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Arsenal XI: The team that could have been

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Arsene Wenger had a dream - that is to build a team with solid foundation, chemistry and loyalty to the squad. He wanted to match United's class of '93 by bringing talents from all over Europe and turning them into something special. 

Unfortunately, with the millions that Chelsea and Manchester City had, Arsene Wenger's dream crumbled as trophies in England turned scarce as clubs investors and owners start to grow and turn the English Premier League into a fun place to gamble their wealth for fame and glory.

When Arsenal shifted to the Emirates, Wenger got his hands tied behind his back. The club needed money and he had no other choice but to sell. I am a United fan and I must say- I loved the old Highbury stadium better as it was unique. Too bad it didn't had enough seats to cater for the growing popularity of the north London side.

Here we take a look at the Arsenal team that could have played together in the 2012-2013 season had Arsenal players stayed at there:

GK Wojciech Szczęsny

RB Gael Clichy

CB Per Mertesacker

CB Kolo Toure

LB Ashley Cole

RM Abou Diaby

CM Cesc Fabregas (C)

CM Jack Wilshere

LM Samir Nasri

LS Robin van Persie (VC)

RS Theo Walcott

This could have been the ultimate team today - trashing teams like nobody's business. With youth, experience and strength, this young Arsenal team could have gone on to do greater things and could have even been the first London club to bring the Champions League trophy to the capital city.

Unfortunately, the team players did not share the same vision Arsene Wenger had. Had the team stuck together until the end, Arsenal would be true title contenders, and even Europe's elite team.

The only medal they ever achieved since the Champions League final against Barcelona was another losers' medal in the League Cup final after losing 2-1 to Birmingham. A last minute scramble saw how the dominant gunners fell to lowly Birmingham.

Had Arsenal had this team, they could have gone on and achieve more. Out of all these, I guess Wenger only made one fatal mistake - to trust his youngsters to be a one-man-club for 25 years. 

 

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