Wenger to Spend in the Transfer Market after Humiliating 8-2 defeat to Manchester Utd

August 30, 2011 - by mosesbet · Filed Under sports news Leave a Comment 

Last week’s “Super Sunday” on Sky Sports One proved just that as both Manchester teams dominated their London rivals in unprecedented score lines.  Earlier in the day, Manchester City thrashed Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane, while Manchester Utd’s discombobulating of Arsenal 8-2 showed just how far apart the two sides are this season.

After his crumbling defeat to a youthful Man Utd team which included Ashley Young, Phil Jone, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley, Wenger is under pressure from both the board and the fans to spend money on big star names before the summer transfer window closes in two days time.

Hindered by the sale of team captain Cesc Fabregas and French International Samir Nasri to Manchester City, Wenger still has no excuses.  Even with first team players such as Frimpong, Song, Vermaelen, Wilshere and Gervinho missing through injuries or suspensions, and a mid-week Champions League tie against Undiniese last Wednesday night, Wenger needs a squad that can withstand these sorts of conditions.  He’s never going to have all of his players 100% fit for every game in the Premier League and his lack of spending this summer showed just how naïve he is this early on in the season.

Arsenal were never going to beat Man Utd away from home this season.  But even with injuries and suspensions, a reserve team at Aston Villa could have put in a better performance than this.  As the pundits said in the studio, Man Utd have played better than this on several occasions and only beaten inferior teams 1-0 or 2-0.

I don’t think it’s fair to criticise Wenger purely on this result.  After all, a lot of his time was preoccupied with the seeming departures of Fabregas (moved to Bacelona to win trophies and return to his home) and Samir Nasri (moved to Manchester City for £24 million for a contract worth £180,000 per week which is more than double his paygrade at Arsenal).  No one can blame Wenger for the exit of these two players.  One left for loyalty, the other left for a huge pay raise.

But, Wenger needs to move forward and their 8-2 drubbing to Man Utd was evidence enough of their fragility at the back, poor squad depth and lack of experienced leaders.  Remember that both teams at Old Trafford had injuries (both of United’s first choice centre backs were out injured whilst Chris Smalling had to fill in as right-back).  But, United coped better and had a big enough squad to deal with injuries and problems in all areas of the pitch.  People also say that Wenger’s team is young and needs time to mature, but the fact is that Utd and Arsenal’s team has the same average age of 23 last Sunday.

Wenger now has around £80 million to spend this summer after raising £60 million from the sales of Clichy, Fabregas and Nasri.  He’s expected to sign Monaco’s leading goal scorer and South Korean captain Park Chu Young by tomorrow, whilst bids for Lille’s £16 million rated midfielder Hazard, Bolton’s Gary Gahill and a few others are on the table.  Wenger’s also said to be trying to sell Chamakh and Bendter before the end of the window.

One last word that I’ll say about transfers this summer is Manchester Utd.  WOW.  Ashley Young has looked like a potential World Player of the Year since joining Man Utd this summer.  He has slotted straight into the starting XI with such ease and has already scored 2 goals and 5 assists in the last 3 games.  £16 million signing Phil Jones (19) from Blackburn also looks like incredible value for money.  The young, central defender has already been called up to the England Squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers after showing great club form for Utd.

 

 

 

 

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