Should Arsenal take the £23m punt & Wenger’s transfer gambles don’t pay off – Best of AFC

Really, you have to applaud Arsene Wenger’s obstinate outlook on life. First he proclaims that changing his philosophy of developing the Gunners’ young players and scouting for bargain signings (despite spending spending over £20 million on Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud) is unthinkable despite seven years without a major trophy. Now he’s hoping that Robin Van Persie will do a Rooney type U-turn and remain at the Emirates Stadium as they prepare for make-or-break talks over his future. The Holland forwards very public disagreement with the clubs direction gave the impression that his bridges were burnt in North London and he’d be sold before the new Premier League season starts. But Wenger is still hopeful of persuading Van Persie to stay with the Gunners through the prime years. They always say the third time is a charm and after failing to use his powers of persuasion to hang on to Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last year perhaps Van Persie will be his ace in the hole.

This week on FFC does Wenger need to address his ideologies to take the Gunners forward and is the club in a more stable position than the media like to admit?

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North London giants are in a far better place than the media will have you believe

Wenger’s Philosophies Must Evolve and Adapt

Why Arsenal must make an example of him

Could the Arsenal board learn a trick from Levy?

Is this really Wenger’s preference or has his hand been forced?

Would Arsenal benefit from their presence at the club?

Does buying these transfer gambles ever work in favour of Arsenal?

The prices Arsenal set gives fans every right…doesn’t it?

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One Of Us Speaks – Another Green World  – A Cultured Left Foot

Should we fork out £23M for this Fiorentina ace? – Gunnersphere

Arsenal – a team with no core or backbone – Online Gooner

Why Gunners should go for Moses – Gunnersphere

Is our chrilden learning? – Arseblog

Time for decisive action from Wenger before these two get away. – Le Grove

Intent! Potential signing that will make the big guns quiver in their boots – not!!– Highbury House

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“I could have left 10 times to join another club but I didn’t because I have worked with the same vision and philosophy at Arsenal for the last 16 years, and that won’t change. Besides, money was never a motivation for me.” Arsene Wenger vows to stick by his Arsenal policies of investing in youth

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