Arsene Wenger did not forget how to win. Arsene Wenger has just not been able to compete with the rest financially. Samir Nasri admitted as much. He missed out on players Eden Hazard, Michael Essien to Chelsea and could not keep hold of his best players including Nasri, Fabregas, Van Persie and Gael Clichy all because the club could not afford to keep them.
Over the years Wenger has been able to build new teams that have challenged for the Premier League season in season out. We have seen players like Marc Overmars and Nicholas Anelka been replaced with Robert Pires and Thierry Henry. Patrick Viera relinquished his hold of Arsenal’s midfield and made way for Cesc Fabregas.
Wenger is an incredible manager who has made sure all his teams play the Arsenal way…football that is a joy to watch. Every player who has worked with him call him a magician. No one qualifies for the Champions League for Seventeen seasons in a row working on a shoe string budget. Wenger himself has said he now has the money to splash on players and compete financially. His first order of business was getting Mesut Ozil to show that he means business.
Those who doubt Wenger’s pedigree need look no further than Monaco who want to give him a crazy amount of money to sign a contract with them. If Wenger has been able to take players of a supposedly lesser quality and make them play such attractive football, imagine what he can do with a team like Real Madrid? Ronaldo, Bale, Di Maria, Benzema all under Wenger? They would play football out of this world. Instead Mourinho and Ancelotti have them playing counter attacking football.
I have never been more impressed with an Arsenal team than the 2007/08 team that Wenger had carefully constructed. They attacked with pace and defended in numbers similar to Barcelona. It was a shame that they did not win the title. One fault Wenger has is his inability to pick a team when they are down. Eduardo’s injury was a shame but Arsenal could have picked themselves up and won the league for him. Instead they let Manchester United overtake them when they had a healthy lead.
Wenger has now said he has money to spend. I am eager to see how he spends it because he knows what it takes to win the Premier League. This is the opportunity he has been waiting for…to compete financially, to afford the players Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are used to snatching from his grasp. A level playing field. The rest of the league beware. Wenger is a man reborn with a point to prove.