Hansen: Arsenal Players No Longer Believe In Wenger

By on August 30, 2011

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen feels Arsenal players are losing faith in Arsene Wenger, after their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Manchester United.

He wrote in the Telegraph: “It was a culmination of the last 18 months of Arsène Wenger’s reign. It was testament to his total failure to address his side’s glaring flaws. It was eight, but might have been 18. It was total and utter mayhem.

“Before the game, simply from glancing at the team-sheet, it was hard to see how Arsenal could win. The gulf between the two sides – best illustrated by the strength of the respective benches – was too deep, too obvious.

“Arsenal had players missing, but Wenger has known for years he has to recruit to possess the necessary strength in depth to compete with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. He has known, as we all have, that Arsenal lack leadership and cover for the back four. For too long he has failed to rectify any of those shortcomings for too long. This is the consequence.

“During the game, as Arsenal were cut open time and again, it was clear the Frenchman’s players no longer believe in his project.

“Cesc Fàbregas has gone and Samir Nasri has gone – their best player and arguably their brightest – and now there is a sense that plenty of their former team-mates have lost direction and faith.”

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23 Comments

  1. JAYJAY

    August 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

    You are such a dirty c’nt !

  2. Bill

    August 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Unfortunately we don’t know what is going on in the background at Arsenal. Are the directors refusing to give him the funds to buy players? As a Liverpool fan it was horrid to see them capitulate so easily to the Manure, there are enough mid table teams already Managed by ex Manure who go down without a fight to them. I’m not accusing them of cheating to help their ex boss but when it comes to loans they seem to have priority.

    • GoonerGaz

      August 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

      To be fair bill, you have spent a fortune and might want to look at yourselves a bit more closely before crying about manure. You have spent a lot more than manure but don’t look anywhere near as good as them. If we had spent what you have, we wouldn’t be in this mess, because we would have spent it better than on shite like henderson, adam and carrol. Worry about your own club first.

    • Danny Salford Red

      August 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Glad you enjoyed it so much Bill. Hopefully plenty more where that came from. Hopefully against LiverPOO!!!!
      🙂

      • KATIE

        August 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

        U WERE GOOD AGAINST A WEAK TEAM DANNY , LIVERPOOL WILL WALK OVER YOU, I SAW A WEAKNESS IN YOUR DEFENSE AND MIDFIELD.ARSENAL CREATED CHANCES DESPITE THEIR VULNERABLE TEAM THAT TELLS ALOT.

  3. EF

    August 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Stupid statment from Hansen…How come the team lose faith to Wenger as he gives the young boys such an opportunity? If I were the player and know I’m not good enough, the manager still play me in front of Man U, I must be glad of such decision as I am taking advantage. I am very disappointed the people point to Wenger. He told us he wants to keep good player in the team, but he can not make the call as the other team pay a lot higher than Arsenal. As a manager, if he has the money to keep and buy the good player, he will definately use it as his responsibility is win trophy. Why the board support him to stay for 6 years without trophy? The board understand the fact they do not have fund for Wneger to spend but they wish us to compete with Man U, Che, Man C etc. and Wenger has brought the best result already. I strongly believe Wenger did not tell us the truth as he is protecting the club, please don’t point to the best manager in town.

  4. ben

    August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This article is crap.

  5. elias

    August 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Absolutely spot on! I am an arsenal supporter and i normally do not agree with Allan Hansen’s views. but this time around he is absolutely right. players Like Arshavin, Traore…, were clearly didn’t have a shred of belief that is why you have seen them joking around the whole 90 minutes. I don’t think even AW has faith in himself any more.

  6. sam

    August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    the usual crap, which players lost faith in wenger? the 8 first-teamers who missed due to injuries and suspension? or the rubbish that shamed the team on sunday? if you say armand traore i will believe you coz he knew he was being sold.
    anyway he’s buying at least 5 players so those who told mr hansen they lost faith can leave.

  7. Marco

    August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Well Hansen. . .No one ever had faith in anything you said so do us all a favour and shut up. Get a grip on reality. As for Fabregas – He has ALWAYS stated his dream and that move had NOTHING to do with Wenger or Arsenal.
    Nasri – Well Harry summed up that kid perfectly didnt he. You find players saying “I want to join City for their history” WHAT HISTORY? “I want to join City as they are the new best team (Nasri. . .) New Best team -Whatever – they wont win anything this season, bet on that! Its all about the money bud, nothing to do with Wenger – Nasri just a poor delusional kid who runs after the best $$$$$. So, Arsenal lost 8-2, so what? Does that mean the end of them? Wait and see the end of this season, and I bet you we will finish higher than Man City. As for Nasri – he has admitted that he wanted to leave after the League cup – Quite a professional player aint he? Giving his best in every game I see – It was obvious in the useless way he played at the end of last season, so you know what – Have an Adebayor time at City buddy – Warm that bench and look forward to your first Loan spell at some obscure crappy side, and then talk up Playing for the Spuds when NO ONE ELSE WANTS YOU!!!!!

    • magnumopus

      August 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Marco… You are delusion to a scarry degree mate. Arsenal will not end the season higher than Citeh! For sure! No way…

  8. sam

    August 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    we just signed andre santos and the korean captain, and per mertersacker is taking a medical right now i am sure they are signing for a manager that players don’t trust anymore.

    • magnumopus

      August 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Agree… how can they trust a drowning ship with a delusional captain?

  9. RC

    August 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hi EF ,

    I dont usually support Hansen or reply, but i think you are a fookin young prick which still needs to grow up and understand how the real world works. You say , if you were not good enough and he still feld you , you’d be happy. Your an idiot , would you want to trust a manager that field players that are not good enough. Clearly he KNEW he did not have the players 8 missing. He as the MANAGER shuld formulate a tactic and avoid such an embarasament for the club and the millions of fans around the world.

    You say he has no money and the board kept him even though 6 years no trophy. The board kept him because it is good business. The owners still make money as he doent like to spend and is a STUBBORN person that wants to do it HIS way. He keep them in champions league and makes money for the club. He does it his way. Arsenal record positive revenue and its because he is a good manager. NOT FOOTBALL CLUB MANAGER- a business manager.. I beleive he does have a wonderful style of play – but would you rather win or watch beautiful football and lose.

    that was only to EF – you stupid fool

  10. KATIE

    August 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Hansen, who asked for your opinion.Thats the most ill written and thoughtless article have ever read.Keep your opinion to yourself, its just crap.

    • magnumopus

      August 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Isn’t he paid for his opinions? Do you think he will be paid to keep them to himself? Are you daft?

  11. KATIE

    August 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I also belief you are right , i watched these team and yes you could see resignation on the part of the players, we need a motivated team and Wenger has been lacking inn that aspect.

    • reality

      August 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      what utter rubbish. Any team on earth will be resigned and deflated after going 6 goals behind. even at 4-1 Arsenal still tried to get back in the game which contrary to your idiot opinion actually demonstrates motivation against all odds.

  12. Marco

    August 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    magnumopus – Wait and see.
    35 Games to go – City will implode and lose and draw many games this season. I just love what happened to Arsenal. I think this will create the impression this season that we are there for the taking. Teams will open up trying to score against us, and as long as wenger sort the defence out, we will hit back. I said the same thing to a friend this morning Katy, 8-2 was pathetic from an arsenal perspective, but Manu cant really play any better this season, and still they leaked two goals to a below average team

    • Davey

      August 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Manure were without fernindand and vidic. Probably the best cbs in football. If they were playing it could of been 10-0. When your defenders are playing like attackers like manures where, your bound to leave space at the back, so i wouldnt read too much into arsenals two goals if i were you.

  13. DEADLY GUNNER

    August 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Mr. Hansen it was a one off case n trustme it wont happen ever.And I think it happened for gud.Look at how we are moving in transfer market now.And trust me looserpool and manure wud be answered in a fitting manner.

  14. Steve of Chiang Mai

    August 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    What would he know from his comfy couch at MOTD….Frimpy send him a twitter will you!!

  15. reality

    August 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Alan Hansen. Pffffttt. An average player who wouldn’t know the first thing about it. Arsenal had FIFTEEN shots on goal which is hardly reflective of the actual scoreline. Yes it was a beating but can’t wait for the gooners to turn it around and shut this twat up for a long long time.

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