Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal used to be Manchester United’s main title rivals when the Frenchman took over in 1996 as they won various major trophies including three Premier League titles and four FA cups.
Nevertheless, it all came to an end in the 2004/2005 season as there was a new superpower in town; Chelsea.
This was due to the fact that they were now backed by the billions of the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who brought in various world-class players such as Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Essien as well as Jose Mourinho. Thus, they won league title in the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 seasons. Manchester United though, would not back down and have won various trophies since the 2006/2007 season such as the Premier League and the Champions League.
Next was Manchester City which, like Chelsea was bought by a billionaire Sheik Mansour in 2008. Buying world-class stars such as Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Carlos Tevez, they subsequently won the FA Cup in the 2010/2011 season and the Barclay Premier League in the following season.
However, the question is: Where were the Gunners?
The answer is that they have been busy declining due to the fact that they have not only sold their star players to other clubs, but have also failed to replace them.
Since 2003, they have sold players such as Patrick Vieira to Juventus, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, Ashley Cole to Chelsea, Samir Nasri to Manchester City and Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
Now Arsenal want to be a force again but the problem is that although they claim they can afford players such as Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, these players will not go to north London as going there would be seen as a regression instead of progression.
Why? Because Arsenal have left it too late. If something had been done earlier, they would not have been without a trophy for nine years and counting.
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