Since Old Rednose retired, United have appointed two managers and sacked one. Moyse was quickly “found out” and, following one bad season, dispensed with, a new higher profile, and some say higher maintenance, replacement has been put in place and they have spent £150 million in the transfer market. Players in Fellaini, Mata, Di Maria, Herrera, Shaw, Rojo, Blind and Falcao. They have already overtaken Arsenal in the league.
It is reported that van Gaal will be handed a £100 million kitty in the summer with targets Kevin Strootman, Diego Godin, Mats Hummels and Nathaniel Clyne lined up. Underperforming squad members are to be discarded as swiftly as possible.
The owners are determined to return the club to, what they consider their rightful place, the summit of European football.
Here at our own dear club, Wenger is promised £20 million in January with which to buy a central defender and a holding mid-fielder. Our target appears to be twenty-one year old left-back Tyrone Mings of Championship side Ipswich Town. A young man who “could provide a short term cover at centre-back” and “could eventually develop into a centre-back”.
What money is available in the summer will no doubt depend on our qualification for the Champions League. Meanwhile our squad is made up with around fifteen players who can be considered regular starters a few who can be used at a pinch and the rest who seem never to get a look in whatever the circumstances, oh! And one player whose fitness to play hasn’t been demonstrated in something like six seasons.
Arsenal have made some “headline signings” recently Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck, Debuchy and Chambers. Of those Alexis and Chambers have proved to be revelations, Ozil a tad disappointing, Welbeck promising and Debuchy hasn’t played enough to be judged as yet.
Arsenal haven’t yet replaced Gilberto, Ashley Cole or van Persie. Cazorla has replaced Nasri but only now is he starting to match the Frenchman’s quality. Whilst Alexis has more than made up for the loss of Fabregas.
So, where does Arsenal’s ambition stand. Wenger recently stated that “this squad could win the Premiership…in the next two seasons”. No mention of winning the Champions League.
Is “Top Four” the summit of our ambitions?
Is the owner happy to be “Not quite top of the tree”?
Do the supporters want to see a more ambitious club?
Written by Norfolk Gooner.