Wenger Blamed – Nasri Talks Ongoing

By on June 26, 2011

Arsenal are beginning to show signs of life in the transfer window this summer, with imminent transfers said to be in place; Lille’s Gervinho, and the Argentine midfielder Ricky Alvarez said to be close, as well as moves for defenders such as Chris Samba and Gary Cahill expected from Wenger.

However, it wasn’t like this in the past few transfer windows for Arsenal, and many have been highly critical as a result. The latest critic of Wenger’s transfer policy is Perry Groves, the former Arsenal midfielder, who signed for the London club back in 1986. He told TalkSport:

“The frustrating thing is [the Premier League] was Arsenal’s to win last year.”

“But because they didn’t have the dominant centre-half which they could have gone and got in January that’s why [they didn’t win the league] and that’s why Arsene’s policy over two or three years has been proven wrong.”

“There has been two phases when Arsene Wenger has been in charge. On the pitch from 1996-2004 that is how you structure a football team. Off the pitch from 2005-2011 is how you structure a football club, going from Highbury to the Emirates.”

“Arsenal fans, the real die-hard ones, want trophies and that is the real be all and end all of how you’re judged as a football club manager.”

A trophy is exactly what Arsenal need next season to appease the frustrated fans, who may soon be approaching seven or eight years without any silverware, with the last piece coming in 2005 when the FA Cup was won. However, to have a chance to win a trophy, Arsenal will need to keep hold of their best players, and that includes Samir Nasri, who has been flirting with the idea of leaving Arsenal recently.

Talks are ongoing between the players representatives and the club, with the latest negotiations looking more positive than before. Nasri is still holding out for an increase in his wages, and a better deal than the £80,000 a week being offered in a five year-deal, but he is also waiting to see how Wenger acts in the transfer market.

Clubs are circling over Nasri, watching intently the progression of negotiations, preparing to pounce at any time, and with some of he biggest clubs around Europe said to be interested, including Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Manchester United. Nasri is ambitious, and wants to win trophies, so he needs the guarantee from Arsenal that, with new players purchases, the club will be real challengers for trophies.

Everyone involved would rather this saga was resolved sooner rather than later, as it is one of those transfers that could run seemingly endlessly throughout the window.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. Judith Le'Strange

    June 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Wenger and Glazidis are talking about big players coming to Arsenal in this transfer window & plenty of names are being linked, but so far it just seems like hot air, because nothing is actually being done. Whereas Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea & Man C are actually buying players, so unless Wenger & Glazidis actually spend some of the money that is actually said to be available we’ll have the same crap players as we have at present. So open the chequebook & spend some money on Samba, Cahill, Gervinho & Alvarez

    • Gunneer4lyfe

      June 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Judith, the international window opens on 01/07/2011, wait until that date then start to make ur negative comments…..Arsenal play the best football in England, they play the way football should be played, thats y we love them and love the beautiful game

    • sophia_arsenal fan

      June 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      I agree with you. We could have won this title. We need to strengthen the team in positions that are necessary.
      Not only could we gain by opening the cheque book and actually attaining these players that we are rumoured to purchase but we also need to keep the good players that know what it means to play for arsenal.
      I would prefer 12 squad do or die players than 32 odd jobs . So keep clichy, nasri, fabianski, sagna,song, van p., walcot, ramsey, wilshere, djojuru, gibbs by any means possible and get rid of the tag alongs such as diaby, chamakh,bendtner, alumunia,fabregas (not that he lacks the talent but obviously prefers to pass the ball to barcelona via messi). i think whatever nasri and clichy,demand regarding contract negotiations should be met . makes no sense selling good players to replace good players but need players to help strengthen existing quality.

    • sophia_arsenal fan

      June 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      I agree with you. We could have won this title. We need to strengthen the team in positions that are necessary.
      Not only could we gain by opening the cheque book and actually attaining these players that we are rumoured to purchase but we also need to keep the good players that know what it means to play for arsenal.
      I would prefer 12 squad do or die players than 32 odd jobs . contd

  2. chris

    June 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Why are fans who demand trophyies die-hards? I love arsenal and me supporting my club is the most important thing, trophies are just a nice side thing, does this mean I’m not a good fan?

    • Ali

      June 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm


      • KIp

        June 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        It depends on what you mean by a loser and a winner

    • John

      June 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      Exactly, well said. Arsenal is for life not just a trophy; even if they were relegated it would still be my team.

  3. matt

    June 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    judith, who have man city and chelsea bought? The difference is that wenger holds his cards close to his chest. I mean, the transfer window doesn’t even open until july the first, and people are getting impatient already! It’s ridiculous!

    • jordan bain

      June 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      thank you matt :)…and chris this shows that you are truly a ARSENAL supporter.

  4. slugboy

    June 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I think people are forgetting that the arsenal trophy drought has coincided with Chelsea spending £1bn on the team, managers etc, and with Barcalone probably producing the best ever team. despite this, we have challenged most years for most trophies, getting the the champs league final once and usually making it to the finals, semis or quarters of most cup competitions.

    Most dumb fans are suggesting that wenger and gazidis are sitting with their fingers up their arses whilst all the other teams are going mental buying up all the talent. We have bought one player and 3 or 4 are looming (can’t buty them yet. We are also trying to keep hold of Nasri and Clichy whilst trying to sell Fabregas for the highest possible sum and offload a load of deadwood. Get some pesrpective guys.

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  6. Kev

    June 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Any arsenal fan who questions wenger is a fool. If it wasn’t for him spurs would av overtaken u aswell as Liverpool with their spending.
    It is amazing what wenger has done with your limited cash resources over the years. And to all u fans who go on bout the beautiful football u play, do u remember the football pre wenger ?
    Do u think nasri or fabregas would b there in the first place if not for wenger? Or vieira, Henry,petit etc.
    Show some appreciation to the man that has made you what you are. You have no divine right to win trophies playing in the same league as Manchester united or Chelsea. U should b ecstatic with top 4 u idiots.

  7. Gift Kaunda

    June 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I support Arsenal with or without trophies because i like the team.No need to be ashamed of you like!!!!!

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