Champions League? by GP
I want to point out that, although Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League again, there is something that continues to anger me.
The question I have for Mr Wenger is how many times have we really threatened to go all the way apart from 2006 and 2009?
Every season we have a situation where we can win the group thereby making the next draw easier on paper. Despite that, Wenger continues to go into these games with weakened teams which result in defeat and a tougher draw for the next round.
We drew AC Milan last year and Barcelona the two years before that because of the same complacency yet he states refereeing decisions as the reason for finishing second in the group.
It seems that he is happy being in the competition for the prestige but like the Premier League, he knows we are not good enough to win it.
By complete contrast. Borussia Dortmund finished bottom of our group last season with 2 points. They vowed to learn from their mistakes and have come back a year later to dominate the toughest group of all – And they are not spending Man City or PSG-style money. A sense of professional pride and competitiveness is what has turned them into genuine challengers for the Champs League.
You cannot keep pretending to do your best when our eyes tell us otherwise. Trying your best would have been to travel with a stronger squad to Greece. Apparently fatigue only exists at our club. What kind of message is he sending by telling our players they are jaded in early December? Injured yes, tired? sorry……
Most of Europe’s biggest clubs will play their big names even when they have already qualified because they appreciate
that winning is a habit. I know we do not have the deepest squad in terms of quality but that is by choice.
We cannot keep hiding behind the big spending of others as an excuse for our own failure….