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Arsene Wenger Needs To Show Some Ambition….Fast

The winds of change are certainly blowing through the Emirates Stadium this summer as Arsenal face perhaps the most pivotal off-season since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996.

The winds of change are certainly blowing through the Emirates Stadium this summer as Arsenal face perhaps the most pivotal off-season since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996.

The rumours swirling around the futures of captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are threatening to cause complete disarray within the Gunners’ camp, and derail their ambitions for next season before it has even begun.

Barcelona’s courting of Cesc Fabregas is nothing new as they have tried to lure him back ‘home’ for the past two seasons without success, as a stubborn Wenger has continually clutched onto his prize asset with an iron-like grip.

However, the Gunners are in the driving seat as far as this transfer goes and despite constant reports claiming Fabregas is ‘desperate’ to return to the Catalan giants, they are under no pressure to sell him this summer due to a contract tying him to the North London club until at least 2014.

Barcelona have already tested Arsenal’s resolve with a bid of around £27m for the Spaniard, although this falls well short of the Gunners’ valuation of approximately £40m, which the European champions are exceedingly reluctant to pay.

It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will return with an improved offer for Fabregas, but as it stands they hold relatively few cards compared to the Gunners.

However, if the professional nature of Fabregas wanes and his performances suffer because of it, Arsenal’s hand may be forced and they will have to part with their inspirational captain before it tears the team apart.

The Fabregas saga has surprisingly taken somewhat of a backseat role to the real shock story of the summer so far, concerning the Frenchman Samir Nasri and a prospective move to either of the two Manchester clubs.

Nasri’s reluctance to sign a new contract with Arsenal must have come as a complete bolt from the blue to Arsene Wenger as he prepared to enter the transfer market, in order to apply much-needed improvements to a Gunners side who faltered spectacularly at the conclusion of last season, when they were in the hunt for four trophies as late as February.

This is perhaps the most pertinent reason for Nasri’s sudden disillusion with life at the Emirates and with less than a year left on his Arsenal contract, the vultures emanating from both Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium are circling, with the promise of trophies something that Arsenal cannot guarantee anymore.

Wenger has responded by declaring that the club will ‘fight as hard as possible’ in order to keep Nasri from turning his back on the club. Yet he will need to show real ambition in the transfer market in order to persuade his disenchanted players that a season culminating in a trophy is a genuine prospect.

On the plus side, it looks as though they have made their first dip into the market with the imminent signing of Ivory Coast wide-man Gervinho, from the French champions Lille.

However, Gunners fans will hope this is not the only major signing of the summer as they fully expect to add one or two defenders to bolster their often criticised backline.

They have already cast admiring glances the way of Christopher Samba and Gary Cahill, who would cost upwards of £10m and £15m respectively. Realistically, only one of these men will join the club during the off-season as Wenger also has plans for other positions within his squad.

There is a worrying feeling among Arsenal fans that their club’s financial plans, while being incredibly admirable, are transforming them from perennial title contenders to just being a feeder club to not only the top teams from around Europe but, more worryingly, to the teams in their own league.

Arsenal really are at a crossroads and Wenger is under intense pressure to deliver the necessary improvements in order to keep the Gunners competitive, or risk seeing his title-seeking side fall by the wayside and become ‘just another club’ within the increasingly cut-throat world of the English Premier League.

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  1. Sid

    July 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Look at the players Arsenal have sold on; Clichy, Adebayor and Kolo Toure. All 3 that Wenger was happy to offload as all were not required, past their best or simply not up to it. The fact that city have more money than sense is their problem. Clichy bless him hasnt been anywhere near good enough for 3 seasons now, often targeted and often at fault, especially his poor positional sense.

    That being said, Nasri is a different prosepct, however, his alarming loss of form towards the last 3 or 4 months of the season shouldnt be forgotten. He is as much to blame for Arsenal’s end of season collapse as the much maligned (and often unfairly so) defence.

    But nasri wont be sold to City, he will be staying unless a team from Italy ir Spain come in for him.

    The manager does need to get more active in the market, he promised the Gooners faithfull he would be and so far he hasnt lived up to that declaration. Of course things are probably being done behind the scenes, but it is a worry that no new signings have happened. I agree this is a very important close season for Wenger, if he doesnt bring in 2 or 3 more players, then I have real doubts Arsenal will challenge.

  2. Delford Magaya

    July 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

    The advisor to Barca have spoken and those with an open mind will not talk about Arsene Wenger and Fabrigas anymore. Why Arsenal every time, find other news, if you have nothing to talk about then dont make noise about Arsenal F.C. The issue is very clear, Arsenal will not sell their best players for some reasons. It is up-to Arsenal to sort out the problem with their players should they need to negotiate for more salaries. I apeal to those who are making noise to think of their own teams not to talk about Arsenal again. The advisor to Barca have spoken. Those with an open mind they got the message.

  3. Luke

    July 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

    The handling of the star-duo and positive transfer targets of this summer will be very pivotal to AW’s future and the club’s share stakes. Only positive results and silverware will see AW prevail. Any setback will see our Russian friend flexing his financial muscle to rescue the club from a tailspin next summer. AW knows it,but whether he will adapt and act on it is the big ask now.

    • Sid

      July 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      That bit about Usmanov ios a load of nonsense. How can he flex anything other than his fat gob in the ever obliging media? He is not the owner, or even on the board.

      You are chatting bubbles mate. Save the club? He is a manc loving scum bag, but then again, you could be one of his many lackies?

  4. mr waitingforthequalityplayers

    July 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    @luke…….i agree with your concise summation and i would take it a stage further and add that the tailspin you mention is a very real possibility. Being out of the top 4, carries with it a loss of prestige (as well as finance)and top players would not be interested in europa cup football.Wenger really is risking an enormous amount of our future on his narrow -minded, miserly and stubborn behaviour.Apparently there has been no contact made for cahill, and samba is reported to be too expensive for wengers half-price bid. 6th place for me unless he gets his act together ASAP

  5. Moses Watasa

    July 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    His transfer actions (inactions) over the last six years suggest that Arsene Wenger will NOT make the kind of signings Arsenal fans are ‘screaming’ for. With less than four weeks to the new EPL season, he is masquerading with a squad that cannot win even a plastic mug. To deflect fans’ scrutiny, he has been busy, “signing” players until more serious clubs have nabbed them – refer to Ricardo Alvarez and Stewart Downing. Right now, he is “signing” Gary Cahill, Chris Samba, Neven Subbotic, Shay Given etc, until these footballers end-up at Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City etc. The looming EPL season opens with some really cracking fixtures – Man Utd, Liverpool and Spurs in the mix. I can visualise grumpy “Professor Wenger” hurling and kicking water bottles along the touchline as early as September 2011. And once Arsenal finish seventh in May 2012, he will flee the club. So fans asking him to make bold transfer moves should be inquiring when the “expired” professor is leaving before the rot at Arsenal degenerates a level of “septic fungi”.

    • Sid

      July 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      You clearly are a clueless glory hunter. The transfer over the last seasons? Obviously the move to the new stadium isnt a factor is it? No, not for fantasy manager playing dimwits I see.

  6. makkik

    July 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    wat a aw not ambitous? Where are the defenders.?another seasin an no cahange from old habits?young young and young an no dilverware?eh we are fed up aw.u either go or change¡!

  7. NefariousGooner

    July 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    @Sid- you really are nothing but an AKB twat arnt you!
    So sick of you zealots blindly defending the indefensible. If your not up with the current Forbes postings of most valuable sports franchises we are 7th in the world over all sports! So stop crying poor as an excuse. Wenger is an egotistical stubborn imbecile that can’t admit he has got it wrong. Let’s see what you AKB ramjets have to say when we finish out of the top 4 this year and Wenger leaves the sinking ship like the rat he is!
    In Wenger we rust!

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