Sunday, June 5, 2011

Where Are We Going?

Arsene Wenger has managed to resist some supposed crises in the past but he will do well to get Arsenal back to anywhere near their previous level, if this summer takes the course that seems likely.

Fabregas wants out, has done for quite a time. It's criminal that he never had a shot at winning the big prizes at Arsenal, because his manager surrounded him with mediocre players. There will be no criticism of Cesc when he leaves. Great players want to win trophies and there is little chance that Arsenal will win the Premiership or Champions League any time soon.

Samir Nasri is flirting with Manchester United, of all teams, and with only a year left on his contract, and no sign of the new offer being accepted, he too looks ready to jump ship. While players like Abou Diaby have been rewarded for their lack of impact with contract extensions, Nasri's contract has, amazingly, been allowed to play out.

Arsene Wenger has, for too long, had too much faith in the lesser elements of his squad. And now, clearly, some of his better players are losing faith in him.

His flawed project is now in danger of damaging the club. Optimistic fans were hoping for a clear out this summer, but they envisaged the sale of dead wood, and that Fabregas, Nasri and the other players of quality would be added to.

Instead, it may well be that some of the dead wood are set for a promotion.

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