Wenger focused on selling, not buying, after Stoke defeat

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Arsene Wenger says he’s more focused on trimming his squad rather than adding to it despite the 1-0 defeat to Stoke on Saturday evening.

The Arsenal manager declared himself unconvinced by the centre of defence, but seems to have no plans to make an addition there, preferring instead to shift some of the fringe members of the squad.

Asked post-game if he was looking to make any additions, Wenger said, “I expect to sell players first. That’s all.

“I expect players to go because we have too many players, it’s not manageable and many clubs are in this situation that’s why the transfer market is quiet.

“We have 33 players at the moment and that’s too many. I am not after a game like that just in a transfer mode.

“We are more disappointed. I am not thinking straight away to buy players tonight.”

There’s just about 11 days left of the transfer window, we suspect some movement will be necessary, both in and out.

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Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

Sell more central defender’s

rugrat

the fluidity of our central defense means that we see a back three of giroud, sanchez, and lacazette very soon!

Anonymarse

Back to school with you as well

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

The Arsenal manager declared himself unconvinced by the centre of defence, but seems to have no plans to make an addition there.

BREAKING NEWS – After reading the ^ sentence logic went and jumped off a cliff.

The Loon Ranger

I’m sorry but I have to say I’m suffering from a bad case of “Deja Moo”. I’ve heard all this bullshit before.

Shank

Frankly I think hes gone a bit bonkers……
Just as a matter of interest, who was playing where today?

Delusionally Yours

It’s the vaunted “couple dudes at the back the rest up front” formation, with secret weapon “You know him as one of the best right backs in the league, now featuring as an inside-cutting left forward” Hector Bellerin

GateCrasher

Seconded! Seriously – I’d peer at the tv, notice the ponybun and wonder why exactly this dude was receiving the ball in the centre circle. Only position bellerin didn’t wander into was right back!

Diarra

You really don’t want to know

Third Plebeian

Did Wenger know, though?

Glocken

He went bonkers years ago, fans are gradually realising. He should have retired years ago.

Agnes Demise

Summertime Optimism™ gone

Deano

Ha yeah, it doesn’t take long these days does it….

Arsenalista

Anyone else sick of this plank? Honestly, we need about another 3 top players and a proper defensive coach not that gum chewing manaquin that sits next to Wenger during games.When I have broken records I throw them out, but strangely I am addicted to this crap.

HiuYan Lau

I AM Sick of Wenger. Get him out!

Deano

He won’t leave and the board won’t sack him, after all he has just been offered and signed a new contract.

Possession

We have the players in the squad to make a fist of a title challenge but playing a left back as centre back ; another left back as left sided central defender ; our right back playing as a left sided wing back ; bringing on Iwobi to play central while leaving Bellerin on the left flank borders on insanity.
Also ,Lacacette would have scored from the Giroud head back if he had been on the park if he had been on the park .
What the fuck does Bould do apart from nod when Arsene says something.

Hate to say this this as I have been going since 1966 but for fucks sake!!

SHAMBLES

caligunner

How about 3 excellent player? or 3 exciting players? or 3 unique players?

DB10\'s Air Miles

@Arsenalista
Steve ‘arsenal legend’ Bould, did you ever see him play?

H2k

I mean it makes sense. Sell players first frees up money to invest. Would be very difficult to add another player and keep paying all the current ones.

Still a bit unsure as to why Bellerin was on left today and not Ox and why Walcott came on for Laca when Stoke was sitting deep. I wish journalists would ask questions like this than the transfer ones he has answered countless times before.

Arsenalista

then why wait till the end of the window, total bass ackwards miss management

London

You know we actually have enough money to buy players before we sell…

Deano

If they did ask him, he would just throw back “listen I have managed in the game for around 30 years. I think I know what I’m doing.” His usual response when asked about tactics.

Anonymarse

It makes sense but I don’t get the impression we want to buy anybody at all

Kwame Ampadu Down

We have (as we seem to have had forever) a lack of balance in midfield that a quality defensive midfielder would provide. Buying might solve that.
Buying will not solve this team’s lack of real mental resolve. At this stage it’s frankly ludicrous to think that will be resolved without a change of manager.

Flashmob

What came to my mind is: if something was really demoralizing last season – it was seeing Alexis laughing with Cech at ourselfs.

How on earth will be able to fight throughout the season if we will have to go out on the pitch week in week out, knowing that our best players cannot wait to step down at the end of the season?

Abc

Sorry, what are you talking about? I don’t remember such a situation (Alexis & Cech laughing at ourselfs). Could you explain please? Thanks

Flashmob

Google it: “bayern alexis arsenal laughing”

Shank

I am quite concerned that players will begin to doubt the Boss, and that just inevitably leads to the crisis scenario.

Simon

Surely not doubt ‘the boss’! Brill

Stuck on repeat...

Sad & no one wants to see this…but I think we all agree it’s now a possibilty getting more likely each game.

Deano

With some of the dire performances last season, and three players not showing the remotest interest in signing new deals. I think we have gone past that point.

Fawaka

I’ve been doubting about Bruce Springsteen for a long time now, but I’m not sure his relevance to the Stoke defeat.

Marky Mark.

I’m an eternal optimist. I love Arsenal. I always start the season thinking we really can win the league. This is the first season in 36 years where I don’t think we can. That’s sad for me. Change please.

George

Was having similar thoughts today. Sure we’ll all somehow enjoy the sadistic ride coming up, but it will be a rough ride for the top-4 only. Hopefully I’m wrong though – it’d only be fair after being wrong so often in the last 12 years or so about our good chances of winning!

Trez

Poor planning from the club as usual. If we don’t get 2-3 players in, WE WILL NOT MAKE TOP 4. Count on it. This guy clearly has no idea what he’s doing. Get a cb, cm and wide player. That’s what we need to at least not look like a 6th place team

BJ...

What difference will a signing make, if we bring another centre back in he will sit on the bench with the other centre backs… perhaps while he watches the ox play centre back, that’s one he’s not tried yet!

Simon

Fuck off Wenger. You blew it last season. If we fuck it this season we are Liverpool for a decade at least… but Seri (mostly) and Lemar and let someone, anyone, sit back when we attack. Its embarrassing now that we all know this and you don’t, cos yo old brain.

Zelig

Yeah selling all the players he bought or promoted from the youth team who aren’t good enough.

ClockEndRider

“I am more focused on selling the players I have bought who have proven not to be good enough.” There isn’t a player at the club whom Wenger has not bought since all those bought through Stat DNA he either doesnt play or outs anyway. It’s his fault.

Zelig

Exactly. I have to sell before I can buy is what a new manager says about the old manager’s players.

Ideally don’t buy average players in the first place, but if you do buy them don’t use the excuse of having too many of them to stop you replacing them with better players.

Statdna has proved itself to be worse than a computer virus for us when it comes to buying players.

Maybe we should invest in better scouts. I hear there’s some very good ones at sp*rs & Southampton.

Stuck on repeat...

We have Perez that WANTS to go…to a club that WANTS to buy him…with his agent SUPPORTING the move…We WON’T play him…& we have a squad that NEEDS triming…but we will hold out for the possibilty of 1 or 2 more million. FFS AW

Gio

I don’t get it. For years we’ve been selling players for way less than they’re worth and us fans have been criticising the club for that. They’re finally starting to hold out for more money on the outgoings and are rightly trying to receive the money players are actually worth.. and we’re still criticising?

Goonerink

Why can’t we play Perez ahead of welbeck? At the very least it puts him in the window, and in my opinion would finish those welbs chances

Stuck on repeat...

Goonerink – I agree with all youe points.

yesboss

is wenger afraid of changing ozil when he is not performing? ozil should have been replaced

Stuck on repeat...

Gio – not disagreeing with you. However there is a difference in the value of a player that is a first choice in our regular team, & someone who we don’t seemingly want to play at all.

I would agree that the initial offer on Perez was too low, but by accounts they’ve now come back with an increased offer. We’re holding out on maybe 1 or 2 million now not some sort of figure double what they’re offering & how we see as his value.

He’s a good player, & yes probably worth more…but we (AW) don’t want him. So he should go now with our blessing. It’s best for everyone concerned.

Araj

Because they are holding out a time when the act of selling is holding up everything else. Right now the need to sell is greater as Mr Wenger seems to say in literally every single press conference.
Then again, perhaps the board just wants to use its leverage where it can and get some money at least for the fringe players. Afterall, all the top players we have will be leaving for free.

PFo

Gio,
I don’t think anyone is really objecting to the fact that we’re holding out for more money for Perez per se, but rather that we’re doing so when (a) it’s preventing us (or we’re saying it’s preventing us) from going out and buying the greater quality it’s obvious we need in order to challenge for the title, and (b) we’re completely unwilling to play Perez in the meantime.

Zelig

We all want the most money for players when we sell them but if Wenger says he needs to sell players before he can buy better ones then we need to get rid of them. Even if we have to have a fire sale to get the dead wood out of the club

ZakGooner

Care to provide examples? Because historically we have been doing the opposite, taking advantage of inflated prices and selling our top player because it benefits the “business” (rather than the club) and attempting to buy players as cheap as possible! We have and will have had offers for our top players, but the reluctance to sell Sanchez is having a knock on effect and the club are trying to make up else where. There should be no admiration for how we operate in the transfer market, if anything we are incompetent and manage to do the business ovcassionally. The majority of transfers are subject to some “saga” its never straight forward!

Fireman Sam

I don’t think buying or selling players has anything to do with today’s loss. The squad we already have available is more than capable of beating Stoke.

In general we played very well, completely dominated the game and on another day would’ve had a penalty and Lacazette’s goal allowed (we would’ve likely won 2-1).

Stoke’s goal was a good one but Monreal for me should’ve read it better, and our defence looked a bit vulnerable in general.

It’s early days in the season and I’m not inclined to jump into Wenger Out moaning on the back of today’s display.

Yes Wenger must take some blame – he took a silly risk in not playing a proper CB like the BFG, and yes he should’ve taken Bellerin and Welbz off earlier, and not brought on the useless Theo, but I don’t blame him massively beyond that – selection errors yes but also the luck and the ref went against us today.

Zelig

Just sounds like more excuses to me. An unwillingness to work hard as a team to win the ball back is what cost us today. We have a team of lazy, unmotivated individuals who turn up when they feel like it & aren’t punished by the manager when they don’t.

Zelig

If you win the ball back quickly off the opposition you can attack them before they can get back into their defensive shape so they haven’t got ten men behind the ball.

It can’t be that difficult to do because teams manage to do this to us all the time.

Anonymarse

We mostly needed players who can tackle.

Dr Whale

Like seriously you mean Walcott that got just ten minutes? If he had played for 75 minutes and he had the display of Welbec, I will agree with you that he is useless. Beginning of last season, he always start and played along Alexis. Thus he became our leading scorer before he became injured. At the end of the season, he became our second highest scorer. So the question you should be asking wenger is why not play what worked for him? Giroud and Walcott up front as can be seen in pre-season makes sense to me. I also believe that Giroud and Lacazette will flourish. However I agree with you that when a defense is dense, with 10-15 minute to go and you are chasing the game, is not for Walcott.

Rastafarian

here we go again

Dfinking

Wenger certainly likes to troll us fans… focused on selling…. f*ck sake. If we sell Ox for 30m then in a transfer window were clubs are spending mental money we will turn a profit!

SpamB0t

I think he’s trolling us, folks.

But seriously, he’s probably right. It’s not like we’re going to compete for anything playing like this, so they might as well make some money.

He seems to have moved past the old-fashioned notion of “position”, which will allow him to really cash in.

Go all out, I say. Sell Mustafi and Chambers and replace them with Theo and Giroud, play Bellerin up front and make Kolasinac the new No. 1 goalkeeper.

Honestly, I think our formation today may have been art. It sure didn’t look like it was created to win a football game in the traditional sense. Wenger, a true auteur was probably trying to express something – the unreality of lived experience? – resistance to the pressure on the individual to conform? – the cruel, uncaring nature of the transfer market?

I can’t say I completely understood what he meant when he took Kolasinac off and left Bellerin in his position, but that may have been the point. What point? Exactly.

I think this game may have been Wenger’s Eraserhead.

Boomtime

Hahaha

SpamB0t

He’s probably right. It’s not like we’re going to compete for anything playing like this, so they might as well make some money.

He seems to have moved past the old-fashioned notion of “position”, which will allow him to really cash in.

Go all out, I say. Sell Mustafi and Chambers and replace them with Theo and Giroud, play Bellerin up front and make Kolasinac the new No. 1 goalkeeper.

Honestly, I think our formation today may have been art. It sure didn’t look like it was created to win a football game in the traditional sense. Wenger, a true auteur was probably trying to express something – the unreality of lived experience? – resistance to the pressure on the individual to conform? – the cruel, uncaring nature of the transfer market?

I can’t say I completely understood what he meant when he took Kolasinac off and left Bellerin in his position, but that may have been the point. What point? Exactly.

I think this game may have been Wenger’s Eraserhead.

SpamB0t

He’s probably right. It’s not like we’re going to compete for anything playing like this, so they might as well make some money.

He seems to have moved past the old-fashioned notion of “position”, which will allow him to really cash in.

Go all out, I say. Sell Mustafi and Chambers and replace them with Theo and Giroud, play Bellerin up front and make Kolasinac the new goalkeeper.

Honestly, I think our formation today may have been art. It sure didn’t look like it was created to win a football game in the traditional sense. Wenger, a true auteur was probably trying to express something – the unreality of lived experience? – an Individual’s reistance to the pressure to conform? – the cruel, uncaring nature of the transfer market?

I can’t say I completely understood what he meant when he took Kolasinac off and left Bellerin in his position, but that may have been the point. What point? Exactly.

I think this game may have been Wenger’s Eraserhead.

SpamB0t

He’s probably right. It’s not like we’re going to compete for anything playing like this, so they might as well make some money.
He seems to have moved past the old-fashioned notion of “position”, which will allow him to really cash in.
Go all out, I say. Sell Mustafi and Chambers and replace them with Theo and Giroud, play Bellerin up front and make Kolasinac the new goalkeeper.
Honestly, I think our formation today may have been art. It sure didn’t look like it was created to win a football game in the traditional sense. Wenger, a true auteur was probably trying to express something – the unreality of lived experience? – an Individual’s reistance to the pressure to conform? – the cruel, uncaring nature of the transfer market?
I can’t say I completely understood what he meant when he took Kolasinac off and left Bellerin in his position, but that may have been the point. What point? Exactly.

I think this game may have been Wenger’s Eraserhead.

Anonymarse

Heard you the first three times

Adam

Based on Blogs, Goonerblog and many Fans here i understand that we should be relatively happy about transfer season. But why exactly? Would out team year ago supported with Lacazzette and Kolasinac challenged for the title? Im pretty sure – no. Net balance till not is -55M + 13 + 10, hardly impressive for title aspirations and second most conservative amongs last years top 6. We need CB and CM, desperately, i dont give a fuck about ‘we need to trimm our squad first’ NO. First and forefuckingmosy you need to improve it sufficiently, which you have not done yet again on time.

andre santos

we need another cb
sell welbeck and get lemar
sell walcott, get mahrez or another creative player who scores 10 plus goals per season

Adam

Based on Blogs, Goonerblog and many Fans here i understand that we should be relatively happy about transfer season. But why exactly? Would out team year ago supported with Lacazzette and Kolasinac challenged for the title? Im pretty sure – no. Net balance till not is -55M + 13 + 10, hardly impressive for title aspirations and second most conservative amongs last years top 6. We need CD and CM, desperately, i dont give a fuck about ‘we need to trimm our squad first’ NO. First and forefuckingmost you need to improve it sufficiently, which you have not done yet again on time.

Adam

Based on Blogs, Goonerblog and many Fans here i understand that we should be relatively happy about transfer season. But why exactly? Would the team year ago supported with Lacazzette and Kolasinac challenged for the title? Im pretty sure – no. Net balance till now is -55M + 13 + 10, hardly impressive for title aspirations and second most conservative amongs last years top 6. We need CD and CM, desperately, i dont give a fuck about ‘we need to trimm our squad first’ NO. First and forefuckingmost you need to improve it sufficiently, which you have not done yet again on time.

Bakri

Arsenal are really in need to buy or employ a manger , because Wenger is right in saying that he is intending to sell and not to buy players. the players Wenger signed during the last few years Arsenal are finding it very difficult to sell them even for a cheap price that the last example is Lucas he bought him few month ago for £17m and now he can’t sell for £13m . the possible price of today’s market for Sanchez is minimum of £120m and Wenger can’t get £50 for him because he let him and nine other players to reach the last year of their contracts. What type of management is this.

andre santos

alexis realized that he s not going to win an EPL or UCL with this team two years into his contract. thats probably why didnt sign an extension

Zelig

Most players want to leave when they’re dropped & forced to train with the kids but our fringe players would rather train with the kids than leave the comfort & big wages of AFC.

Their attitude as supposed sportsmen stinks. Perez doesn’t want to sit in the reserves & just collect his wages but we won’t let him leave.

So we’ll let Alexis, Ozil & Ox leave for free next year but we won’t lose money on players we don’t want to keep. The logic of madmen.

John C

It’s called respecting your contract

Zelig

It’s called un-ambitious players who would rather bleed the club they purport to love dry. Sitting in the reserves & contributing nothing to the club’s success while picking up huge wages that could be given to better players if they left the club.

caligunner

are you being serious? lol Perez isn’t from England so why would he want to stay? anyways the point of blaming players for being professional athletes? The careers that last if they are lucky 10-12 years. they should just go to another club and take 50% cut in wages because they love Arsenal and want them to succeed? lol what logic is that?

Zelig

The logic of a professional athlete wanting to actually play regular first team football instead of being paid lots of money to sit in the reserves contributing nothing to the club paying their wages.

I’m sure they are aware of what Wenger has said about needing to sell players and reduce the wage bill before he can buy some better players. If they cared about the club or their careers instead of just their bank balance they’d take a pay cut to leave so Arsenal can re-invest.

Mark

We have 33 players true and are a very deep team, but we need to aim higher than being a deep team. Right now we are at a net spend of about 30 million pounds (give or take some) and the more we sell the more that figure will come down lower and lower. We are going to be in big trouble next Summer when we lose Sanchez and Chamberlin for free along with possibly Ozil and will have to spend big to replace them with few players to sell next year.

Rubel Sardar

It’s really poor from Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. By end of next season we should told the players whom we are not keeping and find a club. I know it doesn’t sound right- but we need more ruthless approach. Unwanted players should not be training with main teams and we should have done far more to make sure they have left by now.

santori

He has to buy to cover his shortcomings.

He isn’t the worse tactician by any stretch and he has deomstrably beaten Klopp, Conte, Guardiola.

BUT he is prone to these absurd decisions.

It reminds me of the time RVP looked on in disgust as he subbed off the Ox who was on that day the best performer.

This Stoke game has it all.

Weird pick of Monreal at centre of back 3 when he should really be an emergency choice (With Per, Mustafi all able to slot in today in the middle)

Then leaving out Giroud and having Welbeck kept on till the end.

Subbing off Granit when introducing GIroud (why?) which means Ramsey has to drop back (negating his positives going forward when we are chasing for a goal or two)

Just inexplicable.

Now the problem has never been Wenger’s purchases in market, to most extent, he buys exceptionally well.

But does he buy enough?

I think we are hampered currently by waiting on Monaco to decide if Lemar is on or off the market but also if PSG will go for Alexis or another target.

Also Ox (and to some extent Bellerin) dictate the wing back choices (sans Lemar)
Kolasinac to all extents and purpose is better as a wingback but both Ox and Bellerin have to be ‘convinced’ before the window shuts.

OUR midfield has been idiosyncratic over two seasons now. Cqoeulin cannot work without the positionally excellent but absent Santi. Ramsey and Granit are the best partnership at the moment but neither are clearly good tacklers. Elneny works hard but is a mediocre chice when we need something with more punch.

We lack the ability to penetrate through the middle (something TBH Jack could do when fit). BUT can we rely on Jack through a whole season?

Without this dimension, we are either going to go wide (sideways) or over the top.

3-4-3 is also clearly not a magic recipe.

As I mentioned before the summer, we will need to go to 4-2-3-1 and have the ability to switch between both or get sussed out by teams like Stoke.

That would require a player to hold effectively next to granit (or Ramsey or Coquelin) in a 4-2-3-1 when occasion requires.

Every point counts in this race and we cannot afford to be experimenting over first 3 or 4 games. The difference (if not the title) could mean CL spot or not as last season has already proved.

PSG have to sell (or loan…they loaned Jesse who looked a great signing for the Orcs). I would be looking hard at Draxler (BC Alexis is gone) and potentially Pastore who is out of fashion in the capital. Money moves things and we may no longer have the luxury to wait out on Alexis.

JNG

It’s clear we need reinforcements. We need a cb, cm and someone with speed and creativity on the wing. Mahrez is looking more and more tempting now that we unfortunately seem out of the race to sign Lemar.

Given our inability to offload deadwood, my hopes of signing much needed players are slim. Either way, no matter how many players leave, I can’t see Wenger busting out a cold billion for players like van Dijk, Seri and Mahrez.

It’s a shame really, since Kolasinac and Lacazette are great additions. At the moment it looks like we’re gonna be 2-3 players short like every other year.

greg

Nothing is going to change with aw in charge. At least 2 more years of shit

sixteen swans

If by ‘shit’ you mean loads more posts like yours, well I guess that’ll be up to you.

Frog

This guy.

Alexstratz

Before we only needed 1-2 signings to really challenge for the title. Now we need 3-4: CM, CB, winger, and GK. That’s basically half a new team.

Jammyman

We are at least 2 players short this year. DCM and CB. As others have mentioned, think about what that shortfall could be next season after we lose Sanchez and possibly Ozil. We will also need to replace them and probably Cech, Mert and maybe even Kos. Looking at a proper rebuild. Frightening if it comes to pass. If we don’t get champions league this season, we could be royally screwed.

Rob2good

I’d like him to bring in Mahrez but I guess all the talk was the papers spouting rubbish

Stewart Burns

Why oh why do we have a left back playing in the middle of a back three.its school boy stuff,we have chambers gathering dust ffs.monreal I thought was good enough playing on the left last season but typical wenger moves him to center wen mote suitable options are at hand.i personalaly think we would have won had we not conceded but it’s same old.defending like school boys charging to the ball wen we should be dropping Back,sliding wen we should be staying up,trying to play offside wen we should be tracking our men.frustrating.laccazette looking class though not all bad.

Ayush Jain

Dont sell Lucas Perez, He is one of the players who play left footed and we are missing him on the left flank. Somebody please bid 30 Million for Walcott. Cant we exchange him with Mahrez/Antonio.

Dr Whale

And will you also exchange his 19 goal a season for the present Mahrez? Griezman is not for sale.

espen

He is not playing his players to their strength ffs Mr Wenger please come to your senses.

Deano

We don’t sign players to supplement players do we? If quality comes in it’s because quality has already left or is going to leave. I’ve believed all window hold Sanchez to his contract, hopefully he may stay. Yeah right who am I kidding, with £100million plus being thrown away at the end of the season, what are we going to spend errrr a big bag full of fuck all.

He\'s got no hair but we don\'t care...
He\'s got no hair but we don\'t care...

Hahaha! The excuses begin as do the comments that make the dumbass media stick the knife into the club even more and everyone else just laugh at us.

not so fed up

Well I had hoped that things would improve but I am loathed to say that Wenger is not the right man for the job!!! When you get blogs highlighting the bizarre line-up and substitutions, you have to wonder why Wenger can’t see it? I suspect with a new manager we would have kept pole in goal, git shot of deadwood quicker and probably found Alexis more inclined to sign on with more signings and a clearer direction as to what is trying to be achieved on the pitch!!! Football has been trashed by sky sports and I don’t enjoy it like I used too!!!

not so fed up

I also agree that having players in the squad that are happy to let the final year of their contract wind down is not ideal so I’d be inclined to loan out jenks, Gibbs and Wilshire; sell ox; then assuming Perez is going (as reports seem to suggest) we only have two contract rebels (ozil and Sanchez). Then bring in lemar, a decent cm and a cb with a view to strengthening the squad and giving these players a season to bed in, before ozil and Sanchez go!!! Surely that would be GOOD planning? Not this ridiculous always being two or three players short of a title challenging team!!! The number of seasons we could have been a force but just let slip with ineptitude is quite frankly sickening!!;

Henry MP

It hurts so much to say this… but after our performance against stoke, how could we even judge sanchez for not re-signing and possibly wanting out. We always do it to ourselves. I have much respect for Arsene… but please give us (the fans) the respect we deserve and make the positive changes needed or step down. Im convinced that there’s other managers that would love the opportunity to come in and help make us the club we deserve to be…

Wenger mama

In this case, wenger cant bring back the glory to arsenal anymore!
His time is up!
No ambitious and out of tactical..
Using small LB to central defence is shit!

ALexis PACINO

Focus on strategies to beat opposing teams and not the selling and buying bit !!!

Zelig

Here are some hard truths for the club to swallow;

The club needs new ownership or a new direction if we want to remain one of the biggest clubs in football. The ones we have are not showing any ambition to compete in this new era of football, with clubs like Man City & Chelsea who admittedly haven’t got our illustrious history but are ambitious to have a great future taking on established football giants like Utd, Arsenal, Bayern, Real Madrid & Barcelona.

As well as investing in their first team squad Man City have invested in their future with their training facilities & youth development so anyone who thinks Man City’s owners will get bored soon & sell up are kidding themselves. Man city’s owner didn’t spend £200m on infrastructure to quit any time soon. Also even if Chelsea & Man City’s owners did leave they are established clubs now & will still be big clubs with huge 100m+ fan bases all over the world. The days of players signing for Utd or Arsenal over Chelsea & Man City because they are seen as small clubs are over.

Man city & Chelsea did spend a lot of money initially to be able to catch up with historically big clubs like Arsenal, Utd & Liverpool & are accused of being sugar daddy clubs but their revenues & fan bases have caught us up & they are no longer being bankrolled by their owners (Man City’s revenues are now higher than Arsenal’s & they would make big profits if they decided to sell their best players). Also to accuse clubs like Chelsea & Man City of buying success when we’ve done the same is hypocritical. We didn’t become a big club by magic. We became a big club because of big investment on players & infrastructure. Same as Utd, Liverpool, Bayern, Real Madrid & Barcelona. The only difference is we started doing it a long time ago & they’re doing it now to catch us up. To criticise clubs for doing what we did is to stop other clubs from ever challenging our historic dominance.

If we’re unhappy about these newcomers trying to replace us it’s not too late for us to do something about it. Utd have refused to allow themselves to be overtaken by these ambitious clubs.

We are as rich as Man City & Chelsea & we could compete with them if we wanted to. While our wealth is sat in a bank vault doing very little for us their wealth is on the pitch growing in value as they become more & more successful. If they continue to show the same level ambition & willingness to play attractive attacking football based on the philosophies of Guardiola I predict that Man City’s next shirt sponsorship deal will be the biggest in British history as they become one of the best supported clubs in the world.

We still have the advantage of our much better history, location & belief in playing attractive attacking football over Man City so with a new direction or new ownership we are much better placed than Man City to succeed long term but we have no divine right to remain one of the biggest clubs in football & if we don’t change direction we are in danger of becoming a sleeping giant as we get replaced by Chelsea & Man City.

Think about this for a second. Alexis wants to play for Guardiola so instead of selling him to Man City we could bring Guardiola to Arsenal & do what Man City are trying to do, but with the advantage of already being a historically big club, with a great stadium, in a great location, that doesn’t have a club the size of Manchester United on our doorstep.

With a bit of ambition we could become the most successful & best supported football club in the world…

Original Paul

With the fact that three first team players are not willing to commit to the club it is impossible to have a committed team with a common goal and great atmosphere in the dressing room (Leicester had that when they won it). Trouble ahead folks…but Spuds lost on the plus side.

Gooner4life

I really thought Wenger would change his ways this pre season especially after the diabolical happenings last season
It’s always the same , around about the time of season ticket renewals he always talks up signing players , puts in bids knowing the club would never accept it , says he’s watching/ likes such and such a player , then when the season tickets have all been purchased he makes up poor excuses like this one and also saying the squad is too big so will have to sell before buying anyone !!!!
Did he not know the size of his squad or the the fact like every other pre season he says ” the fees are inflated ” at the beginning of the transfer window ???

HE’S JUST TAKING US SUPPORTERS FOR TOTAL MUGS !!

OK HE MIGHT CARE ABOUT ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB BUT HE DOESN’T GIVE A TOSS ABOUT THE SUPPORTERS!!!

“”VICTORY IN HARMONY”””
Don’t make me laugh

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