Arsenal in Decline by MG
There is no doubt, unless you are the ultimate optimist, that Arsenal FC is in a downward spiral.
This decline started with the sale of Thierry Henry, for a pittance, and the failure of the manager and Board to replace him with another first class striker.
Since that time the club has sold their best six players and replaced them with two first class players, Santi Cazorla, Thomas Vermalen and one good forward in Lucas Podolski.
There is no doubt that the manager has been restricted by financial constraints with the new stadium but that limitation should have had no affect on strengthening the team during the last 2 seasons.
I believe that the manager is unable to face the obvious truth that the current squad are 5 players short of earning even a fourth EPL finish this season.
The ‘Board’ are responsible for the manager’s performance, the manager is responsible for the player’s motivation, team formation and selection, and the players are responsible for the performance on the pitch.
The ‘Board’ have failed to replace Arsene after 8 years of failure, Arsene has failed to motivate and upgrade the team to get the results a successful club are judged by, the team have failed to produce enough performances to win even a single trophy or worse that that a performance that can make the fans proud. Bear in mind that I am talking about 8 years here.
To redress this we need the following things immediately;
To buy a first class Centre back, Left Back, Defensive Central Midfielder and a guaranteed goal scorer.
A change of manager, we need to strike a new path away from young inexperienced players who we only sell on when they are mature.
A Board who have a strong desire to see Arsenal at the top of the League and Europe, and not just content with seeing their shares rise every year.
This season may well be a ‘watershed’ for Arsenal, we will not qualify for the CL in fact we will be lucky to finish in 6th place.
Tottenham will be placed above us and we will still have the same squad at the end of the season that we started with this year.
Our negotiators are so useless they cannot even permanently offload Squillaci, Bendtner, Djourou, Denison, Chamakh, Arshavin ect…
Worse that they cannot even negotiate to bring in quality players to strengthen our team in a time of need.
I am an Arsenal fan for over 50 years and I will continue to support them, but this season is the final straw for supporting a deluded and ‘out of step’ manager and club Board.