According to Martin Keown’s article in The Daily Mail, Wengers recent signings just haven’t been strong enough to win trophies.
The former Arsenal legendary centreback spoke out of Arsenals situation, here is the full article:
When Andrey Arshavin swept in the winner in the Champions League victory against Barcelona last season, everything looked like it might finally be coming together for Arsenal.
But look now at the three men involved in that goal – Arshavin, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri – and you can see the size of the problem facing Arsene Wenger.
Nasri and Fabregas are seemingly on the way out and Arshavin represents a lot of the problems with many of the players left behind
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Losing Nasri, Fabregas and, less so, Gael Clichy would be a huge blow for the club. It looks like everyone wants to leave Arsenal, but this happened to us in 2000 when the heart was ripped out of our team as Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit joined Barcelona.
We used to giggle when Overmars got the ball up against Gary Neville because we knew what was coming. It, of course, hurt us when they left but the players who remained were not looking for the exit – we had to show character. We then embraced the change and new signings, which is what the current players need to do with Gervinho and whoever else eventually arrives.
However, you cannot deny that in recent seasons the players who have been brought in have not been good enough to win trophies.
Wenger knows now that his judgment of players has to go back to where it was. This group have not matured and developed as he would have hoped. But you can’t just rely on signings. There are lots of creativity and flair in the squad but the one ingredient that must be improved upon is leadership.
You do that by taking ownership and responsibility for the team and getting out of your comfort zone by being more demanding of your team-mates. You can do it verbally, you can do it by making strong tackles or by shaking your fist at people – whatever gets a reaction. But essentially it is not enough to know your job – you have to know everybody else’s too.
Last season, the defence were passive and uncertain but if it is an education problem, they have quality coaches there who are more than capable of sorting that out.
One of the roles of the defenders is to organise the creative players to get the best out of them defensively. Arshavin said last year that Arsenal always need to score lots of goals because the defence let in so many.
I can think of a few defenders who would have had him around the throat because he is one of the biggest culprits, continually switching off. There is always so much attacking quality at the club that it is criminal they are not winning trophies because of slipping up on the basics.You have to fight for every tackle and every header and defend as a team.
They should also remember that Wenger brought them to the club and made them who they are today. They should follow his example. He could have gone to any club in Europe over the years – he probably still could. But he has shown loyalty and that should be matched by the players.
One of the differences now is the balance of overseas and homegrown players. Arsenal have been behind other big teams on salaries and perhaps that is easier to accept when you are winning trophies. But the gap is even bigger now because of Chelsea and Manchester City. That means some foreign players, who speak lots of languages and are globetrotters, are more likely to look for a move.
Finally, although I think Fabregas will leave because he has such an affinity with Barca, do not rule out Wenger succeeding with a last-ditch attempt to persuade Nasri to stay. Nasri is a player you don’t want to lose – especially to a rival – but a lot of it will depend on the conversation when he returns to training.
Wenger is very good at reassuring players after a summer of having voices in their ears, when their head has been turned. It happened a few times with Patrick Vieira. The problem is that if Nasri leaves as well, the chance of Arsenal winning things becomes even more remote. But if he can be persuaded to stay, fans and players will look at it – inside and outside the club – and see it as a statement of intent.
And the summer would not seem so bad after all.