“I Think Arsenal Will Struggle To Finish In The Top Four”

By on August 9, 2011

Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins believes Arsenal will find it difficult to remain in the top four if both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave this summer.

Both midfielders have been heavily linked with a move away from North London this summer with some questioning the Gunners ability to maintain a title challenge next season.

Wilkins feels its imperative for the Gunners to keep hold of the duo insisting the club will find it hard to replace the want-away midfielders. Former Blues coach Wilkins told talkSPORT:

“I think Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top four. They play some wonderful football but it’s so important to keep Fabregas and Nasri.

“It would take enormous money to replace two world class players like that and I don’t think they’re out there. And then you’ve got to rebuild again, and that’s tough doing. Wenger has a lot on his plate to get those guys to stay. And they’ve got to get a couple of winners in there.”

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21 Comments

  1. Fizzer

    August 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    More likely to struggle to stay in the BOTTOM four

    • Madhu

      August 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Up yours. Arsenal have played in the Champions League for 14 consecutive years. Loser.

      • herbert

        August 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

        and not winning trophies for 5 consecutive years (and counting)

  2. Jay of Mauritius

    August 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    What a bullsh**t he is talking about. Sell both and invest on Mata, Hazard, Cahill and Mertesaker.

    We’ll suddenly become the favourites to win the title prior to start the season.

    Cheers the Gooners

  3. ziggy

    August 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    despite all the transfer rumours Arsenal may finish ahead of Chelsea this season!

  4. Moses Watasa

    August 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

    That Nasri and Fabregas are tired of Arsenal FC is in “red and white”. It’s a tough one but Arsene Wenger should sell these players and swiftly finding replacements within the remaining days of August 2011. But the post-2005 Arsene Wenger (that we now know) would bank the cash for his predatory Board to munch other than re-invest it in quality signings. The uncertainty is rumbling-on but a tricky CL play-off with Udinese is looming and cracking EPL fixtures are awaiting the gunners. Typical Arsene Wenger is insisting with a comical defence – they have been leaking and banging-in own goals throughout the summer’s build-up matches. Signing “infants” like Oxylade Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson suggests that Mr. Manager, stuck in his soccer illusion, learn’t nothing from last season’s bizarre implosion. A thick and dark cloud continues hovering ominously over the Emirates stadium. Strong “pain-killers” are required ahead of the new season – especially for the fans. For Arsene Wenger, it’s de-ja-vu time – he is back, in his suits and with his water bottles – he will be kicking the bottles (again) along the touchline throughout the 2011-2012 season.

  5. John

    August 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Err.. weren’t we written off last year as well?

    • John as well

      August 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

      Yep, and the year before and the year before that. Oh and of course Tottenham is going to overtake us, like last year and the year before etc.

  6. Charlie

    August 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Sorry Ray, you have always been wrong about Arsenal. The simple answer to the question is, how many times the Cesc play last season? How manu times did Nasri play last season? How many games did we win without them? And how manu did Arsenal win when they both played? Answer this questions and will shut it!

  7. Ignatius Begumanya

    August 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

    RW,Do you mean Cesc & Nasri make up Arsenal FC?

  8. jago

    August 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Wilkins needs to remember without the Russian Chelsea would be finishing 10th every season, the Russian and no one alone has ruined football by proving that by buying a play thing he can get the love he desperately craves, now city relegation fodder for so long and Liverpool have followed suit and spent hundreds of millions of ££’s on players to buy instant success. Unfortunately or fortunately Arsenal have decided to build a self funding sustainable business and the punishment from this is we won’t win anything and our so called stars are like any modern day footballer GREEDY, please remember this because Jack and Vermalean will be next seasons leavers.

  9. HashGun

    August 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Arsenal does not struggle! When these young men put their heads down, they simply ease past the best of them, ManU, Chelsea,Man, you name them! Happened last year! The only sin that Arsenal committed is that they’ve never relied on British players. A consequence is that everybody is ‘dissing’ The Arsenal. But then, which connoisseur of the game takes British pundits seriously!

  10. Able Gunner

    August 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Keep thinking and wishing you loosers.

    Arsenal is bigger than fab and nasri

    why dont you find another club to support?

  11. ars-n-hole

    August 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    don’t even know why i read this post! BRING ON THE SEASON!!!!

  12. Gooner

    August 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    It’s the same old story – “start of the season, Arsenal in no position to compete for the title…, they are gonna loose the top spot…?!?, will be overtaken by spurs, city etc etc…In the end ARSENAL remain in their OLD Top four spot, regardless of all the criticization. This season Gunners are going win the title… GOONER4EVER!!!

  13. sam

    August 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Sell the 2 players mertesacker n cahill hazard n mata n bring a experienced defensive mid like van bommel,cambiasso,diarra etc

  14. A-Flex

    August 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I’m tired of hearing this bullsh*t!
    Everyone thinks he has an opinion on Arseneal/Wenger. Aresnal this, Arsenal that, Arsene should buy this player, buy that player.

    Even Ray Wilkins thinks he is an expert in football matters all of a sudden. What does Ray Wilkins know better than Arsene???

  15. mr waitingforthequalityplayers

    August 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    wilkins is a man of dignity, perception and intelligence. He is absolutely correct……..he should of further qualified his opinion by saying that if we strengthen the defense and bring in a top quaity striker we could challenge for the title. However on what we have at the moment he is more than correct

    • A-Flex

      August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Oh please, “man of dignity, perception and intelligence” my a*se!

      And you said we need a “top quality striker”! Do you even know what’s going on at Arsenal???

      We just bought Gervinho, and I agree he may not be half as good as Tevez but hey remember Thierry Henry?

      • Kiku Ssekatawa

        August 10, 2011 at 3:02 am

        Gervinho not half as good as Tevez? Come on. Apart from power and some elementary skills, what else does Tevez have? Gervinho has a career total of 160 games, 50 goals and 22 assists, playing as a winger, while Tevez has 331 games, 150 goals, playing as a striker and you say the Ivorian is not half as good? I looks like you have also fallen victim of the hype associated with the British press!!

  16. Kiku Ssekatawa

    August 10, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I don’t know why the so-called ‘pundits’ like Wilkins don’t learn. “Arsenal will not finish in the top IV” has become a song of pre-season. What they forget is that football is a bond game and Arsenal,having raised the core of their team through the youth ranks, have that bond in abundance, making it easy to play together and conjure up results. I think he should focus more on Chelsea’s chances of winning the championship with such an over aged squad, which I think will be nearly impossible. As for ARSENAL, it’s a matter of replacing the duo if it really departs and finding the right balance.The Cesc departure would be a miss, but Nasri’s is an over exaggeration as he has not had a great impact at the club. If Wenger signs Mata to replace Nasri, Wilshere and Ramsey can share the responsibility of filling Cesc’s boots, and, with a new center back an inevitable arrival and the emergence of Frimpong, Miyaichi, the return-to-fitness of Vermaelen and the arrival of Gervinho, Arsenal are the likeliest challengers of Man United, and not Chelsea and Money City, as Wilkins seems to suggest!

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