The curse of 4th place. by OO
“For me there are five trophies: Premier League, Champions League, the third is to qualify for the Champions League, the fourth is the FA Cup and the fifth is the League Cup.” Those were Wenger’s words from the AGM. Listening to those words tell you that there is no Ambition at the club anymore, and that money is more important than trophies to Arsenal F.C right now and when that will change i don’t know; but what i do know is that there is no Arsenal fan who is pleased at the moment.
I read a lot of comments from some (naive) Arsenal fans and i think we should really take time to examine these things. A lot put the blame solely on The board while others think its Wenger, but i think they both have equal shares of the blame.
Arsenal F.C has a very ridiculous wage cap which has chased a lot of our top players out like Nasri, Adebayor (remember he was once good for us), Van persie, and now maybe Walcott. I know a lot of people will say its the board that put that wage cap on but lets face the truth, do you really think it will still be there if Wenger didn’t want it? How will a player like Balotelli be receiving more than Van Persie? thats an Insult. Wenger is probably one of the highest paid managers in the world yet his players can’t measure to what other top players in the EPL collect, how is that fair? He is paid more than Ferguson.
Wenger does not care if his players continue to leave and lets the fans blame them for leaving because of money, when a whole Ferguson went as far as topping up Rooney’s wages despite the fact he could let him go and still get some of the best strikers in the world.
A lot of people are so naive that they actually believe that the board are withholding money from Wenger to spend. You think with the hold he has on the board, if he wants to make a bid for Messi they will stop him? Wenger and Wenger alone chooses not to spend, it has nothing to do with board, because managers who want money and are not given and who are actually ambitious will threaten to resign if they are not given what they need. Wenger only spends on players who he can take to 4th place.
I believe he doesn’t buy top players because he’s probably threatened by their reputation, just as he was of Dennis Bergkamp’s when he refused him a coaching role at the club.
All the above should tell you that whatever is happening at the board level concerning money is because Wenger let it happen.
Now let me talk the team we have at the moment. A lot of gunners will blame our predicament on the fact that we dont spend big, but come on gunners, lets be realistic, aside from Man United’s strike force of Rooney and Van Persie, what do they have on us? De Gea vs Szczesny; Ferdinand, Rafael, Evra, Evans vs Gibbs, Sagna, TV5, Per; Anderson, Fletcher, Carrick, Valencia vs Carzola, Wilshere, Arteta, Rosicky (using a 4-4-2), when you compare the teams by player strength you will see that the difference is only their stikers, so why can’t we be half as good as they are?
Now this is where I tell you that it all boils down to Wenger! He has lost touch of reality and his ego and stubbornness is destroying the team he built. He keeps on playing players in their wrong positions knowing that it doesn’t work, but he is too stubborn to admit he made a mistake. A 4 yr old will tell you that playing Ramsey and Podolski as Wingers is a disaster as they are not technically gifted and lack pace. Gervinho as a striker is a Big joke, when he has shown that he is better on the left and Ignoring the strikers in the team (Walcott and Poldi) to play Gervinho up front tell you that he is more concerned about proving how right he is than the results his wrong decisions provide.
A lot of people will say after all not long ago we criticized Walcott and Arshavin and now we are calling for them back? Yes! we are because they have improved and have shown that if you play them where they are better, they put in great performances, yet he plays Ramsey instead of Ox or even Rosicky as an attacking midfielder, with no good results and he still sticks to it.
His subs have been awful taking off the best players on the pitch and leaving the worst ones on; not being able to motivated his players, not been able to tap into their main strengths and worst off all telling them that it is more important to qualify for Champions League by finishing 4th (not really competing in it) than to win trophies because it generates a lot of revenue.
Personally i believe the players have lost hope in Wenger but can not say a thing because he is Wenger and untouchable else why will they be quiet? and this includes some fans too. We have gone from playing one of the best football’s in Premier league history to playing one of the worst with no defined pattern of play.
The game against Bradford has said it all, if you still blame transfers, then maybe you will say Arsenal needs Messi and Ronaldo to beat Bradford, if not its Wenger’s fault and i think he should Respectfully resign and keep his dignity to save the club, Arsenal will survive if he leaves. A lot may see it as a risk but top teams take risks and i personal will support that risk than settling for 4th always. You are measured by your recent accomplishments in the football world and those are trophies, but he has none in almost 8 years. Its time for him to go.