Arsene Wenger and the Case of World Domination…

Well not quite but we start this article with a direct quote from the man himself: “We just want to make another improvement next year, and if we can manage that improvement, what will follow naturally is domination.”

This somewhat disturbing quote came after he explained how Arsenal had actually improved their position this past season as they had finished with 83 points as opposed to 68 the season before.

We think the man is a stark raving lunatic to come out and say something like that, as not only is he in danger of losing half his team, he seems incapable of bringing in any replacements! It hasn’t stopped him thinking that his team can be the dominant force in English football again though.

With the futures of Emmanuel Adebayor and Alexander Hleb still to be decided, on top of the departures of Jens Lehmann and Mathieu Flamini, Wenger has a lot of thinking to do in regards to personnel. So far this summer his only acquisition has been Aaron Ramsey, a teenager from Cardiff City. Not exactly an earth-shattering signing – with all due respect to the young lad, of course.

One option open to the Arsenal manager would be to sell Adebayor and Hleb, which would bring in a fair bit of cash, especially if rumours of a £30M switch to Barcelona for Adebayor are true. In doing this though, Wenger will leave gaps in his squad which could mean trouble, especially if he doesn’t spend wisely in what remains of the transfer window.

If all the local rags are to be believed, there have been a couple of names mooted around as possible Arsenal targets; namely Roque Santa Cruz of Blackburn, Werder Bremen’s Amaury Bischoff and Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins, while according to Marseille chairman Pape Diouf, Samir Nasri is expected to be unveiled as an Arsenal player in the next few days.

Time will certainly tell if Wenger’s rather strange quote will come back and bite him on the arse but one thing is for sure, he has certainly started the old mind games fairly early this year – pre-season training has only just started!

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