Is Wenger still the right man for Arsenal?

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Arsene Wenger took charge of Arsenal in 1996. In his first 8 years in charge of the North London club, Wenger won the Premier League 3 times, FA Cup 4 times and Community shield 4 times.

Also, in the 2005-06 season, Wenger successfully guided Arsenal to the Champions League final where they were narrowly beaten by Barcelona. As well as his achievements on the pitch, Wenger oversaw the clubs move to Emirates Stadium. With the move to the astonishing new stadium, which would allow 22,000 more people through the turnstiles than at Highbury, things were looking very positive for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

However since the move to Emirates Stadium, Arsenal unfortunately have been unable to provide fans with any silverware. In the last 4 years, Arsene Wenger has been criticized over the sale of Arsenal's best players. Superb players like Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas were allowed to leave the club consequently angering fans. Wenger defended the sale of his star players but did not sign any top players to replace the players who left.

Wenger's lack of spending has frustrated many Arsenal fans in recent years with many people claiming the long wait for a trophy was down to Wenger's characteristic reluctance to pay out large transfer fees for established players.

Following the recent 3-1 opening day defeat to Aston Villa, calls for Wenger to spend big are louder than ever and fans are becoming increasingly aggravated over the clubs lack of transfer activity and ability to bring in top talent to the club. This is where serious questions are being raised over Arsene Wenger's future.

Since his appointment as Arsenal manager 16 years ago, Wenger has always believed in buying young talent and developing them into top class players. Wenger's ability to nurture and perfect young talent has never been doubted with successful players like Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, as well as many others, being purchased for a small fee and then getting transformed into world class players.

Wenger has always proved he does not need to spend huge amounts of money to create success at Arsenal but he may need to expand the amount of money he allows himself to spend as rival clubs are spending vast amounts of money and moving further ahead of Arsenal. In order for Arsenal to compete with them, they must spend more than they have done in recent years.

In the current squad, there are not as many world class players as would be expected in an Arsenal side. The squad is filled with great players but few could be labelled exceptional. In order for Arsenal to start competing for major honours, Wenger must purchase or uncover some exceptional talent and mix youth and experience perfectly. Wenger's abilities and intelligence as a manager are second to none but he must alter his transfer policy for Arsenal to rise to the top again.

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