Martin Samuel wrote a great article that I read last night on the mail website, check it out here , where he go on to explain how Wenger is getting a “taste of his own medicine”.
Samuel points out that Manchester City, among others, are doing to Arsenal exactly what Arsenal has done to other clubs. In the past many have said how Arsène has “prayed” on smaller clubs stealing their talent, case and appoint when Karl-Heinz Rummenigge support Platini’s claim when he said “The word kidnapping is not too far off any more,”
“Arsène Wenger signs a host of players from France and elsewhere, year-in and year-out. We have to take care this sort of child trafficking is stopped.”
. Wenger and Arsenal down the years have signed young talent as well as growing their own. I disagreed with Samuel when reading that Arsenal last quality home grown players was Ashley Cole, as he seems to have forgotten Jack Wilshere, and down the line there is Kieran Gibbs and Emmanuel Frimpong, but in regards to the likes of Fabregas, Ramsey, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain I totally agree.
Those last two players are great examples also as Samuel pointed out that Southampton have for too long had their best talent lured away to bigger clubs. They may have got good money for them but down the years they have lost Wayne Bridge, Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and most recently Oxlade-Chamberlain and they are the bigger names as there have been many more.
It is a great point that there is no difference to City buying Nasri, Barça buying back Fabregas and other players leaving in “their prime” as Wenger said as those bright Southampton talents leaving to reach their full potential.
The bad things is that means all Arsenal have become is a great player development centre, much like Southampton, and are no longer one of the bigger clubs in the country. How can they stop this? Well that is two fold. 1) they need to stop selling and keep buying and 2) they need to seriously challenge for silverware, and sooner rather than later, win something!