Arsenal have sacrificed our football legacy for a financial one. by GP
Let me be very clear. Arsene Wenger is the best manager we have ever had. Because of the contribution he has made to not only the English but the world game, I have him up there with the very best. Not winning the champions League maybe be a blot on his Arsenal CV to some but his record as a coach developing players into great players cannot be equalled by anyone else.
However, all that began to change when his focus shifted from the training ground to the boardroom. Wenger is proof that even the best can become complacent and believe in their own hype.
He rightly believed he could continue being successful on a smaller budget, but when that did not happen within 3 years of leaving Highbury, i think his pride became our biggest obstacle. He insisted it could be done and the board were happy to indulge him because it meant writing less or smaller cheques for players.
I cannot believe that a manager who was given the freedom of input in the design of the Emirate Stadium and our training ground would not be allowed to spend money on top quality players where and when appropriate.
As a result of putting money first, Arsenal football club on the pitch have been declining in front our very eyes.
Some fans will not accept the word decline because we have not been relegated, We play in the Champions League, and our name is still world famous. However, that name was made famous by the contribution of many other people as well as Wenger
When he arrived, the mission was clear. Win trophies. The success of George Graham was still hanging over the club and Bruce Rioch had a legacy to live up to. We all know how that ended.
Wenger is approaching 8 years without a trophy and is getting further away with each frustrating season. Yet who amongst us would suggest that he would have been allowed his first 8 years without a trophy and kept his job?
Wenger is now presiding over a club that has lost the will to win consistently which is what success is about. Yes we will have our good moments, but like the last 7 seasons they are not enough.
I truly think we need a change of manager and a new emphasis based on success on the pitch. It will cost money but the biggest missing ingredient is mentality.
There are too many examples of Arsenal teams surrendering leads going back years. Negative things as well as positive things become habit.
Too often i watch our team play badly without any reaction from the technical area. I don’t mean the usual frustration from the manager toward the 4th official but the kind of body language that tells the players”Get a grip or it’s the reserves for you for the next couple of months”
We have some excellent players but many of them lack the experience of winning even with their previous clubs. Another price you pay for buying cheap. Winning players cost more money to buy. A manager with hunger and personal ambition could have us achieving more, even with this squad.