Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admits his former club are not an attractive destination any more for the top, top players and are also way behind their rivals when it comes to signing players.
The Gunners had finished second in the Premier League, Chelsea in mid-table but still N'Golo Kante chose the Blues and it turns out, he was not wrong as he is about to win the league and possibly a Double.
columnist in his write up said: "IT kills me to say this as an Arsenal fan, but my old club are
not an attractive destination any more
for the top, top players. Why would the leading players who can have a real impact in the Premier League and improve that Arsenal team come to the Emirates?
"And I don’t base this on the fact that Arsenal look
like they won’t qualify for the Champions League next season. Not being in the Champions League didn’t stop N’Golo Kante joining Chelsea from Leicester last summer.
"It didn’t stop Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Manchester United. Kante was the hottest thing on the market last summer — and he chose to join Chelsea, not Arsenal who also wanted him. All the elite players want to play in the Champions League — you want to test yourself against the best — but he decided that a season out of it was not going to kill his career.
"But it is a factor when you are deciding where to move to. It’s hard to compare eras but when I was at Arsenal in my early days there was a lot of interest in joining the club. And we could compete financially — maybe not with Manchester United — but with the rest.
"But now the money is spread about due to the TV deal and lots of clubs can compete for the top players. So you need to offer something else, to show that you can satisfy the expectations of leading talent.
"Yes, wages come into it. It is a job after all and as a player
you get what you can — like anyone in any walk of life. But competition for trophies is the key. If you are a director of football and you work for Arsenal, how do you attract a big player?
"I’m not suggesting people aren’t doing their jobs at Arsenal — just that selling the club has become increasingly difficult over the last two or three years. I don’t see anything to attract the big players.
" said Henry