Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Should Wenger Go?

The Wenger Out saying used to be a complete non-entity amongst the Arsenal faithful but now more than ever it's an expanding topic of conversation. The problems are this; we are 15th in the league and have a squad that appears susceptible to a hammering at any point. We have replaced quality with average to good replacements and worst of all we have money to spend to enhance our squad.

Our form is horrendous by our usual high standards and to be quite honest we are lucky to be 15th, this is after 7 games too. 21 points available and 7 taken? If you were witnessing this happen at any other club would you think their manager should be sacked? We have sold some integral players and we have replaced them with lesser players. Nasri's record for us wasn't spectacular but would I have been as open to his sale if I'd known Benayoun was his replacement? Probably not! As for Cesc's sale, I was expecting a big name in to replace him but we got Arteta. Arteta and Benayoun are nowhere near the calibre of player we've let go and that naturally has an impact on our results. I'm not saying they aren't good, they just aren't what we had. If this was happening at another club would you be critical of their policy? I would.

Vieira's last act as captain  was to bring home our last trophy, 6 years ago

Then we come down to the financial aspect. Don't worry I'm not going all anti-Arsenal etc, I'll leave that to people with hidden agendas. We have money to spend on players and we didn't. The attempts to get Gotze were unrealistic and desperate. Dortmund were never going to sell and we seemed to adopt the approach of our closest rival in attempt to appease our support. Eden Hazard was a possibility but we never went in and subsequently we'll never see him in an Arsenal shirt because Zidane will get Real to sign him. Last summer might have been a great opportunity to bring in players with the lure of Champions League football. Let's be realistic for a moment, finishing in the top four would now be an excellent achievement and even the club are planning for life without the cash injection that is elite European competition.

So what do we do? I don't know which way to turn but someone is accountable. Is that man Wenger? From the sounds of it, yes it is. Kroenke and Co have said Wenger has complete autonomy at Arsenal. This isn't healthy. So he's the man we should be venting our anger towards right? Not so sure. With that question comes with it what the great man has done for our club. You don't need me to go through what he has done for Arsenal, it's a true legacy. The way I gauge the Wenger debate is you are either with him or you aren't, which is fine but ask yourself this for one moment. What would you do if Wenger did leave? No if's or but's. I'd be gutted but I'd also acknowledge that things are going in the wrong direction and possibly a change is needed. I used to worry that if Wenger left all of our world class players would follow him but now we don't have any players I'm concerned about losing (compared to the invincibles). Then there's the "who is out there to replace Wenger?" For some reason this discussion can only comprehend managers that are currently unemployed. We are a massive football club and with the exception of 3 or 4 clubs we can take any manager we want. Managers would jump at the opportunity to be in charge at The Emirates.

Back to reality, I did blog on Wenger in April and I wanted him to change his philosophy but I knew then that he wouldn't and he hasn't. Our defence is still a shambles, injuries are a constant nightmare, our squad is weaker than it has been at any point in the Wenger era and players aren't living up to their potential. Have you ever watched Premiership Years and you can see a team performing poorly but you know that next month they get the inevitable sacking next month? That's us right now but we have no idea how this is going to pan out. Other team’s supporters love our demise; look at the game last Sunday. Did you see their fans reaction at Full Time? They were happy but not as ecstatic as they have been in the past. It put things into perspective for me.

Where do we go from here? Even our own players are reluctant to commit to the club. How do we get out of this mess? Fans have lost faith at The Emirates (Just look around The Emirates, it speaks volumes). Our away support is immense and in fact I have just booked myself a ticket for Chelsea because I love watching Arsenal play but can't say I'm expecting much in return. I have no expectancy of winning trophies or at present winning big games, as the scars of Old Trafford are still quite deep.

A legend that will always remain!

Is it all on Wenger? Kroenke has been clear in his message and if he sticks to his word Wenger is as safe as houses. Stability is always a good thing but we need to turn this around, now. Arsene Wenger is an Arsenal Legend, that will never be questioned but there will come a time and a place when he does leave. I personally think he’ll never be sacked and it’ll all remain mutual but if there was ever a time to question his future it's now. Can he turn it around because time is running out! I want him to remain successful but now it's more hope than expectation.


  1. Arsene is a legend but his time has come and gone. 7 trophies in his first 9 years was a great record, the second half of his time, not so good. When he started at Arsenal, he inherited one of the world' best defenses and his offensive approach was novel and unique. Of course he won trophies.

    Now his tactics are tired, his defense pathetic and quality of player dropping each and every year. The current problems at Arsenal are easy to see and would have been resolved by anyone less stubborn in their ways. How can he not fix a defense that has been rotting for 5 years?

    All in all, his time has come and gone and unless he goes within 12 months, Arsenal will require years to recover from Arsene's poor decision making over the last few years.

  2. This is the trouble. I used to be able to defend Wenger but I can't disagree with the points you have made!