Remember when it was cool to be an Arsenal fan? Do you remember when Arsenal were setting the bench mark for English football? Gone are the days of the 'Invincibles', Arsenal have become a stepping-stone for players. Everyone seems to think the club cares only about financial profits, rather than trophies.
It has been seven years and two months since Patrick Vieira’s penalty sealed Arsenal’s tenth FA Cup win. It was a magnificent victory for Wenger and his boys as they defeated their arch rivals Manchester United - ironically it marked the end of Arsenal's trophy haul (for now anyway).
Arsenal’s ex-captain Vieira led the exodus of players after completing his move to Juventus. Other stars were to follow suit including Thierry Henry to FC Barcelona, Robert Pires to Villareal, and Ashley Cole to Chelsea. All of these stars have won major trophies since leaving Arsenal. Is the pasture always greener away from the Emirates?
Arsenal have simply become a selling club, but it’s time this policy changes or it will spell the end of one of England’s biggest clubs. It's unfair to say Arsenal have not invested in the transfer market, but the truth is they have not signed any experienced world-class players in the past few years.
They have stuck with Wenger’s policy to purchase talented youngsters and turn them into world-class players but as soon as they become established internationals, they leave in search for greener pastures.
Samir Nasir is the perfect example. He was signed by Arsenal from Marseille for £11m. He was relatively unknown but evidently talented. He became one of Wenger’s star players and a vital part of the Arsenal midfield. He left Arsenal for £25m to join Manchester City and has already won a league title in his first season at the Etihad.
Arsenal’s ex-captain Robin van Persie joined Manchester United where he is now the Premier League top scorer and is leading the Red Devils to another league title. RVP was instrumental last season, scoring 30 goals in 38 games for Wenger's side. It was important for Arsenal to keep 'RVP' if they planned to challenge for titles this season, especially after the addition of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, but failure to do so has resulted in a scrap for Champions League football next season.
Santi Cazorla has been added to the midfield and Jack Wilshere has been menacing, but those two players cannot lead Arsenal to any silverware on their own. They need to buy another centre-back but mediocre players like Per Mertesacker, Johan Djourou and Abou Diaby need to be moved on first.
On the verge of elimination in the Champions League, eliminated by Blackburn in the FA Cup and most shockingly, humbled by League 2 minnows Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, surely it is time to part company with their greatest manager yet?
I believe Jose Mourinho will be the perfect candidate to replace Wenger because his enthusiasm for the game and his ability to attract the biggest names in world football will take Arsenal back to the summit of the English game.
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