There is no doubt in my mind, as well as every other gooner, that Arsene is facing the most difficult period of his illustrious Arsenal career following the departures of the star players that were supposed to form the world-class backbone of Arsenal, which are of course Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.
With little sign of replacements for the star duo, plus failure to bolster what is widely regarded as a fragile defence, the angst amongst Arsenal fans is at an all-time high following six trophyless seasons and a team leaning largely towards inexperienced youngsters to challenge for the title this season.
Although things seem to be looking grim, Dein believes that fans should get behind Wenger through this period of unrest stating to BBC Sport: “That’s [leaving the club] always an option open to him because it could come to a stage when he will say, ‘Well, I have had enough’. At least that’s how I feel and I feel the fans should feel that. They should at least give him the respect that he deserves for what he’s done.
“People talk about ‘Has his time finished at the club?’ That’s a very dangerous thing to say because it’s easy to get rid of people and then what? People talk about buying players. Well, you’ve got to get players who are better than the ones you’ve got at the moment.”
Speaking about the fans unrest he said: “I can understand their worry because the expectation level today is so high and Arsene has brought such success to the club. In 15 years that he’s been there, every year we’ve been in the Champions League, so you can understand, perhaps, fans feeling a little bit frustrated that they haven’t seen a trophy for a few years.
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“Under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship, they’ve had good times and very good times and there’s no reason to expect why we shouldn’t see them again.”
“Obviously I know him very well, he’s a neighbour of mine. I’ve never seen a man in football more focused, more determined, with more drive than him.”
There is no doubt I have been patient with Wenger’s team-building policy and I am still an avid believer in his footballing tactics. There is a simple saying though, ‘learn from your mistakes’, and it is obvious after this summer Wenger’s policy around team development is simply much too flawed and risky to be adopted again, especially with our current lack of experience and depth in the squad.
With so much faith shown by Arsenal fans in Wenger’s failed long-term youth policy, I feel it is not on us to now show him continued support, but for him to instill confidence back within us by replacing the departed world-class players with players of the same calibre. Like for like, not skilled and experienced for rash and young footballers who currently will do little to fill the void and who may even leave when they have finally developed under Wenger’s nurturing wing. But I feel there is no doubt Arsene knows this better than anyone and I believe he will do what needs to be done.
I still have great faith in Arsene and that small part that has been lost can be easily sparked again, but to do so would mean at least getting some well-recognised and experienced players into a recently depleted team with the abundance of money he has at his disposable. Quality is available all around him, easily much higher then the likes of Squillaci and Chamakh, and he now easily has the money to obtain it. It really is a simple equation and I think we can expect some activity from our long-serving manager soon.
Twelve days and counting…