I REMEBER Arsène Wenger saying that Arsenal couldn’t be considered as a “big club” if they sold both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the same summer. Oops.
With Frenchman Nasri now a Manchester City player and Fabregas finally rejoining Barcelona (in the space of a week, no less) I wonder what the Gunners’ boss is thinking now.
Probably that his ‘young team’ still have enough ability to win it all this season, without making any real signings.
But I don’t think that’ll cut it anymore. I’ve enjoyed watching the brilliant Arsenal teams of the Wenger era more than any other Premier League side.
If you cast aside Wenger’s reluctance to buy British and the many red cards, they’ve played the best football for the past decade.
While Manchester United and Chelsea may have delivered the lion’s share of the silverware, it’s the Gunners that most neutrals would have wanted to be champions.
Yet while that’s all down to Wenger, so are their many shortcomings. How can such a great footballing man not realise that his side have been so badly flawed in a number of departments for so very long?
They are weak in central defence, have never replaced Patrick Vieira in central midfield and have not had a goal poacher in years. Imagine the amount of goals Javier Hernandez would score if he was at the Emirates.
If Wenger doesn’t go out and spend big before the transfer window slams shut, his side may also find the entrance door to the Champions League close on them too.
•IN contrast, champions Manchester United have made an imperious start to the new campaign.
It appears that only rivals Manchester City – my tip for the title – will offer an serious challenge to them this season.
After all the doom and gloom of the future of the England national team, it’s refreshing to see the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley shining on the big stage.
But I’m not jumping on the Danny Welbeck bandwagon. Oh no, no way.
I heard one pundit brand him the “new Alan Shearer” after his display against Spurs on Monday.
Give me a break, he’ll soon be back on the bench.