“Arsenal in crisis”; ‘Odds on for Wenger being sacked”; ” it is embarrassing to watch this team play” ” It will be miraculous if we finish even in the top half of the table” etc etc etc.
It hurts doesnt it when you read this as an Arsenal fan. The reasons can be aplenty but the doom and gloom brigade have set in at the football club and amongst the majority of their supporters as well it feels so.
Arsenal have had their worst start in more than 50 years, 7 points in 7 games, embarrassing defeats to United, Liverpool, Blackburn and Spurs, a defense which looks in shambles, a manager who has given up on winning the title just after 2 months into the season. Players wanting to leave and what not.
Who is to be blamed for this? Easy answer is Wenger. In reality, it is not only him but more so the board. Wenger’s mistake has been over-estimating certain players abilities. Jenkinson cannot step up when needed as a backup to Sagna. Arshavin and Rosicky are past their prime and have neither the fitness nor the guile to carry the team forward. Gibbs and Santos are more offensively good than defensive which is their primary responsibility.Ramsey still needs time and can easily be hustled, Diaby forever injured, Chamakh absolutely poor. Wenger should have understood that even after giving most of these players time and space, they haven’t been able to come up to the expected level. He should have discarded them. I know this would mean losing half the team but that’s ok, we need players who necessarily may not have skill but have ample amounts of effort and the right attitude. Wenger is a victim of his own success. He showed this team consistency and winning, he showed that he can do most things which were considered improbable before he took over. Now the problem in an inflated world with rich owners and instant success seekers, is that Wenger’s principled approach is tough to work.
The board needs to take the bulk of the blame. People blame Wenger when we don’t sign someone or lose out on a player last minute (Mata, M’Villa, Falcao etc). Its not as if it’s Wenger’s money and he doesn’t want to sign the players. The board is unwilling to pay more than the odds to any player even when that player can bring in something this team lacks. The board doesnt take up initiative over the contract talks with a player whose renewal is coming up. When the team doesn’t play well or when there are apparent frailties, the team and the manager gets the blame.
Finally to the supporters and our ex greats. We all know what the team lacks, is it necessary to shout hoarse about it everywhere? Instead of standing by the team, we are accusing them of everything under the sun. The injuries have been fatal, the players lost are close to irreplaceable anywhere. Arsenal still have the nucleus of the team right. In Arteta, Song, RVP and Sczcseny, we have players who are brilliant. What we need is the others to step up; when you look at a Francis Coquelin or an Oxlade-Chamberlain, you admire and say what a player they could be.
Arsenal can and will become better end of the season. We may even win a trophy if everything goes well, the league can still be top 4 if we string results. Remember when Man U won the title, Fergie had said it’s not about what you do against big teams, its how well you do against the smaller teams that will determine your chances.
Its time for us to stand by the team and Wenger in particular. The man has given his life for this club and if there is anyone who can get the team out of this ruckus, it is him.
Till next time