Arsene Wenger shouldn’t be handed a substantial warchest to utilize this summer as he will simply waste it. This is what former Gunner Stewart Robson believes.
As we are aware, or been told even, Wenger will be given at least £70 million to spend this summer in order to challenge for silverware next season.
While many believe the Frenchman will spend and acquire top quality players, Robson begs to differ, claiming Wenger’s previous buys have been woeful and expects more of the same this summer:
‘I’m not expecting any marquee signings at Arsenal.
‘There’s a lot of talk about it but I don’t know if I would trust Arsene Wenger with that money.
‘Over the last few years some of the players that he’s said were going to be world class haven’t ended up like that.
‘People like Olivier Giroud, Philippe Senderos, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Armand Traore, Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Emmanuel Eboue, Park Chu-Young, Lukasz Fabianskii, Gervinho and Andre Santos.’
He went on to say:
‘These are the sort of players who Arsene Wenger said were going to be world class players and they haven’t done it.
‘Over the last two seasons they have spent some money on Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Nacho Monreal, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos. They haven’t been top class players.
‘Arsene Wenger doesn’t appear to want to sign the top class players, or what other people would describe as top class players. He goes out and says, ‘I can buy you cheaper players for a better price who are going to be world class players in the future’ but that hasn’t been the case in the last few years.
‘Some of the players who he has bought have regressed under him like Andrey Arshavin and Thomas Vermaelen. Nacho Monreal hasn’t been a good signing and Andre Santos has been hopeless for them.
‘Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski are past their best and Gervinho is another player who they spent a lot of money on and hasn’t really come to the fore.’
In a way, Robson has a point – Wenger has been unable to sign top quality players over recent seasons. Just look at the list of players above. Are any of them decent enough to play for Arsenal?
Arteta, Vermaelen and Giroud have been decent signings but they aren’t exactly world-beaters.
This summer seems different however, and I think Wenger will spend big on big players (hopefully he does). If he does this then I believe we will be challenging for silverware next season. If he doesn’t, after the club made major profits and signed new sponsorship deals, then we can all firmly point the finger of blame at Wenger for not bringing in top quality footballers to our club.
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