Arsene Wenger is still holding Arsenal Football Club back and he must go! by Adam Kemp
Arsene Wenger has all but proved that he is a complete lunatic when it comes to his ability to build a successful footballing team. I am appalled and disgusted at the conduct of this feeble excuse for a football manager. Arsene Wenger is simply holding Arsenal Football Club back with his outdated footballing philosophies and style of management. The incompetency that this man has developed in recent years is a testament also the inadequate board members on the scene bowing down to his values. I am simply outraged and confused as to why everyone else can see the problems within the squad and yet the ‘greatest’ manager in our history cannot see these problems.
Arsenal had been carrying a long burden when it came to the lack of silverware delivered since 2005. Last season’s FA Cup was a special day for the fans or Arsenal Football Club as the trophy drought was finally all but over. Wenger’s record in the past 9 seasons has been atrocious with only 1 major trophy added to his CV. Nobody cares about the Community shield and it is not worth bragging about! After the festivities of the World Cup died down, Arsenal signed a top class footballer in the mould of Alexis Sanchez. An early statement of intent to begin adding top class players to the ranks, or so we thought…
Arsenal released Sagna and Fabianski and adequately replaced them with Debuchy and Ospina. These players have not strengthened the club as they merely have replaced two first team players. The young and exciting Chambers was purchased from Southampton and immediately Jenkinson was loaned out. This left us 8 first team defenders whilst Vermaelen and Djourou were both still on the books. We then sold both our 3rd and 4th choice centre backs respectively to Hamburg and Barcelona. We now have 6 registered first team defenders whereby we have 2 right backs, 2 left backs and now only 2 centre-backs. We need cover in every position to cope with the rigour of all competitions entered, however, still lack at least 1, if not 2 centre-backs right up until deadline day.
Why on earth would Wenger sell Vermaelen without having a replacement lined up and yet we have seen Roma pip us to the signing of the Greek defender Monolas. A familiar feeling whereby smaller clubs with less financial prowess still manage to beat Arsenal to signings. Higuain to Napoli was a classic example of this last summer! We have been crying out for holding midfielder with power, composure, steel and quality over and above what we already have in the mediocrity of Flamini and Arteta. Again we were linked with Bender, Khedira, Rabiot and Carvalho to name but a few of 100’s of names linked this summer. Again, this area is left to the last minute to strengthen and the quality of the players available may not be the upgrade desperately needed.
Arsenal passed on the chance to sign a proven world class star for £25Million in the mould of ex Capitan Cesc Fabregas. Now the view there was that we already have Mesut Ozil who will remain Arsenal’s first choice playmaker. If this is the case, then why of why has the ‘tactician’ Wenger stuck him wide left out of position. Similar to how he ruined the talents of confidence of Arsharvin in his Arsenal days. We should have signed Cesc and provided competition to Ozil in this area and he is simply too good to turn down, particularly as we had first option on him. Did he really want to go to Chelsea? Did he hell!
Now Arsene Wenger is quick at praising his striking options and the sheer talent at his disposal. I mean Giroud, Podolski, Sanogo, Campbell, Walcott, Sanchez are all wonderful proven goal scoring strikers… Let’s be honest here, Giroud is a strong target man and is capable of 20 goals a season, but is he world class? No! Arsenal has been blessed with world class forwards in yester years and this current crop is insulting to the fans. Giroud is a great 2nd Striker or option to have behind a true world class forward. Then the young and raw combination of Sa-no-goal and Campbell are suitable back up / Capital One Cup options. We still have not replaced Van Persie and Giroud is out until the New Year. This means we need to trust in youth and mount an assault on all fronts with raw and unproven talent.
Walcott and Sanchez are perfect wide/inside forward options on the flanks. They will score and create goals and can easily chip in with 10-15 goals a season. But they are not lone strikers and not good enough in this role! Podolski is a good squad player and again is better on the flanks! The other top Premier League Sides all have better options up top, including Tottenham and Everton! Lukaku and Ade-Barn-door are still better than the injured Giroud. Arsenal fans have seen 1,000’s of strikers linked with us in the current window, whereby other clubs are efficient in getting deals done. Even Bendtner was and still is a better player than Sa-no-goal!
Arsenal is 3 world class talents away from challenging for the Premier League Title! We require a centre-back as capable as our only duo, a holding midfielder and a goal scoring striker. This is Arsenal Football Club! We are one of the biggest teams in Europe with a global fan base! The club is largely operating with low levels or debt and has one of the highest turnover and profit margins in world football. Wenger has the money at his disposal to apparently spend and yet pretends that his funds are not vast. As long as us fans continue to pay excessive ticket prices and membership fee’s the club will continue to be cash cow for the shareholders, offering mediocre viewing on the pitch whereby we may win a trophy once a decade and qualify for the Champion’s League.
Arsene Wenger’s legacy is crumbling and I am screaming for his resignation and an opportunity to be handed to a hungrier manager for success. Every season starts with optimism that this could be our time as long as we make 2 or 3 signings. Those signings never materialise and we paper over the cracks with some okay performances. By Christmas we appear to still be in the mix and then the usual injury layoffs take effect, whereby all of the first team squad has at least 2-3 months’ on the side-lines. We then crumble due to a lack of depth in the side and appear to be losing our grip of 4th place to Spurs or Everton! Then we see them crumble and we get over the line to ensure that we can earn a cool £25Million for making it to group stages. Wenger bemoans injuries to the squad and vows to strengthen if he can find the player with the right quality to play for Arsenal! The games begin again in the summer and yet when the transfer window shuts, we are all left confused and frustrated. Wondering when we Wenger ever adapt to modern football management and use the resources available to build a true Arsenal side.
As far as I am concerned, Arsene Wenger Out! The best transfer deadline news would be his resignation! My patience is finally at an end with this this senile impotent waste of space! Have you say or tweet me @adamjohnkemp