All Is Not Well At Arsenal – Wenger Needs To ‘Learn To Accept!’

By on April 8, 2011

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If what I hear or read for that matter is true, then the uprising has begun. This is what Arsenal shareholder Mr. Darren Epstein had to say:

“I think the majority still believe Wenger is the right man for the job but it’s those players who are letting him down.

“But there is a split between the fan base because there is a growing number – albeit still in the minority – who believe it is time for change.

“But it got nasty between fans. Some were leaving early and having a go at Wenger and then those who were saying: ‘get behind the team’ and defending the manager. Passions were running high and there were some fights. It got nasty.

“Personally, I still believe in him. But he should make a change in his philosophy. Sign some new players, stop all contract negotiations and decide on a few players at the end of the season. They are the ones letting him down.”

Now for me, hmmm…enough is enough. But if you read my blog, I am sure you already know that. Look, I am going to be very honest here. I trusted him, and had faith in him a lot upto a certain point, but then his attitude towards what should matter- ‘Football’ faded away, and so did my trust.

On the same day Mr. Mourinho lost his unbeaten 150 game home record, was the day a lousy team of red and whites walked off the pitch of a booing Emirates Stadium. It was a game which was indeed embarrassing to draw. Why? Well if you go over the facts it’s easy to understand. Rovers entered the Emirates with no away clean sheets this season. And mind you this is the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC. The last time they came here we witnessed a 6-2 thrashing of Blackburn inspite of the away team taking the lead twice!

Arsenal had most of their full squad back. Yes, our captain did not start but Cesc is not the be-all and end-all of Arsenal. Arshavin, RVP, Theo and Nasri all played, so in terms of quality, we were not short. As of now, Rovers stand 14th in the league table, and us, well we stand at 2nd. We drew against a team which went to Manchester and conceded 7 goals.

But lets not get off-topic here should we.. Coming back to our manager…What can I say?

It’s just his ego. It’s so inflated, and so ‘fat’ that he redefines the word egotist completely. He thinks he is always right, and the rest are wrong. He thinks that one day he is going to win something and say “I was right and you were wrong.” Well, in all honesty any Gooner would take that day even now, but that’s not the point is it?

Why does he show so much faith in certain players at the club ? No clue. It actually shocks me. Does he think that suddenly one of them will start playing like superstars? I am tired of naming names so I will just leave it at that, but it’s starting to prick my nerve’s quite badly.

He will not spend, but at the same time charge the highest ticket prices. £134 for 1 away ticket, can you believe it??? He will improve the club’s infrastructure without improving its value in terms of players and brand. It’s not that I hate Wenger, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just these small little stupid things the man does which pisses the hell out of me.

Is it not possible for the club to pay out some amount of funds for transfers every year? It does not have to be 50 million, but even 15 million shall do. Nobody’s asking for a Buffon or a Messi. Even a goalie like Steklenburg, and a midfielder like Hazard shall do something to this team.

Good players come at a price, but sadly this never occurs to our manager. His ideals of having the perfectly runned club is seriously faulty. No club can be perfectly run. To do that you not only have to please the players, but also the crowd (Local as well as the Global). At this moment, nothing is happening, and for the past 6 years the only thing Arsenal is doing is pleasing neutrals, who lets face it don’t give a damn anyway.

Then we have his optimistic attitude. In matches which we lose unexpectedly he will come out with the most bizarre reactions. Where SAF calls a media ban to let his players know how upset he was, Wenger says ” we have to assess the problems ” and some more bull-****…! How long does it make to build a team, 6 years??? The point is that he is trying to make everybody in the team a product of Arsenal, not seeing the big picture that sometimes there are other players who are just better.

I know, [and trust me I do] that by the time this post is published I will have a few blokes harping on the fact that I don’t know anything about the game, I am this, and that, and I should respect Wenger for what he has done for this club. I suck, and blah, blah, blah…

Of course, any Gooner including me respects the man for what he has done. But both of us equally feel the same need for a performance in a season, forget about trophies. And this even you know.

I hear the usual arguement that ” You think Wenger sucks, can you ever reach his level”, “Can you perform better?” Firstly, I do not require to reach his level because I am not a manager. If I was…that would be a different story. Secondly, there is no question of me performing better because I am not in his position.

Arsenal is a well run club, but yet there are some issues which are so clear and yet so poorly addressed by our manager. Ever wondered why Arsenal players are so injury-prone? United had 2 players who looked surely out for the season and yet they are back – Rio and Valencia. We had 1 player with an achilles injury and he’s missed the whole season! Are the training sessions not good enough, or are they so difficult that the players just prefer to go down clutching parts of their body? Something is wrong somewhere. Someone may have screwed up some equations or something because somehow its always Arsenal, always. Be it injuries, or a crazy stubborn egotist, Arsenal is there.

Wenger is never receptive, and it is his way or the high way. He may not show it, but that seriously is the case. The worst part is that when a manage has this attitude, they do well. But our managers highway reeks of a sewage tunnel…

He can never inspire any player who is not playing well to do something which makes a difference to the game. Players like Denilson, Rosicky [although he is one of my favourite players] and Diaby. All they do is add another player to the pitch without ever contributing or doing anything useful at all. Might as well play with 10 men.

For United its Hernandez, or Carrick. All of them contribute to the team. Name me one player who does not contribute in any way, doubt you can. Whether its Fletcher moving into the wing, or Rafael putting in a cross, or even Carrick for that matter playing a long ball to Giggs, everybody in that team contributes. As for us, we just have 8 or 9 out of 11 players pitching in.

If there are no new additions to the trophy cabinet, Arsenal will require a massive rebuilding this summer. And by rebuilding I mean clear out, change in club objectives, planned targets, and hopefully if its not too much a slight deviation from the Arsenal philosophy. BUT, But, but… if our stooge of a manager disagrees then don’t expect a trophy for the next few years. All is not well at Arsenal Football Club, like the way this man portrays it. The faster you get that illusion out the better for The Arse’.

Fire away at the comments…

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24 Comments

  1. kharadonha

    April 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

    As a fan you have every rights to be angry especially when you have been following this team for a long time and now this. everyone at Arsenal is not happy but the players are happy coz they get their fat cheques every week whether they loose games or draw which is the greatest concern to fans not to players. As for Wenger, the guy really trust his players and as a father he just want to be there for them but unfortunately they (players) not on his side. He changed the team and put players who for me they are not Arsenal materials though we still manage to win some games and still sitting second on the log. we need to look at a bigger picture here where if a player doesn’t produce within a year then we should look for ways of offloading mediocre players. another problem for Arsene is that when he signs a player, he will change him and play him in a wrogn position lets face it people. we’ve seen that happening from Arshavin, Nasri, Bendtner even Fabregas. it is time to buy a player we need for a certain position not just the name. I’m tired of seeing playmakers week in week out as the game end up not producing any good results. we need to pass the ball and take spaces to open up the opponents and start taking shots at goal something which you won’t find with the current crop of players. when did you last see a brilliant goal? who is our main man when it comes to shots (outside 18 yard area). As an Arsenal player when you go out on the pitch the only thing on your mind is to win no matter what, that must be instilled to this team but lets trim it first so that the dead wood are put aside.

    Luv u all Gooners
    South African Gooner all the way

  2. Asif

    April 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Fantastic article…very well drafted

  3. Aziz, KL-Malaysia

    April 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Agree ! .. Fully agree, this season end there is accountability to be taken in, with consequences and decisions to be made. AW has to start to learn sometimes to fans.

  4. Stevie E

    April 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

    What a load of rubbish. Yet again we get somebody who thinks throwing money at something will fix it. Lets look at Chelsea, £70million spent in January, below us in the league, Man city £100s of millions spent, below us in the league… spending isn’t working for those so lets sack the managers! Why don’t you look at the bigger picture? We’re 2nd in the league & while it’s no longer in our hands, we can still win the league! We got to a cup final, Man U didn’t, Chelsea didn’t, Man City didn’t. Tottenham have spent a fortune and are still below us in the league and are on they’re way out of the champs league never to return. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself because we haven’t won for 6 seasons, feel sorry for Man City, Spurs, Liverpool. Remember, Liverpool haven’t won anything for 5 seasons, is anybody getting on their back? No! And finally why are Arsenal palyers so injury prone? Maybe it’s because, according to the pundits, the only way to play against Arsenal is to kick them off the park? Or to put it another way, cheat. Instead of repeating what you read in the press, why don’t you try an original thought? Maybe because your blog would be a blank page, which would be better for everyone.

    • Subir Kumar Roy

      April 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Stevie, you must have been reading a different article. I don’t think the author is advocating spending millions. Please don’t talk about MANCS, POOL and SPUDS. It gives me no comfort as an Arsenal fan that other clubs have not been able to win anything longer than us, because we are Arsenal man.

      A few subtle changes in the playing style, formation, replacing the ineffective players who have not stepped up after getting innumerable chances, is it anti Arsenal or anti Wenger?

      Last but not the least, if u can’t stand up to the bullies and get injured, might as well give them back a taste of their own medicine.

      Gooner for life

  5. ScotchEggsRule

    April 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Cracking piece mate, my feelings towards Arsene and the club are very similar. I don’t have some false sense of entitlement or that Wenger is crap, but he does know how to wind us fans up with ill timed comments and naive sound bytes about his players. If there are no signs of immediate change early this summer, (no bargaining over £500k so we can get a discount at the end of the transfer window) sh*t that regularly happens. Then I will be calling for Wenger’s head. Like most I have written this season off, I don’t care we are second and can still win the title, we aren’t going to and don’t deserve to. our last win was 6 games ago against the mighty Leyton Orient, since then we have flopped miserably against some terrible teams in terrible form and there can be absolutely no excuses. Wenger is to blame, if he cannot motivate these lads find someone who can. which MAJOR European club would give a manager 5 years to indulge his own project? I’ll tell you, none, except us and that is fair enough, but that project has failed. His time is running out, unless he sorts this heartless squad out and quickly. Keep up the good work.

  6. Lee Coleman

    April 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

    You are 100% right here my friend. Everything you have said is correct… I do like the idea that he likes to bring youngsters through and develop them but to be honest.. weighing up the options of either Winning Trophies.. or having some good youngsters in our team that wenger will sell just before they hit there potential, before they have done anything Spectacular to help out our club, and come away with a transfer profit from selling him to a differant club… i think ide rather have a team that is winning us trophies to be honest than waiting for 6 years for a trophy.. :/

  7. Sarah

    April 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

    totally second that stevie

  8. elboy

    April 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

    im still behind wenger but feel everyones pain as well

    but for me the only thing i can genuinly put him down on was his claim in the jan transfer window that we dont need to sign a CB as the verminator was coming back only to rule him out for the season as soon as the window closed

    now this for me is a changing point in our season because had he brought the right person in with experience we could of been better balanced to win things

    but u cant always justify that one man will make a difference but theres alway a possibillity

    so my problem is u cant gamble with nothing u need to have some change in ur pocket at least to be in the game to try and win something, but wenger short changed the team, fans and himself by not bringing in a experienced CB and opt to gamble with no change and now he is in debt to the fans

    this is the only wrong i can give him which is massive but based on our team we should of in theory been able to cope with wht we got but when it didnt we were left with no back up plan

  9. Brendan Maxi Malawi

    April 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Steve E, you are the one talking rubbish. Wenger is a very good manager in terms of coaching BUT BUT BUT the weakness in him is the failure to spot & address the teams major weakness in buying additional quality players. Imagine him buying Suarez instead of a free chamakh, Per Metersaker instead of SQ18, Hazard and Stekelenburg, dont you think we could be unstoppable? Wenger needs to add some 4-5 quality players and we will be champions, its WENGER`S ARROGANCY AND EGOCENTRIC MANNERS that cost us tittles. Good article DKG. Morning & lov yo all gooners elsewhere. Maxi the Malawian.

  10. ITG

    April 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Injuries are really problematic at Arsenal, but to blame the medical team is a little disingenuous. The truth is that players in all teams do suffer serious injuries – Hargreaves, Ferdinand, Gerrard, Lampard and many other top players have suffered serious injuries of late and seem to take an age to play to their potential again. I also agree that the style of football played is negated by many (and not just the much lauded sides such as Stoke and Birmingham) by unfair and dangerous tactics – for instance the assault by Ferdinand on Sagna in Old Trafford and the refereeing system is not inclined to protect players from this type of behaviour.
    There needs to be a proper evaluation of the current playing staff as some of the bit time players do not get enough time on the pitch to improve – one needs to remember that Barcelona are allowed in Spain to play their reserves in the second division there which keeps them match fit whilst ours sit for hours on the bench.
    We also have a problem with converting chances early in games as was seen by the chance Wiltshire squandered last Saturday – it would have been a different game had this been scored.
    Lastly our tactics may be flawed against the massed defences as we have too little pace to overcome this when a match fit Walcott is not playing (last Saturday he was again coming back from injury) and we could well do with some others who can take advantage of some of the defence splittin passes created by our midfield. For those who think we are a “hopeless” case cast your eyes back to Old Trafford where Man U decided to pack a line of 5 in midfield to stop us – surely this is a compliment?

  11. Arsenola Kenny

    April 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Pls & pls am not sure Ars Wen* is reading all dis angry fans article?cos if he dose he should av tried some other ways of achieven gr8nes 4we d 2rutful,loyal gunnerz fans?

  12. westlondongoon

    April 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    4 players on our competitiors books that AW deemed not good enough for the Arsenal: Y Toure, L Modric, A Valencia, P Cech.
    Insead we have Denilson (£2.7m wages), Diaby (£3.1m), Rosicky (£3.1m), and Almunia (£2.7m).
    Makes you think doesn’t it?
    Add Bendtner at £3.1m as well and it kind of puts things into a little perspective, doesn’t it?
    Selling these players would bring in would bring in £35-40m plus save us another £15m in wages; added to the current tranfer fund, reported to be £40m, and that would give us nearly £100m to spend on replacements (including contracts), without any need to dip into last year’s budget. If Cesc were to derpart as well that figure may well be almost £150m.
    This would surely be enough to fix our problems. Yes we would be spending big, but it would be within our means. It would also send out a message to the opposition, the fans, and most importantly, the squad, that we mean business again.

  13. sim allan

    April 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    the author of this article is right.anywhere in this world,good things come at a price,how can u convince anyone that of all the good defenders in this footballing world,squillachi is part of them?…….comeon guys.i think wenger is just babyseated and can not even motivate his players i have not seen a team win trophies with poor GKs like arsenal,not even Birmingham. surely this is the right time 4 change,some players 2 be swept away.lastly,any team needs a competent captain,a guy who can motivate his team in thin and thick.i think vermalen or wilshere deserves that armband

  14. Mark

    April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I agree that there a players that should are below 1st team, but most of these are the back ups. No team has a second string as good as the first, not Man U, not Chelsea (tried and most left for bench warming) and you could argue, not even Man City and I bet most of the names you will mention are in that catagory. In terms of improving infrastructure and not the players and brand … Are you out of your mind, one of the best midfielders in the world in Cesc, Jack who is being talked up as the next big thing, Nasri the probable player of the year, Vermalen who is probably up there with Vidic as the best in the league, come on mate.

    How many clubs do you know that have made the stadium move and remained successful (and yes we are), give you a clue NONE !!! As for only pleasing neutrals, think we are still second in the league with a chance, and have beaten the best team in the world on the way. Before you spout the capitulation of the second leg, lest we forget 3 shots before RVP went off the other 15 came after and so it would go for any team so all the stats are skewed (no I am not saying it will have ended differently, but it just may have). Wenger has his way, it was that way when we were champions and if you speak to the legends, that is the way he was when they were invincible and a lot of them were brought in and groomed by him, yes some weren’t but it wasn’t done before him and may never again.

    As a side note before continuing, Barcelona 1999-2004 trophyless … I think that is 5yrs ….Conveniently never mentioned in any of these articles spouting Wenger hate. Let him build, I am sure he knows better than you!!!! For all your praise of Man U and their ability to dig deep and be amazing, why are they only 4 points ahead (if we win)??? Think a bit of perspective would be of use.

    To your final point of a complete rebuild, clean out, change of philosophy or it will be a few years before the next. Think that would be at least a few years itself wouldn’t it??? Sounds like utter nonsense to me, 23yrs old is the team and in a few years, keep them together and get maybe a striker to help RVP, and somehow you think taking it apart will be better. Think I know why you have been told multiple times you don’t know what you are talking about …. Because you don’t.

    To all of the others that say Wenger out, who would you like to bring in, Mourinhio (£200M to build any team and leaves in 2yrs), Big Sam to take us back to the dark days (and prob mid table), who exactly? I am open to any objections and views, however please think beforehand, I would like to have a serious debate not an emotional knee jerk. We need shouting in the stands, not booing.

    I could level the charge at all the fans that at home the bulk of supporters are so quiet we have been nicknamed “The Library” !!!!! For Christ sake people, have you been to Old Trafford or The Kop, there is a reason they do so well, the 12th man, know why we do so well away, because the away support is amazing, 1000 fans louder than the entire Emrites …. How about we start a new campaign ….. Make Emrites the loudest stadium in the land !!!! I beg you to get behind your team now, now is when they need us the most. Be introspective once it is all done … Come on guys we can do it

  15. Levion

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This has been/is & will always be my point, when I said 50% of Arsenal players are dead woods. They have been pampered by the manager all along. Financially & otherwise they had destroyed the club. The damage has been done and come end of the season give them one way ticket. The author of this article has got what it takes and I hope all Arsenal players & their ever right attitude manager read this article over & over to get the message right. Arsenal will be too luck to get on top four this season.

  16. steve-Nairobi

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Absolutely right. Wenger or Arsenal for that matter has to do something and do it now! Perhaps Wenger has outlived his usefulness to the club. He is a wonderful coach and all that but surely what is wonderful about a coach who appears no longer interested in winning trophies? I adore Arsenal and will always support them but methinks it’s time some changes took place. We need new players.Highly experienced and mature players who will help us win trophies like in the yore years. Am not saying that Wenger should go. What am saying is that Wenger should let go of some players who are a liability to the team and shop for the players that will return Arsenal to the days of glory.

  17. Patrick Mulundu

    April 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    You are a REAL Gooner.
    What a fantastic and touching article.

  18. Jeffrey

    April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I think every Arsenal fan will agree with me on how fustrated we have become over the past 6 years. All is not lost. Wenger is a world class manager, the most successful manager in the clubs history. We have seen trophies won under him and won buy some of the best players in the world. I just think Wenger needs to sit back this summer and really analysis the whole situation. We cant go another season without winning something. Wenger should spend at least £30-40m(my personal view) this summer if he wants to bring back silverware. Positions which need improving are CBs, MDs, and ST. Fabregas has made it clear the he wants to leave. We should just cash him in £30 or £40m and reinvest it back into the squad. Players who should leave should be Rosicky, Almunia, Squillaic, Diaby, Bendtner, Eboue, Denilson. Players who we dont really miss. I would like to see a new striker, two midfielder, Kyle Bartley (on loan to Rangers), and two defenders. We should push Walcott upfront instead of using on the wing. Hes a fanstatic finisher. We need to see a change. If we dont, its going to be the same thing next season.

  19. wankerwengermustgo

    April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Can’t believe there are still folk out there (who profess to be Arsenal supporters) who think that the sun shines out of Arsene’s arse! I suspect that these are Spuds supporters who are trying to ensure that somehow Arsenal keep this moron on as our manager – so that they have a better chance of climbing into the top 4. This has got to be the only explanation. There really can’t possibly be any more fools out there who seriously think that Wenger is doing a great job. There’s a joker who is putting our draws and losses down to a lack of cheering in the stands! That chap must surely be a Spuds supporter – I tell ya – or worse he’s a Hammers lad!

  20. Jesse

    April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Hmm. Ders a sayin, i’m sure u all ar familier wit, goes lik dis; Der ar three side 2 every story, ur side, my side and de truth. I’m sure all des responses as spurred out of luv 4 our much luvd club AFC. However, we’re goin tru a tough time @ d moment, i strongly advice all tru gooners’ 2 hang-in, and hope dat, come season’s end AW decides 2 mak some kind of change dat may, i dare 2 stress again may help d club. 2 all gooners live strong!!!

  21. marcus

    April 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I love this incredibly glib argument that buying better higher-priced players won’t solve everything. Well certainly NOT buying better players that may cost a little more isn’t solving our problems either, is it?

  22. realistic tony

    April 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    weve all made our feelings perfectly clear over the season. most fans i know want a radical change which means Wenger Out……
    there is far too much to do to put our great club back at the top and the point really is this: would wenger clear out 5-10 players that really aren’t arsenal quality, (2 of which he has only just brought in to the club SQuill and chamakh????. would he buy 4 quality players for 80-100 million??, would he start playing more direct football, hitting the strikers quicker?. Would he have a natural leader on the pitch?
    NO is your answer…we may be treated to a new face or two, but expect to see the same old personnel doing the same old game etc etc
    After all he said he believes in his squad as they are all very young.

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