Desperate times yet no desperate measures!

February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Arsene Wegner I remember, is the one who brought Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Nicholas Anelka, Patrick Veiera and Marc Overmars to a club aspiring to be crowned Champions of England. Arsene Wegner build his team around a solid defence which featured Tony Adams and Martin Keown. Having David Seaman in goals was also a massive plus point for Wegner. Having a well structured team meant Arsenal was at times hard to breakdown defensively but at the same time fluent on attack. I miss those heated matches between the gunners and the red devils of Manchester, those days are long gone and it is a memory that is slowly fading into the distance.

I cannot help but critise Arsenal’s signings in the past couple of years and also the players they have allowed to leave the club. Thomas Vermaelen is a good player but has cost Arsenal on numoures occassions, recently he gifted Liverpool a goal when failed to clear the ball. Chamakh is a first class Flop and so was Nicholas Bendtner. Per Mertesacker’s good performances are few and far between. Alowing Fabregas, Nasri, Clichy and Robin Van Persie to leave was perhaps good for the financial side of things but poor when it comes to footballing terms. While I understand the risk involved of them leaving on a free transfer respectively, perhaps a further six months up until the January Transfer window could have been fruitful for Arsenal. Hypethetically speaking lets say Arsenal did hang onto all the above mentioned players and found themselves well and trully in the title race, Arsene Wegner would then have a much better chance of extending their contracts with the potential of winning the Premier League a possibility. Yet this has not been the case and now Arsene Wegner finds himself with mediocre players in a mediocre environment at a mediocre team, with its only ambition these days to qaulify for the Champions League.

Arsenal needed to spend money and big money on problematic areas within the current team. Sagna just isnt up to standard at right back and this would have been a great position for Wegner to start with. A central defender would also have been high up on my list with players such as Subotic and Hummels coming to mind. I would then have gone for a holding midfielder, someone in the same mould as former Arsenal skipper Patrick Veiera, Arturo Vidal of Juventus comes to mind or even Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid.

5 responses to Desperate times yet no desperate measures!

  1. Nice Column Wayne. Congrats

  2. Ozil is a creatice mid not a holding player. Khedira is the holding mid :P

  3. I agree with you wholeheartedly Wayne; Arsenal have slipped a long way from their former heights and there seems no urgency at the club to remedy that. Frankly, had Kieron Gibbs not sustained yet another injury against Liverpool I doubt Wenger would even have moved to sign Monreal.

    You rightly list the names who have departed the Emirates over the last few years and you have to wonder where the money has gone?!? On the stadium yes, but £30M+ Fabregas, £22M RVP, £25M Nasri, £24M Adebayor, £10M Clichy, £15M Song plus others we have forgotten?!! Yes they have made some signings in that time too, but largely on unproven young players or unheralded senior players.

    The fans deserve better and sooner or later the real truth at Arsenal simply has to come out. Is there or is there not money available to strengthen the squad? Every transfer window begins with protestations from the Arsenal boardroom that there is £50M, £100M, £1BN at Wenger’s disposal but each window comes and goes with a minimum of activity. Sure they signed Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla in the summer but that was balanced with the £40M departures of RVP and Song. Either there is money to spend – and thus Wenger’s stubborn attitude needs to be addressed – or there are actually no funds and the board are happy to just line their own pockets to the detriment of the club?

    With Arsenal almost certain to miss out on Champions League qualification this season it is time for clarification at the Emirates!

  4. like to b one of the ferris

  5. Thank you so much.

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