Just ten days ago, we tried to implore Arsene Wenger against causing unnecessary deaths by handling the transfer window with shrewdness and maturity. We explained how football is worshiped in Africa and how people are losing their property and lives. Instead of deriving joy, they get misery all for a club whose owners are only interested in profits.
Now that Arsenal has this year been performing sublimely, it has not been strange that excitement among the fan base all over the world is spilling over with confidence that this could be the dream season. For the greatest part, Arsenal have topped the league table, thanks to Wenger and his boys who have been in top form.
Now, when the winter transfer window swung open, Arsenal could wish for nothing better than to see reinforcements drafted into the squad to anchor the team in the top position. It was evident that the same limbs could no longer carry the squad consistently to guarantee a trophy.
It was clear that Arsenal could do with at least two reinforcements; upfront where Olivier Giroud has of late struggled to put a few balls behind the net and in midfield to compensate and cushion the injuries there. Names of German star Julian Drexler and Barcelona winger Christian Tello were mentioned and enthusiasm was high that Wenger would finally put his hand in the hat and bring out the mystery rabbit the way it was in the summer when he brought in Mesut Ozil on Deadline Day.
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What did Wenger bring out instead, a midfielder suffering a fractured back. Isn’t that weird? Speedster and scorer Theo is out for the rest of the season with knee injury, Aaron Ramsey is too injured and perpetual bed-raider Abu Diaby. The midfield is crocked and dangerously threatening to tip over, and all he could do was bring in a sick player.
Now, the Mirror reports today of a life lost and yes your guess is right, in Kenya. A Liverpool fan paid for the victory of his club’s thrashing of Arsenal. The Gunners were on Saturday hammered 5-1 at Anfield. The man decided to win the Anfield battle his own way, by stabbing an innocent fan whose only sin was to support a team that played better – a team that fired from all cylinders.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died shortly afterwards and according to reports in the country, a manhunt is underway.
Imagine Wenger had brought in a healthy anchorman to alleviate the problems we have as a result of injuries and the suspension of after a red card to Mathew Flamini. Probably the defensive side of the midfield would not be as porous and the defence exposed. If Arsenal lost, it would have been by honourable margins.
The goals were a result of a poorly coordinated midfield and chaotic defence. Also imagine if Wenger had brought in another striker. He probably would have scored a few and turn the tables around. Now we have a striker who comes out and confesses, “I was not good enough.” My foot!
Now, Arsene, in Africa anyone whose carelessness has led to trouble is fined a chicken. Now, a chicken is nothing expensive. It is the shame and humiliation the penalty carries. You would have to carry it under your jacket one sunny day and while everyone villager is watching, hand it over to the village head!
The unspoken words from this ritual is, “I am a fool and I don’t listen to wisdom, forgive me and do not banish me from your village.”
But the situation is made lighter if you are known to have previously acted with bravery in a village-to-village wrestling competition. That is why Wenger and his boys must restore their dignity this Wednesday night against the Red Devils. He has done it before albeit being almost a decade ago. He must bring out his cutlass and re-sharpen his stake.
Metersacker and his cronies in the back four must be drilled to perfection. Bring in Bould. Ozil must be shown the video of how his two careless passes gifted Liverpool two goals. He must also be told that it is expected of him to score.
It must also be spelled out to misfiring Giroud that the duty of strikers is to score goals the way Suarez and Aguero for Liverpool and City respectively –not just holding the ball.
Come on Arsene, show the haters and doubters this is the year. Get all the three points off the relegation destined demons. It may just save another life. We know you can do it! After that fateful defeat to Villa last August, you went on rampage and won every other game. After the humiliation at City, you went on to win many more and keep the top spot. You may not be as tactical as the weasel faced from under the Bridge, but you are the Professor!