Arsenal simply don’t have the confidence to win the League


For all the mathematical skullduggery. With analysis of every permutation and combination suggesting a remote but optimistically fairytale proposition of Arsenal FC winning thePremier League or the Champions League (or even FA Cup against a top Six PL opposition) the truth is apparent to all. To even the most rabid Gooner and certainly to Mr. Wenger, who for all his optimism needs to be pragmatic enough to realize the pitfalls of overreaching oneself.

Yes, to be proven wrong would be a glorious occasion. It would be a fantastic rebuke to a naysayer like me. Glorious but nevertheless unexpected – even shocking. An unenviable position to be in unfortunately. How exciting it would be to be supporter of a team in the midst of a realistic title challenge. Not just for the supporters but even for the players. To turn out at every matchday knowing that today would be another step in the right direction towards the ultimate success, the catch, the prize.

We imagine our players as true professionals to behave like finely tuned and well oiled machines undeterred and unaffected by anything. Once optimally maintained and topped up they should perform to the best of their ability. Alas, human frailties like emotions and disappointment at the prospect of another scramble to the fourth position must take something out of our gunners taking to the pitch. They would be less than human if it does not. Especially in the colors of a club that believes it belongs in the same bracket as the other European elites. Perhaps appearing for a club with more modest target would be not so bad. A tampering of expectations also realigns expectations of the players from themselves and from others. Exceeding targets in such a scenario adds momentum to the whole team akin to a turbo boost a.k.a Liverpool last season. To be in a title race must have been an incomparable high for our Liverpudlians especially in recent history.

Back on Planet Arsenal it is same old story. We are stuck somewhere is between not exactly also rans but certainly far away from being serious challengers. Even success in FA Cup becomes realistic incumbent upon none of the top six teams reaching the business end. For till they (sic) stand against us, it remains (to quote Mr. Wenger) merely ‘possible’ and ‘interesting’. What is interesting is to read/hear about difference in perceived intent between players of Arsenal and Chelsea on the pitch. Surely, the difference must be there to account for their respective positions in the table. Even someone like Alexis Sanchez, presently the apple of every Gooner’s eye, must be having his seemingly endless optimism tampered by several others pointing out to him the miniscule percentage of points Arsenal has been able to claim against top-flight opposition in last eight years. A bitter truth that throws a check upon every hopeful thought. And we have not even reached the fabled January – February period that I believe ought to be renamed as ‘Arsenal trough’. It would be nice to have our players play with a genuine belief of success. It would surely bring out the best in them. Until such time, one hopes that Mr Wenger can get the best out of them considering….

PS: Surely Mr Wenger has not discounted the concept of psychological rocket booster as part of bringing new players into the club. Transfers do add more than just numbers and quality to the squad. The right transfers act like the high tide lifting all with their arrival. Maybe next year eh?



  1. Thando says:

    It not about winning the league but it lack of confidence against big is like we always admit to lose before the game a start,vs chelsea(they didnt play well) but we gave up early

  2. Me says:

    Arsenal will never win the league again.

    Confidence comes with raw ability and we clearly lack that.

    Money determines where the players with ability play – not fan base, not the manager or the location but how much money these “players” can get.

    Thats why Chelsea and Man City will always be successful – they have the best players because they have the money.

    And it also helps that you have a manager who has a grasp of the importance of tactics…

    1. Thando says:

      It not about the money(not lways the solution) only but it about having a balanced team.what we lack are fighters excluding sanchez.we dont need a dm to play dm but we need someone who is willing to dominate

    2. Mick The Gooner says:

      Couldn’t disagree more. The reason for most clubs having mega money in the first place is their fan base. Man United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern are the biggest clubs in the world, not Chelsea or Man City.

      With the introduction of FFP, Man City and Chelsea can’t continue their past business models – they have to increase revenues to get their millions. Where will those revenues come from? Their fan base. Yes, a few shady commercial deals may take place with the clubs’ owners, but in the long run, they can’t continue as they have been. That’s why both City and Chelsea are looking to get a bigger stadium, to boost revenue.

      Why did Adidas just sign a £75m a season deal with Man Utd to make their shirts? Because they will make more than that on shirt sales – a profit. Why will they make that much? Man Utd sell a lot of shirts. Why do they sell a lot of shirts? They have a lot of fans. Eventually, it all comes back to the size of a club’s fan base.

      Chelsea have a large enough fan base to remain a big club, City do not, though they are growing. Arsenal has a larger fan base than both Chelsea and Man City, and ours is growing hugely. The real long term threat to Arsenal not being able to win the league is Man United. They’re by far the biggest club in the league and once the debt for the Glazers takeover is gone, their financial muscle will take some stopping.

      1. GOONSTER says:

        @Mick… Do you know that Chelsea have more fans than us now?.. They overtook us a few seasons back…So they are set. The Man City owner has invested more than a £1 billion in City, he is here for the long haul and he has already done those dodgy commercial deals.

        1. luvdaguns says:

          depends on what you call fans, i travel the globe and rarely ever see a chelsea jersey, i see arsenal jerseys in every corner of the globe, also man utd, barca and madrid, never city, never chelsea, i must admit, i have one chelsea kit, i wear it ONLY when we beat chelsea, to p*ss off my neighbor, but i only wore it once in many years…

      2. luvdaguns says:

        well done, mick

    3. KickAssFan says:

      @You, saying Arsenal will never win the league again is way too extreme. If u meant we can’t win the league anymore this season, I could quite agree with u (though anything is possible in football). But to say never ever again shall we win the league in our existence as a club? Meh, hope that’s not what u meant.

      1. true goon says:

        We definitely won’t win the league again whilst Wenger is in charge,thats a no brainer,his tactics an selection are out dated,the league is much more competive now we have city an chelsea to deal with .An he’s not up to the challenge

  3. fred cowardly says:

    We have the passion and confidence, but Wenger is reducing it by not playing the right tactics

    1. If I were Ozil or Cazorla, I would feel down that I’m playing on the wings rather than in the centre where I would cause havoc for the opposition
    2. If I were Podolski, Campbell, Rosicky, Bellerin I would feel down that I wasn’t utilized enough especially today when we play Burnley before Champions League
    3. Wenger doesn’t use a formation that utilizes number 10 position. This would have helped us win more matches. Winning matches increases confidence

  4. Edom61 says:

    These recent years have been terrible for us. We lost our best players, couldn’t find any proper replacement for them, and we’ve been drifting further away every year from what should be our goals every season (winning the league, achieving a good run in the CL, etc.).

    The issues here aren’t simply related to the general lack of motivation going in the team, the reason for our unsuccessful years is mainly related to some bigger threats.

    I think the biggest problems here are :

    1) The general transfer policy of the team (spending too much on unproven players/not spending enough on crucial players we need/loosing good players for worse players)

    2) The medical staff (we get too many injuries every year which makes the road even more difficult for us)

    3) The coaching. Some might disagree with me, but I think Wenger isn’t as good as he used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I love Arsene Wenger and everything he has done for this club, but all I’m seeing is he’s destroying his work done at Arsenal.

    It’s an accumulation of problems that led us to this situation, unfortunately if no one does anything, I’m sensing that we’re only gonna get worse every year.

    I think the players will get confident if they sense that the club is going in the right direction, which I fear they do not atm.

    Anyway, nice article Alex.

  5. Thando says:

    In london arsenal is the most supported club(many people were shocked by a number of fans who attended the FA cup celebration,which is a number chelsea and mancity would wish to have),even worldwide.chelsea and mancity dont have much history as us

  6. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    We don’t win the league because we don’t like to show off

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Funny, @Payslip

  7. The Handsome_Gooner says:

    WOW! Losing hope after just 9 games! What a pathetic bunch of whiners

    1. RSH says:

      Yah don’t understand all the complaining. We’ll get 4th place trophy again, no worries.

  8. rkw says:

    The confidence fairy is dumb thinking in economics and even more stupid in football.., the French twat with some pseudo economics degree likes it because it takes attention away from 10 years of failed leadership

  9. luvdaguns says:

    not to mention, dont have the players either, balotelli- 561 minutes played, 0 goals! funny!

  10. Thando says:

    So ramsey is a bench player

  11. RSH says:

    alexis starts again. He’l be injured pretty soon then once Wenger is done overworking him. :/

  12. Adienl says:

    Liverpool are playing like shite. This can’t be professionals.

  13. fred cowardly says:

    I haven’t been impressed with Liverpool or Man City. also, United are pretty bad defensively. That makes it even more annoying that we haven’t taken advantage of this. United will improve in the second half as they have an awesome offense and will buy top notch defenders in January.

    If we had played Ozil and Cazorla in the middle and utilized Podolski and Campbell more we would have had more points.

    There is still time for Wenger to do the right thing and also sign 3 big players in January. We can still turn the whole thing around

  14. Ronny331 says:

    Really surprised we are sticking wih the same side who played Sunderland. No poldi, rosciky, campbell, Ramsey. Is arsene trying to break the likes of sanchez, cazorla, welbeck…..?

    1. Me says:

      Break them ?

      They have had seven days to rest !!!

  15. Me says:

    Perhaps saying Arsenal will never win the league was a bit extreme.

    But as long as Wenger is at the club we won’t win it again.

    He has done great things for Arsenal – that’s not being questioned but he achieved them when there was only one real challenger – that being United and Ferguson.

    Things have changed now. Its not just about the money its also the tactical ability, the ability to motivate players and build and maintain consistency in the performances and for me, I just don’t think Arsene Wenger has it in him.

    its always a few good performances and a bad one and we are slap bang where we were before…

    Arsenal is a club that desperately need a breath of fresh air and some new ideas…

  16. Bigvalbowski says:

    Nor the talent, when a guy like Sissoko for Newcastle(who cost 3M pounds btw) is Miles better than any of the skilled midgets we have in the the center of the pitch how can Arsenal be considered legitimate title contenders?

    Love Sissoko btw. Lol

  17. Ronny331 says:

    Mehdi abeid, sisokko and tiote all better than areta and flamini. And were meant to be title contenders, #wengerdoesjustenough

  18. Ronny331 says:

    Sisokko, diame, mulumbu,; tiote, etc surely one of these is get able! Wenger insists on top ‘Quality’. Song could and should be baxk in an arsenal shirt.

  19. ruelando says:

    They say most kids take their attitudes from their parents, similarly players also take on traits from their manager, so if the manager is breathing fire the players will be breathing fire.

    Take for example Pardew he has gotten Newcastle going because of his attitude, not to say they were a bad team, but they had excellent players not performing, he has so how motivated them to be playing with more determination.

    Our manager is too laid back and expects arsenal form will come eventually, the players attitude on the field shows that they have the same mentality with exception of sanchez, we need more fire in the squad and it has to begin from the manager

  20. Ronny331 says:

    Also forgot to mention wanyamma in that list, nice goal as well. So jealous that southampton have wanyamma and schneiderlin 🙁

  21. Me says:

    Half Time

    Arsenal 0 Burnley 0

    45 minutes to score.

    If Wenger cannot motivate his team to beat the worst team in the premiership at home then he has no business being at Arsenal….

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