Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has given his own thoughts on why his old club have struggled to nab a Premier League title in the last twelve years.
The story of Arsenal’s title aspirations in recent seasons has been one that has often followed the same trend. At times, it would seem as though they had finally found their rhythm and balance, but consistently, they have lost steam at the most crucial points in the season and ultimately, ended up with themselves falling just short of winning English football’s most coveted trophy.
For the fans, it has been a time of great frustration and impatience and with each passing campaign, the pressure has been growing on long-term manager Arsene Wenger to deliver on the years of backing he has received from the club’s board. The Frenchman’s reign as the London club’s manager has seen him be on the receiving end of a lot of criticism from his own fans but despite that, he celebrated his 20th year in charge in 2016, making him the longest-serving active coach in the league right now.
Recently, one of his countrymen and former players gave an interview in which provided his own insight into Arsenal’s failures over the last few years and despite what many would think, it has very little to do with the club’s trust in their manager.
Samir Nasri left the Gunners for Manchester City in 2011 and despite now finding himself away from the Etihad on loan at Sevilla, is still a player who – on his day – is capable of playing on a very high level.
Nasri, speaking to Onze Mondial in a recent interview, had this to say on his old club’s shortcomings in terms of Premier League silverware.
“When I was at Arsenal, we did not fight on equal terms with Chelsea or Manchester United. Arsenal made the choice to move to the Emirates, so there was the stadium to pay for. The bosses of the club have always wanted to have healthy finances, they never wanted to go into debt. So they obviously did not recruit like the others.”
The last time Arsenal won a league title was in the 2003-04 season, and despite boasting some strong squads in the time since then, have often found themselves under attack for the fact that they’ve been hesitant to spend the type of money that their rivals have been forking out consistently.
Arsenal currently in fifth-place in the Premier League table and with the season now firmly at its half-way point, it will be interesting to see how Wenger boosts the squad with three weeks left in the January transfer window.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena