Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby
You do realise they have been in the Champions League group stages every season for the last 15 or so? That's quite a good record imo.
who cares about group stages. do you know what we used to achieve ? when wenger used to spend money on players, develop them, when he used to have tactics, when he used to have a plan A and a plan B? we don't even have a strategy now except trying to play keep-away and even that failed, look at possession % recently it's gone down the drain. you realize it's been a decline for the past 6 years right ? even our purchases have been getting worse, probably correlated with the departure of david dein. we are a for-profit club, nobody cares if we win trophies or not so long as we get that coveted 4th place spot. since 2006, we've made a *net* profit of ~60m in the transfer market and yet look at where we are, it's never re-invested and wenger refuses to buy any worthwhile talent. we get rid of bendar and now have turned into the kind of club bendar should be playing for, that's how you can tell this club is going to hell. Quality players on the cheap that would have fit our team: cabaye for 4.8M. Tiote for 3.2M, several japenese full backs. Saha on a one year contract. Scott parker. All these for pennies in terms of salary too. if you have spent any time watching these players you'd know well they're all better than the trash we've taken on or the current crop of potential failures we have. and money can't be the excuse when we sign arteta for 10m 5 years on 50k+ and that leper yossi who is a useless sack of bones...
Earlier this summer ~
"Imagine the worst situation - we lose Fabregas and Nasri," stated Wenger. "You cannot convince people you are ambitious after that. You cannot pretend you are a big club. A big club holds onto its big players and gives a message out to all the other big clubs that they just cannot come in and take [players] away from you." -- Arsene Wenger
in all honesty, i want us to drop as many points as possible. it's like chemotherapy, lot of bad side effects, but ultimately we get rid of that cancer that is wenger. this is the only way to get him out, he's too arrogant to give up on his retarded philosophy (which he admits he would never try again at a new club should he move on)