Grim outlook for Gunners

BY foxsports • October 11, 2011

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."

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