Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he no longer fears that the club’s best players will leave North London for their Premier League rivals.
In his Sun column, Wright suggests Arsene Wenger has addressed one of the main criticisms surrounding his recent years at the club, with players now unlikely to turn their backs on Arsenal for new adventures.
Two of the best examples Wright is talking about is when Robin Van Persie left for Manchester United and when Cesc Fabregas returned to Barcelona to play La Liga football.
He cites Aaron Ramsey as an example of the sort of player he’d previously be worried about leaving the club for a more ambitious side.
“Arsenal have lost the fear factor – the fear their best and most ambitious players will be leaving,” writes Wright.
“It is almost an annual tradition and there was a time that seeing a player like Aaron Ramsey in such good form would worry me.”
The dispelling of this criticism of Wenger ties in nicely with the recent, world class signings that the Frenchman has made.
Wright is suggesting that there’s almost been a complete turnaround from the days when Arsenal would sell their best players to the current days where the best players are happy to link up with the Gunners.
The additions of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to the squad in particular have strengthened Arsenal’s chances of success both domestically and on the European scene.
It’s no coincidence that in Ozil’s first season at the club, Arsenal won their first trophy for nine years despite seeing their lead at the top of the Premier League slip away.
Ramsey is without doubt a player that rival sides would happily target but it’s pointless because he seems perfectly happy with his game time and Arsenal’s chances of winning silverware.
Had Ramsey been in this form two or three years ago, the story could have been a lot more different but Arsenal have moved forward and Wenger is a little bit wiser.
Thomas Vermaelen may have left, but he didn't end up at Manchester United.