As the January Transfer Window slam closed an hour before February emerged, it was English Premier League giants Chelsea who dominated the headlines with an astounding £50 million bid for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and a less than astounding £23.3 million bid for highly touted defender David Luiz.
£50 million is an immense bid for two quality players which epitomized the current desperation and situation that the reigning EPL Champions find themself in.
Torres was acquired by Liverpool from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid for £20 million in the Summer of 2007. The fee vindicated Liverpool's splurge; Torres had always been an efficient striker in the Spanish La Liga and upon his first season with in England, El Nino amassed a superb 33 goals from 46 appearances, 24 of which in the Premier League.
The Spaniard was named in the PFA Team of the Year and one would agree that Torres was easily worth £50 million. The following season injuries had a toll on Torres's campaign, but the Spanish international was still a huge danger when fit and in 38 appearances boasted 17 goals.
Not as eye catching as his debut season but there was no denying, Fernando Torres was one of World Footballs strongest, clinical strikers.
2009/2010 saw a torrid season for Liverpool in which the Reds lost their place in the EPL's elusive Top Four. However, as Liverpool stumbled, Torres continued to run the show. 22 goals in 32 appearances and his first EPL hattrick ensured the Spanish sharp shooter remained as a quality striker.
After playing an integral role in Spains 2010 World Cup triumph, Torres returned to Liverpool this season under a new manager. Rafa Benetiz, who brought Torres to Anfield, had been sacked for former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson's presence this season was not what England had expected, Liverpool have endured another torrid season so far which has resulted in a less threatening Torres and the sacking of Hodgson. The efficient striker's skill and attacking prowess have evaded the former Atletico Madrid striker and the footballing world has witness an inconsistent Fernando Torres.
Now after a mere nine goals in 26 appearances, Chelsea have paid a ridiculous amont of money for a player that is undoubtedly talented and a ferious striker, but not worth £50 million. After beginning the season strongly, Chelsea have become a frail side who are barely keeping up with the top three.
After winning eight of their opening ten games, Carlo Ancelotti's men were set to repeat their heroics of last season but have only won seven of their last fifteen. Realistically, the EPL title looks out of Chelsea's reach, but their desperation has become very evident after the Torres splurge.
One man who was hugely critical of Chelsea's spending spree was Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger, who has been at the helm of the Gunners for almost fifteen years now, blasted his London rivals for reckless spending.
The Frenchman has shown in his tenure at the Gunners that a club does not need money to succeed. Many may argue that Chelsea 2005/2006 and 2009/2010 Premier League success have come from owner Roman Abramovich, who has invested over £600 million into Chelsea.
Wenger's three Premier League, four FA Cups and three Community Shields have come from smart buying and intellectual management rather than mass spending. The Frenchman boats a Master's Degree in Economics and his knowledge have saved Arsenal millions.
In the Arsenal starting XI that took on Everton on Tuesday night, the side cost Wenger approximately £45 million. That's a quality starting XI boasting the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alexandre Song.
Chelsea have spent £6 million more on a struggling striker.
The Gunners are often taunted over their five season trophy drought and the fact Wenger is to tentative with funds. But the fact is injuries have played a monumental part in Arsenal's failure to win trophy and although Wenger never spent more than £15 million, he epitomizes his superb management.
Despite not acquiring any trophies for almost six years now, the Gunners have always remained title threats, in every competition. Since 2005, the Gunners have reached the Carling Cup final, the UEFA Champions League final, the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League semi finals, alongside never dropping out of the top four.
Wenger has been patient, showing immense trust in his players, refusing to buy big names due to fact it will kill of his younger players. When Arsenal completed the historic invicible season of 2003/2004, where the Gunners finished first without losing a match, Wenger's best players were astoundingly cheap.
Captain Patrick Vieira cost £3.5 million and is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders of all time. Striker Theirry Henry, who is the all time highest scorer in Arsenal's current history and regarded as one of the best strikers of all time, cost £11 million.
Devastating midfielders Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg cost under £10 million together. One of the best right backs ever to play World Football Lauren, cost £7.2 million.
All where part of Arsenal's historic success and combined don't even come close to Chelsea's fee for Torres.
Arsene Wenger epitomizes how to manage a football club, or any club for that matter and there is no denying, Wenger is the best manager in World Football.
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