The ex-Gunners manager George Graham is upset that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board refuse to go that extra mile to actually win a real trophy rather than just aiming to qualify for the Champions League, and even then don’t expect to get past the quarter-finals!
Arsenal are currently odds-on in the Premier League betting to finish in the top four, which may change if the Gunners fail to beat Spurs next weekend, but Graham thinks they should be aiming higher than that. “The problem with Arsenal is their objective is to finish in the top four rather than aiming to win the Premier League title,” Graham said.
“They’re quite happy to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League. I understand the financial importance of the top four but, if Arsenal get through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, they class it as success and that’s a problem for me.”
“Wenger has got to look at himself and see where he’s not had success and work out why his old rival Sir Alex Ferguson has, at Manchester United.
“Fergie has built teams over the years while he’s still been winning trophies and that’s the thing that makes me sad about Arsenal.”
Despite Wenger being the figurehead of the youth development program, Graham still thinks he is the right man for Arsenal, he just wants him to be more ambitious.
“No, I don’t think Arsenal should sack Wenger.” he concluded. “He’s still one of the best, and most desirable, managers in Europe.”
The policy of aiming for fourth place is a problem for Arsenal fans as well as George Graham, but i guess it is still better than finishing fifth! Wenger pulled off an amazing recovery last season to win third place and it looks like he will have to do something similar this season if we are going to be in the Champions League next season.
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