Wenger has a problem but getting things right does not necessarily mean winning trophies
Written by Chris on May 11, 2009 17:15
As if getting humiliated by Manchester United was not enough, yesterday we allowed Chelsea to score Arsenal’s heaviest home defeat in the league since 1960. For many, impatience is now turning into frustration and for others, it is turning into anger.
For me, personally, it’s still frustration, simple because not much changed since October/November when with Diaby and Silvestre playing we were totally outplayed by Manchester City away from home. I mean, if way back in November signs that with these players we would be going nowhere and six months later they are still playing, how can you be surprised of the results?
Time to be realistic
The so-called “loyal” supporters will try to put this season under positive light by saying that we reached two semi-finals, impressed in the Carling Cup and still are part of the big four in the league. However, one should be realistic, realistic enough to say that we could have easily crashed out against Roma in the Champions League(apart the penalty shoot-out, we deserved to lose in the full 90 minutes at the Olimpico) and in the other competitions we were totally outplayed when we played against tough opposition. We reached a stage where wins such as the away one at Stamford Bridge, the 2-1 at the Emirates against Manchester United and the thumping one over Villareal can no longer make up for other disappointing results.
Supporters split in two, not a nice thing to see
As I’ve said a week or so ago, I’m very curious to know whether other football-based blogs face the same problems myself and my colleagues do, with supporters of the same club going at each other simply because they have different opinions.
It seems as if we’re now split in three, those who want Arsene to stay, those who want him to go and those who are ready to give him one last season to fix things. My view is that I cannot understand how someone who loves the club to death and considers Arsenal Football Club to be a major part of his life can accept a season like this one without raising an eyebrow or two. Asking questions about what the future has in store for us doesn’t mean being disrespectful to Wenger or lacking in gratitude to this man. Of course I appreciate what he’s done for us since he arrived at the club, but if your wife gives you rotten meat for dinner, you don’t just say thank you for providing fine meat five years ago.
So let’s try to accept the fact we’re all on the same boat and understand that it’s perfectly natural to ask questions, to wonder what future lies ahead and to be frustrated when things go wrong. What is not perfectly natural is to react as if nothing is wrong, as if Henry and Bergkamp and Pires are still playing for us or things will be fine because “Arsene Knows”.
I think, just think, we have to stop caring about the rest and focus on us
Yet again, Wenger preferred to speak about other issues in his post-match press conference, bashing Drogba for diving and referees for buying that. Well I think it’s time to stop caring about how ridiculous the diving stunts are from Chelsea, to stop jeering Ashley Cole whenever he’s on the ball, to stop jeering this and that whenever they are on the ball and to focus on us, our problems, our future. Do you really think Cole gives a damn of the boos and the insults having left the Emirates with a 1-4 win which leaves us nine points behind his team?
Next season, one like the last one would be enough to satisfy my desire
It would mean not winning anything, again, but let’s face it, no-one was saying the statement I’m so much starting to hate, “men against boys”, no-one. This year we lost a lot of our credibility, we’re not even the team who plays beautiful football anymore, even that was taken away from us.
So yes, all I want from next season is for other teams to fear us, just as they used to do a year or so ago and not to look at us as an easy away game from home where three points are easily up for grabs. But for this to happen, our boss has to change his mentality.
In January, Wenger was saying how the backline is strong, how Diaby is developing well, how Song is developing well and how Denilson doesn’t get the credit he deserves, but six months later he’s talking about new signings. Now unless he means a goalkeeper or a striker, then apparently Song and Diaby didn’t develop as well as he expected. Maybe our players develop backwards, I don’t know. Anyway, the mentality has to change, if there is a problem, it has to be fixed, not patched.
Not much to look forward to. Instead of going to Old Trafford to clinch the title as it used to be, we’ll be going there knowing that a defeat would see the Red Devils winning the title. Again. I wish I still had the believe and hope to see changes in the line-up but most likely Adebayor and Diaby will start from the first minute to repeat a script we’ve been reading over and over and over again.