An interesting article about the plight of the club
Arsenal, over the last two seasons,have just gone through a major change of playing staff Govinda. Is the squad now at the club good enough to win the Prem next season? Why not? This squad will not be finishing so far behind the big spending Chelsea and City,and this in a season where Arsenal began poorly (due to the relatively new squad surely?) further proof that money spent does not guarantee success?
Wenger is more than capable of building not only good teams, but truly GREAT teams, and it is my belief that he had supplied Arsenal with a wonderful team, capable of winning the Prem during the barren years. I believe the most frustrating aspect of those years was the long term injuries sustained to KEY personnel. Those being, in the main, Van Persie (a TOP class striker) and Diaby ( whose to know what heights this guy could have reached? Wenger has always salivated over the guy), Fabregas was also out a fair bit and Eduardo (another wonderful player) suffered greatly. With the stadium move and MASSIVE debt, Arsenal were always going to have to tighten the purse strings, .Arsenal came extremely close to lifting the Prem, only for severe injuries to the squad to put an end to the challenge.
As for the players desire to leave, I think it was an amalgamation of events. Barca produced arguably one of the greatest teams ever to have kicked a ball, a team Fabregas knew, his boyhood club, full of friends and countrymen. Fabregas was loyal to Arsenal for a long time but eventually the pull was too hard and yes, I believe he would have left for Barca even if Arsenal had won the Prem, as Ronaldo did with Real/United. After Fabregas left, the pull of money and yes, lack of silverware, lead to the departures of VP and Nasri (Song was very vocal about wanting to stay though I seem to recall).