Arsenal On the Spotlight As Ex-Gunners Share Their Opinions
Silent Stan Kroenke has decided to visit the troubled shores of North London to reaffirm his support for Arsene Wenger and to also host a meeting with the rest of his chums in the Board. The meeting has been scheduled for Thursday and the recent shenanigans in the club are bound to be discussed as well as the club’s long-term plans and the imminent release of their half-yearly accounts.
Word on the street is that Arsene Wenger will be given a massive transfer kitty of £50m but the fans know that this is a familiar cliché they’ve been accustomed to. Enough about the off-the-pitch news, every headline has been published on the performances of the Gunners on it.
It’s unfortunate to know that the Gunners couldn’t mark the club’s 125th anniversary with any silverware of any sort but as the note on the insignia reads, the club has to move forward. In the wake of the club’s debacle, the media Vultures, bloggers and the fans alike have had their say and shared their own opinions. Some Ex-Gunners didn’t want to get left out of the party so I’ve decided to share some quotes from these Arsenal figureheads in response to the team’s shortcomings.
George Graham was a great player in his days and delved into management after he decided to hang his boots. He donned the Red and White for six years (1966-1972), amassing a total of 227 league appearances scoring 60 goals in the process. He was part of the Class of 70′ that won the League and Cup double as well as the Fairs Cup in the same year.
He managed Arsenal for nine years (1986-1995) and had an amazing haul of trophies which included two League titles (89′, 91′), one FA Cup (93′), two League Cups (87′, 93′), one FA Charity Shield (91′) and one UEFA Cup Winners Cup (94′).
Despite the fact that he has been watching this team play from the stands or on his TV set, Graham still holds Arsenal dear to his heart but he has reiterated that Arsenal failed to replace the players that left. He labelled Arsenal as a “crisis” outfit, a team that lacks leaders and the quality of the team hasn’t reached the standard of a team capable of winning the Premier League.
He spoke about the club’s trophy drought and was bewildered why Arsene Wenger hasn’t delved his hands into the transfer market to sign quality players. More interestingly, he was in the opinion that Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott should leave the club:
“For Van Persie, this will be his last big contract. He’ll be 29 when his contract finishes and he’s going to be looking for a four-year contract, maybe even five. You can’t expect Arsenal to pay that knowing that in his last two years he probably won’t be a regular in the team.”
“I would let Walcott go. He was a promising boy but his potential has never really been fulfilled. He has still got fabulous pace but he’s been there five years and I can’t see a great improvement.”
Emmanuel Petit recently chastised some deadwood in the club in the wake of the shambolic performance against AC Milan. In an audio interview with BBC Sport, Petit questioned the team’s weak mentality and he said that the Gunners play like a confused bunch. However, Petit gave the manager his backing.
Nigel Winterburn was part of the all-English fantastic back four that rocked the 90’s with scintillating performances alongside Lee Dixon, Steve Bould/Martin Keown and Mr. Arsenal, Tony Adams.
Winterburn has sadly stated that the season has gone completely wrong. He still believes that Arsene Wenger is the right man for the football club because he loves the way he plays his football and the way he sets out his teams. Like every other Arsenal fan, he’d like to see fresh blood injected into the squad and he believes that there are still some quality players in the team.
These ex-Gunners have spoken for many fans and only want the best for the club. There’s a long summer to look forward too but all attention has to be firmly fixed on the remaining Premier League fixtures of this disappointing season.
Funnily enough, even Samir Nasri had something to say in the wake of Arsenal’s recent demise in the FA Cup:
It’s time to focus on the Premier League and I hope the Gunners heed to Bacary Sagna’s call for ‘soul searching‘.
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