Stuart Pearce believes that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘learned’ from the defeat at the hands of Liverpool, but that he would have ‘interchangeable’ had he not so swiftly turned it around.
The Gunners lost 4-0 to the Anfield club in the back end of August, but have since won six of their seven outings in all competitions, and have shot up the table into fifth place at present.
The form may well have coincided with the closing of the transfer window which would have been a definite distraction for a number players, especially those with limited time remaining on their contracts, but the team most certainly appears to be playing much more of a unit in recent weeks.
Stuart Pearce now claims that the Gunners boss has learned from the defeat, as have the players.
“Arsene Wenger is an intelligent manager and he has learned the lessons, as have the players who went to Liverpool and played so expansively that they got ripped apart by a team who are not unlike themselves,” Pearce said.
“They proved that with a 0-0 at Chelsea. The exposure on managers is very high at the moment and they are the one person that is interchangeable at the club: Chairman are not going to fire themselves and players are not going to step down and say they haven’t earned their money this week.
“The manager is the one who, I wouldn’t say the weak link, but he is the one who is interchangeable at the club and that’s the way the profession has gone, I’m afraid.”
Are these statements true of all clubs, or every club but Arsenal? Is Wenger unsackable? Does the Arsenal boss deserve all the plaudits for our upturn in fortune?