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A lot has been said about Arsene’s player purchases over the years. He can get it really right but also awfully wrong sometimes.
Under Wenger, Arsenal have always refrained from buying top notch – experienced and in their prime – A-class players. We landed Sol Campbell on a free from the Spuds, and both Arshavin and Reyes were highly rated players, but not regarded as top-class, or ‘super-quality’.
Arsene became the champion of discovering and polishing gems. He brought and subsequently developed so many fine players over the years: from Henry to van Judas, from Ljunberg to Pires, and from Vieira to Fabregas.
However, he also brought to the club a significant number of fiascos; and especially since our move to the new stadium, there have ...