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Arsene Wenger: Time For A Change…

So, what can I say? Arsenal score five goals in a game and still ended up losing 4-3. Unbelievable! I think it goes without saying that Arsene Wenger is hanging on by a thread to his near 15 year tenure at Arsenal. How ironic would it be if what transp…

So, what can I say? Arsenal score five goals in a game and still ended up losing 4-3. Unbelievable! I think it goes without saying that Arsene Wenger is hanging on by a thread to his near 15 year tenure at Arsenal. How ironic would it be if what transpired to be Wenger’s last game as Arsenal manager was a 4-3 loss to the team that he defeated in his first match as Arsenal manager back in 1996?

As things stand, Wenger may well be the winner of the sack race this year. I believe that should they fall into the bottom three, then his stay in North London may well come to an end. I do find it hard to believe though, that Arsenal would sack their astute and learned manager. Having said that, stranger things have happened.

What I’m about to say is something that’s been said more times than “Hello”. Or “Good morning” perhaps. Wenger must abandon his policy of youth. It worked for Sir Alex Ferguson because his youngsters were brought up on the rough and tumble that is English football and no adaptation is needed. Wenger’s youngsters have always been very hit and miss. Either they excel and set the world alight or they get their heads turned by a major club in their homeland. On one hand we have the likes of Manu Petit and Patrick Viera, more recently Robin Van Persie, who settled in relatively quickly and were immense.

On the other we have those who show some promise and when they’re beginning to reach their peak, they’re off. Step forward Jose Antonio Reyes, and when you do, make a space for Cesc Fabregas. Fabegas you could argue was a good servant for Wenger, but then I can’t help hearing the words of Randy Van Warmer’s 70’s classic “You left me (just when I needed you most)”. You Tube it. Wenger is in danger of becoming the next Ozzie “I’ll stick to my principles” Ardiles, and promptly being sacked whilst rock bottom of the league.

A quick look at the team sheet shows me only two players who I’d consider ready or experienced enough for premiership football. The aforementioned Van Persie, and of course the seasoned Mikel Arteta. That’s it. The rest are either new buys, or not up to the task. Arshavin? Song? Gervinho? I don’t think they’ll be making any Premiership opposition fret too much this season. Wenger needs to get real and get some more steel and experience. Rein in the indulgence in the young and untried. If not, I fear Wenger may well fall on his own sword.

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  1. collins

    September 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    AF brought in all the players required to execute the new season early enough for preseason and they are reaping the result already. AW was gambling on “talent” and “quality” until he received the bashing from MU and immediately, he found 4 “talents” and “quality” in one day. This shows that he’d been economical with the truth. His gambles has been failing for 5 seasons and I think this is the climax. It would’ve been worse if the MU tie hadn’t come b4 close of the window to show the true strenght of the team. For me, the MU bashing is a good result because it paved the way for 4 “talents” and “quality”. Arsenal would’ve been worse without the emmergency additions but I’m afraid they will make the real arsenal grade at the end of the season.

  2. ne

    September 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    yup i agree, these 4 quality have lesser time to gel. some said we need to buy home defender like cahill, i doubt it will do any good with the time span like this. just look at arteta and benny, it takes them a few run to gel up. But i do agree it will be faster a bit, just like in the blackburn game, arteta seem a bit comfortable then when the swaasea game.

  3. oz

    September 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    the manager who should take over when wenger leaves is easy to pick.with the budget we are on only moyes could do the job.

  4. Nana

    September 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Screw moyes i want frank rijkard, He has done it with barca he can help arsenal

  5. Northbanksy

    September 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Now that the “youth policy” with a team based around Fabregas has been abandonned we have the same kind of mixed (age) squad as pretty much any other club in the premiership. Nothing special going on (or on going) at all.
    Add to this that Arsene & his assistants attempts to solidify the defense (they’ve only had 3 seasons)have failed completely, as has the other alternative i.e. getting the whole team to defend all over the pitch a la Barcelona.
    All I can see at the moment is a squad that is failing & can’t see any justification for Arsene to continue as the manager. What is it exactly that he’s offering at the moment that any number of average Premiership managers
    couldn’t offer????

    • I T

      September 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      There is time to turn things around. I6f wenger goes now, arsenal dies

  6. Mike Gunner

    September 20, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Feb said when he was with the Spain national team they were given detailed info about the opposition. Contrast that with Wenger. Players are not told of the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing teams.Incredible is the word.
    No wonder the gunners have been conceding goals by the thousands at set pieces.
    This is why as long as Wenger is in charge,the gunners won’t win the epl title.That is unless he changes his philosophy which btw won’t happen in a million years.
    Notice the players bought by the red faced cunt have been English or epl experienced. Yeah he might have paid more but who cares.
    As long as Wenger doesn’y change his mind set he risks being axed. If he is smart he will bring in a defence coach. If the gunners continue to lose and leak similar goals,his head will have to be sacrificed to apppease the fans.

  7. niyolad

    September 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    If wenger can change his youth policy to youth mix with men.EPL standard nowadays is no more youth but men in d mind. For e.g, jones of man u is young bt matured in d mind. D only thin dat is permanent is ChangE D youth policy must change for development

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