Do we agree with Ian Wright?
He makes a couple of valid points…
From the Sun
MY old Arsenal team-mate David Rocastle would be turning in his grave right now if he looked at what is happening with the Gunners.
Rocky’s life was tragically cut short when in its prime.
But I’d like to think I was the same as him with regard to how much passion and pride we showed when the name Arsenal was mentioned.
Yet I have to admit, I am worried. Worried about the present, worried about the future and worried about the direction in which Arsenal appear to be heading.
I am constantly asking myself if Arsenal are now seen as just a stepping stone for wannabe great players and no longer the place where world-class stars are happy to see out their careers.
Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp was a footballing genius who packed up football when Arsenal let him go at the ripe old age of 37.
I was desperate to finish my own career in that red shirt but, for one reason or another, I was moved on.
Bergkamp was the catalyst for so many good things at Arsenal.
His immense presence helped to attract the likes of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires — the list is endless.
Who can fill that role now? Who is the magnet to attract the best? Maybe Cesc Fabregas but, as good as he is, the young Spaniard is still learning his trade.
Meanwhile, the Gunners seem unable to hang on to even squad players, with Mathieu Flamini switching to AC Milan and Alex Hleb going to Barcelona.
If any Arsenal fan told me they expected the club to finish in the top four this season, I reckon they would be optimistic rather than realistic.
They would be talking with their heart and not their head.
I just hope they are not losing their heads in the boardroom, as normally the people upstairs get it right. But, with all the unrest we have been hearing about, maybe that’s not the case.
It’s been suggested to me that manager Arsene Wenger is now toeing the line — that he’s a board man.
But that will never be the case as he cares intently about the team and what he can bring to it with his own skill. I’d imagine the board are scared about losing him too!
Yet Arsene has not been the busiest in the summer, which seems a bit strange as Arsenal don’t make idle boasts — especially about money.
So when you read that they have £70million or so to spend, you know it’s for real. But their transfer dealings have been overshadowed by Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
United have shown resilience by fighting tooth and nail to keep Cristiano Ronaldo.
And though Dimitar Berbatov may not arrive, United signalled their intent with their audacious bid for the Tottenham star.
Liverpool are refusing to stand still and have flexed their muscles in the transfer market with Spurs striker Robbie Keane.
Chelsea have landed Deco and Jose Bosingwa and are on a high-profile tour of the Far East and Russia.
Everyone knows the foundations at Arsenal ARE strong but everything else looks a bit shaky.
Emmanuel Adebayor answered all questions last season but even he appears to be trying to get away.
Top-class players are bought not only for what they bring to the team but for the ‘wow’ factor too.
You want to give fans a sense of anticipation for the upcoming season, a feeling that they can’t wait for the first ball to be kicked.
I’ll have to be brutal here and say that I sadly don’t feel that way about Arsenal with the new campaign just about to start
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