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Despite Being Unable To Compete, Wenger Needs A Big Signing

As Arsenal struggle to keep hold of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the club also faces losing out on potential transfer targets, with the latest £10 million bid for Everton’s Phil Jagielka being turned down and the young Costa Rican striker, Joel Ca…

As Arsenal struggle to keep hold of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the club also faces losing out on potential transfer targets, with the latest £10 million bid for Everton’s Phil Jagielka being turned down and the young Costa Rican striker, Joel Campbell putting a move to Arsenal on hold.

Gael Clichy has already left the Arsenal door, and slammed it in Wenger’s face on the way out by claiming he left so he would have more chance of winning a trophy with Manchester City. It may be considered as a low blow. It may also be considered as the truth; Arsenal’s title winning chances have been fading for a while.

In the past six years, the club has no silverware to it’s name and has instead come only excruciatingly close. That isn’t what players want. Nowadays, football players, especially in their mid twenties, or approaching that age who are ambitious and know that time may not be all on their side, need immediate success. They need to be winning games and winning trophies, as a footballing career, on average, is not very long.

The likes of Manchester United and Manchester City are spending big this summer, and they are able to attract the best players through a few reasons in which Arsenal simply cannot or will not compete in.

First of all, a bigger wage is always more attractive to a footballer. As Arsenal offer Nasri a £115,000 per week deal which would make him their highest earner, Manchester City have offered the same player £45,000 more, and he still wouldn’t be close to City’s highest weekly wage packet.

However, money is only one small feature of the attraction at clubs like United, City and Chelsea who are willing to pay large sums that Arsenal are not. The main attraction is surely the potential to win trophies and the top class players already at the club who can help achieve that. Arsenal currently face letting their best players go – what message does that send to players subject of interest from Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger must change that view. He must move in the transfer window to bring in a player who can not only help to win trophies at Arsenal, and make the team all around more clinical, but who also has the star attraction for other footballers.

Manchester United have Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Ferdinand, Vidic – all players who are known throughout the world, who many younger players look up to and aspire to be like on the pitch. Even City have their fair share through Yaya Toure and David Silva, and apart from the anomaly Carlos Tevez, who wants to move to a new club every two seasons, the players want to stay as they have a good chance of success.

I believe one big signing for Arsenal could do wonders for the morale of both the team and the fans. It would take pressure off of Wenger, and allow him to continue his job without calls for him to spend a lot of money. If Wenger can get the trouble positions sorted, a big signing of a big player, world renowned would certainly refresh Arsenal’s world wide popularity, and perhaps they can look forward to bringing more of the same in, rather than see them leave looking for success.

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  1. thala

    July 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    1 thing which i dont understand is teams like barca , utd , city [fa cup ,3rd place] who finished better than arsenal and won things buy players 2 strengthen the team….but arsenal buy no one not winning anything for 6 bloody yrs….

  2. Dave Highbury

    July 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    We all know that this team has been prepared from scratch along with the new stadium. We all know that this team is still on the up. We all know that Arsenal will fine tune the squad with a few players now that the squad has come of age –
    One winger/gervinho good buy
    One striker
    One central defender?
    last season, Man Shitty didn’t even bother to play us and they’re missin Tevez
    Man United need to sort out their mid-field
    Chelsea is getting on a bit and will have to go through what we’ve already been through.
    We are sitting pretty. Our squad is young with plenty experience. We have now started beating all the top teams.
    The set pieces are a nice problem to solve.
    We have cash that we earned, and when we win, we win in STYLE and we don’t pay for it. RESPECT THAT, or football will disintegrate. We have paved the way for the future of football. Enough of all this tosh news

  3. Yemight

    July 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I think the best thing for Arsene wenger is to buy talented players ahead of next season.

  4. Sunny

    July 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Don’t worry about wenger. 7 is a complete perfect number. He is waiting to break record of 7 years of silverware drought.

  5. jackson kafuuzi

    July 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    At arsenal we are doomed

  6. chris

    July 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Wenger does not do big signings … he is scared xxxxless. He goes for those who are cheap – not great players at the market price.

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