Luck? Responsibility? Excuses? It’s Judgement Time Arsene… by KM
Hi Guys. I’m back here on JustArsenal once again because I’m related to Arsenal, not because they pay me 8 millions a year to do nothing, but because as every die-hard fan of the club I feel like something isn’t right. And I take the sucker punches at work and I open Skysports to see Wenger’s interview after the game and I’m shocked.
It’s not like the performance wasn’t bad enough, the post-match press conference was worse. Did Wenger look to you like a man who took to heart what happened? Not to me it didn’t. He said, he is “responsible for the squad selection”. No way Arsene, I call you on the phone before the game to give you the line up!
We all know who is responsible for all this. “With great power comes great responsibility” said uncle Ben to Peter Parker. But what does responsibility mean? If you break something at the store, you pay for it. What exactly will Wenger pay for that defeat? A fine? The tickets for all those Arsenal fans that had to suffer this? The most expensive tickets in the world – need I remind you of that.
Jose Mourinho is an ass, but he’s spot on that Wenger is the only manager that is safe no matter what. He is practically not responsible for anything, because in football when you don’t get the results, you get the sack. It’s been a lot of years now. Almost 20. 6 FA cups and 3 league titles, with 7 of those major trophies dating back to 10 years or more.
Let’s take a look at a few things our side is missing. Physical presence. We are one of the shortest sides in the league in average height. We couldn’t throw balls into the box, because nobody has a chance to reach them, but still we scored a header (tells you something about Olympiacos’ defense), but every set piece was almost a goal.
How long has that been? It’s at least 5 years since we cannot deal with set pieces. How much more time do we give Arsene to figure this out? Another 5 years? Why did Arsene get a 3 year deal for winning the FA cup? He has at least one more guaranteed year after this one, but I really don’t think the Arsenal fans deserve another year of what they’ve already seen in the past 10.
Next up is the so called possession football. So we had lots of the ball and so what? We have it in most of our games but we have no idea what to do with it. Alexis was passing past 3 players alone and there’s nobody in sight, so he just whips it and hopes for the best. Alexis must be thinking “what the hell am I doing here?”.
Squad depth is another thing you have to ask Arsene about. We had only Campbell and Ramsey on the bench. Not to mention the fact that they entered the game late, what happened to the rest?
The medical staff needs to be replaced from top to bottom. We forced Rosicky to stay and why? To have him injured or just keep him on the training ground? Welbeck is injured for like forever and so is Jack Wilshere. Diaby could’ve been the next Vieira but we ruined him.
Tactical (un)awareness is another issue. Yesterday we had players on the ball looking for a pass and nobody available. Instead we had other players sitting a yard off the guy with the ball and we’re chasing a game 1:2 down.
The goalkeeper and ambition. “This is a must win game” Wenger said. If so, why would you leave Cech on the bench? If he cannot play, why did he play against Leicester and why was he on the bench yesterday? This is not about if he cannot make a mistake, but about the fact that you say ‘I have to win this one’, yet we’re not putting our first choice goalkeeper and arguably our best midfielder?
So after bad fitness, lack of physical presence, bad tactics, lack of ambition and zero responsibility, and of course the bad luck that’s always with Arsenal, we come back to the transfers. David Moyes signed only Fellaini and United finished 7th. Mourinho didn’t sign too many players and Chelsea are champions in shambles. Even Barcelona who won the treble last year brought in Arda Turan and that guy from Sevilla.
Bayern Munich brought in players and they are absolutely rocking the football stage. Only the great Arsene Wenger decided not to sign a single outfield player. The AKBs are sitting in the shadows right now. Waiting for the first win against a terrible side to spring back to Arsene’s defense.
The reality check is already here, it’s not yet to come, it’s already passed and the red lights are blinking and the alarms are ringing and Arsene sits pretty with a pile of cash next to him doing nothing.
Arsene got booed off at Stoke and at WBA there was a “Thanks for the memories Arsene, but it’s time to say goodbye” banner which is so spot on right now. We’re slowly turning into what Liverpool are. A shadow of a once great side.
I come out with a plea to the fans. The people that deep down in their hearts know that Wenger is washed up, and if we want to move forward we need change. We have to do something. Make #WengerOut the word. Put pressure. Do not get blinded by one result.
If we want real change, a win against Man United shouldn’t be enough to fool us, because the mistakes of West Ham, Zagreb, Chelsea and Olympiacos would repeat themselves again and again and again. The fans were pretty quiet yesterday, but should be really loud in their wish to get Wenger out.
We have waited long enough. Those problems do not date from yesterday and ultimately the fans are the football clubs. No fans, no money, no football. We can make a change. Because if we don’t we’ll be waiting forever for some sort of god to make a change in the board and assign someone who can sack Wenger.
Otherwise we can be silent and just enjoy more of the same.