WTTGT Writer: Simon Bourne (Site Editor) – Follow Me
We can expect Fabregas’ Barcelona jaunt to be wrapped up before long, but if Samir Nasri does join United, and Gael Clichy does join City, is this the end of Arsenal as we know it?
Replacing three first-team players is never easy, especially when two of them are arguably the first names on the team sheet. Taking into account Arsène Wenger’s transfer policy, and the fact that he generally buys youngsters, I would suggest there are not three players out there who could immediately replace the likes of Nasri, Cesc and Clichy.
To replace one player is hard enough, but to replace three is nearly impossible so assuming that the three transfers do eventually go through, what next for Arsenal?
Liverpool are strengthening, as are rivals Tottenham, while Everton and a few others are flirting with the coveted fourth Champions League spot. Are Arsenal now to be talked about in the same category as these respective teams, and no longer a team that can be mentioned in the same breath as United, Chelsea and City – Championship contenders?
The fact that two of the star players are effectively leaving Arsenal to join two of these Championship sides respectively tells its own story… right?
Does Arsenal’s board room concede that the immediate future is that fourth place finish in the league and no longer an honest battle for the league title? Is it a case of accepting that the spending power of City and Chelsea will ultimately guarantee that they finish about Arsenal every season until the Gunners can effectively match their spending power?
If the names in question do leave Arsenal, could it spell the end of the Arsène Wenger era?
The situation certainly poses a lot of questions that only time will tell, but without three of the club’s main players from last season, 2011/12 will surely struggle to emulate that of last year.