For the first eight years of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal reign, Arsenal were a force to be reckoned with. Players from all over the world dreamed of playing for the north London club.
In the first eight years at Arsenal, Wenger won the FA Cup four times and the Premier League three times, however, the silverware stopped coming in since 2005.
Since 2005 Arsenal have suffered a steady decline, with all their world-class players leaving for other clubs and Arsenal themselves changing their aim from challenging for the title, to challenging for fourth position.
Players such as Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie have all departed Arsenal to go on and win titles and trophies with their new clubs.
Although Arsenal fans have called departing players traitors, surely there can be no blame placed on them, as they simply left a club that is not winning trophies and has a lack of ambition.
The disappointing performances displayed by Arsenal over the last eight years cannot be blamed on these players departing.
Wenger has blamed Arsenal’s lack of silverware on the move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium and this is a good argument.
Arsenal have done a fantastic job with the new stadium and many fans agree that Arsenal managing to stay in the Champions League during the move but Arsenal cannot continue to use the new stadium as an excuse for their many failures, now that the debt for the stadium has been paid off.
Arsenal started the transfer window with a reported transfer budget of between £70 and £100 million and now have an additional £11 million in the bank after 27 players departed the club since the transfer window opened in July.
With the lack of depth in many positions and the money in the bank there is now no excuse for Arsenal not to buy new players.
The club is in desperate need of a new striker, centre-back and midfielder, while also needing a new right-back and goalkeeper less urgently.
Throughout the season, Arsenal have been linked with high-profile players such as Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez but with the season already started, there have been no news worthy arrivals.
What Wenger must now do to stop the rot and prevent Arsenal from what is looking set to be the first season under Wenger in which they finish outside of the top four, is buy new players. Of course, Wenger should not buy for the sake of it, but buy players in the positions which Arsenal are currently weakest.
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