Arsene Wenger is always going on about how much he likes to build a team of youngsters into a Championship-winning side, but his five-year plan is continually dragged off the rails because all of our best players leave.
This has heightened now to the fact that he has sold a complete First XI of Arsenal Players in the last three years! This is by no means every player that has been sold, but they have all been crucial to the side at some point or other.
First of all in goal we have Manuel Almunia, who really should have left a little earlier, but as Arsenal don’t really buy keepers that position is redundant. He left for free after picking up £50,000 a week for doing nothing for 18 months…
In the back four we have lost the ex-captain William Gallas, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue for a combined price of £25 million. That line-up wouldn’t be much worse than the back four we have now….
The midfield was the biggest money-earner for the Arsenal Board, with the sales of Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas in the last 18 months, which has brought in a coooool £65 million. I wonder how many Arsenal fans would say we have replaced them with a better line-up right now? Wilshere, Arteta and Cazorla anyone?
For the two wingers and centre-forward on the sales list, we have been a little creative, but if Van Persie, Adebayor and Eduardo were all at their best it would certainly be a formidable line-up, don’t you think? Anyway they are not here any more, and Arsenal collected £55 million from their sales.
So, Arsene, how’s the team-building project going????