Arsenal struggles began after buying young prospects & selling in for huge transfer fees whilst investing into the new Stadia build...
Wenger for all his critics had Arsenal punching obove their weight to be honest... Going to take them a while to recover and get back into a top 4 team.
Totally agree with you there Shabs. I think the temptation amongst Wenger's critics is to dismiss his Arsenal career outright from 2006 onwards which doesn't factor in the difficult balancing act in the transfer market that depended upon finding talent at cheap prices all the while keeping Arsenal relatively competitive albeit without trophies.
And for as brilliant a mind as Wenger was, his success was also about incorporating the incredible knowledge of David Dein above him (who was basically a technical director) and the presence of strong characters in the dressing room (which I suppose was a byproduct of Dein's talent spotting). Not many have mentioned just how big a loss Dein was for Arsenal and Wenger. After all it was he who had the foresight to buck the trend and hire Wenger out of nowhere and it was his continental reach that allowed Arsenal to acquire Bergkamp (before Wenger arrived) as well as secure the likes of Henry, Vieira on behalf of Wenger and of course Sol Campbell from the other half of north London! When he left Wenger must have lost a bit of trust and support at the club.
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