Ahead of an important mid-week game against Marseille, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he faced his worst ever summer at the Arsenal helm after admitting half of his stars wanted to leave the Emirates after the departures of Cesc and Samir.
The disappointment of last season was immense at the back end of last season with Arsenal failing to secure the Carling Cup with a soft goal in the dying minutes of the final against Birmingham. From then on, it was a downhill spiral to the end of the season.
The Frenchman said to French radio station RTL regarding players wanting to leave and the immense funds of other clubs:
Half the team in the dressing room wanted to leave.
You’re preparing for a season where you don’t know who’s going to come in, the players who are staying are asking themselves what’s going on at the club. It was extraordinarily difficult. What saved us is that we’re a club that are extremely solid and united. Other clubs would surely have broken up in those circumstances.
Frankly, if you compare what Manchester City have won in the past and what Arsenal have won, then you don’t go to Manchester City to win titles. Players go to Manchester City because they pay much better than Arsenal.
There’s always a financial logic behind who ends up being successful in any league. If Barcelona or Real Madrid paid three times less than Malaga, players would go to Malaga.
When a player has the choice between two clubs who have the same ambitions, if he can earn three times as much at one club he’ll go there. That’s logical. It’s the law of the market.
I totally agree that Samir went to City for the money, considering there was heavy interest in him from Manchester United. Perhaps though, Arsenal will have no choice but to spend big in January in order to convince Van Persie to stay beyond next summer. What do guys think?