HOLLOWAY RULES OUT ARSENAL
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has said that he feels that Arsenal are being left out in the race for the top spot. It has been seven seasons since Arsenal last lifted a major trophy, while it was in 2004 that they lifted the last Premier league trophy.
It looks highly unlikely that Arsenal will be able to lift the trophy this time around especially due to the expected departure of the star striker Robin van Persie. Even though the club have signed key players in the form of Lukas Podolski, the Blackpool manager Ian Holloway reckons that it will not be enough to close the gap to the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.
The 29-year-old Dutchman Robin van Persie is widely expected to leave the club in the summer, while he is expected to be followed by the Arsenal winger Theo Walcott. Both players are out of contract in the summer and Arsenal will be more than willing to sell them for a transfer fee rather than lose them for nothing. Due to the lavish spending by the likes of Manchester city and Chelsea, Ian Holloway reckons that it is becoming more and more tough for Arsenal to keep up in the top spot.
"The worrying thing for the Gunners is that they are now perceived as a selling club. In Arsene Wenger, they have an absolute genius for a manager, a guy who doesn't feel the need to spend massive amounts of money because he has the vision to recognise potential and develop it. Arsenal have been left behind - I wouldn't wanna be a Gunners fan in an arsenal tshirt right now. Not just because other clubs pay bigger transfer fees and wages. Van Persie says he wants to win trophies. It's now seven years since Arsenal's last piece of silverware," said Ian Holloway in this interview given to the Observer.