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As we all know Arsene Wenger has built fantastic squads over the years using minimal funds and continues to do so to this day and still builiding a squad good enough to challenge for trophies and sometimes win them. We see clubs like Chelsea buying big and bringing in stars from across the globe for huge fees and often over-priced and winning trophies. The same case with United, back in the 90's and who can forget the Galactico era of Real Madrid?

However, do you think if Wenger spent big, like Mourinho, instead of investing in youngsters and buying superstars, do you think we would have many more trophies in the cabinet?
 

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Well, that's not really answerable. Arsenal, for a period of about four or so years, did not have the luxury of being able to spend money even if they wanted to. There was a period of high uncertainty about the club's financial stability in the earlier days of the stadium planning, so he had no choice but to not spend.

Mind you, in this period he won a magnificent double and went a season unbeaten. It wasn't for not spending that we didn't win the league in 2003 - or even going back to 1999 - but a simple case of the team not getting the job done when needed.
 

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No, but, imagine if we didn't have to save money for a new stadium (hypothetically let's just say we stayed at Highbury), and we had someone in the same mould as Abramovich take over (I mean in a financial sense) do you think we'd have won much more or not?
 

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No, but, imagine if we didn't have to save money for a new stadium (hypothetically let's just say we stayed at Highbury), and we had someone in the same moul as Abramovich take over (I mean in a financial sense) do you think we'd have won much more or not?
I have no doubt with a bit more cash at his disposal AW would have won a few more PL titles and perhaps more. AW had real interest in the likes of Eto'o, Makelele, Rio Ferdinand, Robinho, CR7 etc but could not match either the transfer fee nor the wages that said players ended up garnering from Barca, Man Utd and Real Madrid.

AW has stated numerous times what a dream signing Kaka would be but it's a fantasy as save RM and Chelsea no clubs could afford to pay AC Milan what the brilliant Brazilian is Worth. Give AW what Mourhino had at Chelsea and he would produce a side that would match the exploits of Real Madrid in the 50's and Ajax in the 70's.
 

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With regards to Robinho im sure we actually offered more money or a better package than Madrid but their lure was too big.

Glad they signed Baptista aswell :D
 

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With regards to Robinho im sure we actually offered more money or a better package than Madrid but their lure was too big.

Glad they signed Baptista aswell :D
arsenal seems like they have tried for every damn player on earth... only prob is they dont get any.... so they end up with some cheap ones.... luck they r gud enuf... but wats the point about...coming out and sayin.."tried to sign"... looks like u even tried to sign CR7:dielaugh:
 

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^^

Im happy with those we did sign, rather than flush it down the drain on Carrick and Hargreaves ;)

Who are not fit to lace Flaminis boots.
 

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Wenger's policy is fine by me. The ideal scenario is to have your first eleven and talented youngsters you have confidence in to do a job straight away to fill in and rotate. This would be utopia though. As it stands at the moment there are players who come in or have more games than they really should because of prolonged injuries which you can't really do much about. We are only a couple of players short IMO to be looking ok. Hoyte, Traore, Djourou, Diaby, Senderos (looks better in european games) and a couple of older players in Gilberto and Eboue who most of us say we are not comfortable with when they come in. Eboue is doing nothing more than a championship side wide player but to be fair he may be a stop gap in that position and the best for us would be to have him as back up right fullback but don't think Eboue would be happy with this so we may have to look elsewhere. Same with Diaby. Being played continously out of position but would he be happy as back up DM to Flamini next season? Doubtful. Wenger has to keep all the players happy which is difficult. It's a juggling act. To play certain people out of their true positions may be frustrating to us but it keeps players satisfied because they get more games than if they were waiting around to jump into their true positions when called upon.
 

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Yes, but do you think had we had unlimited funds, would we have won more trophies, Maturin?
 

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Doesn't guarantee anything Cruyff but helps of course. TBH would love to have a couple of really young exciting wide players to call upon in the squad and better young fullbacks oh and a couple of really good centrehalves. See the list goes on in the perfect world! Maybe just one centreback. Nordtveit is going to be a star for us real soon and we have Vela coming back to hopefully makes us stronger in the wide positions.
 

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Wenger's biggest flaw. If we loose the PL this season most of the blame can rest on his cheap shoulders. We just don't have enough quality in depth (not to mention a starting spot or two) to get through a full season hoping to win both the PL and CHL considering we ALWAYS (hint hint Wenger) have a lot of injuries. Was stupid to think so too. I still stand by this if we somehow manage to win both titles as well.
 

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^^

Im happy with those we did sign, rather than flush it down the drain on Carrick and Hargreaves ;)

Who are not fit to lace Flaminis boots.
50%, not bad but you still failed.
 

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50% is not a fail you genius, :D
 

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Wenger's biggest flaw. If we loose the PL this season most of the blame can rest on his cheap shoulders. We just don't have enough quality in depth (not to mention a starting spot or two) to get through a full season hoping to win both the PL and CHL considering we ALWAYS (hint hint Wenger) have a lot of injuries. Was stupid to think so too. I still stand by this if we somehow manage to win both titles as well.
Chelsea without Terry and Lampard has meant that they are languishing eight points behind us. Manchester United without Rooney or Ronaldo don't seem to be able to win. Where is their depth? Oh that's right. Since Manchester United and Chelsea are both above us in the table and are involved in more competitions than we are. Right?

Wenger is a cheap ass who chooses to save money by having a good scouting network and a good combination of players that suit his needs instead of going out and buying expensive players that may or may not pan out. Look at Anelka for Chelsea. What has he done for them despite the fact that he has cost them a small fortune? Look at how much United payed for two reserves, who in all honesty, may or may not make an impact in the long run for them.

You don't need a PHD in Economics to realize what a good job Wenger is doing. Wenger has brought us titles by doing things his way. I think that doubting him now is ridiculous. Come on. Instead of acknowledging Wenger's ingenuity for keeping our Club outside of this crazy, hyper-inflated transfer market you would rather call him a cheap ass?

I think panick is starting to set in for you.
 

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This summer we need to bring in 3-4 quality players, no more investing for the future, we've done that.

If we do not bring in the quality players we will always be the nearly team.
 
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