Why Arsene Wenger Is Still The Right Man For Arsenal
Written by Hasmat on April 22, 2010 16:00
Having read Chris’s last articles, I felt there were a lot of strong words which were perhaps too strong for me to take. Arsene Wenger is the man who made Arsenal an unstoppable force in the English Premier League. Having won the FA Cup and the Premier League several times, the French tactician build an incredible team that went on to an amazing 49-match unbeaten run. Probably a record never to be repeated again!
So Is It The Gaffer That’s The Problem?
Well no. This is the problem with football management. A manager will always be responsible no matter what but the manager is not the one running on the pitch. The footballers are all human beings that must have some common sense and show passion.
Thierry Henry used to say: “When you put on that Arsenal shirt, you have to play like it’s the last time you will play for the club!”
This comment is not inserted to you by the manager; it is the player’s responsibility to think that way just like they have to be responsible for their performances on the pitch. Arsene Wenger still has the power to make Arsenal win things again but the players must learn and put to practise-fast.
So What About This “Winning” Mentality?
Arsene Wenger is a winner who has sleepless night when the team loses. Don’t you worry, the loss at Wigan will cause him concerns but the way the season has ended is not entirely his fault. Players are not stupid so they need to step up. The loss at Tottenham was a clear example. We moan every time about having no plan B, well hang on a second, our plan B is Nicklas Bendtner.
Nobody crossed the ball into the box as much as they needed to and it was clear that Spurs were struggling to deal with them. Right from the first minute when Campbell almost scored to the Van Persie volley, and the Campbell header which plummeted off the crossbar. It was clear that we needed to test Spurs with a bombardment of crosses but instead players like Diaby hog the ball and eventually loses it.
Bendtner was so frustrated at receiving no balls into the box that he started drifting to the wing which was not needed. The players need to use common sense, and you have a plan B so use it! Also they need to start looking at other stars and see how they compare. Fabregas is hailed as one of the best midfielders in the world because his game is just so simple. It consists of quick passing and movements- that’s it!
Arsene has the money in the market and I think he will spend as he knows some individuals are not going to make it. Here is my view on a few players that needs to be brought in and those that need to do.
Rosicky? We thought he was a bargain and yes a very talented and creative player indeed but the Czech is too injury prone. And fact is that him and Nasri are way too similar and they cannot play together.
Eduardo? I think it is unfair to sell a player who has goals in him. He hasn’t been able to impress because of the lack of minutes on the pitch, I say send him on loan and see how he fares at another place where he will play every week.
Bring in Joe Hart? The best name I have heard linked to Arsenal. He is a good goalkeeper and will be available this summer. Wenger needs him as he is reliable and consistent.
Chamakh? Well the Moroccan striker looks like he is on his way to Arsenal. I can’t see us signing another striker after that.
What we are desperate for is real wingers, who will run at defenders and cross the ball into the box. Nzogbia and Shaun Wright Phillips have the potential to be big for Arsenal.
Everyone wants to see another player to compliment Fabregas in midfield alongside Song, well he’s English and he is world class; James Milner.
Vermaelen has been outstanding, Gallas needs to sign up and Campbell should have another year because he is great cover. We need to sell or release Silvestre, way to slow to play in Premier League now. Another top defender who is English and has been outstanding in recent years is none other than Stephen Taylor. He would be a welcomed addition.
We hear and read reports about Arsene Wenger having £45 million to spend but none of us should be excited. This amount does not get you world class players anymore, maybe just the one. What Arsene needs to do is buy three or four good players who will make a difference this time and who have experience. But Wenger is the master when it comes to the market, I am sure he will find something.
And as for us, there’s that famous phrase that we have to say once again: “There’s always next year!”