Arsene Wenger has hinted that Arsenal are on the verge of “something special,” according to ESPN. The Gunners take on high-spending Man City at the weekend, but the Frenchman reiterated his belief that the whole nurture-rather-than-purchase philosophy is about to delivery its first trophy to north London since the 2005 FA Cup.
Wenger said: “We made it our aim to keep our group of players together because I feel they meet their needs here. They know they are close to something special. They want to do it and that’s the challenge we have in front of us.”
Arshavin: Wilshere better than me.
Andrei Arshavin has praised fellow Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, claiming that the 18-year-old is already better than him.
The England U-21 international will miss three matches for his red card following a challenge on Birmingham’s Niikola Zigic last weekend, and the Russian feels he will be a big miss on the pitch.
According to Goal.com, Arshavin told the club’s official matchday programme: “Maybe we’re similar in height and build, but we have different styles. I think he’s better than me even now, he’s playing so well at 18-years-old. Everyone knew he had big talent and now he’s at an age where he can show it more.”
Gunners financial independence.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says that club have earned their financial independence, according to BBC Business News. He also insisted that future property sales – largely to thank already for the club’s record pre-tax profits of £56m – will be reinvested in the squad.
The 46-year-old said: “This is a challenging path to tread, but we have earned our independence. We do not have to rely on anybody but ourselves for future success. However, we have to keep moving forwards – standing still is never an option.”