Grim outlook for Gunners

Having claiming two Doubles in five seasons with the club, the

former defender considers the Gunners squad too small and injury

prone to pose any threat. Now Arsene Wenger’s chief scout in

France, Grimandi highlighted the club’s financial restrictions,

insisting they cannot expect to compete with the front-runners.

Speaking to the Daily Express, the 41-year-old defended Arsenal’s

summer transfer decisions. “We are convinced we have a good team,

which can play a spoilsport role in the league this season,” said

Grimandi. “We have some quality and have to believe in our work.

“We were left with little time to act in the transfer window and we

opted to pad out our squad in terms of numbers. “We have so many

injuries because we keep hold of the ball more than other teams and

this exposes the team to more knocks from opponents. “It is also

because we have a lot of small-sized players, and the fact we take

part in so many competitions increases risk of injury.” Grimandi

criticised the fans’ failure to understand Arsenal’s monetary

issues in matching their demands to bring star quality to the

Emirates. “There are no proven big stars currently on the market,”

he said. “Besides we are not competing on a level playing field

with Manchester City and Chelsea. “Our means are limited by

comparison and our pay structure prevents us going crazy when we

sign players. “The fans want us to bring in star names, but they

don’t all grasp our economic limitations.”