Just a few short years ago, Arsenal finished second to Leicester in the Premier league and Arsene Wenger had managed to get the Gunners into the Champions League for the 20th season in a row, while Liverpool, with Klopp having joined them in the October, languishing 11 points behind the Gunners in 8th place.
But Klopp got to grips with his new team and hauled them up to 4th the following year, beating us by just one point, and sent Arsenal into the Europa League for the first time. This year Liverpool made some good transfer business and jumped even further ahead of us. They finished 12 points to the good, and Klopp even got the Reds into the Champions League Final, which just shows how much they have progressed and how much Arsenal declined. So is it any wonder that the Monaco star Fabinho decided to move to Anfield than come and join us?
SkySports reported last night….
Arsenal made a late attempt to sign Fabinho before he joined Liverpool from Monaco, according to Sky sources.
The 24-year-old midfielder is admired by the Gunners’ new boss Unai Emery, who tried to sign him at Paris Saint-Germain.
It is understood Arsenal made attempts to land the player over the weekend but he had already decided to join the losing Champions League finalists.
And why on Earth would he turn down Klopp’s Liverpool because Arsenal came in with an offer? Why would anyone? We are hardly a force in England any more, never mind Europe. What could we offer? A good run in the Europa League with our reserves?
The fact is that anyone we try and buy this summer who are also being sought by one of the EPL Top Four teams, would reject us out of hand. It looks like we will have to aim our sights a little bit lower until Emery can make us into a team to be feared again.
I so wish we had tried to get Klopp in when he left Dortmund. Look how things have changed in the last three years….