We have just witnessed the most humiliating match in over a 100 years which ends a very brutal August and a new low for Arsene Wenger. But is this really all of Wenger’s doing?
So much blame has been directed at the Frenchman, currently in his fifteenth year at Arsenal’s helm, and it was without question Arsenal’s weakest team fielded against United that I’ve seen in many, many years, even the past years Carling Cup teams have been more impressive. But… it’s not Wenger’s fault that ill discipline has lead to consecutive red cards in each Premier League outing (plus Song’s ban) and injuries/illness’s have plagued the first team.
It’s not just the Frenchman that is holding the Gunners back. Recently we posted this article which appeared on justarsenal.com. They backed Wenger and instead aimed their criticism at the Gunners board and their focus on money making rather than trophy winning.
Wenger himself has admitted that Arsenal aren’t on the same level wage-wise to their rivals. We may not be as cash rich and just plain stupid as Manchester City, but we have the funds to pay our ‘world class’ players (not many left now..) the wages they deserve and wages that is necessary to attract more top talent. Because why would a player like Hazard for example come to Arsenal or Nasri resign a contract and only receive £80-90k a week, whereas they would get double that elsewhere and guaranteed trophy contention.
The board need a serious re-think of their wage strategy and invest heavily in the squad now before it’s too late. The money is there waiting to be spent, and in the meanwhile Arsenal’s title hopes are falling by the wayside. I believe that they aren’t even trying to win the league this year, even Wenger has merely stated that he is satisfied with qualifying for the Champions League. Where is the ambition? If the board wants to continue to make big money we need to remain a top class club.
Arsenal (not pointing the finger at solely Wenger) need to strengthen the first team significantly. Ramsey has been average, and it doesn’t help that he has no one world class to learn his role from and no one to really challenge for his position after the departures of you-know-who. So what will push the Welshman to improve and be more motivated? Competition is key in a squad to get the best out of a player, hence why Fabregas left this season. Nasri left due to the lack of investment into the squad, which now I really don’t blame him for. So Arsenal must buy players that are established on the world stage. Why hasn’t a new leftback and rightback been brought in to replace Eboue and Clichy? Again, there’s not enough talent, experience and depth to help develop and challenge the likes of Jenkinson and Gibbs.
But now to have a rant aimed at Wenger….It was damn obvious that Fabregas and Nasri were both leaving, why weren’t they sold at the beginnning of the transfer window and reinforcements brought in straight away? Arsenal must not put so much faith in the likes of Jenkinson, Traore and Coquelin. The latter made his first competitive appearance against United at Old Trafford..Common Wenger change the damn formation!!
I think that it may well be time to shift away from the 4-3-3 back to 4-4-2 as we simply just don’t have the quality to make that work at the moment, unless we sign a super quality attacking midfielder (Eden Hazard or similar).
Is the South Korean international Park the key to our striking success? I think not, but I haven’t seen enough of him to judge, but he seems like another squad player, another Chamakh, that won’t challenge Robin Van Persie for the striking spot. But I guess only time will tell as he looks set to join Arsenal after Wenger confirmed that he’s almost wrapped up a signing for a new striker. I will trust Wenger on this one though.
But again I must reiterate, yesterdays result isn’t solely Wenger’s fault. He must shoulder some of the blame for the team selection and tactics, but largely the reason is down to a huge amount of injuries, suspensions and unlucky last minute illness’s. We shouldn’t be asking for Wenger’s head, rather we should be backing him and the team. Can you not tell that he is clearly a man under pressure and full of fustration? I really don’t believe that he deserves all the criticism he’s receiving, it seems he is being blamed for the restraint that has been put on him by the board. If Wenger really had full access to the clubs credit card then I think he really would buy world class players, as he realises that his squad is weak in areas, but there is a larger force at work that is preventing him from doing so.
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