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Wenger Defends His Decision To Buy Flops Like Gervinho & Squillaci

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has risked further flack from the fans by defending his decision to buy flops like Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh & Sebastian Squillaci


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has risked further flack from the fans by defending his decision to buy flops like Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh and Sebastian Squillaci, according to the Sun.

The boss has come under increasing pressure this season, and rightly so. We’ve made our worst start to a Premier League season in Wenger’s era and the criticism grew after the humiliating Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford on Tuesday.

We Arsenal fans have seen our best players sold in recent summers and replaced by inadequate replacements, many of which aren’t fit to wear the famous Red & White shirt. You know the players I’m talking about, and it seems so do the journalists.

At his weekly press conference on Friday, the Sun claim Wenger was asked if he was disappointed with how some of his recent signings have turned out. Wenger demanded examples. He was given a list that included Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Sebastian Squillaci, Park Ju-Young and Andre Santos, and Wenger defended his buys.

When asked if the reported £11m he had spent on Gervinho was money well spent, Wenger replied:

“It was £8million,” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Sun

Oh, right. It was only £8m. That’s OK then Arsene. The boss was then asked if the Ivorian – who’s scored just 9 goals in 54 games – was fulfilling his potential, to which he replied:

“Yes, he is a good player.” Wenger continued

Many Gooners may disagree with you there Arsene. Gervinho has shown us very little to suggest it has been money well spent. He was then asked about the other names and Arsene continued to defend his purchases.

“Chamakh was a good buy, and he came on a free. And Squillaci was nearly free. You cannot say we have a squad of no quality. In fact, we have a squad of players who are top-quality internationals.” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Sun

Chamakh was a “good buy”?! He’s scored four goals in two years and is one of the worst strikers to ever wear an Arsenal shirt. We may not have paid a transfer fee for him, but i bet we paid a large signing on fee as well as astronomical wages, so he was most certainly not FREE Arsene and neither was he a ‘good buy’.

And so what if Squillaci was also ‘nearly free’? Does that make it OK that he’s useless? The Sun reporter claims he thinks Wenger is in denial at the trouble we’re in and the current shape of the squad. It’s hard to argue with him.

While it’s understandable that the boss defends his players – I wouldn’t expect him to come out and slam them and say they’re sh*t – but he could say something more honest such as they’ve struggled to adapt or he expected a bit more from them. Saying ‘they were free’ is just making an excuse as to why they’ve under performed.

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Many questions will be answered in January I suppose. If he buys the players we clearly need to be able to compete with the top boys, we’ll know he’s not lost the plot, if he doesn’t, I fear there will be increasing trouble ahead for the Frenchman…..and Arsenal FC.

What do you think? Is Wenger right to defend the likes of Squillaci and Gervinho? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Oguntuase Amos

    December 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Any good manager will defend his players. If the mentioned players had not made their marks in their respective clubs they would not have come under Arsene Wenger’s radar. The fact that they could not perform in England does not mean they are bad. The likes of Shevchenko and Ballack were more or less failures in England, and other examples abound. So Wenger is right

    • Hojay black

      December 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Are u sure ballack is a flop?

    • Passionate Gooner

      December 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

      AW is a stubborn goat. He will never admit his mistakes. He has to be hard on the players and at the same time play them in their favorite positions. How can someone give his best knowing in his mind that it is not his postion. Lately the positions and tactics he uses is totally unbelievable. Chamakh and Gervinho are good players. If they are not performing, drop them or send them to 2nd or reserves. They can also be loaned. So there is some truth when AW is called a Dictator coz he doesn’t consult or listen to his team. AW has to be ruthless like Alex Ferguson.

      • Jerry

        December 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        We need the read in between lines. Wenger using the past tense signifies he agrees totally with the reporters. He is only being professional

  2. Goon

    December 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Don’t think you can make say ‘Chamakh has scored 4 goals in 2 seasons’ without adding that he hasn’t started 10 games in those 2 seasons’. He was on a free, and did great when he started while RVP was injured. Actually his goals were vital for us to finish 4th that year and won many a game with vital goals (his brace up at Wolves when we were really under the cosh were crucial). Yeah, he’s bad now, but seriously, how can he come into the team and just click when he’s had about 3 starts in a year.

    Also, do you really think he would come out when being attacked by journos and say ‘Yeah, my players are shit i wish i didnt buy them’. Negativity breeds negativity and unfortunately a lot of Arsenal fans are sheep that go along with what they read in tabloids and listen to on the radio. Yeah, the Bradford defeat was bad, but we battered them for an hour and couldnt score. And I couldnt give a S**T about the Capital one Cup. I would take 3pts at Reading every time to beating Bradford.

    You guys wanna attack the Wenger, do it. But the majority of you dont go to games, watch it for free online, and talk s**t. you are a prime example of this!

    • GoonerMac

      December 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I get that Chamakh did OK when RVP was injured, but are you seriously defending the guy?!

      “how can he come into the team and just click when he’s had about 3 starts in a year.”

      If he’s had 3 starts in a year, doesn’t that say it all? Doesn’t that tell us Wenger himself doesn’t rate him? So why defend him and say he’s been a good buy? He’s clearly been a terrible buy. He barely makes the bench these days despite us having no strikers.

      The fact is we should be competing with the likes of Man Utd, and they have players like Hernandez on the bench who come straight in and make an IMPACT from the bench. That’s why they’re top of the league.

      “Also, do you really think he would come out when being attacked by journos and say ‘Yeah, my players are shit i wish i didnt buy them’. ”

      ….Did you not read the part when i said i wouldn’t expect him to say that? But i would expect him to be slightly more honest. Saying Chamakh and Squillaci have been good buys is an insult.

  3. Mannix

    December 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Arsenal problem is not the players we have bt the way the team is being managed from the top. When Arsenal wants to play they can suprise any team. What this team needs is viera’s way of leading the team or Furgason way of managing Man U, to get the best out of u have. Wenger is too soft on his players n defends them even where they don’t deserve it.

  4. carter baze

    December 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    So let me get this straight. The author of this article seems to expect Arsene Wenger to publicly state to the media that he has poor players in his squad. Are you fricken kidding me. What top manager has ever publicly slated a player in their squad no matter how bad they were. Managers will always defend their players no matter what.

    • Raz

      December 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Are you fricken kidding? How can you not then go on to say that although they shouldn’t be criticised in public, we should then try to sell them? Just because he doesn’t slate them in public doesn’t mean that we should keep them and pay their salaries for sitting on the bench. Even TH took over Chamakh in the pecking order – Kinda says a lot.

  5. sadelk s.d

    December 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    … i do not just get, what to write. Coz,i’m sick&tired of wenger’s philoso-failure. though, he was right to defend is players but why must he be playing with our passion,love,… 2ru his naughty speech. pls,he nid 2b checked. Imagine, henry coming, 2 do what? a beg!

  6. Mannix

    December 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Imagine Podolsky,Carzola and Arteta we used to know a season ago are now shadow of their former self. Their morale have diminished because no matter how hard u work for the team the rest are reluctant and still have their first team, Gervinho alwys started no matter how many clear cuts goal he lost. Ramsey still starts no matter how many blind passes n lose balls to the opponent,he is still safe. So how do you expect of Walcott, Giroud,Podolsky,Carzola and Ramsey to perform?

  7. kelly

    December 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I believe u are blinded…if nt u could have seen that u have no good player or quality player in d squard.

  8. maryam

    December 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    i agree with sun because squillaci,gervinho and chamachshould be sold in january

  9. magongo

    December 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    i disagree wit u when u say gervinho is a flop, it not true. he may be bad at this tym but not compare with squilac and chamack he is a good player need to work with his final decisions and i think to my opinion that is wengers prob

  10. pistolpete

    December 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Why not play walcott up front instead of Gervinho. Got to be worth a try for a few games. Simple reason why is because wenger doesn’t know what he is doing anymore. To much focus on saving money for the club, which he get a percentage through transfer money. Same old story he will try to talk his way out of it, and after we lose to reading, more of the same crap will come out. Spirit, passion, willingness to win. All the same week after week. Wake up arsenal fans!!!!! This guy is killing our club and no one at the club has the balls the tell him he is doing a bad job. So it is left to the fans to vote we our feet.He simply can’t be allowed to keep geting away with it. God knows what crap we are going to pick up in the transfer market. I leave with these names. Park, Chamack,santos, squliac, gervinho,djourou,ramsey,fabianski,

  11. gunnergetthere!!

    December 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Gervinho has been harshly treated!! Yes he’s been a bit poor!!! He looks a better player on the right wing.. But to think alex song was dredful.. Took him at least 3seasons to get himself together… Who remembers adebyeour when he first come.. Bloody shocking!! Horrific first touch and Looked clumsey for 2seasons str8 Gervinho should be given a chance.. He didn’t get a real shot at it last season he went to the african nations and didn’t really feature that much when he returned.. Come on gooners we usually give players a chance….

  12. Sunnypa gooner

    December 16, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Wenger is a foolish man let him go and leave our club

  13. Washington Mutseneke

    December 16, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I have read a lot of comments on our club’s website so far. Very few share the same sentiments with me. The rest aaah i dont know, but then i wonder whether these comments come out of realy arsenal fans. They all remind me of a movie ‘the fan’ when wesley snipies told robert denero that a fan is like a woman, when you hit, she likes you and when you dont she doesnt.

  14. atoyebi tunde

    December 16, 2012 at 6:23 am

    D old folk should leave arsenal football club,cos d fans no longer hav a say when oder clubs are talking….let’s hav anoda manager and management teams next season and I bet u,,,I see Arsenal competing big time…

  15. Kunle

    December 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I dont blame dis players,d blame goes to d board,they gave wenger too much power,believe and never complain of poor performance of d team.chamak to me is a gud player,we arsenal fans keep sayin chamak,park,arshavin should be sold bt have any arsenal fans watch them in there previous clubs,they all performed marvelously b/4 wenger brought them to arsenal.chamak in bordx played along wit another striker upfront and he was able to score many goals bt when he came to arsenal wenger started using him as a lone striker,d same thing wit giroud,podoski. Arshavin in zenit peterbg played as an attacking midfielder,wenger played him on d wing when he is nt a winger,d same thing wit podoski,ramsey.To wat really saying is dat almost all d players are been played out of position.which player will be happy to play out of position.why manu keeps on winning trophies becos alex fergie plays formation dat suits d players and plays them at there suited positions.Have alex fergie ever played valencia or young in d central forward position or have scholes ever been played on m wings or cleverly played as a dmf.All dis should show d players are nt to blame bt wenger dat keeps doing experiement wit d players.One more note,when last did wenger change formation or start wit 4-4-2,4-3-1-2,4-1-3-2 formation. Atleast a good coach during d match should be able to sense dat d formation is squad is playing is nt working so as to change d formation bt wenger will start wit 4-3-3 and ends wit d formation even though is nt working 4 d squad

  16. ken

    December 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    What was he supposed to say!!! He’s not going to come out and say Chamakh is shit when we’re trying to sell him!! The fact these players don’t get game time speaks volumes. So only Gervinho is playing regularly out of those mentioned, and for 8 million after helping lille to a title, is not a flop. He is by no means a finished product but there is potential, and he scores and creates chances, even if he may miss many more! Bebe cost Utd the same if not more….That’s a flop! Stuart Downing for 15mil…That’s a flop!

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