Wenger will not win the title in 10 years, not 3 by KM
Sorry for the long post, but the reasons for Arsenal’s situation are more complex than just one factor. Arsene Wenger came out with some pretty ridiculous statements about winning the Premier League title in 3 years. I mean, we all enjoy a good joke, but he hasn’t done it in 10 years, another 3 will not be enough.
I’ll list the things that are giving us a chance to be champions and the things we are lacking to become one. So on the positive side, we have a great stadium. The Emirates is really a gem and a modern superclub has to have a supreme venue. Bayern Munich did the same with their transition from the old Olympic stadium to the state of the art Allianz arena.
Another plus is that we have quality. Our side is not terrible, it’s just missing a few pieces, but this will be covered at the negatives. We are rich! I mean look at Italy. Teams like Milan and Inter Milan (who have won the champions league in the last 10 years) sitting mid tabled with no money to buy some sort of decent players. And the best part, we are an attractive prospect. Arsenal can attract any top manager if he’s given the money he needs to plug the gaps in the squad.
So all and all the pre-requirements are here, but the biggest stumbling block we have is the board. We have no ambition. Kroenke doesn’t care about titles, as long as we generate money. No one on the board will sack a doomed manager. We’re in a deadlock. A long time will pass until Arsenal regain former glory.
Yesterday’s win against Southampton was another highlight as to why we won’t win it. With Giroud in the side against WBA, we produced one of our better performances, and yesterday he was stuck on the bench. But his introduction (although late as always) made the difference in the end. The problem is that, we play the exact same formation, every single time. When you time and time again repeat the same mistake, it’s not suddenly going to happen for you.
So no change of formation and no rotation as well. We have Podolski on the bench. Explain to me how he couldn’t find a place in a midfield that was pretty much terrible yesterday. Sanchez scored with a Ramsey assist, but the contribution of Ramsey, Cazorla and Sanchez was terrible throughout the game.
Wenger doesn’t trust his bench. Mourinho said – no Costa, no Problem, we have Drogba and Remy and they both scored! We have Rosicky and Podolski, who might as well just be sold in the transfer window. And because Wenger doesn’t trust them, we overplay players, until they are run down to the ground and get injured.
Another thing to note is that Arsenal have not been playing that all so “attractive football” of late. We blew Southampton away 6-0 in the first season in the PL. This no longer happens, we really struggle. We still lack a defensive midfielder, and we lack something nobody talks about – a solid keeper. Martinez looked solid in his last 2 games. He made an immense grab at one of Southamptons free kicks. Something Chezzer would never do.
And finally bad transfer policy. We only paper the cracks, never actually fill the holes. No keeper, no DM, we played 3 seasons with only 1 striker, and when Giroud got injured only then did we bring in … Welbeck! The fans are unhappy though. There were some booings yesterday and i think most realize that a change is needed.
The biggest problem with AFC though is the fear of change.