After the last number of seasons Arsenal has been known as a selling club, buying relatively unknown players and making them world class.
Barcelona have been renowned for dipping into our supermarket of talent luring Cesc Fabregas, Alex Hleb, Alex Song and legend Thierry Henry away from the Emirates. Other clubs have also been guilty of this with Van Persie to Man United Nasri and Adebayor to Manchester City and then to Spurs.
However Barcelona are the ones that annoy me the most. They have endless talent in their squad without having touched any of our players. Also Pep Guardiola claimed to have Jack Wilsheres a dime a dozen in their reserves. Then stop raiding our squad!
I’m willing to admit that Fabregas and Henry are two exceptions as they have achieved trophies at the club and have had an impact but what about the others?
Arsenal in 2008 seemed to be on to a good thing building a team of quality players but very few remained loyal to the club. There is only so much the manager can do by motivating the team, if those players do not perform and fail to win trophies it cannot really be turned onto Wenger.
That team was good enough to win at least a domestic cup. Then there is the money and ambition to deal with, Manchester City were becoming multi million pound spenders and could offer colossal wages to average players, naturally they were going to turn a few heads. Chelsea had done the same in Mourinho’s first stint. Barcelona were winning every trophy possible that was what the true players coveted.
So there was a mass exodus. Looking at those players now does anyone know where Alex Hleb is these days? Bate Borisov, one of the Champions League teams that nobody ever really pays attention to.
Then to Alex Song who seen the bright lights of Barcelona, well the shine from their trophy room and decided he was on his way. In two seasons he’s made 22 appearances, that does not scream integral player in the Barcelona team.
Now it seems according to reports today he’s fed up of warming the bench and is looking to leave, enter David Moyes once again. I’m starting to think he has been jealous of Arsene Wenger maybe stemming from his Everton days. He had no hope of luring Arsenal players to Merseyside but now that he has money and a reputable winning club behind him and has the potential to fulfil his dreams.
Gone are the days of loyalty to clubs who make a career for a player, they become too big for their boots and have notions of grandeur. Players like Stephen Gerrard, John Terry, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs to name a few are hard to find these days.
Jack Wilshere seems to be that type of player amongst the Arsenal ranks the fans appreciate and respect these players greatly as they know in tough times they’re not going to abandon ship.
Not that we want any of these players to return to the club because to be fair there’s no room and they’re no longer at the same level as Ӧzil, Ramsey and Carzola I could go on but think it’s self explanatory.
However I am willing to admit that the return of Mathiew Flamini has been fantastic he looks a better player than when he left.
Only time will tell whether there is another player to go to the dark side in Manchester United but even if Song does go it still doesn’t solve the midfield issued in Old Trafford.