and potential winners, they were in the later stages of the FA Cup and lost their first FA Cup game in three years, and he’s still getting an awful amount of stick.“This guy has brought in £40million for the last 16 or 17 years because of their record of qualifying for the Champions League.“Alright, they haven’t won a title in 12 years, which is not good enough for a club like Arsenal, but ultimately the amount of stick Arsene Wenger gets… I just can’t get my head around it.“He’s made the club masses and masses of money. He’s probably the most successful manager in terms of the money he’s brought in for the club, and it’s all about the money!“You look at the mess Chelsea are in, they’re way down the table and are going to be managerless in the summer, with [Antonio] Conte now saying he’s got other options. You look at Manchester United, who don’t know if they’re going to keep or sack Louis van Gaal, whereas Arsenal are likely to finish in the top three again with even more funds.“I think in the summer you’ll really see him just go to town in the transfer window. He’ll go to town with the funds available.”last_img read more