If you refuse to add experienced players to a young, spineless squad incapable of winning trophies is it any wonder your best players want to leave?
Nasri and Clichy are the latest players to want out according to BBC Sport. We all know Fabregas would rather be at Barcelona and Henry left because he wanted to win the Champions League, something I suspect he knew wouldn’t happen with his beloved Arsenal because Wenger wasn’t signing players who’d be good enough before he retired (and he was right).
That’s the trouble with signing mainly youngsters – they make mistakes. If you have too many young players, you make too many mistakes and don’t win trophies. It takes time to educate and nurture kids and in the meantime any top quality players you have like Nasri and Fabregas are going to get frustrated.
Put yourself in their shoes – they are wanted by Man Utd and Barcelona respectively. They enjoy playing for Arsenal though and owe Wenger a lot, so they’d like to stay and win trophies with us instead. But they look at Wenger’s transfer strategy, see that he only buys youngster after youngster and think: “Am I going to win anything here?” Yes Fabregas has Barcelona in his heart, but would his head have been turned so easily had we been winning trophies? It’s perfectly understandable that they should want to go because Wenger is not signing players who deserve to be on the same pitch as them.
Why should they play for a manager whose transfer strategy is designed to put money in the bank instead of trophies in the cabinet?
"Boss, this kid is no good, spend some fucking money"
Even crap players like Denilson are complaining that they don’t win trophies at Arsenal. Now I have no time for Denilson and I would happily give him a piggy-back all the way to Brazil if it meant him leaving. But his outburst last month in The Sun hints at a growing disenchantment with Wenger’s philosophy. If a plank like Denilson is fed up, imagine how Fabregas and Nasri must feel.
The only way ‘Project Youth’ has a chance is if the quality players like Fabregas, Nasri and Henry stay to teach the younger ones and bring them through. But they won’t stay because they want to win things and therefore we don’t win any silverware. Which in turn means the youngsters who do develop into quality players will leave too.
It’s a vicious circle that needs to be broken by buying quality players to persuade our better players to stay. If not, van Persie will be next and in a few years time Wilshere will look around him and think: “Why am I wasting my time here when my mates Fabregas and Nasri are winning trophies elsewhere?”
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