Charlie Nicholas has questioned Arsenal’s ambition as the Premier League side have failed to resolve a number of contract issues, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez constantly linked with moves away from the London club.
Arsenal face a stern test in the form of Chelsea on Wednesday as they look to overcome their London opponents to put one foot in the Carabao Cup final. The first-leg of the semi-final takes place at Stamford Bridge, meaning the Gunners will look to stay disciplined and compact with a view of stealing a goal.
Any victory would see the Gunners’ confidence skyrocket, while it would see Wenger’s men put one foot in the final. With the Premier League title now well out of reach and their exit from the FA Cup sealed in an embarrassing loss to Nottingham Forest last weekend, the Carabao Cup constitutes a very important trophy for Arsenal.
However, with untimely defeats in the league and a very poor showing in the FA Cup, many have criticised Arsenal, while Charlie Nicholas has even questioned their ambition. He told Sky Sports: “The modern game is creating such wealth but Arsenal are going in the opposite direction, potentially letting £250m worth of playing talent leave in the summer for nothing”.
“The same issues have been going on for several seasons and they’re now missing out on Champions League funds because of the apparent penny-counting. The club looks as if it has lost all ambition. Since the day David Dein walked away this football club has been sinking and I wonder how we’re going to attract the best players or, when Arsene does leave, his replacement”.
“It worries me who would want to come and manage here when it seems we can’t get our best players to renew their contracts”.
Nicholas’ worries will sum up a lot of the feelings that have been growing amongst the fans, with the club seemingly unable to tie down their best players. If both Ozil and Sanchez do leave for free in the summer, who can come in to replace them? While the two have been criticised massively in their time with Arsenal, they are still world-class.
The question really must be: can Arsenal still attract world-class talent?