2006 marked the start of a transitional period for the Gunners. What was supposed to be a relatively quick turnaround turned in to the longest goal-drought of the Arsene Wenger era.
They moved to a new stadium and sold a string of key players, including Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Lauren, Fredrik Ljungberg, and most significantly, all-time top scorer and club captain Thierry Henry.
This began a period that saw Arsenal excite the world with their exuberance, using young talented players to fill the void.
In the period between 2007 and 2010, Arsenal were considered as the most exciting team on the planet, with Cesc Fabregas leading the side, they became popular due to their beautiful football.
However, it was beauty without bite as Arsenal failed to stay competitive across an entire season. As a result, they failed to win a single trophy, and their team of the future began unravelling through big-money transfers.
Fast-forward a couple of years on and behold Borussia Dortmund. They were German champions for two years running and having missed out on the Bundesliga this season, will compete in a UEFA Champions League final.
This all from the verge of bankruptcy and the public club has gone from strength-to-strength in its rise to football prominence.
The transition began following their worst finish in the league in 20 years in 2008, and since Jürgen Klopp took over the reins, Dortmund has played some of the best football in the world.
With not many experienced campaigners on their side, Dortmund and Klopp faced a similar struggle as Arsenal during their period of youthful exuberance. However, there has been no letting off as they’ve reached considerable heights against all odds.
Dortmund have won trophies with their beautiful football and a young team, unlike Arsenal, and at the same time, their team continues to be raided in the transfer window.
Jürgen Klopp has done what Arsene Wenger couldn’t with a young side, evidently showing that he is one of the best managers in the world today. Dortmund will continue to be raided in the transfer window, despite their competitiveness. It leaves them with a rather unfair task at hand, but there is no doubting the quality of their youthfulness, which serves a question to Arsene Wenger’s ability compared to Klopp’s.
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