Posted on Tuesday, 30th August 2011 by Steve Wellman
Over the past 12 months, as a minimum, blind Freddie has observed that our club has been run on a shoe string budget when it came to the transfer market.
Arsene Wenger has had a very good eye for talent during his time at Arsenal, unearthing some diamonds at bargain basement prices, but surely at end of last year it was obvious that we needed to bring in experience and defenders to compete with the Man United’s, Man City’s and Chelsea’s? Instead, he has brought in more ‘potential stars’ who have limited experienced players to mentor them through the difficult times.
I cannot believe that Arsene Wenger would want to procrastinate, and live in hope that he could jag a bargain or pick up the left over slops that were not picked up by the proactive or ambitious clubs – there must be a directive of the board to save money and go down this suicidal path. The board was good enough to put the ticket prices up, so they should have had the decency to recruit players to give the fans some hope the team could compete even until February.
What is happening at the moment seems to be signs of things to come, I hope I am wrong, but we could have won a title over the last couple of years if we had gone shopping for quality experienced players rather than relying on team youth.
The lack of ambition has not made Arsenal a club that top players would be keen to join, given the failure to retain quality players. We have though managed to retain and pay over the odd salaries to a number of players, some of which are still at the club.
We were once a club that alongside Manchester United challenged for the title, now we are making up the numbers – harsh maybe, but this assessment is based on what we have shown since February – and back then we had a certain player by the name of Cesc Fabregas in the squad, he is now gone and has not been replaced (very hard to do but I hope you know what I mean).
I am glad that we have sold players like Clichy, Eboue, and Denilson, who is out on loan, and the funds from Nasri were excellent, but no fooking good just sitting in a bank account earning 2% interest when the money needs to be reinvested.
My question to you is – who is good enough from our squad to play at one of the three big clubs in the Premier League? For me, only RVP and TV5 can – both of whom have been injury-prone. I haven’t seen enough of Gervinho, so I haven’t included him and in a number of years time, maybe Szcz will be top shelf as well.
We have some decent bench players and a good balanced side, but we don’t have a competitive starting eleven to challenge for a top four spot.
Maybe it’s my lack of sleep, given that I watched the match and it finished at 2:30am here in Oz that day, but I hope the next 48 hours better be very productive. However, I think the share prices of players have risen again, as Arsenal are desperate to turn things around.
Thankfully, we have a week or two off to get the kids heads straightened out after that flogging.
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