Its more the players fault than Wengers! by AH
Now, firstly I just want to point out I am not a Wenger supporter, I am an Arsenal supporter and shall support whoever plays for or manages the club. When the time gets tough for a club, the manager is often criticized and he is seen to be the blame for the failure of a team, when it is in fact all down to the players and how they perform.
I will go as far to say, I think Wenger has lost the winning mentality and he does seem to have been manipulated and turned by certain people in the club into thinking of the club in a business type manner, rather than the idea of winning again, however I wouldn’t sack him because realistically there is no better managers available. Yes the man who took Barcelona to new heights – Pep Guardiola is available but do you honestly think he would want to join us at this time. And before some people say, what about Josef Heynckes? Or Jürgen Klopp? Do you honestly think either would want to leave the likes of Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund to join us half way through the season? No… so despite the way things are going, in my opinion we should stick with Wenger until the end of the season and see the stance that other realistic candidate managers take then.
Back to the reason of why its player performances that have been letting the club down rather than Wenger in recent weeks is clear. Wenger put out a first team squad against League 2 side Bradford City! Never mind about losing on penalties as there is always going to be a 50/50 chance in that no matter who you are playing but the fact we couldn’t beat a team in League 2, – not scoring till the 87th minute, with a first team squad is ridiculous. It’s obvious to me that Wenger WANTED to WIN the Capital One Cup, otherwise why an earth would he play players that were on 50k+ a week?! The players haven’t been performing and we should all recognise that Wenger isn’t completely to blame.
Now I’m not saying he has nothing to do with the struggle, maybe leadership, support and tactics aren’t working in the dressing room. We just don’t know, it’s not possible for us to witness what’s going on in there, however what we can see and take note of is the performance on the pitch and I think we all know that the players haven’t been performing as well as they most definitely should.
If we win a game, the fans act like nothing is wrong with the club even if it’s a bad performance. However if we lose, fans act like the club is in meltdown. It’s true that the manager will have something to do with the failure of a team, but overall it’s the players on the pitch that do what they need to do to win the game. Di Matteo won Chelsea their first Champions League in May 2012 as well as the FA Cup, securing a double winning season. 7 months on the team is still doing relatively well in the league, and good in English competitions, however poor performances from players in the Champions League, got the Italian the sack.
All im saying is, don’t be so quick to jump at Wenger next time we put in a bad performance. It’s the player performances that get managers sacked not the position of the club.
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