Oh the wins keep coming, coming and coming! by Adam Kemp
Arsenal’s league form is almost an illustration of the age and impotence of the once great Wenger. As this man ages without grace his methods seem to be dissipating from under his grasp! The lack of creativity and clinical finishing has seen Arsenal fire blanks with a sense of utter embarrassment. Wenger may be taking Viagra to fix his personal impotence and yet refuses to purchase the quality players that we need to put the spunk back in our play!
The match against Aston Villa was horrendous and was a performance that we have been accustomed too over the past couple of seasons. Arsenal may be a big club in terms or support, facilities, finance and reputation however the quality of the team is far off the minimum level required. Tonight was yet another opportunity for the Arsenal to go out and play with some style and class to attempt to prove me wrong!
After one minute the impact of Walcott was crystal clear that maybe – just maybe – that this game was there for the taking. Walcott is a terrific footballer and still the contractual obligations are yet to be addressed. What on earth is going on with the lack of conviction in signing him to the terms he clearly deserves? I guarantee that he will be sold or become a free agent depicting the usual trend of moving our best players to our rivals. The feeder club culture that has emerged from the profit machine that is Arsenal will continue to prevail! Yet Arsenal continued to press and retained the ball with glimpses of the old Arsenal! This momentary illusion was completely revealed when the defence decided to play Sunday league hospital balls to Everton’s forwards.
Sczezny was well easily beaten by a mediocre effort from the giant Belgian! Then Arsenal succumbed to Everton’s dominance and could have easily been 3-1 down. A point against Everton is not a poor result but with the consistent underperformance against other teams a win was vital. In the fourteen league fixtures Arsenal would normally have won between nine and eleven games. An Arsenal challenging for the title or battling for European places would have needed to have won a very minimum of eight fixtures. You cannot argue with the facts and the win to loss ratio that we have accrued to date. To stand a chance of winning the league you need a win percentage of around 70% and yet we have achieved a 35% win ratio. This ratio is appalling for a club of Arsenals substantial resource’s and further compounds the evidence that the quality of the team is not adequate.
I accept my views can be controversial or difficult to except as loyalty can weigh over logic. We are all Arsenal supporters and yet the divide between us is so vast in the philosophy of the club. I urge you to step back from being a fan and living on past memories. I urge you to start judging the team from an unbiased point of view and the performance of Wenger over recent seasons. Year after year the team is weakened when key players depart and Wenger cannot replace them with sufficient quality. The core of the team is weakened year after year yet the clubs wage bill is in excess of £140Million per annum. Our fierce rivals have definitely closed the gap and yet their wage bill is £90Million per annum. Wenger has insufficiently allocated his wage budget on players that cannot command their salary elsewhere or undervaluing key players. This communist approach of equality of salary has hindered Arsenal as the deadwood players like Chamakh, Squillaci and Djourou represent £8Million per annum of our wage budget. No wonder no one wants to purchase them as they are the equivalent of the modern day Francis Jeffers.
I urge you to think of the blatant and well documented hypocrisy that Wenger has developed in his old age. Maybe insanity or the signs of early dementia has clouded his judgement and he should consider retiring before he does any more damage. He is killing this club with his ideals as his trophy-less recent reign is evidence in itself. Remember when he so famously stated that if he was to sell both Fabregas and Nasri you would not convince people you were ambitious. That comment still resonates in the background even when he states that he does everything in the best interests of the club. Sure you do Wenger as the following season you let Van Persie and Song depart further demonstrating the ambition to win silverware; yeah right!
It is hard to now guess what will happen to Arsenal this season and without winning nine out of the next ten league games our title hopes will be over. To be fourteen games in, sitting in seventh and twelve points off the pace is disgusting. It is disgusting that circa 60,000 fans turn up week in week out paying the most expensive ticket prices in the UK to see mediocre mid table performance results. We cannot compete with our rivals and the big four seems to be non-existent now considering the demise of Liverpool. Arsenal is the modern day Liverpool of three seasons ago and when we fail to qualify for the Champions League maybe the board may do something. The new £150Million extension to the Emirates deal will no doubt be utilised to invest in making more money for the clubs shareholders and the team will not benefit from any world class additions.
What a sad state that the Arsenal is now in and I could accept it if were still at Highbury and had a poor turnover. Arsenal is a very rich club and does not sufficiently utilise its resources in the appropriate way and that is solely down to Wenger. It is his job to manage the club and he is definitely becoming a modern day scapegoat for his lack of ability to do his job. I bet there will still be many loyal fans out there that will still live on his fantastic past to enable them to continue to refuse to believe the truth. Come on, wake up and actually watch the team play and look at our results. Our team on paper is definitely not the sixth best team in Europe as ranked by UEFA. It is likely we are now not amongst the top ten clubs in Europe and yet we are easily in the top five clubs for the resources available to deliver success.
Hate Wenger, Love Arsenal!