Listen Arsenal fans, 'In Arsene You Rust'
"I will pay 30 million pounds, I will even pay 40 million if I find the right players. But it's not a question of money, it's a question of quality we find."
So according to this statement Wenger means that there are no class players in the market. Wenger please look at Serie A. If you have that much money and you have guts to spend it, then why don't you go for Wesley Sneijder who is available in the market. Why on earth you don't go for Marik Hamsik?
Under normal circumstances the old Gunners' cry of "this will be our year" would be on the tip of many Arsenal fans' tongues. However, the likelihood of Arsene Wenger leading his troops to the title looks to be about as far away as it ever has, if not further.
The changes Arsenal have needed to make this summer through the transfer market have been obvious to both fans and pundits alike. But when Wenger claimed he would be 'very active' during this window every Arsenal fan would have been very excited.
No doubt Wenger has been busy throughout the summer, as he has seen captain fantastic Cec Fabregas join his boyhood club Barcelona. Gael Clichy has gone to Manchester City and Samir Nasri is almost on his way to cash-rich City and Emmanuel Eboue has joined Galatasaray. The likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia are next to follow Fabregas out of the Emirates Stadium.
Does Wenger have any idea what is going on or he has simply lost the plot here?
The biggest problem for Arsenal in past have been their defence and that has been the biggest reason that their trophy cabinet has been empty for the last six years. Arsenal surely needed at least two central defenders to make their back-line strong. Throughout the summer they have been chasing the likes of Gary Cahill and Christopher Samba, but Wenger is unable to match the asking price for the defenders.
Buying quality, experienced players is not easy. But as per reports, Cahill has a release clause for 17 million and Juan Manuel Mata, one of the exciting prospects from Spain had a release clause for 20 million before it expired. If this was the case, then there is no reason for Wenger to have missed on their top transfer target when according to Arsenal top shots there is money in the bank for Wenger to spend.
They have got around 35 million pounds from the sale of Fabregas, so where has the money gone? They have sold their first choice left back Gael Clichy to Manchester City. Where is the money from his sale gone? Wenger always says that he won't spend over the odds on the players, then why on earth he expects crazy money from the rivals if they bid for his players. Nasri has just one year left of his contract at Arsenal and Wenger expects 25 million pounds from other teams for his play-maker. Has he forgotten he will available for free and can sign a pre-contract in January.
This summer has only seen three arrivals in the form of Carl Jenkinson from Charlton, Gervinho from Lille for a combined fee of 11.5 million pounds between them and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain for 12 million pounds. Arsenal fans can take heart from Chamberlain's signing as they often cry for a 'big-name' signing and this guy has 22 characters in his name.
Last season, Arsenal was some way behind their rivals in terms of squad strength and there were numerous areas of the pitch that needed strengthening. Not one player of stature was added to the team last year and the Gunners found themselves slipping backwards.
If we look at Arsenal's midfield and defence they are still fine with likes of Jack Wilshire, Andrei Arshavin, Aaron Ramsey but they definitely need the replacement for Fabregas and Nasri somehow. Even if Nasri stays his heart won't be there. Up front, Arsenal fans will have great hopes from Gervinho. The Ivory Coast international is not the most prolific of strikers, but his attribute suits the EPL and can surely be a hit.
But when all is said and done, Arsenal has not improved enough to win the league and they still face the prospect of moving ever backwards again this season.
More about Abhishek NandwaniNot a sports enthusiast by choice, Abhishek has been brought up with the passion as playing turned into scribbling.
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