Is Wenger the villain or the silent martyr by Briantole
After a recent run of poor results we have all lost our minds and sanity and rightfully so. We as loyal fans deserve better. Arsenal related websites and blogs have all purred off their discontent in what goes on at AFC. And someone has to take responsibility for that and that person has and always been Wenger. So much has been asked about the Boss. What has he made AFC to become? A top club or a laughing stock. So much cons and short comings have been put across to suggest the failures of Wenger at this club, such as some teams having complete dominance over Arsenal, like Chelsea, or Arsenal not being a force in Europe.
Arsene has also been accused of being too much of an economist financially. That has caused so much disruption in our beloved club and tension between fans. The culprit has always been made out be Wenger by all fans. So are we all right to blame this one person or is there another side of the story? After years of limited success Wenger has finally managed to win the FA cup for two years in a row. It might not be enough but it has certainly relieved some pressure off him.
So now we have a squad, which some make it out to be good, while others still believe it is a few players short off major success.
But during those years of misery what really happened?
1/ we got so many infuriating injuries. Our key players like Fabregas and van Persie were too injury prone and that, in one way or the other, caused our success to be minimal. Was it Wenger’s carelessness or was the medical department the real cause of our problems? Now many of these problems were mainly fitness problems which are mainly directly concerned with the medical department. And such shows you the incompetent nature of the medical department then.
2/ Failed transfers – If you look at how we conducted our transfer business then. You would see the very unorthodox methods used. We were mainly going for young players while going to search for very cheap alternatives. It proved to be such a hindrance to our success. Other than that we always hear how Wenger complains on missed targets who turned out to be world class. There was certainly a problem to the one involved in transfer negotiations. And in addition to that we lost many of our key players such as Cole, Nasri, Fabregas and Van Persie to other clubs thus diminishing our resources.
Now moving on to the present.
I will be truthful and admit we now have a beautifully assembled squad capable of achieving great things. At times it has disappointed us while at other times it has made us proud. We had found that rhythm within us until everything was disrupted by injuries. Gradually everyone is returning and we are soon to have a full strength squad. We all know how far we can produce a magical performance if all goes well. It is easy to blame one person after a poor performance but it goes on to show you how collective a responsibility it is if you watch the game clearly. This team performed well in preseason and maybe gave Wenger hope that it is capable of doing great things. Maybe that was the reason why Wenger did not go into the transfer market and decided to put faith in his present squad.
Sometimes it is good to look at things in a rational manner. It might be best for everyone. I am not in any way giving excuses, far from it. In fact, I agree something must change here. But Wenger does not need to bear everyone’s burden. We need to put weight on other people’s shoulders. We are seeing Wenger doing his job. So must others in order to move forward. Blaming Wenger only might be a grave mistake. The board and the staff are all equally responsible.
Wenger needs assistance in his job. And everyone needs to back him up or otherwise nothing special will happen.