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Arsenal – Success or Stability?

After Arsenal defeated bitter rivals Manchester United on penalties in the 2005 FA Cup final, the Red side of North London could not have felt better about the current side as Arsenal continued to fight for trophies on all fronts and reached the Champions League final the year after. Fast Forward 8 years and it couldn’t be more different.

8 years without a trophy has left the Arsenal faithful wondering whether it should be :

Success or Stability?

Arsene Wenger has presided over a tough financial period for the Gunners as they moved from Highbury to their new 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove meant that funds for players was lower. The old guard of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Tony Adams left and were never replaced. Wenger’s theme of buying and nurturing talent was at its most important. The young players of Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Alex Song had to step up to the mark. The board kept faith with Wenger despite failing to win a trophy.

An example of a club with the opposite beliefs is Chelsea, owner Roman Abramovich is known for being trigger happy and has fired numerous managers as Jose Mourinho, Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti came and went before Robert Di Matteo won the FA Cup and Champions League before being sacked. The difference is, Chelsea have won the Premier League title twice, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Champions League in this time. Arsenal’s trophy cabinet is collecting cobwebs.

The club now has healthy financial figures as the financial fair play is implemented, new sponsorship deals have been confirmed and Wenger has around £70 million at his disposal. Last summer he brought in the magician Santi Cazorla. Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud and Germany international Lukas Podolski as Wenger sought to claim a trophy. Robin Van Persie left. The main man left and left for bitter rivals Manchester United. It wasn’t the first time a star player had left. He followed Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy through the Emirates exit. Instead of buying young and upcoming talents, Wenger for the first time was panic buying, Park Chu Yong, Andre Santos, Sebastian Squillaci were now on the Emirates wage bill.

As we head into the 2013/2014 Wenger has to spend and I believe he will. He knows they need 4 or 5 top class players because the nucleus of the squad is there. Laurent Koscienly, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud are all top class players but Arsenal need strength in depth. The Gunners have been linked with Simon Mignolet, Ashley Williams, Maxime Gonalons, Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain as Wenger looks to win a trophy after 8 years of pain.

He knows its time to spend.

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