Chamakh, Gervinho, Giroud, Cazorla, Podolski
Cazorla is the only player who is of the required ability to compete. Chamakh was brought in as a back-up striker on a free transfer, and apart from ten games early in his Arsenal career, has never looked like anything more than a passenger. Gervinho is a project. It's too soon to judge Podolski and Giroud. Arteta and Mertesacker were good signings, as was Koscielny. None compare with the losses of Fabregas and Van Persie though. We've had to completely change the way we play each of the past three seasons because our best player left.
We've had pretty average teams the last 4 years. We've overperformed based on the talent in the squads and the injuries we've had to key players. That's the truth of the matter, and Wenger is responsible for the fact that we have had average teams, and for the fact that we've stayed in the top four.
I will admit Wenger does like projects, players he can mold into good players, which he has done with a lot of players we've sold recently. There are just a lot of boardroom problems, as we're just very reluctant to spend. And when Wenger magically gets us into the top four like he did in 2006-07 and 2011-12, the board continues to sit on the money.
This post was edited on 11/3 at 11:23 am