5 Things Arsene Wenger Should Have Done This Summer

By on September 19, 2011

Let’s be honest, in more ways than one the sun never really turned up in North London this summer. And for Arsene Wenger, the disappointments of the last few months have seen his decisions come under very close inspection from the media and fans alike. So what should Mr. Wenger really have done?

5. Given Samir Nasri a new contract:

He was happy in North London; he was playing well (albeit inconsistently), and he was without a doubt one of our most instrumental players. But, no matter whether you believe Arsene Wenger was right or not to cash in on Samir, letting a player of his quality run into the last year of his contract was ultimately a poor decision, and one which could have easily been avoided.

Having him sign a new contract would have given Arsene the freedom of being able to hang on to him, and not lose out financially next summer should he have wanted to. Now, however, Arsenal are left with 31-year-old Yossi Benayoun to fill his void. But with all due respect to the Israeli international, it would be difficult for anyone to justify that being much of a step forward.

4. Signed Marek Hamšík:

With the loss of Cesc Fabregas in August, Arsenal were left with just over two weeks to find a player capable of filling the Catalonian’s boots in the middle of the field. However, weeks turned to days, and days turned to hours before Arsene eventually captured a capable yet rather modest replacement in fellow Spaniard, Mikel Arteta.

But ,as good a signing as Mikel may turn out to be, there was already a player more fitting for the role in the shape of Marek Hamšik. If you aren’t already familiar with the Slovak, a quick glance over his Wikipedia page will tell you that he has scored 42 league goals in 140 appearances for Napoli, was top scorer for the team in his first two campaigns and is already captain of his national team. As well as goals however, Hamsik brings a style of play that would look right at home in Ashburton Grove. Arsene Wenger may live to regret not following up his interest once the big boys start flashing the cash.

3. Signed Eden Hazard:

If you were one of the many football fans who logged onto Twitter throughout this summer to try and get a piece of the latest transfer news, then you would have been forgiven for thinking that we had actually signed Belgian starlet Eden Hazard. Rumours were rife about him ‘agreeing a deal in principle’ and being ‘on a plane to Heathrow’, and it seemed as if Arsenal.com would soon be displaying a picture of him holding up an Arsenal shirt at London Colney.

But as it turns out, nothing came of the speculation and Eden remains at Lille having scored 7 goals in his last campaign and assisting a further 9. But, as the 20-year-old prepares for his maiden Champions League season, the chance may well have been lost to sign a player that has already been likened to none other than a Mr. Lionel Messi himself.

2. Sell off the old stock:

For a while now you could ask any Arsenal fan who they wanted Arsene Wenger to push out the door this summer and they would give you the usual suspects; Manuel Almunia, Sebastien Squillaci, Emmanuel Eboue and the list could easily go on. Despite this, though, the transfer window has well and truly slammed shut and the likes of Almunia, Squillaci and Diaby all remaining as Arsenal players, collecting more than generous pay packets week-in-week-out in the meantime.

Not to mention the 9 players currently out on loan of which Arsenal are still paying a part in footing their bills. Maybe Arsene just wants strength in depth, or perhaps he even believes that these players are still good enough for the Arsenal. But, the truth is, that if Arsenal are to begin a new winning era then the players which remind us all so much of what has been fatally wrong with the current crop needed to have left this summer.

1. Signed Gary Cahill:

For the past few seasons now Arsenal have had the same summer objective; bring in a strong, assertive new centre-back. But, it won’t have gone unnoticed that Arsene Wenger has always been annoyingly hit and miss when it comes to defensive signings. Previous with incomings include the likes of Mikael Silvestre and Sebastien Squillaci, but this summer, Arsene had the opportunity to sign a 25-year-old England international with a vast amount of Premier League experience and a positive lack of injuries on his record.

This, as well as having just one year left on his contract, should have been enough to tempt the Frenchman into making a bid that would have given Bolton Wanderers something to think about. However, £6m was all that was reportedly offered – so the cheaper option of Per Mertesacker became this seasons new recruitment. Time will only tell whether or not this decision was the right one.

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10 Comments

  1. Zinc

    September 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Nasri refused to sign a new contract. However, if we had signed players like Hazard earlier in the window I’m fairly confident Nasri would have stayed – he all but said it himself – seeing Cesc go was a big reason for him leaving, if there had been a proper replacement it would have encouraged everyone in the team and shown them that Wenger and the board are serious about competing for trophies. Fingers crossed in January we’ll finally bite the bullet and make a couple of bigger signings.

  2. cesc

    September 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    if we’d beaten the birmingscum butchers i think cesc & nasri would have stayed.
    i think our problem is the same problem we’ve had for a few years now. we are still waiting for the likes of diaby to show their promise. i’m sorry wenger but you need to realise you have put your faith in tripe. denilson. diaby, almoania, eboue, squillachi,kossa, donkey djuoruo the list goes on. all the real fans and all the press have been saying for years they are not good enough.
    the same with our defence. anyone with half a brain can see squill, kossa & the donkey aren’t ood enough. but not wenger. i don’t know if it is him trying to show us who is boss and really believes these players will come good or is he just thick.
    i think the club would benefit greatly from getting rid of pat rice. i’ve come to believe that he is an out and out waste of space. let’s employ someone who will benefit the club and not just be a nodding dog.

  3. EKG

    September 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    St***d Wenger should be sacked without any precondition.

  4. John

    September 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Our defending as a team is shocking and this causing players to lose confidence.

    Mertersaker is not the answer he is to slow and Santos is not good at defending. Enrique would ahve been a better option and in the centre I would ahve prefer Scott Dann, Zapata even Woodgate.

    The summer was a terrible and the management of this football club need to take a long loo at themsleves.

    Defence is a huge problem we are conceeding goals like Newcastle under Keegan, some players and lazy and dont track back take a bow Arshivan some players consistenly underformed like Walcott but i think the most annoying thing is that weakness are not address.

    Bould is a the club get him to give the team extra training on being more solid as a unit and more organised. or bring back Campbell or Keown … Wenger needs to wake the f**k up.

  5. Malick

    September 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Yes,arsenal problem is yet 2 b addressd.we need cahill/samba,ëden/montolivo/hamsik,benzema/zarate bt wenger rfused.With our new squad d focus shuld be:cahill,hazard/montolivo/zarate.santos shuld go up-front,maelen5 drifted to LB and sell:almunia,chamakh,rosicky,squirelaci&loan diaby.Moreso,vp&walcott does it better wit 4-4-2,while arteta,wilshere,arshavin&eden/montolivo takes d mid-field b/c alex is playin out of our patern&per is too slow.

  6. chris from Cambridge

    September 20, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Most of this is unhelpful

    > It was the Board who refused to offer Nasri best terms – depite Wenger arguing his case.

    > New top Continental players were not to be convinced because under the Arsenal wage structure we could not pay them as much as they could get elsewhere
    Plus we seemed to be in crisis – which has since been confirmed.

    > We have tried to sell off the old (ie. young over rated) stock but they have been so overpaid that other clubs will not pick up that sort of tab.

    Why not research behind the platitudes before boring the arse off all of us ?

  7. Taofeeq Abdullahi

    September 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

    We all knw dt arsene wenger is d main problem,y he refused 2 sign hazard,cahil,hamsik nd others we don’t knw he just bring player we do not expect.Y he refused 2 spend big i don’t knw which shown he is a thief nd a fraudster also,he refused 2 spend nd he expecting something in return hw is dt possible,we pray d board should act fast b4 he destroyed d team.

    • Mattyboy

      September 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

      i dont think he refused to sign hazard or hamsik, more like he couldnt, he wouldnt pay the transfer fee and he wouldnt pay the wages

  8. Sola

    September 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Zinc I quite agree with you. Cesc decided to wait another season last year but Wenger did not strengthen the team. If he has brought in Cahill and Phil in the defense and likes of Lassana Diarra,Juan Mata and Falcao both Cesc and Nasri would have stayed because such a team can win trophies. Cesc would have preferred to win a trophy as a captain than just a team mate more there is still a little time to gamble with. However, we should not only crucify Arsene but the board that prefer money to trophies and set a wage limited that will never accomodate the very great players

  9. Mattyboy

    September 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

    should have sold fabregas last season when 50m was the price, instead of wengers stubborness 15m has been lost out on the deal, because after allowing barca to spend most of their wage budget on Alexis Sanchez, there was less to bid for fabregas and less had to be accepted to conclude one of the longest running transfer certainties.
    Selling him last season would also have softened the blow on the fans as losing both fabregas and nasri at the sametime was harsh on the fans and also sent out completely the wrong signals to any pedigree player looking to join, instead being left with the average arteta and benayoun who lets face it are not world class and not on anyones transfer wishlist. I really think wenger has done enough and a fresh manager with a fresh approach who can attract players and is not scared of being helped by finances in a quest for glory.

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