The meaning of success has been lost in translation. by Glenn
In recent weeks I have been advised to go and support another team. I was told that I did not know about the club pre Wenger despite following the club for 40 years.
I have even been told that I had no clue about the world of business and that the current selling policy of the club was the only way to avoid certain financial melt down.
I have never claimed that success was easy to achieve or that it was a certainty if you throw money at it.
The problem I have had for the past 7 years without a trophy is the refusal to do the obvious in order to stay in the race.
We may all disagree with the particular players to come in and do a job but what is not in doubt is the fact that gaps that need filling never are.
When Jens Lehman left, the whole world could see we needed another goalkeeper of top quality. Instead we had years of mistakes and uncertainty from Almunia, Fabianski, and Mannone, the jury is still out on the current Number 1.
We then had a similar farce with the centre back position after Sol Campbell left. Wenger continued to say we had plenty of cover which included Silvestre, and the very same Alex Song we just sold.
The idea that 4th place is a success must have started in the board room and swept through the club like wild fire. As a club we should be embarrassed for accepting it. There can never be a substitute for success. Winning is winning.
If we want an annual award for best run club then fine but please don’t tell me to be grateful for what we have at the moment. I doubt if any fans would accept 4th place as winning in any other area of their lives. Why should football be any different?
When striving for success, mistakes will be made. But is that a reason to stop trying? What message are we giving to future players and managers of this great club? Get 4th place and you can have a statue next to Wenger and Herbert Chapman?
Football managers should live with a pressure to succeed. Barcelona’s most successful manager in recent years resigned because of the demands of winning and the demands he put on himself. The next man is in no doubt as to what is required. Hunger has nothing to do with money.
We all have the club’s best interest at heart so i will stay away from insults.