A thought on the AKB v AOB discussion on JustArsenal by KM
Arsenal fans seem to be divided in their opinions of late, regarding to whether we want Arsene in charge or we want a change. Now name calling is weak and I don’t like this “brigade” thing like we are some sort of sect, not just people with opinion, because at the end of they day all Arsenal fans want what’s best for the club.
What is best depends on how satisfied people are with results. I am not happy with the results and i think a lot of fans start to be unhappy with them too, but others seem happy with a top 4 finish and a champions league last 16 appearance which does bring in money but does not mark any sign of improvement or moving forward.
The admin of the site wrote an article on the situation and a quote of his states “but Wenger has ALWAYS managed to turn it around and get us back into the Top Four. We should allow him to work his magic again until the end of the season and then re-assess the situation.” For me the key words here are “top four” (meaning fourth), “magic” (no idea what he’s doing) and “re-assess” (extend his contract for no reason).
We covered the standards and the acceptance of fourth, but it’s not magic that get’s us there. Words like “magic”, “belief”, “spirit”, “bad luck” and so on, are what Wenger and his deepest supporters keep repeating, but in reality the league is not won by magicians, but by the people with the best formula of quality and hard work, and we do have the quality. That’s why we finish fourth. There’s nothing to re-assess really, we gave Wenger chances, and he failed.
We are better than most sides in this league and eventually that sums up to fourth place. Bad luck with injuries is another untrue statement, because if you get your leg broken like Ramsey, you are just seriously out of luck, but if you go limping off, because you have played 20 games in a row with no break, and the manager has ZERO trust on any player on his bench and decides still not to bring in bodies to cover, that’s not bad luck. That’s something that can be prevented and has not been done.
I want to speak with facts, and the results against the top teams are there for everyone to be seen. Don’t tell me it’s unavoidable after I saw a terrible Sunderland side beaten by 8 goals not a month ago, draw that “invincible” so far Chelsea side. We start the season with 6 defenders, which is 1 injury away from a defensive crisis and with our record of injuries, we should’ve worked on that.
Arteta and Flamini are on the wrong side of 30 and as you saw Arteta limping off, do you see how he cannot play 3 games in 7 days especially after just returning from injury. What about all the goals we concede from headers? What do we train on the facilities? Mertesacker said that with Low and Germany the defense has to be tight, while Wenger gives freedom at Arsenal. That is not freedom, that is lack of defensive preparation right there, spitted out by our actual vice-captain.
What about individual preparation? DNA tests cost what – 500 pounds? Technology is advanced, doctors now tell you which foods are good for you, they tell you which foods are better fuel for your body and how you can improve your body regeneration, how to reduce fatigue. Do we take advantage of this? No, we don’t even do video anayisis on a daily basis.
The pundits say it themselves. It’s no longer about not having money. It’s about not being able to adapt. We need a change. This season is already thrown, Wenger will finish it, because I agree sacking him now wouldn’t make sense, since no top manager will leave mid season, and we do need a top manager, not a Brendan Rodgers who spent over 200 million pounds on pretty much average players.
So finish in the top 4, thank Wenger for the job well done and move on to a better future.