Poor old Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss cannot do right for doing wrong it seems, even with the Arsenal fans who are supposed to support him. It has not quite reached the Alan Pardew stage yet, with fans printing thousands of leaflets demanding his sacking, but if the Gunners had not managed to win at Aston Villa then things could have started to get a bit uncomfortable for the Frenchman.
And while Wenger may have been forgiven for thinking that the performance of his midfield star Mesut Ozil at Villa Park would have vindicated him, a Metro report shows that some fans have taken it as further proof of his poor managerial skills. Instead of congratulating the Prof for sticking with the under fire German and bringing him back into the number 10 role, some fans just slagged him off for not doing so earlier.
One so-called fan wrote this, “Oh look ozil bossing the game. When playing central. Lol Wenger u fool.”
I wonder if some of these fans were the same ones who wanted Wenger to drop Ozil from the Arsenal line-up altogether… Anyway, I think I know why he has been playing the Germany international on the flanks this season and I don’t think it because the Frenchman is a tactically inept fool who thinks that Ozil is a winger.
First of all, Ozil has not been fully fit after the World Cup, but Wenger wanted him back in the side and firing again as soon as possible. But he also wanted Jack Wilshere to play and Ozil’s lack of fitness meant that he used Jack in the more important central role. With the number of games Arsenal have had so far, the players have not been able to take many full training sessions, so the best way to get Ozil fit and used to his new team mates was to play him and the wing is where you do the most running.
Also, Wenger did the same with Wilshere and Ramsey when they were struggling for form. Then when they were ready he brought them back into their favoured positions. And the fact is that Wenger has constantly backed his number 11 and Ozil repaid him and confounded his critics in the Aston Villa game. So can we assume that Wenger, the most successful Arsenal manager in history, might have a clue what he is doing? No? Oh he must just be a lucky fool then…