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Arsene Wenger Will Waste Arsenal’s £70million Transfer Kitty, Says Stewart Robson

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Following up on the speculation last night that Arsenal are close to signing a deal for Marouane Fellaini while, at the same time, Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis was bragging that Arsenal could afford Wayne Rooney if they wanted to, former Arsenal footballer Stewart Robson says that Wenger shouldn’t be handed the £70 million war chest because he’ll simply waste the money.

Here’s what Robson said this morning on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT:

“I’m not expecting any marquee signings at Arsenal. There’s a lot of talk about it but I don’t know if I would trust Arsene Wenger with that money.

“Over the last few years some of the players that he’s said were going to be world class haven’t ended up like that.

“People like Olivier Giroud, Philippe Senderos, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Armand Traore, Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Emmanuel Eboue, Park Chu-Young, Lukasz Fabianskii, Gervinho and Andre Santos.

“These are the sort of players who Arsene Wenger said were going to be world class players class players and they haven’t done it.

“Over the last two seasons they have spent some money on Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Nacho Monreal, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos. They haven’t been top class players.

“Arsene Wenger doesn’t appear to want to sign the top class players, or what other people would describe as top class players. He goes out and says, ‘I can buy you cheaper players for a better price who are going to be world class players in the future’ but that hasn’t been the case in the last few years.

“Some of the players who he has bought have regressed under him like Andrey Arshavin and Thomas Vermaelen. Nacho Monreal hasn’t been a good signing and Andre Santos has been hopeless for them.

“Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski are past their best and Gervinho is another player who they spent a lot of money on and hasn’t really come to the fore.”

This summer will be a huge test for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The manager has no excuses not to go out and sign some world-class footballers at higher-than-usual (by Arsenal standards) transfer fees. The club has been very open and honest about the £70million war chest that’s available, and the ball is firmly in Wenger’s court to identify the players he wants to sign.

What do you think about Stewart Robson’s comments? Is he too harsh, or do his words ring true? Tell us your opinion in the comments section below.

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52 Responses to Arsene Wenger Will Waste Arsenal’s £70million Transfer Kitty, Says Stewart Robson

  1. sean says:

    Robson is always taking shots at Arsenal. He sounds like a bitter ex who’s mad that Arsene Wenger pushed him out of the club and won’t rehire him jn any capacity. Listen to his broadcasts during Arsenal matches. Hearing an announcer openly rooting for Arsenal to lose every time he does their games is just completely inexcusable

    • Rob says:

      I think he’s a disgrace.

      The players he slights, in some case have been the reason Arsenal have managed to remain 4th! I cannot really believe that a former player can chose to slag off the manager and players before we have even started the season!

      Mert and Poldo play for Germany, Giroud for France. Nacho not a good buy??

      Can’t even credit him with trying to set expectations…his history says he is critical and negative, not constructive and positive. Coyg’s!!

  2. Alf Bloggs says:

    I find it embarrassing that Robson is so openly bitter, A second rate player who Arsenal got rid of to West Ham and who did nothing of any note. Why he hates Arsenal so much is a mystery

  3. Harry B says:

    Robson still harbours a grudge doesn’t he?

    He’s a clueless, bitter whinger and no Gooner I know takes the tw*t seriously.

  4. adam t says:

    Aww the same bitter Robson, sacked by Arsenal TV.

  5. Sham says:

    Robson needs to find a new occupation. Sad little man.

  6. Steevlloyd says:

    I think robson is right,wenger should use the money for world class players instead of disgracing the fans every season.

  7. daniel kelvin says:

    Hello mr robinson has said it all already,arsene wenger will only waste the money he his just too old and don’t know who world class players re any more. I think arsenal needs a manager who is hungry for silverware to take over the team for now cos arsenal fans wants top players in the team and won to win trophies

  8. Jake says:

    Ok, be may be bitter like you all are saying, and maybe he should keep his mouth shut. But he is absolutely right. Hopefully not right on how Wenger will spend this summer, but he’s right to name all those players who Wenger has wasted money on. Someone had to say it and I’m glad he did. It needed to be seen name by name by the blind Wenger worshippers so you can see just how many players it’s been.

    • frank johnson says:

      It’s pretty obvious who the bad buys are/were. Nobody is excusing Wenger for having the likes of Squillaci, Bentner etc on the wage structure, but this dead wood is finally leaving. Arsenal fans should be thankful for that and hope the same mistakes won’t happen again. Robson speaks like he has an inside understanding of Wenger’s psyche. He clearly doesn’t and ends up sounding like the bitter ex Arsenal ‘player’ who thought he was better than he was. He’s bald as well…

    • John Gee says:

      Wise after the event as usual. There is not enough room to list all the good signings e.g Sagna, Vermaelan, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Chamberlain,and from the past, Thierry, Anelka, Pires, Ljundberg, Gilberto,Cesc and I could go on. Most of those were sold on when pat their best fo0r huge profit. AW is as good as the best in the world. Please don’t talk of Stewart Robson in the same breath.

      • amangey says:

        I beg your pardon,you invited Ramsey into your list of good signings?…SMH!!!!!

        • frank johnson says:

          You only have to look at the latter stages of this season where he was played in his preferred position to see he’s a good player and vastly improved. Let’s not forget the dreadful leg break that nearly ended his career! That injury will probably mean we’ll never see his full potential, but a good signing nontheless.

          • amangey says:

            I understandur pointof view.But my opinion He makestoo many loosepasses for a midfieldeder perhaps too cashual.Verdict:no good enough for team of arsenal standing,we use to have viera,petit gilberto etc

    • Sabre says:

      Wenger never said any of those players would be world class. That’s a complete lie. He spent minimal amounts responsibly because that was the situation the club was in at the time. Now he will spend the new money responsibly by getting the right players for the club just like he did when we were at Highbury.

  9. ted says:

    Robson is just shameless n bitter! I doubt his love for Arsenal, he should just leave our beloved club alone. What an idiot!! So an annoying man (seeing his comments can be so annoying).

  10. bozekie says:

    this guy is uselees, bitterness need to sort himself

  11. He is 100% righ wenger cant spend da money propally and hes so sting like he pay from his porket

  12. Hightower says:

    What a load of hogwash so I suppose all the players he’s bought have been rubbish have they??
    Henry,vieira,pires,wiltord,Pettit,gilberto silva, fabregas,rvp,nasri,hleb,flamini,clichy,toure,sagna,Lauren,sylvinho, cole, ljunberg, edu, to name a few.

    Application and hard work are also required as well as talent everyone with half a brain can see that but obviously not mr Robson who’s clearly bitter about he was unceremoniously dumped by arsenal tv. Wenger went with youngsters during the stadium move and not even Alex ferguson could achieve what wenger has achieved with those financial restrictions placed upon him.
    Add to that a person who couldnt even make colchester an improved team as a manager then you see who’s telling the truth. Yes there have been poor signings but name a manager of any european team who hasn’t made poor signings. Even mourinho who everyone says is the best thing since sliced bread made some pretty poor signings and wasted even more money than most to name just one example.

    • Jake says:

      How long ago was that and how many of those players were sold in their prime? Get a grip. You can’t argue with the results and barely getting top 4 with no challenge of the top and no trophies.

      Don’t worry tho, I’m sure this ingnorant comment section will agree with you.

    • chinedu says:

      pls dont even try to compare sir ferguson with that idiot called wenger.the players ferguson used to lift the tittle if they are given to wenger he will take united to relegation.

    • Ryan says:

      Alex ferguson couldn’t deal with no money? He won the European cup with Aberdeen. How many European cups has wenger won again? Also would like to clarify that united have been placed into debt much worse than arsenal. The reason we had money in the first place, is because united has a winning mentality, wenger doesn’t.

  13. morphicshadow1 says:

    What Robson said wassn’t like that,but what i know is that, when a woman give birth to child, it can’t work that thesame day,or be send that born child to buy him something, impossible. Robson should give the like of Oliver G,Lukas podoski,& Gervinho some years…..

    • amangey says:

      I’m with you on this…I secretly see giroud and podoski as world Class players.give Giroud a chance and he will prove his worth,give podoski a striking position and he’ll blossom.

  14. amangey says:

    Hey! Besides the bitterness I think I can make sense out of what he Has said.most of the players arsene brings turn out to disappoint yet most are been hyped by him,like senderous the next jaap stam,adebayo the next Henry,arshavin being messi’s Clone,Diaby the next viera.He likened Gervinho to pires and made us believe we had signed Zidane in the form of ramsey.Arsene has lost touch of the present, a reality check will offer him no harm

  15. Sammy says:

    If Wenger was so poor in his signings then how is it that he is able to get them to finish in the top 4 year in and year out? Every manager buys players that don’t work out. Wenger’s aren’t any worse than anyone else’s. In fact his signings, considering the cost, is way better than most clubs. Arsenal is no Liverpool.

  16. ademurler says:

    Let 4get abt robson’s attitudes in mystery, wot d man said abt wenger is highly true 4instance, wenger regrets nt to sign harzad,mata n some player Wu pronto to world class player by den bt due to dere price tag n wages imposed… Lykwise rooney n higuain wenger shuldnt worry abt dere wages bt d pride dey ill offer club… In a northshelf wenger knows d players Wu can win trophy nt a kids player.

  17. ibrahim ottu says:

    To say true this man is right

  18. Amol says:

    HE’S A BASTARD,ROBSON.

    BUT WHAT HE’S SAYING ISN’T WRONG, HE’S JUST BLUNT ABOUT IT…

    PODOLSKI N MERTESACKER BOTH WERE BETTER FEW SEASONS BACK…

  19. Miko says:

    Robson is very right, wenger is d problem behind arsenal 8yrs trophiless, imagin, despite arsenal problem last season, wenger went nd sign Sanogo under 21, is dat solution to our trophiless yrs, wenger wil wast d money on youth as his signin, he will not sign top players if care is not taken.

  20. Luke says:

    Stewart Robson isn’t entitled to have an opinion on the basis he was an appalling player at the club and an even worse manager. Nacho Monreal, wasn’t a good signing? Really Stewart. Go and comment on West Ham you toby, there more your level.

  21. Wigglesworth81 says:

    Giroud can’t catch a break!

  22. Richard says:

    Same old Robson. Waste the money?

    Does he forget that most of the players he mentions cost peanuts?

    Ferguson made more mistakes than Wenger. Buying players for ridiculous sums and then getting rid because they were flops.

    Last season saw a group of players who were new to playing with each other, and what they achieved was commendable.

    Next season, Wilshere, Chamberlain, Giroud, Carzola, Monreal, Podolski, Mertesacker and Koscielny will peak and be used to playing together under Wenger’s new system.

    Wenger manages. Mourinho and the rest blow huge sums of money for a little glory. The only big spender I respect and who has proven his worth was Ferguson and Wenger was his closest rival for years when he had the money to spend.

    Silly man. Just bitter and needing some short term glory to boast about to your friends.

  23. sunnypa de gooners says:

    what the man is saying is true arsene wenger make a mistake atimes.wenger will say he cannot sign players of £30m he will go for £10m player.what did giroud and all the players he mention did for arsenal instead for them to win arsenal a trophy they will got injuired we are tire of juniour players we need big players that can win us trophy and that can compite with the like of vidic,ferdinad,terry,van persie,aguero,teves etc.robson is sayind the trueth in my opinion.we need players that are strong on the field of play that can play the hole season without injuiry.if we can see players like cazorla like 7 of him.we will win premier league and champions league and FA cup all together.

  24. Bright says:

    Every teamh has dead wood. Man U has nani, young, Anderson, just to name a few. Chelsea has more players out om loan than at the bridge . Y
    This dude is utterly bitter and needs to shut up.

  25. sunnypa de gooners says:

    problem of arsenal football club is not wenger alone the big problem arsenal have now is kroenke and van gazidis they are the one that did not gave arsene wenger money to spend they will tell him to stick with the players he has arsene should be compeciate for his good work he did for the club know order club can did what wenger did that coach and his players will relegate out of top4i say cudo to arsene wenger the prof england.let the board try and gave arsene wenger that £70m they say they wanted to give wenger am sure he will use the money on good players.arsenal fans world wide always say THANK U ARSENE WENGER.

  26. Mitch says:

    This guy is clueless. It’s shameful to say he was associated with the club for so long. He’s been bitter about Arsenal ever since he left working for them. Two weeks after he left he started slating Arsenal. Vermaelen has lost form, but he cannot criticise the purchase of him, nor blame wenger for his decline. I can see why people blame Wenger for Arshavin’s decline for mis using him, but Arshavin also never showed that hunger that he did in his first season. You cannot do much with a player who doesn’t care.
    To say Monreal was not a good signing is ridiculous. He’s only been here a few months, and has looked solid already, despite still adapting to the league. Mertesacker has become a much stronger player since adapting to the league this season, and Podolski has been a good signing (as evidenced by the fact he’s now being chased by other clubs), so I don’t know what he’s on about there! Arteta also has been a brilliant signing for Arsenal. Also, many of the players he listed were not described as world class, they were youth projects with potential. They were not bought for large fees, and most of them were bought as teens.
    this guy doesn’t know what he’s on about. He’s a bitter old man who’s no longer got a place in football.

  27. Lee williams says:

    I am a Man UTD fan but I commend Arsene on the job he has done as a manger. I believe a lot of the criticism he is receiving is unjust. I don’t believe any other manager could have kept Arsenal in the position they are in with the resources available without putting the club into a huge deficit. Arsene has been conservative with his spending and still managed to keep the club in a consistent champions league spot. I think times are about to improve again for arsenal with this injection of money and with Arsenes ability I hope arsenal will begin to gain the players to produce some of the most attractive and eye pleasing football in the world again. The unbeaten season I would watch any arsenal games that didn’t conflict with the united games for the fact that arsenal were in my opinion, the most technically gifted football team of the time. I really hope we get to witness that style and technical ability back in the premier league.

  28. asiangooners says:

    blapsemy.. the moment when all of us realize that all the name mentioned by the old c*nt is less price bought altogether compared to flopper torres and might even lower than ‘special one’ signature of modric. shame of you. this article is a disgrace of arsenal former player

  29. Optibaba says:

    Well, all I’ve to say is that, Robsin is just a frustrated young man who sees nothing good in what AW does.

  30. Oguntuase Amos says:

    Can’t we see that the man Robson is looking for cheap publicity. By joining issues with him you are simply making him popular. A failure as a player, a failure as a manager and a failure as a commentator, what do you expect from him? Only trash. He can’t even quote history right. He would need the help of a Psychiatrist as he is already suffering from Arseneric dementia, an incurable intellectual deterioration worse than Alzheimer’s disease. It is a pity that an idiot that he is has access to social media where he vomits garbages on regular basis.

  31. Howard McLaren says:

    Stewart Robson speaks his mind and is acid to all clubs and players. Like it or not Wenger has overstayed his welcome. Arsenal are a shadow of what they were. A good season now is beating Spurs into fourth place and yes Wenger will load up this Summer on average players

  32. ibinabi says:

    He might be bitter, lets forget the speculations and go for the real stuff – good players that long being speculated and not the likes of sanogo. What happens to the likes of wanyanma, higuin, julio cesar, etc. Its time for trophy and speculations. Up the gunners.

  33. mthembu says:

    mr robson might be bitter about arsenal but i strongly think he’s rite, to start with we are said to have signed a 21 yr old (sanago) nw rumor has it we are chasing felaini for mo than 20million. Honestly with these players do we expect glory?. I don’t blame wenger for all his previous purchases, but i’m bitter abt the superstars we hav lost, i long to see one spectacular player who is at least in the league of rvp, fabregas, nasri etc to arrive at the emirates

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