With the problems Manchester United and Tottenham are currently facing, one begins to appreciate more the miracles Wenger has performed over the years at Arsenal. From his best players leaving while he was trying to build teams around them, change of tactical formation from the traditional 4-4-2 to 4-3-3, and development of young players, one thing that has remained consistent is Arsenal’s style of play, top four status in the League, and qualifying from the group stage in the Champions league.
Many have made several arguments that Moyes was given a team on a downward spiral but the truth is he inherited a team that had finished top of the league last season, were consistent while at it and still managed to qualify from the group stage. They had even managed to get the best striker in the league in Van Persie at a cheap rate no less and their squad was young enough to fight for the title in years to come. With players like Rooney, Van Persie, Kagawa, Chicharito and company, they are still formidable by any standard.
So why is Moyes having difficulty in getting results? Maybe its respect from the players, or a lack of it, who have no faith in his ability to bring trophies as he had never won anything anyway. Maybe it’s his lack of leadership skills in bringing peace to a dressing room with dissent creeping in.
Likewise Tottenham sold their best player for a massive amount of money and bought practically a whole new team under the guidance of the new coach in AVB who understood the rigors of the Premier League and the players needed to perform there. Lack of respect cannot be an argument in this case because all these players agreed to sign for the coach as they believed in what the club was trying to achieve. If you want to argue about getting the right system for these players, the coach is the one who brought them in so he definitely had an idea of the formation and the starting eleven he would have liked and maybe tinkered with it whenever the need arose. There was talk of a title push for Tottenham this season and that has gone, simply put, horribly wrong.
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Looking at the above two teams, it becomes clear. The coach with the ability to get the best out of his players wins simply put. Like Sir Alex admitted, the whole point of coaching is to make players believe they are better than they truly are. It’s also the ability to read the game tactically and find a balance within the team. It is time Arsenal fans realize the gem they have in Arsene Wenger and fight tooth and nail to keep him because I can guarantee you, if he goes that consistency we have all grown so used to, goes with him.
In Arsene we trust! has never been clearer than now.