Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has slammed Arsène Wenger and the way the Arsenal manager does his business in the transfer window.

A bizarre rant from Cole on Yahoo is, frankly, a bit rubbish.

“The team have been crying out for a dominant centre-half for years, but Wenger buys tricky attacking midfielders like Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey. They’re all decent, but Arsenal have too many of the same type of player and Wenger’s stubbornness is costing a great club.”

So we’ve signed Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in recent years. They’re all pretty good. In the 2013/14 season – less than two years ago – no Premier League team kept more clean sheets.

As for the other players, his comment is just weird. Aaron Ramsey is an all-round box-to-box midfielder and Alexis Sánchez is a wide forward, an individualistic goalscorer. Mesut Özil is a playmaker, as is Santi Cazorla.

So only two of the four players are even remotely similar, Alexis is nothing like the others and Ramsey can play like the other two but it isn’t what he’s best at.

“Players reflect their manager’s attitude and Arsenal’s players reflect Wenger, an old man who thinks he’s a prophet.”

That’s just uncalled for and offensive. get your head out of your backside, Cole. If you had the ability to formulate real arguments maybe you wouldn’t stoop to that level.

“He’s been saying ‘I believe’ for years about his faith in his side’s ability to win the league. Then he disbands those very sides after they’ve won nothing.”

Yes, I remember Wenger disbanding the sides with Alex Hleb, Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie. Not one of those players demanded to leave or ran down a contract.

Wenger’s not been perfect but he has never dismantled a team and certainly not one that’s he’s said he believes in.

“Arsenal also still need that centre-half, someone like Tony Adams or Sol Campbell. Thomas Vermaelen was excellent, though injury prone, yet Wenger played him out of position.”

Vermaelen. Who left because Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny – who, remember, aren’t good enough according to Cole – kept him out of the side.

Also, out of position? Well that would explain some of his performances at the heart of the defence.

“With the stadium paid off, Arsenal need to invest in players, yet Wenger’s stubbornness means they don’t, leaving fans rightly disillusioned.”

Yep, we didn’t invest in Petr Čech, Alexis Sánchez or Mesut Özil over the past three summers.

Nor did we sign Calum Chambers, Gabriel or Danny Welbeck.

If you’re going to insult my football club the least you could do would be to get your facts straight.

Cole’s arguments are about as good as his shooting was back in the day. One of his five points is on target.

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