Priorities, M. Wenger! And which CB will stay at Arsenal?

By Avenell Dave

Arsene Wenger held his press conference this morning and it makes for interesting reading once again.

When Pep Guardiola became Barca manager, he did the unthinkable - he won six trophies in little over a year.

And that's something that Arsenal have started to forget - the winning feeling.

Sure, we made it to the Carling Cup final and the Champions League final in recent fallow years but taking that final step to lifting something is a different matter entirely.

We'd all love to win the Champions League or the title and I totally understand why Arsene Wenger prefers the elite prizes. We all do.

But M*nure and the Ch*vs win the Carling Cup or the FA Cup when things are going indifferently and those moments of glory are something we are learning to forget.

The fans turn up to watch Arsenal in the Carling Cup knowing that we'll see youngsters given their chance, and that's fine until the latter stages, when more senior players should be involved.

And why even charge us for FA Cup tickets if the competition means so little?

The fact is, while I adore Wenger and his style of football, we cannot pick and choose which trophy to go for and I hope he revises his views, though I doubt it!

There can't be many Addicts who would have chosen anyone other than Big Sol as our man of the match against T*tt*nh*m on Wednesday.

It seems as if he is determined to make up for lost time after six months in the wilderness and can hardly believe his luck at playing at the very highest club level once again.

He may not be as fast as he used to be, but with Willie Gallas and Mikael Silvestre out of contract in the summer as well, my money is on Campbell being the one who satys with us.

The benefits are manifold: he has enough money not to ask for a huge contract or more than a one year deal; he has made a difference off the pitch, showing leadership skills that the younger players will hopefully develop the more he stays around; he is hungry to keep on proving himself with his playing years soon to expire; and above all, he has shown time and again since his return that he can still play.

I suspect Gallas will take a two or three year deal and a whopping signing on fee from one of the bigger French clubs to finish his career there and if Wenger gives Silvestre a new deal I think we'll all be shocked and dismayed.

It looks as if Silvestre and Campbell will have to play the majority of the games now, unless Johann Djourou is drafted in to help build up his rehabilitation. But the alst thing we need is for him to break down again.

It's going to be fascinating to see who Wenger signs in defence in the summer -a position he admitted this morning needs some addressing.

Rumour has it that he was never as interested in Chris Smalling as was perceived and the £12m M*nure centre back has not impressed at Fulham, so maybe we had a lucky escape there.

It's too much to expect anything other than the Premier league top three finishing as they are now, but this is football. Strange things happen.

For all the despair and the frustration and misery we've had over the past week, we are Arsenal.

And it could be a hell of a lot worse than it is.

Keep believing.