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Off the long run: Arsenal won't win another trophy

IAN CALDER
Last updated 07:52 21/09/2012
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UNDER PRESSURE: Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

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It has been six years since Arsenal won a major trophy and that will continue unless there are some big management changes.

Arsenal cannot expect to win if they keep selling on their players, with the likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy all leaving the club at their peak.

These players were sold in the last year of their contract and this comes down to Arsene Wenger.

Allowing this to happen shifts the power from manager to player and leaves the club in a tough position: they need to sell the player to reap some financial benefits (or minimise losses), and other clubs and the player are well aware. Top dollar isn't met and they've lost a star player to a domestic rival.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, however, has just secured five-year contracts for David Silva and Vincent Kompany, two players pivotal to the team's success.

Wenger should resign. He is best suited to player development rather than management.

He has made some fantastic buys (Van Persie for a mere £2 million) and took these players to the top... he just can't hold on to them.

Unfortunately his purchases this year have been made in vain and we won't see him lifting a trophy.

Predicted Premier League finish: fourth
Champions League: Round of 16

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