Yesterday’s Press Conference (Telegraph agrees with AW)
“I believe we have the quality, and it’s now about how much we can be stronger together,” he said. “We have to move forward together, which for me it is more important than dreaming about finding a miraculous player who wins you everything.”
Arsène Wenger’s apparent inactivity in transfers market should be cheered by Arsenal fans, because it means it becomes increasingly difficult to strengthen our current squad. Realistically speaking, not many players in the world would genuinely improve our team and not many of them would be automatic starters in our setup; look at all players recently acquired by our rivals – both in England and Europe – and name one who would become the first name on our team sheet: Begovic? Schweinsteiger? Schneiderlin? Falcao? Khedira? Firmino? Milner? Sterling?
I am not sure any of them would, Sterling perhaps but the fee is simply insane.
That’s why I am really relaxed about this whole situation, because there aren’t many players better than ours and also because Arsène Wenger showed once again – for the third season in a row – that he doesn’t hesitate when the good opportunity comes up; he didn’t when Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Čech became available, he won’t in case the likes of Benzema, Reus, Sergio Ramos or another top class player is suddenly up for grabs.
Ambition is not a problem nor is money or wages, within reason, as we have shown of late and London is always an attraction. Players want to join the Club, find the Arsenal attractive and are ready to embrace the challenge, from any other Club in the world. Let’s remind ourselves that Alexis chose Arsenal over Liverpool and Ozil us over United and PSG reportedly.
We have quality and numbers to fight until the last game, which of course doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be looking for better players, but we are not as desperate as the general mood seems to suggest; don’t get influenced by Manchester United spending spree – which looks like Tottenham’s and Liverpool’s in recent years, and we know how it ended for both; or misled by silly reports from sillier ITKs. In the second half of last season, our current players showed on the pitch how good they are and the pitch doesn’t lie. With all players fit and firing, we can compete with anyone.
Do you remember when Arsène Wenger used to say that Abou Diaby, Thomas Vermaelen or any other player coming out of a long spell in the treatment room was “like a new signing?” Many used to make fun of the man but he is right: players like Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere (and partially players like Mesut Özil and Olivier Giroud) will be like new signings for real and I challenge you to find better options out there! We now have many young but experienced, proven internationals already acclimatised to the league and didn’t cost us a fortune!
Sit down and relax, Gooners, we already have enough quality and depth to challenge for the title, way more than we had back in 2003/2004.
Have a look at @Goonerdave66 s excellent blog about that wonderful, unforgettable season and you’ll find out that we had plenty of reasons to be scared and angry back then, more than we have today. I’ll let you discover his piece in full but basically we didn’t have any cover in many key areas and trusted some young, inexperienced players to step-up when needed or relied on soon-to-be-released veterans, yet we went on to win the league undefeated and get the golden trophy.
That season taught us that understanding, harmony and solidarity can win games; our Club’s motto reads Victoria Concordia Crescit, we shouldn’t really underestimate the force generated by a strong, united dressing room.