Rock-bottom Blackburn are a massive test - Wenger
Published 21:30 16/09/11 By MirrorFootball
Arsene Wenger accepts he faces a massive challenge rebuilding Arsenal while also attempting to end the club’s six-season trophy drought.
The Gunners' manager admits his team is in a period of transition and will take time to emerge after the massive upheaval of the summer transfer window.
But he accepts he has no margin for error as he kick-starts the fifth footballing makeover of his 15-year reign.
Arsenal visit bottom club Blackburn on Saturday, but Wenger is wary despite Rovers' woeful start to the season.
“Blackburn is a massive test for us," he said. "If you want to play a good role in in the Premier League, the way you transition from Champions League to championship is important.
“Playing away from home after a Champions League game is vital as well.”
The sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, combined with the 8-2 thrashing at Manchester United, have dealt crushing blows to morale at the Emirates.
The arrival of five new faces - headed by Germany defender Per Mertesacker and Everton midfield stalwart Mikel Arteta - helped lift the mood after rhe Old Trafford shock but Wenger knows he has precious little time to forge a new, winning blend.
“It starts again, because we have taken [in] five players," he said.
“We were a team on the up and that was not rewarded last year because we were a bit hungry to go for all four trophies.
“But the basic quality was there and we were certainly very close to winning last year and we were suddenly hit by major departures that were not planned.
“So we had to review a little bit. Just with the injuries we had, we couldn’t survive without buying players and the players available had a bit more experience than what we usually [buy].
“It is difficult but we want our fans to be happy, we want to win trophies and we will give absolutely everything to do it. That’s all I can say.
“Is the balance difficult to find? Of course. But look at the Champions League results of all the English teams - it is not as easy as it looks to cope with both.”
And he added: “Standing still will not be an achievement for me.”
Wenger has clearly noted that Manchester City’s eye-catching start to the league campaign counted for little when they took the step up into Europe’s top competition and had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Napoli.
City manager Roberto Mancini has flooded his squad with big-money signings, while Wenger’s reluctance to act decisively before the final hours of the transfer window was heavily criticised.
The Gunners' boss is convinced his belated investment - he had already recruited Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson - will pay off but claimed expectations now demand the cycle of transition is completed immediately.
He said: “In the modern society, you get zero days.”