Piers Morgan's analysis of Rodgers and Wenger is slightly off point

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Piers Morgan, the renowned Arsenal fan and media personality, has never shied away from making big claims about Arsenal and also Arsene Wenger’s shortcomings.

Looking back at a tweet posted by Morgan a year ago it appears he is about to eat his words.

Shaming Wenger for performing worse than Rodgers on the same budget has come full circle as Arsene secured another year of Champions League football and also an FA Cup Final against Aston Villa while Rodgers endured a miserable campaign finishing 13 points worse off than Arsenal.

No-one has to remind Liverpool fans that Brendan Rodgers spent £117 million last summer and finished the season in 6th place. Arsene Wenger spent an estimated £85 million and has a lot more to show for it.

The signing of Alexis Sanchez has proven a revelation this season and could lead to the Gunners securing their second consecutive FA Cup.

It can be argued that Morgan's comments would have been justified a year ago. Mesut Ozil's form was less than inspired while Wenger brought in veteran players such as Mathieu Flamini and Kim Kallstrom, who spent the majority of the season out injured.

This was compared to Rodgers, who was reaping the rewards of signings such as Sturridge and Coutinho from the previous season, as the Merseyside team came close to their first title in 19 years.

From Morgan's point in 2014 he was witnessing a Liverpool team scoring for fun with bags of pace and creativity while Arsenal stalled following injuries to players such as Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.

A year on, Sturridge is often injured and unavailable and Liverpools summer signings from last year have been questioned constantly while an Arsenal attack featuring Ozil, Sanchez and Giroud rivals that of any other Premier League outfit. But with that in mind, hindsight is a beautiful thing.

Added to this, players such as Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin have become fan favourites at the Emirates. Bellerin performed very well at the end of the season while Coquelin has provided cover in front of the defence that Arsenal desperately needed. Arguably these two players are evidence that spending is not always necessary. Whether or not they are good enough players to win the Premier League is another question.

Morgan has since attempted to justify his comments, but still refuses to accept that Wenger has performed well this season citing Luis Suarez as the basis of his remarks.

Wenger does need a top player to push his side forward and challenge Chelsea for next season's title. Petr Cech has been linked with the club while a world class striker is needed to offer competition for Olivier Giroud.

Do you agree with Piers Morgan? Or do you believe that Wenger has proven his quality this season?

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