So, these Arsene Wenger comments need discussing…
“In our job, there is always a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad,”
“It’s always difficult, when you bring so many players in, to predict how everybody will do.”
These quotes are in regards to movement in general in the market, and you would assume targeted directly at Wenger’s rivals in North London, Tottenham Hotspur. Look, Spurs brought in a ton of players. It’s very true to call this a summer of transition, but, hopefully Andre Villas-Boas got the players in that he wanted, so that he can bring quality amongst their stability. I think Spurs WANTED to not bring in tons of players this off-season, but, it was dictated to them when Bale decided to bounce. Soldado and Paulinho were brought in to add to the dynamic of the team last year.
Bale leaving has led to a natural reconstruction. That, while something they likely did not want to do, has been something they have done well so far.
There’s no way to predict how everybody will do. But, Spurs do need to do something in order to crack the top three and pass Arsenal. That’s ambition. Being willing to work harder at stabilizing the squad if the end result is to give yourself a better opportunity moving forward.
Wenger, however, did not stop there…
“It has a negative impact when you lose your best players, always,”
“Because you are perceived as well by your fans for a lack of ambition, and by the rest of the squad … they look for strength in their team. We have gone through that process consistently and it demands always a mental adjustment to keep your ambition alive. It’s very, very difficult.”
Wait, this is the same guy who sold Robin Van Persie last season? And, Alex Song? Guess what areas Arsenal still need to address the most? Striker and defensive midfielder. Say what you will about Spurs, but, bringing in Lamela and Eriksen is at least directly trying to replace what they lose in Bale’s departure.
Wait, this is the same guy who sold Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri the year before? And, didn’t adequately replace them either?
Spurs have made it clear that they are not selling Bale out of a lack of ambition. There might have been question marks of that regard around the sale of Luka Modric a year ago, but, those don’t exist this year. Spurs are building a squad with really good depth and are turning Bale into a whole hell of a lot more than what they were with him. And, as such, Spurs fans are not complaining about their lack of ambition.
That’s what Piers Morgan is doing. Arsenal fans are the ones complaining about the lack of ambition. Wenger still has not replaced those who he has sold and as such, people are questioning the ambition that Wenger still has.
Wenger has turned his attention to throwing stones. Likely because of his frustration with not being able to do anything such as sign Gonzalo Higuan or Luis Suarez. Instead of just buying the quality Arsenal need to replace those guys, Wenger is digging in and continuing to do it his way. Eventually, on this path, Spurs will pass Arsenal. It might not be tomorrow. It might not be this year, but, Spurs are showing ambition that doesn’t care about Arsenal. Ambition that only cares about the top of the table. Arsenal is showing ambition only to hold on for dear life.