In Arsene…. I don’t trust! by ED
This is probably going to be met with mountains of criticism; but Arsenal cannot and will not win the Premier league until Arsene is gone. There I said it call me pessimistic but it’s the truth!
As much as I do love the club over the past few years it has been extremely frustrating watching us go through the same cycle of optimism at the beginning of the season, disappointment towards the middle end (a culmination of injuries and inconsistent player performances) and because we go unbeaten 7 or so games towards the end of the season and win the FA cup (hope). Now that I pointed it out it’s a bit nauseating writing about it.Anyway for the last two seasons this has been the case and now were on the cusp of repeating the same season of false hope again.
You can attempt if you want to defend Wenger (believe me I’ve tried) but the reality is all roads point to him as the main reason we continuously have this season of false hope. For example; take the injuries, major topic of discussion for Arsenal we always cite this as the main reason our team is unable to perform consistently throughout the season, a whole lot of what if’s. See its not pessimistic to assume injuries are likely to occur, in a contact sport I might add, its common sense. Whilst you may hire specialist physiotherapist to help recovery time and help prevent the injuries being too severe… doesn’t really stop the players from getting tackled or landing awkwardly on the field of play does it? I don’t know about you but for me the sensible approach I would take is to ensure that when injuries occur you have players of an adequate calibre who could come in do a decent enough job… With the greatest of respect to our players, when I look at players like Arteta, Rosicky, Flamini and Iwobi, I see two people past their prime another a loose cannon and the latter still learning the game.
Whilst I would love for Wenger to go out and splurge the cash on big money signings I’m more empathetic to the approach of signing ‘quality players for the right price’ but even that isn’t an excuse anymore… Dimitri Payet, 3rd Highest assist record during 2014-15 season behind Ozil and Messi, age 27, desperate to come the premier league at the time cost West Ham 12 Million. That excuse of ‘quality player, right price’ is a bunch of nonsense when it comes to him if you can pay 16 Million for Calum Chambers you’ve got to be kidding me if you think Payet was overpriced. I would take him before Walcott, The Ox and Campbell any day.
Went off on a bit of a rant… but I’m just trying to emphasise the point that clearly Arsene doesn’t know best, because the exact same mistakes are made every year and so continues the cycle of false hope and before anybody starts with the “yeah but we won two FA cups back to back“. Yes we did but against easy teams, but his inability to consistently overcome hurdles like Manchester United and Chelsea (just look at our head to head record for the last 3 seasons, its deplorable) leads me to the conclusion that the only silverware under him we could muster is a novelty competition famed for its giant killings as opposed to a title that establishes your credentials as one of Europe’s elite…
As much as I appreciate what Wenger has done for the club, I would also appreciate it if he wasn’t in charge next season, it’s nothing personal I just feel that after the period of transition we have flat-lined and the truth is whether it be tactics, injuries, personal recruitment that have been contributing factors to us not being able to win the Premier league title… it’s all on him and until we change manager this stupid cycle will persist…