August 2nd, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Will Arsene Wenger end Arsenal's transfer 'insanity'?

Can Arsene Wenger bring an end to Arsenal's trophy drought this season?
Can Arsene Wenger bring an end to Arsenal's trophy drought this season?

Doing the same thing and expecting a different result – this is one of the definitions of insanity.

Someone should tell Arsene Wenger because for some reason the Arsenal manager continues to follow a flawed masterplan. A masterplan which has now failed to yield any trophies in six years.

I really feel sorry for Arsenal fans. So much promise and so much style, yet there is so little substance, so little silverware.

For years the supporters at the Emirates Stadium have started the season with high hopes, only to see the team fall short of their expectations.

The rhetoric is always the same from Wenger: "We are growing. We are getting better. The future looks bright. I believe in these players."

Yet the result has always the same - zero trophies.

In my mind, there is one big reason why Arsenal have failed to win major titles recently. It is down to the lack of activity in the transfer market, and it looks like another summer has come and gone with the club failing to sign the players they need.

So, what do they need? An experienced centre back and a veteran midfielder. What have they got so far? A forward, Gervinho, and a young defender, Carl Jenkinson.
Sure, Ivory Coast international Gervinho will be a valuable addition to the squad, even if he doesn’t fit the profile of what was needed, but I really don’t understand the thinking behind getting another promising young player. Aren’t there enough at the club already?

My advice to Arsene is simple. Buy big and buy now. Buy before it is too late and before you fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season.

Here is a five step plan that I would follow if I was in charge at Arsenal to make sure the glory days come back sooner rather than later.

1. Sell Cesc Fabregas - The Spain midfielder does not want to play at the club anymore and that much is obvious. Last year he failed to impress and, if forced to stay, he will fail to live up to expectations. Sell him to Barcelona, for around $48 million and smile all the way to the bank. The money could help Arsenal rebuild their squad.

2. Tie Samir Nasri down to a new contract. If you let Cesc go, you can make the French international feel special by offering him a big deal and making him the focus of your team's attack. Samir was spectacular in a central role last season and should be given the keys to the engine room. Let him be creative and let him have the freedom to roam behind the striker.

3. Buy an experienced central defender. Thomas Vermaelen is a quality centre half but he needs guidance to continue developing and he isn't going to get it next to Laurent Koscielny or Johan Djourou. There are so many good defenders out there who could be signed for a reasonable fee. I am going to suggest three: Diego Lugano of Fenerbahce, Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus and Richard Dunne of Aston Villa. Three different types of player who could easily slot into the starting XI.

4. Buy a veteran midfielder. At the end of last season, Alex Song was shattered. He played game after game because the team didn’t have another anchor in midfield. The Gunners desperately need an experienced hardman to cover for Jack Wilshere and Nasri. I am going to suggest three: Anatoly Tymoschuk of Bayern Munich, Paulo Asuncao of Atletico Madrid and Walter Gargano of Napoli. None of them are superstars, but they would all add mettle to a soft midfield.

5. Add tactical versatility. Recently, Arsenal have had one formation: 4-3-3. They need to have more options otherwise they are too predictable. What about a 4-4-2 with Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner up front? What about a diamond formation in midfield? Wenger needs to try something different. Having no Plan B is just not good enough in modern football.

In my opinion, these five steps would allow Arsenal to reboot their system. A system which does not work now and will not work in the future – no matter how much Wenger wants it to.

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  1. Michael Law

    Good article, I agree with most of these steps and think that with the sale of cesc Fabregas we are losing our star player, however we can rebuild the team and be stronger as a unit.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  2. Andy

    Being an Arsenal fan means that every Summer, one of our better players is in the press with clubs after him. I think the board dont really care what the fan in the street wants, we need hard working players who can roll up their sleeve when the going gets tough. If i were Wenger id get rid of Cesc and Samir, they dont want to play for the club, yes they have given great service, but time for a change and get someone who can create alongside Jack, we need another Gilberto Silva, and a player who can score goals, Ian Wright could do a better job than Bendtner, in defence we need Cahill or Samba or both, it wont get any better, Stan wont flash the cash, isnt his wife something to do with the Walmart millions. Arsenal in the Europa league, unthinkable until now.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  3. Adam

    Well Mr Pedro Pinto. It's hardly rocket science is it. Most informed opinion and those of us who actually go, pay and watch the games have been saying all this stuff for ages. You have bough absolutely nothing new to the table.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  4. Shashi Kiran

    Bad journalism, every year.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  5. Michael

    For a sports analyst, you totally are not in tune with your profession. The master plan isn't flawed. They have been unlucky with injuries for the last 4 years. When it is most important, the crucial players, and I mean a lot get injured. One has to admire what he has done with the club financially.
    Manchester United have been called great but they have been lucky because they have had fewer injuries and can always buy up. What is the point of going in debts and ending up like Blackburn or Leeds. Arsenal are better than Manchester United and the last league titles have been lost by Arsenal.
    I would expect such an article from the English media. They seem to think football is rugby. Good reason they hardly do well in international events. Every club has its transfer issues right now and claiming you are getting better doesn't mean the title is theirs when they are crippled with injuries. If Barca were in the premier league, they will be plagued with injuries

    August 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  6. Dan

    As a Gooner I don't see anything changing at the Emirate either than the ticket price hikes. Wenger wont change his philosophy but if Arsenal fails to get a Champions League birth next season Wenger will surely go. I have had enough of his excuses and really a 100 quid to watch a game? Where does all that money go? Profits and good returns to its investors thats the philosophy of this club and Le Economist sure has the board in his pocket.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  7. Michael

    Honestly, you can buy all the big you want, as long as the injuries keep coming, there would be major issues.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  8. freddy muyabi

    let cesc go and use the money to buy experienced midfielders

    August 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  9. charles

    The writeup above says it all.if arsene wenger has ears let him hear.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  10. Ant

    Well-spoken, As a Arsenal fan living in the US,I watched the ManU/Barcelona game this past weekend and wondered when we are going to take steps to be as well regarded as those teams.
    Wenger is too smart and cheap for his own good. What's the use of saving money if the product will be inferior and the fans stop filling the seats. I like the youth,but at some point vets help you win championships.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  11. Andy

    I disagree with Bendtner, he has had his chance, keeping him is just going backwards. My plan is, out with dreadful Denilson (not loan out, just sell), also out with Eboue, Bendtner, Traore, Almunia, Diaby, Rosicky, Fabianski – these players have had long enough to prove themselves and are average at best – these are no way near Arsenal class, never will be. Fabregas can watch football from the Barca bench like so many others have done when they have left Arsenal. He's probably regret his decision. Even if you win something, what have you won? The team are expected to win everything anyway and would have done it with or without you playing for them.
    Players needed to sign; Mata, Huntelaar, Cahill, Mertesacker Baines. Arsenal would still have money left over if you did these deals! Then watch and see if the cabinet remains trophyless..

    August 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  12. singh is king

    You are incorrect in stating that Nasri would get an improved contract "to feel special" with money from Fabregas' departure. His pay negotiations are stalling as a matter of principle from Arsenal, they simply won't raise his salary very much if at all (this is why Gallas left). It's part of their fiscal plan to keep wages under control. Otherwise, they are in a strong enough position to give him a raise if they wanted to.

    I don't think we need to buy anymore midfielders either. Emmanuel Frimpong looks not only a suitable backup to Song but worthy of a starting XI position. If anything we need to get rid of some midfielders. I would have preferred a permanent sell of Denilson and consider selling Diaby (poor touch), Eboue, Bendtner and Squillaci to buy an experienced CB.

    Arsenal as of late have always done their transfer activity quietly and at the very end or beginning of transfer periods. I'm sure they will get a new CB and maybe even more signings, it's too early to be saying their transfer policy has been disappointing, at least for this upcoming season.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  13. Alex

    Pompous much? If the author really knew his stuff he wouldn't be earning 80k or 100k a year working as a half good sports writer. He would be out there managing a top football team. I doubt that a guy who can muster a barely readable football article has the credentials to advice a manager who bought and transformed Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas and a certain Thierry Henry.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  14. JEL

    I completely agree with 1, 2, 3, & 5 in principal, although with different ideas for number three. Our biggest weakness in defence has been set pieces so my TOP 2 choices would be Christopher Samba (6'5) & Per Mertersacker (6'6), two big, strong defenders who know how to use their size to their advantage. We already have fast and technical defenders like Vrmaelen, Kos, Djourou, etc. to counter these two, so it would be a good blend. For number 4, we do not need to buy anyone! Frimpong will give Song all the competition he needs, all you need to look up is the comments by the legendary Riquelme and the Boca coach after the game with Boca to know what I'm talking about. They said Frimpong was the best player on the field. Riquelme is and has played with and against legends, so what he said says a lot and is a huge compliment...

    August 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  15. Arthur Albone

    Simple, don't know why Wenger hasn't thought of it. Arsenal will sell Fabregas if Barca ever make an offer approaching what he is worth. Man City will always offer Nasri more than Arsenal can. His head has been turned by money. We should sell him not Fabregas. He is going to buy a defender, probably this week. The central midfielder we require is Scott Parker. The team already has a fluid formation. Thanks for the advice though.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  16. Octopus

    Amazing stuff there Pedro...which team do u coach?

    August 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  17. Eze

    Wenger is a joker. If arsenal refused to impress this season, then he should be fired. He has all it takes to make a differece. Only God knows what might happen especially in view of face my ralvery fans. Please wenger make us proud again.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  18. kevin borg

    i agree with this statment from the biginig till the end,i liked the option about TYMOCHUK and DUNN in the center back wenger can play 4-4-2 as well wil van persie and GERVINHO but a can olso add in my opinion an experinced keeper and arsenal will beat the best teams in europe with thier magnificent football and a real stong defence.i am an arsenal fan and i dont like see wenger suffer again like last year i hope he will realize the problem in the central defence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  19. Sid

    "Buy big and buy now." Thats your advice? And you get paid for this rubbish? You should stick to baseball or whatever sport it is you usually follow as football certainly isnt for you man.

    The window has nearly a whole month to go, the market has been relatively quiet, so your pathetic pontificating is pointless. and wide of the mark.

    Arsenal, for the last 5 years have had no money, they have had to spend what they could afford, usually from player sells, like Adebayor and Kolo Toure.

    They do not have a bottomless pit of money, they have a ruch yank on the board, but he wants to follow, the self susstainable model. That means running Arsenal as a business and spending what we bring in, not having a transfer kitty that runs at well over 100% of turnover as is the case at chelsea and man city.

    Or perhaps we should follow man United;s lead? And have a billion dollar debt to service?

    The truth is, Arsenal need to sign 2 or quality experienced players, Arsenal are actively in for those players. It would have been peachy if they had been signed already, but that hasnt materialised yet. But that doesnt mean they aint coming.

    It is pointless, lazy cliched hacks like you, who know nothing about the way things are at Arsenal that add fuel to the simpletons fire and ire.

    Go get a real job

    August 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  20. skyz

    tht is the worst an most deluded article i have ever read.... richard dunne are u serious also robin an bendtner upfrnt would never wrk cos bedtner is garbage furthermre chiellini from juventas would cost around 30mill maybe mre an thts even if he wanted away which he doesnt, fabregas is a 50mil player so nething less we are taking a loss an as for nasri playing a central role it just wont wrk he doesnt have it in the locker an is incosistent in tht position, hes best out wide, what we do need is a wrld class striker to battle it out with rvp an another vermalean at the back, were okay in the dm position as frimpong will feature this season

    August 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  21. Allan McTernan

    I agree with everything written here.
    I am dreading the new season, if we carry on with "The King's New Clothes" attitude, I fear the worst.
    Remember, as it stands at the moment, we haven't won a game at the Emirates since March.
    The people running the club are simply failing in their duty to players and fans alike.
    It's time to stop these insane lies.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  22. Sid

    1) Sell Cesc? Yep, when Barca come up with a decent offer and not the peanuts they have done so far. He wanted to go last summer, Barca never came up with a proper offer, same will happen this year, meaning he will stay. Why on earth sell him on the cheap? He is one of the best midfielders on the planet. Selling him on the cheap would be crazy and if your boss knew you were advocating something as stupid, s/he'd have you fired ASAP!

    2) Tie Nasri down to a new deal? Erm, he has refused that, so erm, what do you suggest? Shall we just tie him down? To a rock perhaps? Truth is, he is far more dispensable than Cesc, better to sell him, but to a foreign club, rather than strengthen a direct rival, like Man City.

    3) Your defensive suggestions are laughable.

    4) Your midfielders even funnier.

    5) Nickjlas Bendtner is leaving and 4-4-2 is an outmoded formation. The formation Arsenal actually use is; 4-2-3-1, which allows for a lot of fluidity and is not as constricting as the 4-4-2.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  23. Socrates

    Nasri will leave eventually!
    Arsenal will not match the wages Man City are offering him!
    And he's proved he's all about the money by choosing Man City over Man United.
    Cesc cycle may have come to an end. Time to sell quickly!
    Arsenal must buy Cahil and/or Jagielka.
    Arsenal must buy Joey Barton.
    Arsenal must buy Juan Mata.
    Arsenal must add to the Backroom Staff (defensive area)

    August 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  24. Jdrew

    you had me interested till you mentioned nic bendtner, then i realised you dont know what ur talking about. plus much better english centre backs out there than you mentioned, but agree with most of what your saying just not the personal.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  25. Enyiche chris

    As an arsenal for all these years, it breaks my heart the way things are going at the club right now. We are going into this season with no real hope of winning a title and that's just sad. Your analysis is good.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  26. Chris

    Matt upson would easily slot into the arsenal XI? You are delusional

    August 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  27. Name*abdallah

    Thank you very much Pedro. You made some good points out there. But the thing is that, Wenger knows all the problem of our club but he doesn't seem to do the right thing because he is so heartless, he doesn't have any reguards to the suffering fans. If Wenger doesn't buy what is need, i think the board should get rid of him and show him the exit doors. Enough is enough

    August 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  28. Salaam

    If arsene wenger fail to bring some new players to the squad then it will another year of trophyless and i am sure that so try to bring experienced player like frank ribery,cahil,jagielka and also hazard

    August 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  29. Eric Mgbe

    Well said except that mr Pinto didn't say Nasri's form last season though fantastic but, he's not a season to season performer and Bendtner is not good enough even for Westbrom. Vela's fiasco is still fresh in our memory.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  30. Salaam

    If arsene wenger fails to bring some new players to the squad then it will another year of trophyless and i am sure that so try to bring experienced player like frank ribery,cahil,jagielka and also hazard

    August 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  31. bobby

    Arsene Wenger U NEED TO BEGIN TO SPEND MONEY

    August 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  32. Miert

    i agree with these points up there. The manager really need to make some big move in the transfer market especially somebody could offer some influence in midfield.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  33. Naz

    Interesting analysis. Let's see what will happen and remember to review it at the of the season.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  34. G4Life

    Good Article and goes as far as to point out good replacements.

    Pedro, you know football, then you know as always Arsenal are always poised to miss the champions League, yet they somehow manage to make it.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  35. vincent

    You should be a trainer Pedro if its so easy

    August 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  36. Abdi

    Sorry 4 arsenal i was arsenal fan but now mancity is my best team pls nasri come and enjoy with us

    August 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  37. eboue

    Pedro,

    With all due respect, that was a silly post.

    1) Your assertion that Nasri was phenomenal in the center, is spurious. Nasri is typically abysmal when playing in the center. You obviously haven't watched Arsenal that much.

    2) Your assertion that Wenger should accept $48m from Barcelona for Fabregas (30m pounds) and smile all the way to the bank is staggering. The fair market price for Fabregas is in excess of 50m pounds. Can Arsenal replace Fabregas with 30m pounds? Take a wild guess. You sound like a greedy Barcelona fan.

    3) You want Arsenal to spend big, and spend now? How typical. Arsenal have never spent big. And how big is BIG? 80m pounds like Man U (after Sneijder)? 100m pounds like City will probably spend in 2011? Do you care whether Arsenal goes bust?

    4) You want Arsenal to have a plan B? Dude, they have a plan B, a plan C, and a plan D. You want RVP and Bendtner to play together. Virtually every Arsenal fan wants Bendy out. Arsenal do play with multiple strikers at times.

    5) You spout a lot of names of central defendors and midfielders. However, each of them would cost a fair big of money, and very few of them are Arsenal quality.

    Dude, can you please send me your personal number and email, because I'd like to have your job. Who wouldn't want to get paid writing and talking about stuff they didn't need to understand!

    August 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  38. Ben

    u r absolutely rite.......

    August 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  39. Yao Kanga

    Well put Mr Pinto, you are right Arsenal need to buy, and do so now or they will be left behind. The system Mr Wenger has put in place needs some "fine tuning" in order for the club to compete with the likes of Chelsea, Man City and United, Spurs and Liverpool.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  40. Bent

    Wenger should be in take charge of the spending cuts in America

    August 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  41. no55

    . yes Arsene is stubborn and refuse to spend, but truth be told, he has a good set up and kept the team competitive year after year. You can't say the same for ANY other team.

    Still the fans take winning for granted and the trophy drought might be too much to bear for some... I guess that's why you aren't managing an EPL club instead

    August 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  42. Name*William rowley

    I agree with all of the above, I love arsenal.
    But the fans are bein robbed. I feel robbed
    spend the f&£€ing money that's available

    August 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  43. Limpars Wand

    So a club which has spent over a billion dollars of money which it hasn't generated (and could be withdrawn at any moment) is SANE??!

    These are the clubs with which Arsenal must try and compete in the market, pretty much the only remaining voice of reason in a world gone mad.

    "...if you are not like everybody else, then you are abnormal, if you are abnormal , then you are sick. These three categories, not being like everybody else, not being normal and being sick are in fact very different but have been reduced to the same thing" (Foucault)

    August 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  44. chemoss

    "Samir was spectacular in a CENTRAL ROLE "...Pedro am disappointed am such a huge fan😦 how much of Arsenal's game's did you watch last season? Samir was always anonymous when he played through the middle, he only shone when he played from the wingers, he does not excel in the Fabregas role especially when teams park the bus (which they always do against Arsenal) he needs space for dribbles, so in the current Arsenal formation he could never excel in the middle, there is a reason why Wenger preferred Ramsey there on his return...watch some more Arsenal games mate!

    August 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  45. Rishi sharma

    To be honest it is not the tranfer marget it is how we play.Arsenal are really good at passing were like barcalona junior.i don't think we need any mor center back's we need a letf back.If nasri and Fabregas go then it will be a problem for Arsenal .So i geuss Arsenal do something about it qiuck.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  46. EddieD

    You were doing so well unti you mentioned Nicklas!

    August 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  47. AbeORD

    I agree with some of your suggestions and Arsenal do have the money to better the team, but it seems that AW has a overwhelming need to hoard every last dime. One would've thought that a central defender would be first on his agenda, but as yet all we hear are words!

    August 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  48. Devon

    Arsenal will win

    August 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  49. zimbok

    I'd wager on Arsenal's relegation soon if I were a betting person. Even Deportivo and Boca Juniors were once giants.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  50. Nkuche

    Well said but arsene knows the best. For me i prefer salling nasri to fabregas, and use the money to sign juan matta.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  51. Razib Ahmed

    While I agree with most of the things you said, I just want to remind you and all the Arsenal fans that the club is going through a tough phase in its history because of the financial burden it has to face for building the Emirates Stadium. Whether we like it or not, there is not enough cash at the disposal of Wenger. The situation will hardly change in the next 2-3 years. Wenger is doing a fabulous job in keeping the club intact. The fans know it very well and that is why at lest 70% fans are behind him.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  52. edwin osawaru

    i did like your suggestions but i doubt is the dull France man will listen but you did 4get to made measure of Osaze Odemwngie of westbroon

    August 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  53. rob

    You Know nothing about arsenal or football. Go away back and watch baseball and quit spouting this nonsense about a sport you know as much about as i do astro physics. Sweet F all.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  54. Faisal

    Throwing a little caution to the wind here, I am one of those dejected supporters who want somehow to start winning trophies and no matter how correct you might feel about your 5 step to reboot arsenal.

    The simple fact remains, Cesc needs to be sold but barca but they are not willing to pay the price Its very difficult for Arsenal to live with a blow of having one of the best midfielders in world football go to another club but a bigger blow would be not getting a good price even though Cesc is bound to Emirates till 2015 and is on the right side of his 20's. So I would strongly disagree with point one.

    I dont think nasri should be made to feel special, we have Ramsey, Wilshere and Lensbri who will prove just as capable in that attacking center midfield.

    The rest of you observations are valid and I hope we have a decent CB and Holding Midfielder..

    I just hope we go the distance once, the rest will follow..

    August 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  55. Dissappointed Gunner

    Nice insightful Article; Arsenal Need to sign players to add freshness and quality to their squad. And also all 11 need to defend and concentrate for the whole game. In Man UTD even Wayne Rooney defends While at Arsenal defending is only for Back Four; thats even more devastating than not-signing new players.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  56. Jeadelly

    Arsene Wenger is blind to the fact that Arsenal is in deperate need of good players especially in defense and also trophies. How can Arsenal be considered a top 4 team if they cannot even win a cup. Wenger needs to put his pride aside and rebuild Arsenal into a trophy winning team

    August 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  57. Chris

    I agree with everything you said until you mentioned Bendtner!!! He is part of the fools gold we need to get rid of along with Diaby, Squillaci, and Almunia. If I see that dude in goal again I may have to commit Hara Kiri!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  58. michael

    pedro, i SALUTE you

    August 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  59. STEVE.

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME,WHY 60,000,ARSENAL
    SUPPORTERS CAN SEE THE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR TEAM,AND
    YET THEIR MANAGER,ARSEN WENGER WHO'S ON A SALARY OF
    £6,OOO,OOO,A SEASON DOESN'T KNOW,AND IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR THE PAST SIX SEASONS ,DO YOU THINK HE'S DOING A GOOD JOB? I SHOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD AFTER THAT OBORTION
    RESULT AGAINST YANKS,WENGER SAID,WELL IT WASN'T SO
    IMPORTANT,IF THIS TOURNAMENT ISN'T IMPORTANT,WHY RUN
    IT? IT JUST SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER MONEY MAKING RACKET,
    FOR JUST A KICK AROUND,I JUST CARN'T UNDERSTAND THE MAN. "UP THE GUNNERS".

    August 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  60. bashayi

    True word. Wenger, better be wise unless you desire to see us to the lower european cup.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  61. John Williams

    Some fine Football Manager (video Game) comments here. As if it was that easy -buy big and success is guaranteed,its never that black and white.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  62. Tony

    Pedro..You are clueless and for columnist, your ignorance is shocking. Arsenal is not a crisis, as you suggest. Yes 6 yrs of no cup, doesn't diminish, 6 yrs of champions league, and the best financially run club. Every club with the exception of Man U & Chelsea would love our record.

    Your fixes show your amateurish, do you think players are just sitting out there waiting to be signed? And Nasri staying is upto Nasri not Arsenal even $110,000 which maybe table maybe a fraction of what Man City can offer. Point by point you through out garbage, defenders, like Dunne he cant play Arsenal 1st team! We have the most explosive formation, & you are not a better tactician than Wenger, ask Man U & Chelsea & Barca in the last year.

    Does Arsenal need another defender, sure, Wenger has admitted as much, but those names are mediocre and under contract, you didn't even research that much! Wow

    August 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  63. Jimmy Chunga

    I'm afraid your sounds will fall onto deaf ears. This stubborn man just will not listen to reasoning or dare stare logic in the face. He continues to stroke his own ego instead of doing what's best for the club. He will not change until he retires. His contract finishes in 2 years so we have 2 more years of rubbish to put up with. Here's hoping the board grow some and tell him to sort it out or get booted out. But I wont hold my breath.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  64. de Maine

    Arsene Wenger must stop trying to save money for the club an start spending or else he will be with out supporters an all the good players will want to leave as well.Wake up Arsene Wenger

    August 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  65. Matthew Gailloud

    If we do as you recommend we lower ourselves to the standards of clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona... "Buy big and buy now"

    Part of Arsenal FC is being respectful. Respectful in our play and respectful in our business. We have never spent more than we earn. Our biggest purchase was Arshavin of less than 15 million pounds.

    The only way in which your plan would work is if we let go Fabregas for over 50 million, which will never happen. A new Samir Nasri contract, experienced defender, and midfielder that all need the quality to play for Arsenal will cost much more than we can sell Fabregas for.

    Furthermore, by recommending Bendtner to play upfront with Van Persie proves that you are no Arsenal fan. Bendtner wants just as much away as Fabregas, maybe more. He has been inconsistent and playing him would produce no better results than last year.

    Arsene Wenger has transformed this team into the most respectful club in Europe. He has created some of the best talents in the world and won almost every cup with Arsenal. Although results in recent years may have been less amazing, I trust Arsene Wenger can lift us to greatness again. He has already signed Gervinho, and has had a bid rejected for Juan Mata. Denilson has left and Bendtner is supposed to.

    Arsene knows what he is doing, which is why we haven't fired him yet (unlike what would have happened at Chelsea, Barcelona...), the fans trust him and the players trust him.

    Therefore, the next time you decide to call Arsene Wenger, the professor, insane, I recommend you do some research first.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  66. Dumitru

    Arsene Wenger is a great coach, but his obsession with promoting the youth will be his downfall. dont get me wrong, youth is good, but without some veteran leadership, Arsenal will always fail to win the premier league and champions league.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  67. laud

    spot on esp. Fifth point

    August 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  68. Afesce

    Arsene Wenger is a very arrogant man who don`t even care about the fans as far as he get his cut from the board.Every good manager should always listen,but Asene wenger only believe in himself .He don`t like strong players unless they are very cheap.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  69. Ari

    Nicklas Bendtner has already, and thankfully so, packed his bags and won't continue at arsenal. Arsenal have the chance to sign either Per Mertasakcer or Samba and they should utilize that chance. Richard dunne and lugano are too old and not good enough. Even Jagielka is a decent purchase to beef up the defence. I agree that Cesc has to be let go. He shows very little desire to play for the team and no reason for him to even be on the bench. Nasri is quality and we should keep him.

    We need one of defender and a forward to combine with RVP upfront. Gervinho has settled in nicely but he naturally plays in the 2nd striker role.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  70. Omar

    ... Another article from the breed of authors that were brought up on Championship Manager.

    Yes, because it's THAT easy to extend Nasri's contract ... I'm sure Samir has more reservations about the future of Arsenal then simply playing in central midfield.

    Whilst I agree it would be benefical for Arsenal to sign experienced players in the positions you have mentioned, I don't deem it neccesary. Players like Tymoschuck will not easily adapt or gurantee that Arsenal will suddenly become a defensive force.

    If you have watched Arsenal over and over again, you would notice that it is not a fault of one defender (other than when Squallaci plays – he is the worst defender in Arsenal shirt I have ever seen) but rather the lack of a cohesive defensive plan. We struggle to maintain a high-line when we attempt to play it, our pressing game in the same way looks half-hearted except in a couple of games last season (vs Chelsea). Our midfielders cover so much ground offensively that by the 70th minute they are out on their feet, and we tend to concede late through lapse in concentration via tired legs and tired minds.

    So, will signing Samba, Cahill etc. change us? Only a little. Getting some tips from Maldini on how to implement a defensive strategy would be far more useful.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  71. Omar

    Oh, and any Arsenal fan that thinks Nasri is ANYWHERE near the class of Cesc in that central role is dreaming. It's no contest.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  72. Le Quy

    Pedro, in 5 step plans of you I think you should have suggested that Arsenal need a good goalkeeper- their main problem in many season. Akinfeev of CSKA Moscow is a good choice for Wenger

    August 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  73. mohit

    Out of the 5 step plan i agree with all but the options of players, no.Another thing is if nasri doesnt want to play no use of keeping him. We saw what happened to cesc last year. For defender i would say experience is needed, but let's be realistic. Do you think wenger would spend on a player above 30? No chance. So I think the best player to provide physical and mental strength is samba. For midfield, parker and no one else. Another left back would be baines. This is my preferred formation: SZCEZNY
    SAGNA SAMBA VERMAELEN BAINES
    PARKER
    WALCOTT RAMSEY WILSHERE GERVINHO
    RVP

    August 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  74. Football man

    it's all about business and Arsenal is a VERY profitable team. So, until Arsenal (the business entity that is) quits making money, Arsene will listen to neither you nor I. A good question: why do they continue to make this kind of money being a second tier team? that' up to the Arsenal fan I suppose. Sounds like they are happy spending their money watching a second tier team while Arsenal owners / managers are smiling all the way to the bank

    August 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  75. Gillyo

    I'm gonna tell you the biggest flop in your argument.
    It follows reason and logic and everybody knows Wenger doesn't operate by these standards.
    You need proof?
    Wenger himself admitted at the end of last season that Arsenal was lacking a strong (and tall) experienced defender, probably already playing in the Premiership. Those were his words verbatim.
    What does he do?
    Buys a central forward.
    Brilliant!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  76. dave

    HAHHAHAHA, good write up but obviously the writer barely watches Arsenal.

    I don't even know where to even start but number 1
    NASRI IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR CESC. Nas played cesc position several times last year and he was very average. The glaring example of this was the Stoke game. Obviously, the writer only saw a handful of games against lesser opponents where Nas did well and all of a sudden he is supposed to be a replacement for cesc. Cesc is a midfield general, Nas, Wilshere and Ramsey are just lieutenants or even sergeants. None of them have cesc's vision or the subtle skills to play that position. Cesc can see things before they even happen and can make passes that none of this guys can even dream of. Also, cesc has the ability to make the team play for him and not the other way round. None of the other guys have that ability.
    Selling Cesc would be a disaster for Arsenal as he is the best player at that position in football except Xavi and Iniesta. Selling him would be the equivalent of when Liverpool sold Xabi Alonso. We all know what happened after that.
    Good wingers (even better) like Nas are plentiful in football. If he leaves we can go get Eden Hazard from Lille who is even better. Nasri's played his best season for us last year and he faded at the second half of the season, i say sell him instantly, we can get Juan Mata or the aforementioned Hazard but letting cesc go would just be horrible. It would mean that we would have to change our regular formation of 4-2-3-1 and ARSENAL IS TERRIBLE AT PLAYING THE 4-4-2 (which the writer obviously doesn't know). We play a possession game which requires having more numbers in midfield, if we play with a 4 man midfield with the ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS Bendtner upfront, we would be absolutely awful.

    Concerning the issue of getting a defender, i agree with you but we can't just buy any defender as we play a high line which requires building up our attack from defense as opposed to hooving it downfield (Richard Dunne). This requires us to have very speedy centre halves who are quite comfortable with the ball (think Pique and Luiz) that's why wenger is not interested in all the names being thrown about like Christopher Samba, Brede Hangeland or Per Mertesacker. I hope Wenger gets Phil Jagielka but we can't count out Laurent Koscielny yet. The man was playing Ligue 2 just less than 3 years ago and look where he is now. This shows the boy has potential. Let's just hope we can get rid of Squillaci.
    As for Midfield, i agree with you that we need an extra defensive midfielder (Anatoly Tymoschuk is not it, the man just signed with Bayern this offseason) to substitute for Song when he goes to the African Cup of Nations in January.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  77. Emeka Onyemenam

    Brilliant, Pedro! I suspect you are a true Gunner. Your buy suggestions are simple, cheap, and easily create depth for the business end of the season, our current Achilles heel. 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 is debatable. Look at Barca. The solution is hungry players whose movement, skill and fierce desire for success unlocks any defence or style the opponent adopts. Again I say look at Barca. Our wing-backs lack the guile to pressure defenders. So do our midfielders. When a defence is massed, where is the dribble and movement-off-the-ball which Barca produce. Where are the diagonal shifts of play? Our formation is too stiff. So I would add Mata to your mix. I also think AW will use Frimpong to support Song. A gamble on youth.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  78. arsenal fan

    What about a goalkeeper ? Schezny is good but even he made some 'newbie' errors which cost us (Carling Cup final?). And Pinto why not 'Melo' of Brazil in that midfield anchor role ? I mean it will give Wilshere the cushion he needs to press ahead. Plus we also need a good left back now that Clichy is gone (Gibbs is too young and lacks experience – he will mess up). I agree with most of what you have said but I think we need a goalkeeper, a leftback and a centreback – that is three good defensive signings not one.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  79. Romford Jeff

    Pedro Pinto's Precise Punditry!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  80. chris

    Very well written and I agree with most of it. But it won't happen.

    I would add we badly need a defensive coach but that won't happen either.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  81. Momo33

    Hello Pedro,

    Thank you very much for this interesting analyze and proposals.
    I am a great supporter of Arsenal and I am already disappointed for exactly the same reasons you explained. Nothing new and no hope for next season ! Top of that, I am tired to wait for a miracle...I have so much respect for A. Wenger but I really do not understand what's going on in his mind during the tranfert periods. He won most of his trophies with a great striker T. Henry. Now Fabregas he is tired to wait for a trophy and tomorrow Van Persie will maybe leave him too. He must do something this year absolutely ! I hope he can read your words and take action in this way. Mr Wenger, Arsenal has money enough, please put a little bit more on the table and give us HOPE to win a trophy this year ! Look at Man City, what will we be able to do against them ? They are getting better every season...

    August 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  82. steve

    The Pedro Pinto analysis is a very good one, there should be option B 442/433 option A

    August 3, 2011 at 12:08 am | Reply
  83. Tony

    I'm not an Arsenal supporter but I agree I also feel sorry for their fans. I'm also amazed that Wenger is held up as being such a great manager, I don't actually understand how he still has a job. Yes, he won things in the past but nothing recently, and while his desire to play "pretty football" is in a lot of ways honourable the fact is, it doesn't work in the premier league. I think this season they will be lucky to finish top 6 let alone top 4.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:28 am | Reply
  84. d-merka

    You are GENiUs

    August 3, 2011 at 12:32 am | Reply
  85. daanish maharoof

    keep fab at Arsenal and sign David villa from Barcelona that will be great sign for Arsenal football club and I like Cesc to stay with Gunners we need to sign three superstars mata Phil Jagieka and christopher samba also villa from Barca that will be good because I am arsenal supporter I want to see that happen to my team Wenger must keep on signing those players want is the point to win the title if we don't sign new players we must to forget the premier league title and champions league all together we need some world class players at the Emirates and also thank you

    August 3, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply
  86. najiib

    In my mind, there is one big reason why Arsenal have failed to win major titles recently. It is down to the lack of activity in the transfer market, and it looks like another summer has come and gone with the club failing to sign the players they need.

    So, what do the

    August 3, 2011 at 12:59 am | Reply
  87. Dubb

    Clearly you know nothing about Arsenal football club ! What a cr*p article .. Stick to NFL or the NBA mate !

    August 3, 2011 at 1:29 am | Reply
  88. Mr X

    Haha, your credibility went straight out the window as soon as I read the words '4-4-2 with Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner'-Bendtner is the worst footballer in the Premier League and it has been obvious for a few weeks that he is leaving Arsenal for Stoke. Catch up Mr Pinto.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:32 am | Reply
  89. Gooner4Life

    This guy is seriously clueless. "There are so many good defenders out there who could be signed for a reasonable fee". He only said Dunne and Lugano because they are big, in no way could they keep up with our technical game and they are both second rate defenders. Chiellini would be perfect for us but, for Arsene Wenger, i don't see how £20 million is reasonable. Personally Distin from Everton would be a much better option as he is big, strong but more importantly can lead a defense. Secondly, Arsenal didn't have just the 4-3-3 formation we also played 4-2-3-1 with Wilshere and Song anchormen and Fabregas, Nasri and Walcott/Arshavin attacker and VP striker. This worked well for us but we need Scott Parker or even gamble on Barton to add steel and leadership. It's not our football thats not working it's the bottle of our players, we just haven't got any bottle. But even now our fans couldn't give a damn about this pretty football we just want a trophy.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:38 am | Reply
  90. mat

    I like it, we could even try to get Lucio he is very good. Wenger needs to do somthing fast

    August 3, 2011 at 1:43 am | Reply
  91. Juan

    the only problem in arsenal is the lack of experience on each line, about the 4-3-3 is a good system if you sign the ones players.
    Both Arsenal and Wenger must remember those days when "experience-youth" formula made Arsenal a succesful team and the best arsenal in all history.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:40 am | Reply
  92. jeff

    buy new defender: cahil/jagielka n baines
    new central midfielder: parker
    buy: mata

    we have to sale nasri because arsenal not match the wages offer from man city. If not he will be free 2 go next summer..
    time is come 4 cesc to leave arsenal.. time to sell to barca. wish him all the best in future.

    Gunner forever!
    No bigger player than football club.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:47 am | Reply
  93. josh

    Arsene Wenger should well be ready to sell Cesc and Nasri but only at the right price. Why should Arsenal bow to players' demand or outside influences from clubs like Barcelona and Mancity? If not let these two sit at the bench for the whole season as a deterent to other such would-be players. It is about time the boss has to be firm. Rebuild the team if he has to without these two ingrates, whatever their reasons, but be quick and firm because the Transfer window is about to close and the new season about to start!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:20 am | Reply
  94. AK

    This will be Arsenal's year even without anymore signings. Oh wait...

    August 3, 2011 at 3:30 am | Reply
  95. Nazeri

    Mr. Pedro Pinto ;

    I totally agree with your comment and suggestion. If only I can add one more suggestion .... i want to suggest Arsenal to sell the current manager and look for another manager.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:40 am | Reply
  96. Milot

    I agree about the Defenders, but since when Gargano, Tymoschuk and Asuncao are better then Alex Song ?! You gotta be kidding man, this is the stupidest thing I've ever read.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:11 am | Reply
  97. Gbolly

    I think it is official, when US based sport reporter advising on football matter, it means the problem is beyond repair.

    Arsene should go now, and spare my little boy heart ace every year.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:28 am | Reply
  98. Dennis

    This article is hilarious. Nicklas Bendtner as a starter? Mayhaps we should also start Denilson right behind them, what do you say Pedro? What a laugh. I love the whole bit where you say we need an experienced defender and to tie down Nasri. Well done, you've just said exactly what everyone has been saying for months now. All the rest of this article is garbage, you have no idea how much a good central defender costs, and how the players you have mentioned are almost all past their prime. Well done, getting a group of unintelligent gorillas to get worked up and throw ideas in like "Barton for leadership". I've had a good laugh, thanks for that

    August 3, 2011 at 5:01 am | Reply
  99. Shreyas shetty

    $48m for fab? barca wont be bidding so much.. sell him to ac milan.. get mata.. buy g.cahill.. enrique and shay given.. formation.. 4-1-3-2 scezcny... bs.. gc.. tv.. erq... song... nasri.. wilsh.. mata.... gerv.. rvp!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:07 am | Reply
  100. ragu

    @ wenger pls out from arsenal........

    August 3, 2011 at 5:10 am | Reply
  101. Fernando Julio

    I'm a Barcelona supporter and I completely agree with your article. I think that Wenger should let Cesc go: he doesn't want to play for Arsenal any more I we really need him to be the top soccer club in the world.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:57 am | Reply
  102. Chynedu

    Thumbs up pedro, nyce piece, keep telling the deaf man Wenger

    August 3, 2011 at 7:24 am | Reply
  103. Rob

    I agree that things have to change at Arsenal. I thought the comment about giving Nasri Fabregas' role and letting Cesc go would be good for everybody. Fabregas is great but he's gonna leave one day and if it's not this year then it'll be next. I think Wenger is prepared to let him go but the offer of 27 million from Barcelona was disrespectful. If they want him they've gotta pay at least 35. Don't know much about Gervinho but I hope he can add a new dimension up front. Let's face it. Chamakh didn't set the world on fire last season, Bendtner is useless and we need some real quality to support RVP who was amazing last season when he came back from injury. I agree with the need for a centre back too. Is Jagielka a centre back? Koscielny has shown some promise but he's too inexperienced and unreliable at the moment. Djorou also can be brilliant and can also dissapoint. There seems to be a lot of players at Arsenal who we've expected something from for a long time but who haven't delivered thus far. Prime examples are Diaby and Bendtner. Wenger has always been a big supporter of Bendtner but I think he's finally lost his patience with him. Have these players had their chance? Let's replace them with experience and let younger players learn from them. I think the criticism of Wenger's transfer policy has been harsh so far this summer. He is looking to buy as he does every window. But he's not guna buy players who aren't right for the club and who don't live up to their valuations. I heard Mata mentioned. I don't know anything about him but I don't think attackers are our main priority.
    Another concern for me is Andrey Arshavin. When he first joined he was unstoppable. Last season he was at times and I mean what I say -AWFUL. Was it Wenger-like to pay 15 mill? for a 28/9 year old who btw seems to be losing his pace. There was as I remember interest from other clubs especially Chelsea for Arshavin. I think they could have beaten us to his signature had they wanted to. But I think maybe someone thought he was coming to the beginning of the end of his career. I hope he can be successful this season. I do still think he's a useful squad player but not the superstar that we paid so much for.
    Lets just say out with the players who don't want to be there (If that means Nasri too then so be it) and bring in some fresh faces. WHo cares if we pay a little over the odds for them? Other clubs don't seem to mind doing that. Just please don't let Nasri go to Man utd. That would be a tradgedy.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:30 am | Reply
  104. Gunner Joy

    Mr. Pinto,
    I am surprised to see Mr. Bendtner in your 5 step plan. If at all should we go for 4-4-2 formation I think Arshavin is the best suited to be paired up with van Persie. Then I have concern with the following words,
    " I was in charge at Arsenal". You don't have the credibility even to think yourself as an Arsenal manager. The steps you've given are what most of the supporters think.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
  105. steve

    Just splash the cash wenger, its getting boring now listening to people blame the lack of trophies on injuries, all the top sides get injuries, the difference is they have quality replacements. I agree sell cesc and use the money to buy mata and cahill/mertesacker.
    We should also buy baines or enrique at left back and melo as a defensive midfielder. I believe with these changes we will have what it takes to win the league.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:53 am | Reply
  106. Realistic Gunner

    Absolute nonsense. This is the same rhetoric that arsenal fans have exposed to for years. Granted, we've won nothing for years but it will come. Arsene Wenger has been trying to build a team on a very small budget so that the long term future of the club is secure. The journalism displayed here in this article is amateur at best but at least it encourages the glory hunting fans to get so annoyed that they go find another team to support. True fans of arsenal, with a basic understanding of the current financial climate within football, will stick around and know that the future is very bright for AFC. In Wenger We Trust!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
  107. sega

    This post worth more than 50 million pound. This is a great advice to wenger, I really think he's tired of having success at arsenal, he should go then. Tired of same story from wenger year in year out. Star players want to leave cos they don't believe in is philosophy again.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
  108. AGBAHIME ROWLAND

    U are great, if the prof will follow ur advice my darling team(ARSENAL) will be great

    August 3, 2011 at 8:39 am | Reply
  109. Graham

    Great article, really had the attention and interest of all until you mentioned putting Bendtner upfront with Van Persie, then everything said up until that point was forgotten.

    Nicholas Bendtner does not deserve to wipe the mud from Van Persie's boots let alone grace the field with him. How long does any one player need to prove themself? I think he has had more than enough time to prove he is the super star striker he claimed to be when in actual fact, and what most gunners fans will admit he has been a waste of player development.

    Arsenal should buy a central defender to partner Vermaelan but not someone who is nearing their pension. Jagieka is near on 29... why not Distan or Samba, both of whom had just as impressive seasons.

    The name Juan Mata keeps getting boasted about, however this guy is a right winger at Valencia, does this mean that Walcott is now out of favour? Another Gunner who really does need to get his finger out and restore the fans faith in him! Gervhino looks to be a fine asset, but again he plays on the right wing, can switch to the left but yet to partner Van P up front.

    Still think we need to buy an out and out striker. We need to let Cesc go while we can get the money for him, lets be honest he wasn't that great last season... and Nasri, are we really gonna let him walk at the end of this season or present him with the contract he deserves and try keep him! If not, sell him now!!

    August 3, 2011 at 8:39 am | Reply
  110. Ofobrukueta Akpos Matthew

    This is nothing but desperate master plan for a desperate Mr. WENGER.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
  111. mayor

    I am sorry for Arsenal, they just cant win a trophy.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:15 am | Reply
  112. rajesh

    Nice article. Please pass this to Mr Wenger

    August 3, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply
  113. Roby

    @ michael: do u happen to remember that manutd played with a defence of fletcher and carrick two seasons ago. We have suffered with injuries, and took the initiative to buy at some point. Our manager is wise. We do buy but not with big money like chelsea and city. This article is accurate, and Pedro represents CNN, who are not the British media. Keep blaming ur trophy less seasons to injuries and the media, when there is a clear solution to ur problem... buy. gonners

    August 3, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply
  114. salaudeen

    I don't understand a manager that knows the problem of the team for the past six years and still believe in his failed plan. Well,if he fail to qualify for top four the board will look out for exit door for him.Wenger should learn from his mistakes,fans are not happy with the trophiless seasons.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:25 am | Reply
  115. Ayodeji Bamidele

    Pedro, I totally agree with you on this... Why keep Cesc when he obviously doesn't believe in the project anymore απϑ as his sights somewhere else απϑ waste valuable  on the money the club is still goin to collect from Barcelona.. Sell Cecs, mke Van Persie απϑ Nasri highest earners απϑ build the team around Nasri, with the money Barcelona are offering we could get a good center back in Garry Cahill or Phil as well as a good combative midfielder in the premiership to help out Song απϑ with Arsenal, having the highest amount in price for Season Tickets and Match Day Tickets also with the sale of players like Bendtner, Almunia απϑ Squillaci, Arsenal should then be able to bring in Valencia"s Juan Mata a natural winger to add the neede flair along with Nasri, while I strongly believe the young Polish goalkeeper is good for the game

    August 3, 2011 at 9:28 am | Reply
  116. Christian Smith

    I definitely agree with this article but differ a bit with players recommended. I think Winger must be thinking in such direction by now cuz this season is co-name: "the quest for honours" but no matter what I am a GUNNER TILL I DIE.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:42 am | Reply
  117. nnanna

    arsene's refusal 2 buy experienced players is really annoying. The five steps above is a masterpiece. There's nothing to loose. We need trophies...

    August 3, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
  118. charles

    Fine piece but lacking in depth and overall appreciation of the game.Arsenal has a philosophy without which it is no more.What philosophy does Chelsea, man city have?

    Secondly, as has been said before each team follows a certain path that is consistent with its revenue and future plans.Each player that is signed needs a salary that he earns whether he plays or not.If u look at the youth ranks at Arsenal ,there are many players that have signed proffessional contract with the club.They will gradually step into the shoes of their elders
    Do you remember when Wenger crafted in Fabregas in place of Viera or Clitchy for Cole or even RVP that you now think of as world class, to step into Henry,s shoes?Maybe not.It says alot about vision and leadership at Arsenal
    True the feeling of having won a trophy is good but do you remember Graham.He once mangaed Arsenal, won things but.....
    Simply put,the path that Wenger has chosen is hard but in the long run the most realistic in todays world.If u have watched football for a long time, you will know that as a matter fo fact Arsenal will for along time to come be in the the champions league,compete for honours and will finally win, because the basics are there,and basics means alot in football
    Did you watch man city vs Arsenal both legs,man u vs arsenal both legs and chelsea vs arsenal both legs?Pls do your math with respect to Cesc and Nasri
    Like every team,Wenger knows that it is important to improve the quality and win attractively, but sensibly.What needs to be done is to adress the defensive lapses that we saw last year, notably, Spurs(home and away) Newcastle,Birmingham and of course Barcelona (second leg.)Wenger has said it is the simplest thing to do.For me a defensive coach wil do
    As a matter of soul searching, The FA also needs to really check the performance of their refs.Some decisions against and for arsenal in some crucial games were comical, Liverpool, Stoke are afew examples.
    Finally Pedro pls read the History of Arsenal and watch the game, with insight

    August 3, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
  119. Adilson Monteiro

    I'm an Arsenal fun & all this options & changes you mentioned we definitely need it special a experienced centre back & a good rotation in the meddle. Cesc, is a great player I do love him as a player & feel confident when he is but we saw his desire to go to Barca & his enthusiasm to play for Arsenal is gone he won't be happy in the club. When a player isn't happy you should let him go we'd a example of C. Ronaldo last season in Man United... Let him go & spend professor please, time is going

    August 3, 2011 at 9:56 am | Reply
  120. suyi

    Do u actually watch football ?we shud sell cesc cheap wen we need money ?and buy average dfs cos δ df u mentioned r all average and we don't ve sugar daddies at arsenal an secondly football is not all about winning trophies ill rather stay trophy less dan end up like leeds or blackburn and our real problem at arsenal is d lack of comitment by δ players look at hleb adebayo even cesc dey did not show passion for δ club like δ kind wilshere shows wen he plays n dis players will not ve been stars if not for arsenal (true fact) n I think if we keep dis young lads (wilshere,ramsey ,
    Song ,frmpong lansbury)together wit some little additions we would win things cos dis r passionate hungry players who aren't traitors like δ rest and wenger knows best not u

    August 3, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply
  121. Ragil

    But before doing those steps, sack Arsene Wenger first!!! He is the culprit of Arsenal's bad performance in the last 5 years. Then probably step #1 is not necessary to do, because Cesc will be willing to stay.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply
  122. sha gyang

    you said it all, it seem to me wenger and the board have no interest of the fans in their plan. wenger has only successfully converted a big team into a glorified football academy.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:06 am | Reply
  123. Justus

    Wenger should be given the position of CFO at Arsenal FC and leave the job of coaching someone else...

    August 3, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
  124. Alex

    Wow 5 steps and Arsenals misery are over! Yipee!

    Well if only life was that simple. The article writer clearly does NOT know what it is like to be where Arsene Wenger is. A lot of people are saying Arsene's tactics are wrong and all but do they really know the question is? Are they just saying that due to the simple equation, no silverware = wrong tactics. And is silverware really everything to a club? Sure it is something very important but why not appreciate the beauty of Arsenal's football instead? To me that is something BIGGER to a club, not silverware. Many clubs have obtained silverware already. It is not something 'special' to be honest. It is a great achievement yes but not special. To wrap it all up, it all depends on your views on a successfull club is. To me, I think football should be about enjoying THE GAME not the silverware. Cheers.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
  125. Masters

    Mr Pinto, Bendter is terrible, but I completely agree with the other stuff you are saying😀

    August 3, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
  126. Joyce

    Good article. Unfortunately, the Professor does not seem to want to listen to anyone on this matter! Sad to imagine that the season has hardly began, and there's little faith in the chances of the team. Watching the Emirates cup action left me really despondent about this season. Perhaps we need to really hit rock-bottom before we can bounce back? Either way, GO ARSENAL!

    August 3, 2011 at 11:18 am | Reply
  127. Joyce

    I'd like to agree with Alex . What is 6 seasons? Even though we haven't won any silverware, we have somehow managed to remain up top with the best of them – be it in Europe or just within the EPL. Plus, there's like a whole other number of clubs in the EPL that have gone for FAR LONGER without any trophy anyway. What's the deal with harping on and on about Arsenal?

    August 3, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
  128. Nick Fini

    The majority of Arsenal Fans would agree, the only person who hasn't realised that Arsenal need a new Plan is Arsene.

    Why don't Arsenal call it quits before the Frenchman destroys a great Bristish Club.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  129. Amanuel Babu

    I'm Arsenal FAN.I'm agree with some steps! But,not all.Cesc is not for Arsenal.Let him go please.He is good for nothing in Arsenal.His Heart is some where else.The other thing is the center back staffs are not world class players really,really.Arsen have to think about the quality defender atleast one or two.Concerning the philosophy of Arsen 100% i love it.The problem is center back and defensive mid field.Gervinho is the best addition to the squad.
    Hope fully ,Arsenal will shine this year! You'll see it.
    Pedro,thank you for your comments.I know u love Arsenal and all the world love Arsenal for their great and best action to help others.
    Your comments are constructive and destructive to some point.But,
    but brilliant comment.NO ARSEN NO ARSENAL!The ultimate logic.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  130. prince

    I think the Arsenal boss has a greater sheare in the teams stocks thats why he is making bbusiness with the team. From the look of things, I can see he care less about the feelings of the fans. He MUST BE CHANGED.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  131. SAMUEL

    That is the honest and objective opinion I've ever heard through out this off season. Thank you for calling a spade a spade and hope Wenger is listening cus a word to a wise is enough.

    This proves that u know ur work.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  132. Bekes Emmanuel

    I do accept with you in the case of Cesc Fabregas, it's clear that the young man was not at his best in the later part of last season. Though selling him shows we still do not intend to challenge for trophies, but is still better that he goes and we make the money. I beg to this agree with you based on you saying Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top four.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  133. Bola

    Well said. I pray brother Wenger listen to crying fans. However its sadden that the board are not bothered to challenge him to buy players becuase brother wenger is making profit to the board by selling player who he raised from youth team.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  134. bobbo

    eh . . what bout the 4-2-3-1 formation we played with for the whole second half of the season??

    August 4, 2011 at 1:37 am | Reply
  135. chucks okorie

    we the fans are the ones heartbroken at the end of every season.The board and arsene wenger are happy because their financials are okay. we need trophies PLEASE! Bring in cahill and samba to boost the defence,mata can be a good midfielder if fabregas finally goes, and a keeper to avoid inviting lehman again.we will be okay .........

    August 4, 2011 at 11:14 am | Reply
  136. Moshood Oladimeji (@abeeola)

    Interesting to still see Arsenal fans thinking Arsene is a God. All his achievements will be thrown into a dust bin once he's sack and a much more younger, hungrier, dynamic and tactically savvy manager comes in and grabs the Champions League by correcting the flaw in this team. Arsene is no God, 3 EPL titles in 15 years doesn't make him a God. Even Guardiola with 10 titles in 3 season, with the possibility of 3 more titles before the end of the year, ain't God. He discovered Henry, Anelka and Pat Vieira. He also, discovered Cygan, Bischoff, Diawara, Christopher Wreh and Igor Stepanov. Have you forgotten the World class Denilson, Diaby and Chamakh?

    The team is flawed in the same position for 6 years, he ignored the flaws of the team and keep bringing in youth players that would be released in a few years. He has built a good foundation but he really doesn't care for trophies any longer. When he did, he bought experience in Reyes, Wiltord, Ljunberg, Suker, Overmars, Kanu, Petit and Sol Campbell. When he stopped caring, he served the Emirates fans with Silvestre, Lehman (from Retirement), Bischoff, Chamakh, and the ever reliable Squillacci. The wages he paid this muppet would readily bring in 2 world class players to the club. He over-pays our fringe players at the expense of our better players, telling the whole world about some wage cap, and now they can't move on as no sane club would pay that ridiculous wages, we are stucked with them. Get over the Arsene madness, he has done his bits, it's time to move on.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply
  137. afesce

    I quiet agree with Sunny(Andy) Ab- – ha. Arsenal also need quality back up player in case of injury, thanks Ugben.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  138. Osunnubi Oladipo

    Good Arsenal is not an hire and fire team his just a very lucky man to have a very patient management.. He had been trying this not spending tactics for a while now and it not working he still wants to take that team into this season I am sure it would be very hard for Arsenal to do well with the quality of other teams like Man city, Chelsea, Man united and even liverpool with Daglish. Wenger need to be counseled over this non spendind issues.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  139. Akin

    I am a United Fan and posting this out of pity for my Arsenal friends. I hope Wenger reads this! and couldn't agree with you more.

    The problem is either that Wenger is blind or he does not listen!

    It's hard to believe the earlier, cos it's obvious to everyone that watches the premiership that;
    (1) Arsenal is predictable 4-3-3 no plan B
    (2) Cesc doesn't enjoy his game at Arsenal anymore
    (3) They need an experienced defender and midfielder (why let Kola and Galas leave back to back)

    I can't fault wenger for not spending though...being a professor of economics (which is partly about managing resources). In my opinion Wenger will make an excellent scout (he has a knack for identifying good prospects...or maybe he has a good scouting network).

    What is footbal really about (a) Winning trophies (b) Entertainment (c) Making profit?

    August 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  140. kevin borg

    this is for you SID!because is seems yr aspecialist try to cheap other peoples opinion!you told me that i should get intrested in basketball than soccer ,so ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT RICHARD DUNN is not better than our stupid DJOUROU!!!! or that tymachuk cant give a hand to replace SONG??? OR WE DONT NEED A GOLIE???/TYMOCHUK is a great holding midfielder with great resistance and vision.you cant play the whole season with 1 holding midfielder!!!i think you dont remember tymochuk playing wit ZENIT he was a leader.is a shame he is not given enough space to play.

    August 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  141. Okeke Ray

    i agree with you Mr Pinto...I'm a Super Arsenal Fan from Nigeria,but Arsene is letting us down here..

    August 5, 2011 at 12:21 am | Reply
  142. Alex Mah

    Pedro's suggestion is worthy of a profound assessment, then, a change to eliminate the trophy drought can be expected.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:58 am | Reply
  143. Rodney

    Certainly something new ought to happen at emirates..get a few experienced player mr man.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:11 am | Reply
  144. kevin borg

    wenger the whole world knows what our team need ecxept you!!!!!!!!!!!! why is so difficult to get a super cetral difender to join vermmalen???? and a fulback as well now,or else wenger doesnt want to win nothing

    August 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  145. milado

    the write was perfect untill he got to the end by including bendtner.... he should not be an arsenal player.....

    August 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  146. kole

    very true all said, but would that man hear that, the question my fear the lads will be so disappointed again when it ends in may. i wonder what he tells them when they cry?

    August 6, 2011 at 7:24 am | Reply
  147. goonerod!

    man sid!! seriously get some knowledge!! 4-2-3-1 has allowed us the free form but also if u had watched the games carefully u would know how many times the box is empty when our full backs and winger cross in! so the suggestion of an extra striker!!! choices of defenders are a joke?? go watch so football man! though samba and mert are better choices..these choices are not bad!
    midfielders are also nice but putting them in the first squad directly might be risky !
    its just that wenger does not spend..its an open secret!
    his vision has made us one of the most profitable clubs!
    that in no way indicates we have no cash!
    BENDY IS GOOD..JUST NOT AT ARSENAL !!
    LASTLY,this article suggests the sane thing to do right now!
    HOPE Wenger does something similar!

    August 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  148. Arnold

    How many trophies has Real Madrid won for the past 3 seasons despite a ton of Money. Clearly Pedro Pinto does not watch football, how can you advise Mr Wenger to sell a quality player like Cesc and replace him with sub standard players like Richard Dunne. Don't you know that quantity does not replace quality in football, take a good look at Barcelona, the team has less depth than Real Madrid but have won more in the past 3 seasons. Arsene needs a strong board who can help him secure his targets not Ivan the terrible, who has spent too much time in America and like Pedro Pinto has no clue about football.

    August 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  149. Alex Ezeugwa

    Pinto you are absolutely right, but wenger is as stubborn as usual its already august and no defender has being bought!..the board does not really care its time for peter hill wood to resign he is past it..i just pray we get booted out by udinese maybe the alarm bells will ring louder than ever..

    August 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  150. otocap26

    Dude you lost my respect when you mentioned Bendtner. 99.9% of Arsenal fans want that fashon wana be model out,honestly he is the only play i have seen in my career of watchin soccer who plays a whole 90 min without any dirt on his jersey..ps...we do have a plan A,B,C..and z. I agree we do need defenders ..and thats why we are still in the market..never say never till the fat lady sings

    August 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
  151. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Wishing Arsene, Arsenal and fans success and silver ware in the new season.

    August 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  152. Ian

    your overall ideas are not bad, but your clearly not well informed enough to be writing about this specific subject, and her is why.
    "sell fabregas for 48 million" are you nuts? If you paid attention to the news at all, Barca aren’t willing to pay more that 27 million with additional add-ons. If Barca had offered 48, Wenger would have happily taken it and bought Wesley Sneijder.
    “tie down Nasri to a new contract” again, if you had been paying attention, he has received several new contract offers, but has turned them down.
    What Arsenal should do is sell Nasri for 22 million to Man City, and tell Barca to either put up or shut up regarding Cesc. With the money earned from Nasri, Arsenal should buy Wesley Sneijder. Additionally Arsene needs to buy two more halfbacks. Per Mertesacker and Gary Cahil would be nice. Then you could play vermaelen either on the left, the center or as a defensive midfielder.
    Arsenal have a good attacking midfield core: Alex Chamberlin, (either Nasri or Fabregas –one of them is leaving), Arshavin , Rosicky, and Walcott.
    Good central midfield: Frimpong, Wilshire, Ramsey, Song
    A good striking core: Van Persie, Vela, Gervihno, Chamakh
    But they have a poor backline: Squillaci is probably the worst defender I have ever seen. Djourou is ok, Konscienly can be great (will be better this season), Vermaelen is great (but not a leader).
    Goal: Wojciech Szczesny is pretty good, but not very experienced, and if he is injured, arsenal are done for.

    August 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  153. keano

    until we get someone with some guts and intimidation factor we will blossom every fasll and wilt every sprong.... this is so obvious its painful

    August 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  154. Daniel

    I agree whole heartedly with most of what this article says. I think we should let the boy Captain go, it's the perfect way to make an effective change in direction. In central mid-feild I want to see someone like Marouane Fellaini, he was devastating last season when Arsenal played Everton. I like the idea of signing a Jagielka or Samba because of the leadership and motivation. Losing Clichy was bad but not disasterious. We also need to sell some of our attacking mid-feilders ie. Arshavin, Rosicky, I'm not sure about selling Bendtner untill we have another big body up front. He's been a decent squad player and without him Chamak is the only out and out center forward in the team.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:01 am | Reply
  155. xcal

    Arsenal has been challenging for the title almost every year, but they have been unlucky on a lot of occasions with injuries and other things. From what I have seen from their preseason, I think they are only missing a few pieces, even if they sell cesc and nasri. wilshere, ramsey, and song/frimpong can do really well in midfield. dont underestimate our young players. however, defense reinforcements is still needed as we had key defenders hurt time and time again at crucial times.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  156. Ben

    I blv its high tym AW shud be reading these articles and embark on a change of style or else he wud be best if sold.

    August 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  157. Xristos

    I do not agree with this article. Every year, doom and gloom predictions about how Arsenal will not qualify for Champions league is paraded.
    Every year, Arsenal qualifies! Fact is, it is the exact opposite that frustrates fans, faulting at the last hurdle. Therefore, to start crying foul before the season has even started, as every other season, that Arsenal will not qualify for the Champs league is getting old.
    When the club finally pays the stadium off in full, and starts to profit from the sales of its shirts, there will be more money available! If not, then questions need asking.
    In the last few years, clubs like Man City have been buying big and buying now. Tottenham/Liverpool always splash large sums of money, have they won their worth in spending, I do not think so! Have they guaranteed themselves Champions league football, no! Spending like a child in a candy store for these clubs has not guaranteed success.

    Arsenal is run in an ethical way, a streamlined model of a football club and business that is the envy of many clubs around the world. A person would be a fool to want to change this. Arsene will not break his wage structure for anyone player or member of his coaching staff. The man has his house in order. What he has done and doing is immense! And I do not just say this in pure admiration. Let's look at fact!(sounds of benitez)

    By sticking to his wage structure and tight budget, he faces enormous pressures. Yet he stays committed to the cause! He has the pressures of having to contend with big spending clubs who are buying top rated to world-class players every year like they are cheap as chips.
    Every year, he knows that Arsenal financially need champions league football, and every year they qualify and do better than expected. Every year, he sticks to his philosophy of playing beautiful football to entertain the fans. And every year he constantly delivers this and he still achieves the fundamental objectives to keep the club on course to be hugely successful in the future and Financially Powerful.
    When moving to the new stadium, Arsene clearly pointed out the objectives, stadium aside, and the other project was the young squad, tied into the debt of the move, and he had no choice but to rely on them!
    Last year, was a spectacular fail for trophies, considering they were in the hunt for all four trophies. But tell me, with everything Arsene has had to contend with, Arsenal still achieve above and beyond what everyone expected. Arsene was offered to take over at Real Madrid, yet he stayed to see the project through! Just think about it. Compare his loyalty to the fickle loyalties of the overpaid brats.
    Carlos Tevez is earning how much but cries about going home like a Schoolgirl only because now he can afford early retirement.
    Arsene Wenger is leading the way like a father, with morals and loyalty and tries to instil this in his young generation of players. This will hopefully foster a love and affection between them and the very club that gave them their success. This is something special.
    The signing of Alex Chamberlain is fantastic! It was only a few months ago, many fans thought we lost his signature to Man United, which left fans fuming. Things that were said "how come we are so bad at singing players" and "our rivals are always beating us to sign quality players", I also heard that "we do all the scouting for great talent and then notify our rivals and let them sign our targets".
    Now that Arsene has signed this player, beaten our rivals, these same fans are now saying, "well we did not need him".
    Bah... humbug.
    Ok fans want trophies. I know I do! But if you take a step back and look at the whole picture, would a man who does not care about the club, put himself under so much pressure.
    Yes Chelsea have spent loads of money and won trophies, "SINCE ROMAN STARTED HIS EMPIRE". BUT what happens when that empire comes crashing down or decides to walk out? Fact is Arsenal cannot spend like Chelsea. If fans still do not understand why Arsenal cannot spend like Chelsea or Man City/Utd, I must assume they have the IQ of a cabbage!!

    Arsene Wenger has his heart rooted to the core of the club and people who criticise him for not spending big money, to put it simply, do not care about the club or its ethos. How can a person who has never had to pay for something, understand its true value, kinda like a friend who says he cannot afford an mp3 player so borrows your brand new expensive iPod and returns it broken and then asks so which one you buying next? These are the type of people, who want Arsenal to spend big and now! (I hope that made sense)

    To play beautiful football, to put so much faith and trust in this group of players, to play with so much financial constraint, to move to a new stadium, all of which would put massive amounts of pressure on any manager, have left him seemingly in a position of appearing to have failed due to the lack of trophies. Yet he has achieved more for this club, which many other managers wouldn't even dream to attempt with more money at their disposal. He puts himself into the spotlight so that other do not have to. His job appears to be on the line as fans grow disgruntled, and still he will not break budget or wage structure even to save his job. This is a man who cares about the club. – Or he's just nuts.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:44 am | Reply
  158. ahmed abeeb damilare

    i think that that is what arsene wenger should do.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  159. ibraheem

    Every contributions made is correct, but i think there is what we fail to understand which is the main factor. What matters to the owners of these clubs is what they gain at the end of the day, to the best of my knowledge arsenal have not won trophies for the past 6 seasons but the owners are actually smiling to there respective banks. is all about making profits. PLAY THE ARSENAL WAY.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  160. The Alchemist

    Arsenal spend too much time on the youths. YES, ITS IMPORTANT, NO DOUBT, but that is what a YOUTH CLUB is for. You need some bigger names on the field. Don't have to buy Messi or Ronaldo but give the kids a veteran role model, someone they can learn from and can lead strongly in whatever position he plays

    August 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  161. kentsailer

    OK! So Brazil crashes out of the Copa America early. FIFA ranks them in the top five in the world ranking. Brazil then loses to Germany FIFA will probably rank them in the top three now. Enough already Brazil of 20yrs ago is NOT the Brazil of today. Again great players – bad team and questionable coaching. By the way FIFA Spain lost so why don't you drop them out of the top ten? Italy wins France undefeated in last 10 games both deserve higher rankings. I know you love the beautiful game of Brazil – well here is a flash – watch Brazil play, you will see lots of diving, lots of fouls, and very little to call beautiful. Please lets stop this love affair with Brazil and accept reality. The only beautiful game Brazil plays today is on video of games of the 60's, 70's & 80's.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:16 am | Reply
  162. Keem Kaberi

    The Chairman
    Arsenal football club
    Emirates Stadium
    North london,
    United Kingdom

    01/08/2011

    RE: Cessation of following:

    Mine and many other people's predictions of mature player turnover due to mediocre player base management policy at the club has finally come to the fore and so the ghost "trophy" chase continues.

    I wish therefore to state that my reference as a former Arsenal Supporter remains my only relationship with the said entity.

    Me.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  163. philip

    all has already been said and there is nothing new I can add, but I think its time to replace wenger his philosophy will win arsenal nothing they will always be number 4 in the premium league, at champions league the best they will make is quarters and FA cup the best they will go is semi-finals. I think the Dutchman rhikaard can be a good replacement for wenger

    August 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  164. bobby

    arsene wenger you need to begin to spend your money

    August 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  165. mwila

    Just fire Wenger!!!! We know he is not going to do that!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 7:46 am | Reply
  166. matoxlym

    With GOD by his side,he can achieve something but he must make changes.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:49 am | Reply
  167. bertrand

    look we have to be realistic pedro.saying arsenal should go get misfit dunne ,samba and chiellini doesn,t make sense.u think they are out of contract?no club in the premier league will sell a player without a proper replacement.and know one thing Mr wenger is not refusing to spend.it is not spending that matters it has to be the right players.remember real madrid waisted money on ronaldo misfit kaka;benzema and manager pellegrini but had nothing to show for.its not about signing big names.then imaging niklas opfront u are joking

    August 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  168. Jim Wood

    Hey Pedro, If Mr Wenger is insane count me in and lead me to the loony bin – I would just love to be that barmy.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Reply

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