There are a number of reasons why Arsenal are not like Barcelona, the most obvious one being the current form of the two teams. While Arsenal are suffering the worst start to a Premier league campaign ever, Barcelona are enjoying the best start of any team ever in the Spanish Primera Liga.
Arsene Wenger said last week that Barcelona would be an average team without Lionel Messi and the Argentinean striker is the best player in the world who should easily win the Golden Ball award. That statement reveals one of the main differences between Arsenal and the Spanish club.
Wenger has Changed and built Arsenal during his reign, and he has done it in the same way that Barcelona is run, with alot of focus on the youth system and getting the team to play passing and elegant football. It worked wonders for years, and Wenger should be rightly proud of his achievements.
The problem with Arsenal, however, is that they have sacrificed this ideal over the past years at the altar of financial prudence. This has caused us to lose our best players, fail to replace them with enough quality and put too much pressure on the up and coming talent.
Yes, Barcelona would not be as good without Messi, just like we are not as good without van Persie, or Nasri, Clichy, Cole, Fabregas and Alex Song. The difference is, Arsenal have lost their best players while Barcelona keep theirs.
The other day, Barcelona fielded a team with 11 players who had come through the academy. That was only possible because the youth are brought into a winning team and thus acquire a winning mentality. When good young players come through the Arsenal system, we are so desperate for players that massive expectation is put on them.
Look at Jack Wilshere, just back from 17 months off with injury and he is expected to be the saviour pf Arsenal. Fans are calling for Eisfeld and Gnabry, but to bring them into the team now could have seriously negative effects on their futures and Arsenal’s. They need to be brought on gradually, into a successful team, not thrown into a team struggling for form and confidence and expected to lift it.
Also, it sends out a terrible message to the Arsenal players when they see the best of their team mates moving on and then achieving the success they missed at Arsenal. It seems that Arsenal have gone past the tipping point and will now find it very hard to get back to where we were a few years ago.