Thoughts on Arsene Wenger and his transfers by Antonio Jackson Adebayo Cruise
With all due respect to Wenger, I, along with millions of Arsenal fans around the world, love him and respect everything he has achieved over the years. He is definitely a MANAGERIAL LIVING LEGEND, Nevertheless, I am afraid that we (including all the members of the board) are allowing this great man do destroy all the wonderful work he has done, by allowing him to continue managing the team when we can all see that he is sinking the ship.
He is extremely too proud to admit it. He is extremely too proud to resign. This being the case, which we all must know, then it is only right that we (the board members etc) should do it for him in a very gracious manner, in a way that it will not portray a negative image of him. He needs a rest. His buys have shown you that something is not right. Perhaps he could be promoted (!) to a position like “Exective Director in charge of Youth Development” or something similar, and leave the actual coaching and tactics to a younger and more proactive manager?
Football is not rocket science, we have some of the best gifted young talents in the country assembled in the Arsenal squad yet why are we struggling. It is even obvious to a blind person what Arsenal is lacking and where we are going wrong. Arsenal can only do well when;
1. We keep the ball on the floor
2. Move the ball around at pace
3. When our attacking midfielders and forwards drive at defenses at pace
4. When we pass at pace in triangular formations
With this in mind, the likes of;
1. Per Mertesacker (the German Central Defender) in the Centre of Defense is a liability. He has no pace and is very slow in terms of reaction time. In the German league the pace of the game is much much slower. Chambers needs to be left alone to grow in this spot. We should also look at buying Michael Richards as cover from Man City. He is terrific in the air and very strong and can also play as a right back and defensive midfielder, plus he has pace. Chambers may not have serious pace but he would still leave the German for dead.
2. Mikel Ateta (the Make-shift Defensive Midfielder). I never new why on earth we bought him and as a defensive midfielder he has been terrible. He gives away more free kicks in dangerous areas of the pitch than any other Arsenal player.. Apart from that, the guy again has no pace, so when he is beaten he has no option but to foul the person. We should have taken the opportunity to bring Song back. Whatever the reason for his leaving the fact is he was always dedicated on the pitch for us and was a good DM. Bringing back Flamini again was another desperate move by Wenger.
3. Ozil, I totally agree that the guy is very skillful but, with all due respect, our Jack is a great deal better as an all round number 10. Ozil has no grit, no stamina, no pace, no heart. Jack has all that and more. Once again, this is not the German league. Getting Ozil was a serious waste of 40m. Cazorla, the little Spaniard is a reliable back-up for Jack Wilshire.
4. Yaya Sanogo and Campbell, while they are very committed they are nowhere near the finished product and with us needing top class forwards neither of them are the answers. They remind me of Adebayor, all heart but no end product. We should definitely have got Loic Remy, thats when I knew that Wenger had lost the plot. Mourinho only bought Remy to prevent Arsenal from getting him. 15 mins after coming on for Chelsea, he scores, and he was there on the cheap and Wenger let him go. There is no planet in the whole universe that can ever tell you that either Sanogo or Campbell are better finishers or have more pace or are more skillful than Remy, so why did Wenger not buy him. I sincerely hope Wenger does not make another blunder by now wasting 55m for Cavani. He is not worth it. Suarez was worth less, but you messed up that deal with a very stupid pound gimmick that back-fired. Suarez was the most feared striker in the Premier league and yet both Wenger and the Board managed somehow to mess up the deal
5. Leave the Ox to shine in Midfield and allow Walcott room to express himself with a free role. With the pace of the Ox, Walcott and Welbeck and Jack in the middle with Ramsey ghosting in now and again. If we had a stern DM and a pacey strong back four, I doubt teams would like facing us too often…..