Arsenal rewarded failure with 2 more years. by Konstantin Mitov
Alright, we all knew this was coming and that one certain French manager was staying, but let’s assess the situation with facts here, because this has proved a few things starting with the fact that the board is weak. We all knew that, due to the way that they let Arsene in control of his own fate instead of forcing him to make a deal or leave.
Worst thing is, Arsene played his card spectacularly once again, as he dodged all the negativity while the board was hiding in the shadows, he blamed everything but himself (which is the real problem), he scrapped a late run in against beach squads, failing to beat the only team that played for something – Tottenham, and a cup by beating 2 decent teams in it and he left the club in a state where they practically had little choice to bring somebody new, because they weren’t prepared, hence strengthening my point of how weak the board actually is.
The next thing, this appointment means is that we are all in for the same thing we saw in the past 10 years, failure! And I will define what failure is, because some people are happy with beating beach sides and the FA cup, completely ignoring the fact we got destroyed in Europe and failed to make the top 4, which includes two good teams, who didn’t show major liabilities during the season – Chelsea and Spurs.
So for me, not making 80 points, in how many years now, including the 7 years failing to make it past the round of 16 in the Champions league, plus completely missing the champions league this year, plus the 10-2 humiliation at Bayern, plus the way we sleepwalked through 5 away defeats, throwing away games that were in our complete control like Everton away for example, and so and so on, is nothing short of failure.
In Wenger’s own words, he said, this is the best squad he has had in years, so why did he finish 5th? Also he said we started the season unprepared. Why? Those are his own words. This contract stand off was a power struggle, but Arsene knew that if he delays it long enough, the board won’t have a choice and here is his will once again.
Wenger is everything here, so why doesn’t he take responsibility for the bad transfer windows and the fact Ozil and Sanchez could still well leave the club? This is pathetic, but worse thing is, that 4 weeks ago, 80% of fans wanted Wenger out and now all of a sudden they are back on Wenger In and people come here and slate me for sticking with an opinion rather than swinging up and down a wave that always crashes on the same rock.
The manager is a large part of the public face of the football club and I will repeat myself one last time with this, because I said it many times in other articles, but it cannot pass unsaid again. Arsene’s comments are a joke. They are disrespectful towards fans, journalists, ex players and all people who love Arsenal. He refused to walk around the stadium and clap the fans, who apparently support him once again and why did he do that? Fans of other teams sing “We want you to stay”, just like I was hoping United stick with Moyes and Van Gaal, because I knew they were weak with those bad managers, just like we are with Arsene.
He doesn’t care for us at all, but the number of fans who care more about his future lying here rather the future of the club is incredible. Changes won’t be made. This summer window, will be another failure. Pep Guardiola said that if he had a season like this at Bayern or Barca, he’d be sacked. This is the standard at top clubs. Chelsea sacked Mourinho to win the title again. Leicester sacked Ranieri, because they were getting relegated with their form.
Strong decisions and strong characters will never be a part of Arsenal with Wenger here. How many of the invincibles finished their careers at Arsenal? Wenger got rid of all of them, except Bergkamp. Ferguson kept Giggs till he was 40, Scholes too. He kept winning mentality at United throughout his entire regime. He won 13 titles, 5 FA cups and 2 champions leagues in his tenure. This record is far superior than Wengers, but Fergie approached each season with a desire to keep United at the top.
We approach it, hoping to reach the top 4, which even if we don’t doesn’t really matter as we see. Ferguson changed assistant managers and backroom staff to keep fresh ideas coming in and this is something Arsene would never allow. Wenger will again put faith in the likes of Theo, Giroud and Aaron, who failed us so many times and they wouldn’t have gotten more chances in a club like Barcelona or Madrid.
Lastly, Madrid change managers the moment they don’t win a trophy. Fair or not, it’s the price of being there. Nothing but success is good enough. This once used to be a priority at Arsenal, now we’re just existing with no real purpose. If you believe the lies that Kroenke wants to win the league just ask fans of the Rams and why they were moved to LA, when promised not to. And if you believe that this Schalke left back we’re signing is one of the two players, that’d turn us into title challengers, you’re kidding yourself. Worse, I fear it could be our only signing this summer, as I’ve see this before.
If the past 10 seasons and especially this one didn’t convince you time for change was now, then enjoy the two years of hurt coming your way, because we are the only top 6 team that cannot offer Champions league football, we don’t know what will happen to our best players and we won’t spend the money we need to improve.
The telling goes “time will tell”, and it’s been telling us something for years and sadly it will say it again comes the start of the season when the same old problems with the same old manager will emerge once again.