With such key exits this summer along with a lack of activity in the market, until now it seems, many have blamed Arsene Wenger and called for his head following his heavy defeat to Manchester United.
There have been many articles that have revealed the extent to which the board have disrupted transfer dealings and now ex-gunner Samir Nasri has given some insight into how restricted Wenger is following the construction of the Emirates Stadium.
Telling L’Equipe, Nasri said on the situation: “Arsenal remains a big club, but the building of Emirates Stadium changed a lot of things. It has changed the ambitions, so far. But it is not Arsene Wenger, it is the club’s politics, the officials.
“Arsenal doesn’t have the same funds. They can’t make the same coups as before in the transfer market. They are rather forced to sell their best players and bet on young ones.”
The words Nasri speak certainly back-up claims made by other sources about how tight Arsenal are financially and how restricted Wenger is after the move to the Emirates, a claim backed up by Arsenal’s current ‘unattractive’ wage structure.
It is all still speculation at the moment, but perhaps it is safe to say that the Wenger cannot be solely blamed, but instead partly blamed, for the misgivings Arsenal have endured in recent times. Or perhaps it is just his ‘stubborn attitude’. Nevertheless I am hoping Wenger can utilise his vast experience within his ‘restrictions’ to get our beloved club back on the right path (stability at the back)!