Why competition for places is key! by Ash
On the basis of players potentially joining the club, I often see fans being quite pessimistic in my opinion and state that we don’t need to sign one player because we already have a player for that position. Some fans also take the Arsene Wenger approach and say that by purchasing a certain player will “kill off” another. I too admit that I’ve said this a few times, most notably with Wojiech Szszesny, however I’ve come to realise, competition for places in the start XI is key to be successful. .......Read the full article here
The Ultimate Business Model by Alexander
While we’re bombarded with new outrageous transfer targets on a daily basis I wanted to take a break from speculation and have a look at something a bit closer to reality.
It’s pretty much well known that Arsene Wenger likes to spend low and develop players – this has been his philosophy for many years. Sometimes this policy works wonders, producing world-class players in the form of Fabregas, van Persie, Nasri, Henry, Overmars, Petit, Vieira, etc. However there are many more instances when this doesn’t work. You only have to look at the number of ineffective players sitting on the squad list to realize this. .......Read the full article here
Building a team. by Nepali Gunner
Arsenal needs to buy!!! We are 2 to 3 to 5 to 7 players short of a historic quadruple. Oh how stubborn Wenger is not buying anyone. Wenger has lost the plot!!! Stan Kroenke needs to go. Bring on Usmanov…
We have heard these words repeatedly in the last few years. Arsenal are not the force they should be, Arsenal are not competitive anymore. Arsenal are way below the level they should be at etc. The fans are frustrated, and they want change. As Einstein’s definition of insanity goes, it’s doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal must not settle for average by FD
These should be exciting times for all Arsenal followers. Yes, I know there’s that small matter of having to win our final two Premiership matches, but that detail aside, we’ll be entering a summer with, by all accounts, a healthy transfer coffer, and a realistic chance of attracting some prime footballing talent to The Emirates. Even allowing for competition from the traditional big spenders, there are dozens of potential targets whose presence could certainly enhance a team that, let’s face it, is currently only just good enough to merit a top four place. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn is as aware of the rest of us that Arsene Wenger has more money in the bank than just about any other team in the world ready to invest in the tyransfer market. The rumours are saying that he has a minimum of £70million to strengthen the team, but Winterburn doesnt believe Wenger will be going for established stars.
Nigel said: “The problem at Arsenal is always that they have a wage structure which is fairly high, but in terms of competing with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, if they are after the same player, particularly with the history of Man Utd and Chelsea of late, the player is more likely to go to one of those teams. .......Read the full article here
The ex-Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has just retired from football at 35 years of age, and he has taken the opportunity to celebrate his glory days at Arsenal, where he won two League titles and three FA Cup Winners medals. But he remembers that Arsene Wenger used to buy in top stars every year, and thinks that the Frenchman doesn’t get the same support from the board as he used to in those wonderful times.
‘I am a fan like everyone else and I want us to win trophies,’ Ljungberg said. ‘That hasn’t happened for seven years and maybe Arsene Wenger doesn’t get the funding. .......Read the full article here
One of our Guest Posters, AFC Chazza, was at the Wigan match last night, and wants to give his Player Ratings to see if fellow Gooners agree with his comments. Over to you Chazza…
Arsenal Player Ratings v Wigan
Szczesny: 6.5- solid performance from the current number 2. Not really challenged, but handled the few Wigan half chances well.
Eboue: 6- looked dodgy in the opening minutes vs. Moses, but after Moses was injured there was no threat from the right, and so Eboue had little to do. Didn’t see a lot of him in the opposition half however. .......Read the full article here