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Gorgeous George: Arsene Needs To Spend

Gorgeous George: Arsene Needs To Spend

Former Gunners Boss and player George 'Stroller' Graham has asserted that Arsene Wenger will have to spend big in the summer if his squad is to snatch the Premiership crown next season. Graham remarked that the paucity of players in the Arsenal squad and a lack of mental and physical strength has cost them in this campaign.

'After three-quarters of the season, they were five points clear, absolutely over-achieving, and then in the run-in, they are stumbling all the time.

'He must look back and ask: 'did the players get tired? Why did they get tired? Did he have a strong enough squad? Were they too inexperienced to get over the white line and win the trophy?'

'He needs, in my opinion, three or even four ready-made players, which will cost a lot of money - and that may be a problem because I don't know if Arsenal have got a big budget to get new players in next season.'

I don't necessarily agree. We need a few more squad addtions certainly, but we do not have to spend big. It is well documented that most of Arsene's best finds have been signed for relatively sparse sums. As Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure, Robin van Persie etc, etc, etc prove, big players do not necessarily have big reputations. Graham might also do well to remember that during his final campaign in charge, he was often greeted with chants of 'spend some f*****g money.'

In all seriousness, I have a great deal of respect for George's opinion, he was a great manager for us despite the shenanigans of his last season. 'Certain players at Arsenal keep on getting injured, and you know next season, the same players will probably be on the treatment table a lot.

'I think he needs three or four, and I think he needs three or four ready-made players, star players who are going to cost big money and big salaries, which will not go down well at Arsenal.'

Whilst it's hard to disagree with the first statement, the second statement again bears analysis. I think Arsene will do what he has always done, sign good players. Splashing out on 'stars' is not always the recipe for success, Veron, Shevchenko and Morientes all fit Gerge's bill. (John Jensen, Pal Lydersen and Colin Pates probably do not). Wenger has already said he will sign a so called 'star player' if he feels said player meets his criteria. If not, I'd certainly settle for another couple of Bacary Sagna's.

When asked what they need to add, Graham added: 'Through the middle, the spine of the team. They need a world-class goalkeeper, they need a centre-half, they need more mental and physical strength in the middle of the pitch.

'Unfortunately, their strikers seem to be picking up a lot of injuries, so they need somebody to play alongside (Emmanuel) Adebayor, who I think could develop into a world-class player.'

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday April 22 2008
Time: 1:40PM


"Certain players at Arsenal keep on getting injured, and you know next season, the same players will probably be on the treatment table a lot" - he is PAINFULLY accurate there. We will never get a full season out of RVP or Rosicky.
22/04/2008 13:45:00
hmmm I think RVP and Rosicky can flourish next season. however, a look inwards at the clubs medical system needs to occur. I dont think theres a big problem there, but something seems to make a number of our players susceptible to injury. Maybe its just the need for a slight increase in squad depth to let players have a rest during the season for the odd game.
22/04/2008 14:17:00
Could be all that rabbit food and pasta they are noshing.
22/04/2008 14:31:00
Wenger has already answered the 1st of George's questions about player fatigue - admitted his mistakes during the interview with ATVO last week. He will fix that. We do need 2-3 players more, and I trust Wenger's policy. All of them need not be ready made players, coz our starting 11 is fixed (bar 1-2), its the back up that needs to be sorted. As for the spending big, thats rubbish. wenger knows where to sign his players from - will get value for money, like he did with Sagna (and would have with Dudu).
22/04/2008 14:41:00
Does our particular style of play make our players more prone to injury in a fast-paced physical league like the PL? Isn't it true that younger players tend to be more injury prone and then become less so as they age? Wasn't Gerrard constantly injured when he was younger? Didn't Clichy go thru a period of constant injury in his younger days? I do wish this excessive injury issue would get sorted, it's one of the biggest reasons we have struggled and failed these last two seasons. We do not need big names, we just need quality signings like Sagna. But the first concern is keeping the squad together, that's my main worry.
22/04/2008 15:23:00
I know it has nothing to do with this artical but i had my first trip to the emirates on sat against reading. All i can say is fantastic stadium and team but your support is so quiet. It was strange, i know at w/ham we shout alot but your fans say nothing at all. Very strange. I think you dont realise just how lucky u are to have a team that good.
22/04/2008 15:29:00
Yes the biggest problem for us is the injuries not squad depth. If only Rosicky and RVP could play for the whole season i cannot see who would be able to handle the Gunners. For me a healthy RVP is the best player in the league. I would like to ask anyone if they think Chelsea would be in the same position without Anelka, Drogba and lets say Man U without Rooney and Tevez? who would they bring in to fill those gaps given all there so called depth? well how were we supposed to fill the loss of Eduardo and RVP not to mention Rosicky? should we have three players sitting on the bench of like caliber just in case? wouldnt work seeing that Diarra got impatient after a few months. Let us first sure up our defense and great GK to me and the rest will work itself out, i think so at least! God Bless!
22/04/2008 15:31:00
I seem to recall George saying much the same thing last summer. It is ironic given his tendency to shop in the bargain basement. To his credit though he did respect his view. He is wrong about star players and big money though. The only criteria is ability not the price tag. Helb was an inspired buy as was Sagna. Gallas was brought to the club in a deal that didn't involve a huge outlay. Wenger isn't opposed to buying experienced players but experienced or not if they don't have current PL experience they are still something of a gamble no bmatter how big the reputation or the price tag.
22/04/2008 16:06:00
2nd sentence should read "To his credit though he did pick up some bargains there and as a committed Arsenal man I can respect his view"
22/04/2008 16:08:00
I seem to remember Amos, that the chants of 'spend some ******* money were provoked by an attempt to sign Julian Joachim. So Graham respnded to our ire by buying Chris Kiwomya instead.
Little Dutch
22/04/2008 16:10:00
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