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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wenger 'must spend to be successful'

Robin van Persie has made it clear he thinks Arsenal need to spend big to win trophies, and many fans will agree they need a transformation to have any chance of winning the Champions League.

The Gunners have not won a trophy in six years and have seen themselves fall behind Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League, while big-spending Manchester City also seem to have overtaken Arsenal. Those placing a Champions League bet will be wondering if Arsenal can cut it.

Arsene Wenger's side dropped down to fourth in the Premier League last season, meaning they will have to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, while a turbulent summer has seen them fighting to keep key players.

Gael Clichy has departed the Emirates for City, while both captain Cesc Fabregas and midfielder Samir Nasri are being heavily linked with moves away before the new season begins. Those following the Champions League betting will be keeping a close eye on transfer issues.

If Arsenal lost those two midfield catalysts they would be struggling to keep up with the big-boys of both the Premier League and Champions League, with striker Gervinho the only incoming face of the summer for Wenger.

Dutch forward Van Persie admits "proper players cost money" but Wenger may have to break with his usual tactic of spending smaller sums on young talent rather than breaking the bank for quality.

Van Persie told the Daily Mail: "The way I feel now is that a few signings are more than welcome,"

"Every other team is buying quality players, so hopefully we will do the same."

Theo Walcott recently stated he thought Arsenal need to bolster their squad if they wanted to end their trophy drought, with the England man stating they need to keep hold of the Gunners "best players" while also bringing in new faces to make a "bigger squad".

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