Arsene Wenger is feeling the pressure as his rivals spend big and new exciting signings arrive to other clubs. Arsenal fans, meanwhile, are being rejected by the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez and are venting their frustration at the long term Gunners boss.
Boos rang out after the 3-4 loss to Liverpool on Sunday in the opening game of the season. Hardly the start Arsenal fans wished for ahead of a new campaign that they hoped would see the club finally winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2004.
While Wenger struggles to make signings this summer – Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka being the only notable arrival – he has raised questions over the possible return of some of his former players who, according to the Frenchman, have asked to return to the club.
Arséne Wenger: "We have plenty of players who want to join. Of all the players who left, I would say 99.5% have asked to come back."
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 18, 2016
Wenger refused to back up his sensational claim, but with the likes of Cesc Fabregas reportedly unsettled under new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after failing to make the starting eleven in their opening clash with West Ham United last Monday evening, it will no doubt raise questions if Wenger was referring to the former Barcelona man who left the club in 2011.
Others will link Arsenal’s search for a new striker with the reported unhappiness of former striker Robin van Persie at Fenerbache with whom Wenger could be referring too.
Fabregas and Van Persie have played for Arsenal’s rivals in Chelsea and Manchester United since their departure from the London club with some Arsenal fans unlikely to welcome them back with open arms.
While it remains to be seen what players Wenger was talking about, after Sunday’s game at the Emirates it is clear new signings must be made if Wenger wishes to see out the remaining year of his contract and finally return the Premier League trophy to the club.
I hope Wenger's talk of former players doesn't mean we'll end up with Cesc, Nasri & RVP again. #PleaseNo 🙏
— Mari Lyn (@Jam_AFC3) August 18, 2016
Wenger says 99% of our former players want to come back. At this moment I will take back Fabregas & RvP and "de-snake" them. Desperation!
— Thabo Ed Mmolai (@temmolai) August 18, 2016
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena