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The Key Ingredients To Wenger’s Recipe For Success…

The comeback by Arsenal during their 5-2 win over Tottenham showed all the traits of a side that manager Arsene Wenger looks for in his team. We look at them.

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Arsene Wenger continuously and determinedly espouses the utmost importance of spirit and belief that his players do and often do not show. It is a huge part of the Frenchman’s philosophy it seems, that this character and resolute mental attitude is crucial for success.

Two goals down at home against Tottenham on Sunday, and you would be forgiven as an Arsenal fan in feeling sapped of all positivity and belief in this seemingly dejected, defeatist Arsenal side. Wenger’s face conveyed a similar pessimism as he sat frustrated on the Arsenal bench watching his side lose their way once again this season. However, what was to come was exactly what Wenger preaches persistently with admirable perseverance.

Goals from Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie, two from Theo Walcott and a rare one from Tomas Rosicky completed a stunning turnaround which, after Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty to put Spurs two goals ahead, seemed utterly impossible.

It is this type of unthinkable and unanticipated comeback which is to some degree rather shocking considering Arsenal’s form of late and it this exact shock factor for both Arsenal and the rest of the League that could change the clubs season for the better.

Indeed, Arsene Wenger sees it in this light. The troubled manager who has once again guided a side to a season which will see no silverware at the end of it barring an even greater and preposterous recovery against AC Milan this week, highlighted the change in emphasis in Arsenal’s so far unsuccessful season.

On Sunday, Wenger told

“People will see now that Arsenal are alive more than anyone thought before the game. The performance today showed spirit. From the technical side, and with the drive of the whole team and style that we want to play, everything was perfect despite a very bad start. Spurs started well in the first five minutes, but it was all us for the next 85 minutes. We were 2-0 down but refused to lose the game and kept going.”

What is important here are his final words. Arsenal “refused to lose the game and kept going.” This is exactly what must continue in order for the Gunners to have a season which can be looked back on with any semblance of satisfaction.

They have ridden – granted, not very well – a rather large wave representing an incredibly difficult start to the season, and have played inconsistently since then. They must refuse to end this season outside of the top four and keep going to achieve that sole aim.

Without the top four, it is extremely unlikely that the best players will firstly want to stay with Arsenal, and secondly, want to join. Champions League football must be achieved. Even if they do not win in Europe this season, they must have the possibility of trying again next year.

Momentum must be kept up in their favour, starting with a positive result against Liverpool on Saturday. They side cannot afford to drop back into obscurity and ridicule with a poor performance lacking in everything Wenger is about; spirit and belief. Keep this up and they have a chance.



  1. g clarke

    February 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    arsenal problems against ac and sun were not helped by the pitches arsenal play on near perfect pitch ac put the ball in the air to pass arsenal pass on floor and ball was not running, may be some practice down park is needed

  2. Kunle

    February 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Wat really caused our defeat in milan d bad pitch and play ramsey ahead of rosicky.ramsey is a player dat does nt have d passin and vision ability as a playmaker in d heart of d midfield.rosicky made a great difference in our win on sunday.rosicky is my choice of playmaker in d midfield.

    • samuel

      February 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Exactly right Kunle but the biggest di fference to the team as a whole was ben Ayoun,s inclusion in midfield with
      Arteta and Rosicky, Arsenal,s best most
      attacking midfiled trio by far so those fickle fans who want to get rid of Tom
      as Rosicky don,t have a clue ?

  3. Andre

    February 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    what made us loose (badly) in ac is very simple, Johan Djurou! 1st goal wonder strike nothing you can do fair enough 2nd goal offside but hey 2-0 down away in the san siro not a disaster. just as Arsenal are getting back in the game Koscielny gets injured and is replaced by none other than johan. i know its pretty harsh but when you have some one that accident prone on the pitch your gunna give away goals. 3rd goal he plays a 1 2 with ibrahimavich and the 4th one of the most idiotic fouls i have seen in a long time.

  4. samuel

    February 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    It,s rather clear now that Arsene,s best
    midfield is Rosicky,ben Ayoun and Arteta
    with Song in defence as the match vs Sp
    urs shows ,can Wenger now keep this po
    tent trio together for the rest of the
    season or will he tinker with his sele
    ction vs Liverpool,we shall see ?

  5. persian food

    March 13, 2021 at 4:39 am

    I was reading the recipe from the top down, instead of all around. It’s some delicious gazpacho. wish it was warm enough outside to whip it up. Instead, it’s a pumpkin shortbread pie and barley soup day.

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