Arsenal FC: Building the Foundation for Manchester City

Ryan RodgersContributor IJuly 7, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on May 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Arsenal strike legend Ian Wright has recently added more fuel to the Arsenal demise.

When a club legend calls his former club a house of cards, and a feeder club—you know the Arsenal camp is truly suffering.

As an outsider, the solution seems simple.  Although fans will insist it's complicated, everyone else knows Arsene Wenger has failed Arsenal.  The manager must bow out after reducing a once-storied club into a feeding troth for teams that will spend money to acquire the best talent.

The youth policy has failed.  Plain and simple, the building process Wenger tells the Arsenal faithful about is in shambles. It looks like he will be attempting to stubbornly rebuild a failing system.

Emmanuel Adebayor was convinced, along with Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy, that Arsenal do not have the steel to compete.  Add that to the fact that captain Cesc Fabregas has also lost faith with the disillusion that has become the Arsenal way.  These players who were bought to compete for the future all want to compete now.

Can they be blamed?

The cards continue to fall now that Samir Nasri is reportedly ready to look elsewhere for glory.  And Manchester United can assure Nasri success.  The hemorrhage continues with Nicklas Bendtner also looking to leave.  But not too many fans will be to upset over the loss of the over-confident Dane.

The most frustrating thing about the management of Arsenal is that they are a financially stable club.  They have history, they play pretty football, and they have funds.  They may not have Chelsea or Manchester City money, but they have enough to challenge for top spot. 

Yet, Wenger would rather buy players no one has ever heard of from Spain or France only to sell them for profit once they begin to show promise.  It's a vicious and never-ending cycle.  How can it be a youth movement aimed at sustainable success if the youth are only being developed and grown for other clubs?

Holding out on big transfer isn't what's going to revive confidence in a system and manager who is beginning to not look worthy of his title as the Professor.  The exodus of players might be too hard for Arsenal to bounce back from.  If Wenger wants to keep the fans' faith in him, he must start filling some holes.

As for the rest of us, it's clear the lights at Arsenal are starting to flicker.