Former Gunners midfielder Paul Davis believes the club should focus on potential new signings over a contract extension for Arsene Wenger. The French manager’s current deal expires next summer and PSG have expressed an interest.
“It’s about time for strengthening the squad and getting the team back up there, where all Arsenal fans want them to be, challenging for first spot, not fourth spot.”
The Gunners fell 3-1 to Aston Villa at the weekend and the final whistle was met with a chorus of boos.
“I can totally understand the frustration of the fans. I’m a fan myself, I was there yesterday and go to all the home games, so I can feel the frustration building up over time.”
The club have failed to add to the squad this summer, with the exception of Yaya Sanogo, but have allowed many first team players to leave. The team is threadbare and are currently going through an injury crisis leaving the team worryingly thin.
Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all subbed off due to injury while Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky picked up further knocks while Jack Wilshere is still to return to full fitness. Arsenal have a crucial Champions League qualifier with Fenerbahce on Wednesday and could take a team full of youth team members with the state of their current squad.
“This has been going on over the last five or six summers, no major signings have come into the club. Everyone can see that is what’s needed, but the club haven’t gone ahead and done that.”
“What’s disappointed the fans is that towards the end of each season the club have said we’re going to buy major signings, so people go away in the summer, thinking, ‘Yeah, we’ll renew our season tickets, this is what’s going to happen,’ and again nothing happens.”
Davis still believes Wenger is the man to pull Arsenal out of the dark times but believes the team need heavy investment and to make true on their promises.
“Wenger has been a fantastic manager. He’s still got the qualities there to be a good manager. He just needs to go out and get the players that he needs to strengthen that squad. He’s missed out on players they should have bought.”
“David Dein has been a big loss. I’m not quite sure who is doing the negotiations now at the club, whether it’s Arsene Wenger or Gazidis behind the scenes, but whoever’s doing it is clearly not negotiating in the right place, because we’re losing players, we’re not getting players in and it’s worrying.”
“If Arsene Wenger is being asked to do all that, as well as run the team, we really do need to look at the negotiation system at the club.”
Wenger gets all the criticism for the poor results of the team and the non-existent summer business but it’s the board that sanctions the deals and holds the money. Right now it seems the board are unwilling to let any money go.