I read Ian Wrights column today in the Sun this morning. He is saying he is concerned that Arsenal are turning into a stepping stone for wannabe greats and is a place where world-class players are no longer happy to see out their careers.
I understand Wrighty's concerns. It has (in the past) crossed my mind that maybe Arsenal are turning into a bigger version of West Ham. It seems at times that players are using Arsenal as a stepping stone. They come young and under Le Bosse's guidence flourish into great players before leaving.
But then again look at the world-class players who have left in recent years, I think that Wenger has released players at the right time in their careers. So Wrighty can't really say that Arsenal are used as a stepping stone for bigger and better things.
We saw the best of Henry, Vieira, Ljungberg and Pires. Can their current clubs say they have? Le Boss has an uncanny knack of releasing players at the right time. He has been proved right time and time again.
Wrighty also says that if any Arsenal fan told him they expect Arsenal to finish in the top four he believes they are thinking with their heart and not their head! RUBBISH Wrighty! Come on man.
I honestly believe that we will be fighting for the title this season not for fourth place. I think we will be up there with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool not Aston Villa, Everton and Manchester City for the last Champions League spot.
Flamini and Hleb are good players but not great players. They can be replaced, in fact Hleb already has been. I liked Flamini but there is no doubt in my mind that he will be doing to Milan in four years the same as he did to us and Marseille. Leaving for more money. Probably in Spain somewhere.
I agree with Wrighty that a signing of intent is necessary, it would be a boost to the squad and us Gooners. We could do with the "wow" factor instead the usual "who's that?" although i'm sure Sagna and Dudu would quite rightly disagree with that!
We have been written off in the past more times than I care to remember but have always come back stronger. I feel the same this season. I was worried about the lack of players coming in (and venting it on here!) but the dead-line isn't until August 31st.
I believe that Le Boss will bring in the players we need to be strong enough. So I've decided I not going to panic anymore, yet.
But one things for certain, I don't think Arsenal are a stepping stone for players, do you?
Keep it Goonerish............