Why Arsenal can’t afford to sack Wenger by Subin George
I don’t know how many people are aware of the fact that the last 5 years (2006-2011) has been a project by itself? Yes, it sure was a project undertaken by the entire club management and Le Professor himself to make sure the club becomes financially stable after moving to a new stadium and help nurture new young talents without losing out on a Champions League spot. As we are nearing the end of that project, it’s review time…and it sure looks like they have achieved what they were aiming for without any hassle. Wenger himself went on the record sometime back about this and stated that they would look into every aspect of the club inch by inch this summer and plunge into the Transfer market (Pray that it happens!)
As the whole world is asking for Wenger to be sacked…I have a completely different point of view and come in outright favour of Arsene Wenger and acknowledge why Arsene Wenger needs to stay. Here’s why…
Arsene Wenger personifies brand Arsenal.
Remember years back when George Graham was at the helm of things at Arsenal? Our home supporters used to boo our team off the pitch for being boring. Yes, we did win trophies…I mean a lot! But that came at a cost of being personified as a team that is too boring too watch, rigid style of play, compact defense to unhinge. When Arsene Wenger came…everyone was sceptical about the rather nerdy looking Frenchmen but what he achieved in one year was rather spectacular. Arsenal completely changed from a boring team to the most entertaining and attacking sides in the premiership. This philosophy of his gave us “The Invincibles”. Gave us Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp. Converted players like Martin Keown, Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira into the heartbeat of the team.
The Frenchmen put us on the map. We owe a lot to this man. To me whatever he is trying to do for the club bleeds passion and whole hearted effort which was very evident from his tortured touch line antics over the week. His philosophy has changed a tad bit by preferring young talents over experience (which has cost us dearly) but as years go by I do see some players coming out of the shells and delivering. But It will need time and that sadly is not in our favour one bit.
Consequences of letting Arsene Wenger go!?!
First of all, this would kick start a mass exodus from the club. Our most prized possession Captain Cesc Fabregas will be the first person to leave the club. All of you should know, the only reason he is still at Arsenal is because of Wenger and if his “second father” leaves the club, there would be of no use to stay at a club that lacks any real leaders. Following the Captain will be players who have improved considerably like Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy (who currently have their contract negotiation stalled) and Jack WIlshere. These kids wouldn’t definitely want to stay at Arsenal if Wenger goes. Especially the youngsters would be most affected because Arsenal is the only club in Europe that let youngsters play in the First team and promote them. This would kill the whole philosophy of nurturing new talents in the club and curb our future supply line.
Second of all, Sacking Arsene would bring disaster to Arsenal and all that the club stands for- “beautiful clean football”. It would be so hard for players to get used to a new manager and new methods of training and philosophy. Getting used to a completely new style of play by a new manager would make a lot of players disgruntled. I wouldn’t see whole lot of difference between Liverpool under Roy Hodgson at the beginning of the year. I fear that happening to our club and it would just be heart breaking.
Flaws in the team and that needs to be rectified
Like most of the supporters out there, I am really disappointed how our team has become incompetent in the business end of the season over the past 6 years. There are some obvious flaws ….
I honestly feel we don’t need any GKs when we have Szczesny. His performance over the weeks especially against Liverpool and Spurs is good enough to show he is World Class.
Djourou and Koscielny were brilliant and went on clean sheet run for sometime with Szcezny guarding the back. They did reasonably well but lately they were a tad bit disappointing. I just don’t understand what is with Arsene Wenger and French players but some of them have become huge success with the club but others have become major flops. He definitely prefers French over English because their technically brilliant and come at a much lower price tag unlike their counterparts who are overhyped. This has definitely hurt us. Here’s why…
What is the one thing you notice about Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool and the Arsenal of the past? They had an English backbone who were Captains! Rio Ferdinand for Manchester United, John Terry for Chelsea, Jamie Carragher for Liverpool and “The Famous Four” of Arsenal (Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams(C) and you could add Martin Keown to that list). Englishmen bring rigidity to the backline and carry a no-nonsense attitude with all of them. They bark orders from the back and get the team steady. Sadly the current crop lacks any Englishmen in our defense and hugely affects the side.
The only answer to this problem is getting GARY CAHILL!! There is no doubt about his credentials but if you still have any…watch the Arsenal Vs Bolton match for answers to this. Ray Parlour has gone on the record to say he is the new Tony Adams and we should get him at whatever cost. Wenger needs to stop being miserly and spend on this man. Owen Coyle wants him to leave and he seems like he would want Cahill to go to Arsenal more than anyone. And get rid of the dead weights like Squillaci. He definitely needs to go.
Our Midfield is the strong point of the team but we lack a real midfield general in the mould of Vieira. Sadly Song can’t fill into his shoes eventhough he is good. We need someone to boss the midfield play and get ugly when we need to. We get compared to Barcelona for our style of play but c’mon!!!! Get realistic…if Barcelona loses the ball, the midfield maestros( Xavi and Iniesta) make the opposition go where they wanna go and eventually get the ball back but in Arsenal’s case; If the opposition has the ball they surely look like they are going to score in sometime. We lack the spine.
You know what was great about “The Invincibles” era? GREAT FREAKING STRIKERS!! Like our man Thierry henry used to say “A real fox in the box”. We had Thierry henry who was supported well enough by Dennis Bergkamp. We already have World Class striker like Robin van Persie but no one to help him out like Dennis Bergkamp. He sometimes would come deep down in midfield to create chances and that’s sad!! The only possible person that could fit the bill properly comes from the same vicinity of the Emirates and our neighbour’s star man- RAFAEL VAN DER VAART!! He is so much like Bergkamp or even better! Technically brilliant, one of the best midfielders in the world and can play as Second Striker and he’s DUTCH!! I would say it would be the buy of the Century if Arsene Wenger could get him from Spurs! Robin Van Persie persuaded Wenger to get him so many times but Wenger paid no heed to the demands. These two Dutch duos can surely cause havoc. But this sadly seems a far fetched idea.
Okay whatever I’m gonna say next could raise some eyebrows but it’s true… DAVID DEIN needs to come back!!! He and Arsene Wenger were a match made in heaven. Wenger would say “I wanna World Class Goalkeeper” and David Dein would go out and get one. He would do all of Wenger’s dirty work. He used to be Wenger’s backbone. When the chips were down he used to bring some sense into everyone. David Dein used to bring the best out of every player and he had an excellent relationship with everyone. Sadly we lack that now in the Board Room. Rumours say he could be back in the Summer (Who knows!)
Pat Rice is going to retire by the end of the year. We need an Assistant Manager and from my opinion bringing back one of “the invincibles” would be fantastic like Vieira and Adams to get back the winning mentality in the dressing room. Even Ray Wilkins would be a good addition, How does that sound!?
In all, it’s going to be an interesting Summer and none like the precious ones. Fabregas-Barcelona love-hate relationship will kick start again. Lot of players are going to be sold and some are going to be coming in definitely. Let’s wait and hope for the best …