Fabregas & Szczesny Contradict Wenger
Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly an excellent manager, he has been a big success at Arsenal and is a man of great knowledge and huge managerial talent. But when he recently claimed that coming second in the League is not a “disaster” – implying that his club would be happy with second place, it prompted more than a few raised eyebrows. Wenger is a winner, you can see from his reactions when his side loses, or suffer a bad result that he oozes the passion to win, however, defending his sides performances and position in the League when supporters have been waiting 6 years for a trophy is not the way to go to appease those fans.
I agree to an extent with what Wenger said; yes, there are 18 other teams in the League who would love to be in Arsenal’s position, yes there are clubs all over the world that would give anything to be in the Champions League every year, and yes, every club would love to be in a comfortable financial position. But when fans have been waiting so long for any silverware, and the manager, some say does not buy enough big name players or spend enough money, it mus become frustrating.
Now Fabregas, who was in Arsenal’s ‘invincible’ side of 2003/04 knows what it is like to win a trophy at Arsenal. The majority of Arsenal players currently at the club, do not, and the Arsenal captain has seen this situation coming for a while. He made some very intriguing and valid points too, especially as his manager only recently defended the clubs position on the issues he raises:
“That the team are always in the Champions League, that we compete until the end, that we have young players, economic stability – for the board this is important.
“But I imagine there will be a moment when you have to decide do you win things or not?
The ‘Invincibles’ team (of 2003-4) is the best I have played in.
“Now a lot has changed. From 2007 on I started to say, ‘We don’t win but we play very well’. After that you realise it doesn’t work. You enjoy it, during a part of the season, like this year, when we were in four competitions.
“You say, ‘Here I have it all’. But then you cannot make the fi nal step and a decision has to be made – to go out to win or to develop players. But I imagine there will be a moment when you have to decide do you win things or not?”
“From 2007 on I started to say, ‘We don’t win but we play very well’. After that you realise it doesn’t work. You enjoy it, during a part of the season, like this year, when we were in four competitions.
“You say, ‘Here I have it all’. But then you cannot make the final step and a decision has to be made – to go out to win or to develop players.”
These are genuine concerns from a player who has seen, and captained a side full to the brim with talent, yet unable to bring trophies home. It is sad really, that one of the greatest players of his generation may prove unable to bring Arsenal glory in the form of prestigious trophies.
When Arsenal’s performances force their website to have to publish headlines like:
“Gunners let half-time lead slip in London derby on Saturday.”
“Gunners lose ground after letting a four-goal lead slip.”
“Last-minute mix-up ends Gunners’ hopes of glory at Wembley.”
It is a shame as the squad is full of talent, but, as their manager implies, their position isn’t bad enough for supporters to complain or criticize. Arsenal’s goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny agrees with his captain; he wants to win, and is not happy with settling with second place:
“We are only thinking about winning the title, not who is behind us.
“We go into everything to finish first. We are Arsenal – we don’t want to finish second and we definitely don’t want to finish third. We just think about winning.”
This is the right attitude to have, and Arsenal and their manager must have it when going into their game against Tottenham. It is crucial that they make the most of Manchester United’s minor slip-up against Newcastle. Arsenal must win against their local rivals Tottenham to keep the pressure on United, because if they don’t, quite frankly, they don’t deserve to finish first. It will be a season of missed opportunities, avoidable slip-ups and unfortunate incidents that define Arsenal’s season rather than trophies. This isn’t what any Arsenal fans want, and it is surely not what Wenger wants.
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