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Arsenal Football Club: Rebuilding Process

ROME - MAY 27:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United react after they lost the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Greg ThomasContributor IJune 24, 2009

The Arsenal Football Club has spent the last three seasons rebuilding their squad.

Rebuilding not only through the players on the pitch, but staff, boardroom, and character as well. The "Invincibles" have all but faded into folklore. Wenger's third generation is now on display.

It takes time to rebuild and redesign a top flight club, as we all know. But none of your rivals care. You suffer hardships throughout the season, lose to lower class teams, and lose key players to injuries. At every opportunity, the leadership and heart and soul of your club is scrutinized and challenged.

Both the players and fans start to lose faith.

At the start of the season nothing seems to be going well. Rival fans and supporters alike start to bash your manager and class players for playing with no heart, no direction, and no drive. They blame the club for not having enough experience or for replacing players in the offseason.

In the middle of the season things start to brighten up. Key players that you thought might never play again return to the pitch and look as if they'd never lost a step. Your club goes on a long unbeaten run and even into the semifinals, only to be let down once again.

And before you know it...four seasons have gone by and the trophy cabinet at your brand new stadium is still bare—only collecting cobwebs.

Well, thank God I'm an Arsenal supporter.

We've gone through our trials and tribulations. Our time of rebuilding, reorganizing, and restructuring is over. It's time to reap the fruit of the seeds Arsene had sewn all those years prior.

It's another club's time to rebuild. It's your Manc friend's time to see what it's like to go barren and challenge the loyalty of his club.

No Christiano Ronaldo, huh? Oh, no one to score 30 goals a season for you, huh? Well then, I guess all those ties become losses. And every time you need a CR7 freekick or special moment to win a game, you will be without.

Now they will feel the pain as we did and they will know how difficult it is to be in the top flight, not having your club name to protect you anymore.

They will ask how did Wenger do this without any money and with mere children!? And I will tell them, you will tell them...we will tell them: THERE'S ONLY ONE ARSENE WENGER.

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