This season has turned out to be an utter disappointment and what promised to be a very good season is now threatening to turn into a fiasco. I cannot defend Arsene Wenger now. It is not because I do not believe he is the right man for the job but there are so many questions to be answered and I doubt whether he has the answers himself.
Why does Arsenal always have to contend with so many injuries during a season? This question has been asked so many times so I will not dwell on it too much but it is curious that our key players from Robin Van Persie, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby, Kieran Gibbs, among others always seem to miss a large chunk of the season… and I have not even included the players who have been missing this season.
Did Arsene Wenger somehow forget how to win trophies? Arsene Wenger has won many trophies during his tenure and while some will point out to our trophy drought that has stretched to nine years, he has got to the final of the Champions League, the League Cup and the FA cup during that period. Yes he might not have won them but he did get there with weaker teams. It is worth noting that he came within ten minutes of winning the Champions league in 2006 after playing the whole competition without an established left back and still having the best defense in the process. So the question is, why has he not been able to win competitions recently?
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Is it lack of a winning mentality? Santi Carzola recently mentioned this as the reason for all the losses we have suffered. There have been unconfirmed reports that Arsene Wenger is really disappointed with the way the players have let him down and, if he stays, will make sure there is a mass clearout in the summer. Can you really blame him?
On the flip side, I was told a team’s mentality is based on the coach’s character. That is why Fergie’s Manchester United was able to win the Premier league with same players that Moyes possesses, why Juventus are able to win the Serie A now and yet could not do it while Ranieri was at the helm, and why Arsenal will only win the Premier League when Arsene Wenger goes because he has a weak character. This is a valid point. Nevertheless, I do not agree with it.
I have to wonder why Tony Adams and Ian Wright are so vocal in voicing their displeasure for Arsene Wenger. I agree everyone is allowed to express his/her on opinion but it is worth noting that Adams has never hidden his desire to coach Arsenal sooner rather than later. David Seaman, Thierry Henry and Robert Pries have all been critical of Arsenal’s transfer methods but they have all been respectful to Arsene Wenger when giving their opinions.
It is now not impossible to think of life after Arsene Wenger. Let’s just hope we do not turn into another Cagliari of Serie A who recently rehired their former coach after realizing the grass is not really greener on the other side.