Former England manager Terry Venables has no reason to want Arsenal to do well, having played for and been manager of our fierce north London rivals Tottenham, but even he is desperate for Arsene Wenger to see sense and see that the squad needs some top quality players bringing in to allow us to fight for major honours, as an Evening Standard report reveals.
Venables feels that the Gunners are on the edge of being able to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Man City, but unless Wenger signs another two players before the transfer window closes, which is looking increasingly unlikely, then Arsenal are set to come up short again.
And he feels bad for the quality players already in the side who he feels are being let down by the Frenchman in their hopes of winning more trophies with Arsenal. It sounds as though the 71-year old is almost as exasperated and confused by Wenger’s transfer policy as we Arsenal fans are and that highlights just how far from the common thinking our manager is.
Venables wrote, “For goodness sake, Arsene Wenger, go the extra mile tonight.
“Arsenal have so much going for them, excellent players such as Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey but, as always seems to be the case, they’re still two players short of greatness. It’s the same shortcomings as last year and they need to learn from Chelsea.
“Jose Mourinho saw his Chelsea side were close so he brought in those extra key players who can change the fortunes of a team.
“By bringing in two extra players, Arsene would not only give himself invaluable cover against unexpected injuries, he’d also be bringing in extra competition. Suddenly his key players will be looking over their shoulders and going the extra mile to keep their places. Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers were bold in buying Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, and it’s those gambles that make the difference in the Premier League.”
But it looks like Wenger is going to go his own way as usual and that could mean that, as usual, Arsenal will be fighting for fourth place again at the end of the season. Why does he do it?