WTTGT Writer: Simon Bourne (Site Editor)
Arsène Wenger has been speaking about the frailties that have had a large bearing on Arsenal’s season. He suggests that Arsenal need to improve their team this summer, notably their height.
He said: “The criticism has been sharper this year because of the impatience of people.
“People love what we do but they want us to be rewarded so that they can be convinced we do things the right way. They want proof that we do things the right way.
“For our fans the frustration was that we were so close to convincing everybody of how football can be great, but in the end not being able to deliver.
“I would call it disappointed love. It was cruel and sometimes you get excessive responses to that. I share that and understand it. But that doesn’t mean we have to change our philosophy or the way the club is run.”
Referring back to 2003, the ‘Invincible’ side of Henry, Vieria and Lehmann, Wenger also said: “We get it 95 per cent right, but we must gain that five per cent because it’s so frustrating to flirt with success like we have done. The fans are unhappy that we didn’t win the Premier League, but we are close.
“In 2003 we were also the best away team, but didn’t win. We kept going and in 2004 we were very strong.
“We conceded very few goals from open play, most of them were from set pieces in a way you don’t want to concede goals.
“It’s something that’s easy to correct. We need to improve the size of our squad. We need a bigger variety in the height of our players. We need to be more capable of fighting against some characteristics than we have been this season.”
The boss’ words could give a clue to the calibre of player that Arsenal are seriously looking at this summer. It was reported a few days ago that Arsenal had made an £8m bid for Blackburn defender, Chris Samba and Wenger’s words could suggest the rumour is true.
Other defenders include Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, but if it is height they are after, then 6′ 4″ Samba certainly fits the bill.