Re-introducing the invisible man: fix or leave, Arsene?
Written by Chris on December 27, 2008 14:00
This post was originally published weeks ago, but I’m sort of “recycling” it(with minor changes) as it suits today’s post-match thoughts to perfection. It’s not a personal attack against Arsene Wenger, I have nothing against him of course, it’s just my view of things on which you may agree or you may not. Sit tight, read, analyse and eventually, contribute.
There are those who want Wenger out and there are those who want him to stay. For a long time, I was part of those who wanted to stick with him, but things change and now I’m in the middle of this, partial as they say, but for how long? I mean, I wish to still be with those who believe in our coach but to those who still want him, I ask: If it’s not because of Wenger that we’re in this position then it may be because of …. who? Allow me to call this reason the invisible man then and let me ask:
Some quick facts
#1: We needed a defender to add experience to our backline. We brought in Silvestre. Not a Terry, not a Ferdinand, not a Cannavaro. But Silvestre. Is it because of the invisible man that we signed a player who Manchester United decided to let go? United do not sell an important player to one of their rivals, do they?
#2: Poor Carlos Vela. Bendtner was awesome for me against Manchester United. For many, he was not. Prior to that, he didn’t shine against Fenerbahce and was awful against Aston Villa at the Emirates. Is it because of the invisible man that he kept on starting, with Vela – who was super against Wigan – sitting on the bench? To Nicklas’ defense, this season he played alongside Adebayor, alongside Van Persie and also all alone up front. Not easy, but still, Vela should have been used more.
#3: Denilson has been pathetic throughout the whole season. Is it because of the invisible man that he keeps on starting over and over again, with Ramsey on the bench? Just to state a fact, Aaron preferred us to Manchester United and believe me, he would have had a wonderful season there. Not to say that United’s interest for him is gone, of course.
#4: Players spoke to the media about how much they admire another club, about the problems after the Spurs match, etc. etc. Is it because of the invisible man that some of our players talk to the media like that?
#5: Adebayor wanted to leave this summer. He could have been sold for enough money to bring a strong, central defender and maybe a midfielder to partner Cesc. Who took the decision to keep him and his attitude, the invisible man?
#6: In the first half away at Villa, but in other matches as well, we were in deep trouble. No changes were made, that is, not a single attempt was made to try and change something. Not asking for a Mourinho three-out-three-in after 30 minutes, but at least one change to ease the pressure would have been nice. Was it the invisible man who opted for no changes?
Surely it couldn’t have gone worse with some changes!
Sure thing, you may ask why I’m so sure that Ramsey and Vela would have been successful had they have been used more. Of course I can’t know that, but I know what it’s been with Nicklasm with Song, with Denilson; results show that and so does the Premiership table.
So seriously, why is it so hard to admit that our coach has got a lot of things wrong this season? I mean come on, be serious, he keeps on starting with Bendtner and Denilson despite failing over and over again. And you keep on saying that he knows what he’s doing? Just because he made us what we are and he brought trophies, you believe he’s guaranteed a place for life? I’m not asking for trophies, make no mistake, I’ve been saying this for a long time, but at least, I don’t want to see myself and all other Arsenal supporters and the players who really love the club, if there are any, being laughed at week after week.
Maybe we’re not strong enough to challenge for the title?
On a similar note, let’s analyse possible causes of why we had this awful start to the season:
#1: This squad is not strong enough to challenge for the title. Simple.
#2: This squad is strong enough to challenge for the title but we’ve had way too many injuries to stand a chance.
#3: The squad is strong, we had injuries, but we could have still achieved good results, had Wenger made better decisions.
One, the squad may not be strong enough to challenge for the title, granted, but enough of the no-Hleb no-Flamini non-sense. When on fire, Nasri has shown that he’s more than just a Hleb replacement and Song or Ramsey can easily fill Flamini’s boots. Injuries? Yes, this could be a reason but again, I believe we have enough replacements for the injuries we suffered. So this leaves #3 as the most possible reason of our position in the table I’m afraid.
Wenger got a lot of things wrong, so far
No friends, there is no invisible man. Arsene Wenger got the summer signings wrong and when facing decisions during the start of the season, he got those wrong as well. Now, replacing Wenger would mean a complete revamp of the Arsenal as we know it and I get the creeps just thinking about that, but on the other hand, he’s the reason of our problems so maybe that’s the only solution? After yesterday’s match, this is what he had to say:
I know how it works here [in England]. At half-time the referee gets stick and in the second half every little 50-50 decision goes the other way. That’s what happens. I waited at half-time to see what happened and I was not disappointed. There is nothing to explain more than that.
For how long are we going to come out with excuses following drawn or lost matches, Mr. Wenger? I repeat, I can’t think of the Arsenal I love without Wenger as the boss, but his stubbornness and pride are damaging the club, more than one may think.
No-one, I repeat, no-one is not grateful for what Arsene did in his years
Many blast those who question Wenger by saying, “how can you, after all he did for us?” or similar statements. I don’t think anyone is questioning Arsene Wenger’s past, since again, HE made us what we are today, but the silverware he won and the records he achieved surely don’t mean that if he’s making mistakes we just sit down and act like nothing. I don’t think any of our readers would be happy if I write things like everything is fine, we’ll be back, have faith in our coach and so on when the pitch is showing otherwise.
If you made it this far, you probably think I hate Wenger, eh? You think that if it rains, I blame Wenger, if I wake up with a headache I blame Wenger and if I get stabbed I blame Wenger, the man, not the the swiss army knife. Not really. I want to give the man a chance, another one, not a match or two, not a month, but until the end of this season and the start of the next one. The Carling Cup shows how intelligent he still is, the man minus the pride, minus the stubbornness, and we’ll be back in business.
As for objectives, we are fighting with Aston Villa for the fourth place in the Premiership. Sounds bad, but it’s the truth. Arsenal do not belong in the UEFA Cup and hopefully we will show that, in a couple of months time against AS Roma. In the meantime, we will most likely win next Sunday and some will say our problems are over, and who knows, maybe one of the top four will falter and some will also say we’re back in the title race.
It’s been like this from day one.