The former Arsenal manager George Graham is backing Arsene Wenger to prove his critics wrong and get the Gunners back to playing the exciting, flowing and attacking football that he made famous when he joined the club. Graham believes that Wenger needs to use another of his skills to do it, though. Le Prof has unearthed some real gems in the past, and he will need to do it again in the January transfer window to appease the increasingly frustrated and belligerent fans.
One of Wenger’s most effective signings was the French striker Thierry Henry, and it has been reported that the 35-year old would be joining Wenger for a third time at Arsenal in January. Gerard Houllier, who is head of soccer at Henry’s club the New York Red Bulls, says that the move is not likely to happen after all. Houllier claims to have had no contact about the loan deal, and that Henry’s situation means that it would not be a good move anyway.
So Graham has called on Wenger to dig deep again and produce another Fabregas or van Persie as he has done before.
“There is a lot of hysterical criticism about Wenger now.
“If you want to stay in the top four, he is the man without question.
“Let’s give Arsene the credit. He brought in players for average prices, Henry, Anelka, Overmars, Viera, Petit.
“They were all very good players unknown to the fans in England that he turned into fantastic, world-class players. That was his strength.
“He did it on a tight budget, so it is not like they are now going to go out and break the transfer record.
“They have never done it during Arsene’s reign, so in my opinion he has got to get his magic hat on again and go out and see if he can get players of that quality at good prices.”
Wenger may have made a rod for his own back by saving the Arsenal board so much money over the years, but it seems as if he is going to have to do it again.