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Another Hero Loses Faith In Wenger’s Regime, Can He Bring The Glory Days Back?

After yet another star name has left Arsenal, questions must be asked why they continually leave Arsene Wenger and whether he can bring trophies back to Arsenal

Van Persie Arsene Wenger

Guest post by: Damien Kelly.

It’s a big loss for Arsenal and you’ve got to feel for these fans, year after year it seems, another massive player moves on to bigger and better things.

Wenger’s regime is 16 years old now and the 3 Premier league titles and 4 FA cups are becoming distant memories. It seems a difficult decision for the board to decide to sack a man who not only guided the team to these 7 successes but also a man who revolutionised the football club based on his philosophy; an effective youth system, excellent scouts and a neat passing style of play.

The issue is Van Persie has now followed Overmars, Petit, Vieira, Cole, Adebayor, Henry, Nasri and Fabregas out the door. None of these were bit-part players, these were key players. The question has to be asked: most of these guys became the forces they are under Wenger’s guidance, yet why have each of them given up on the club and their mentor?

Arsenal’s last trophy came in 2005 and after 8 years of continuos success, Wenger and his Arsenal took a back seat to Chelsea and United. The invincibles of 2003/2004 slowly broke up over the coming years and time was given to Wenger to rebuild. After all, even Sir Alex has had rebuilding years at United.

However, the barren years have continued for too long and the Arsenal faithful are getting more and more frustrated. The main reason Wenger has kept his job is that Arsenal have qualified for the Champions league year after year after year. This entails that they attract sponsors, they receive considerably more income yearly and they of course they can attract top players.

The fact that, unlike 5 years ago, there are now a group of 6 or 7 strong teams competing for those 4 champions league spots. Therefore qualification is still considered a success. As far as the league title is considered however, Arsenal have not been in touching distance of the title in many years. The past 7 years cannot be considered a ‘demise’ in any shape of form, but the board have to seriously consider whether Wenger can bring back glory to Arsenal Football Club.

Each of the big players that left no doubt were tempted by a higher wage package, something Arsenal do not offer, and they should be credited for not doing so but it also means they will fall behind. However, it seems money is not the only thing they are looking for, each of these players grew tired of Arsenal’s stagnation. They see other clubs shooting for the stars and yearn to be a part of it.

Arsene Wenger continues to meet expectations at Arsenal; top 4 finishes and decent champions league runs. But Wenger has not exceeded expectations in a long time and the Arsenal board must wonder if he ever will again.

Do you think Arsene Wenger will bring the glory days back to Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Mike Gunner

    August 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    At any other club, a manager with his record would have gone four seasons ago.
    He has caused Arsenal to decline from the peak of 2004.
    If he can’t fire the gunners up,there should be no more time for him to see plan work.Too much time has been wasted.

    • chris from Cambridge

      August 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm


  2. anONYmouse

    August 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    The writer is a brainless i***t.Would you change bosses if offered 200,000+/wk especially when it may be your last chance?

    Why do you think Anelka, Drogba, Lippi goes to the footballing backwater that is China? Ask Adebayor why he’d rather languish in the reserves in MC than play first team football at Spurs.

    Analyze please.

    • FinnGun

      August 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Exactly. Brainless and definitely not a real supporter of Arsenal.

  3. Mike Gunner

    August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Wenger said he doesn’t know if Arsenal can survive the exit of RVP.Well he was the manager for the trophy drought.
    Then if Arsenal can’t challenege,he shd go. Too much time has been wasted by him on his prettys soccer and wc kids.

  4. Scott (USA)

    August 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Arsenal are going into the season a better team than last year. Arsenal are better and that is all that matters. I like RVP but we are not lacking in the attack. Enjoy the season you haters.

  5. Damien

    August 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    AnONYmouse, apologies for thinking that there any footballers left out there who aim for success rather than money. Part of the issue with overpaid players is that people like yourself believe the only reason they play is for money.


    August 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Arsenal has always fallen short of two to three players in the past years to push them to a trophy winning level and Wenger has never made efforts to bridge the short fall. Unfortunately, it appears the trend will continue as there is no sign that something has been done to the defense which is the weak point of Arsenal now.

    • chris from Cambridge

      August 18, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Correct but Steve Bould could improve the defence if given the authority to do so ??

  7. Oliver mapukute

    August 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    If AW starts overpaying players it won’t be long before we follow pompey in the murky waters of bankruptcy and then there won’t be any arsenal to watch. Therefore mercenaries must look elsewhere. Arsenal will be ok.

    • FinnGun

      August 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Realism and common sense… how refreshing. I salute you, Sir.

  8. Guns and Roses

    August 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Forget about glory days and worry about survivor instead.

    • FinnGun

      August 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Yeah, we’re really up shit creek with Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski. Please you up ‘supporter’ in the dictionary.

      • Tomf

        August 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

        Really is this writer truly a supporter or a hater , I mean I will not stand by somebody for 6/7 good years or seasons and not think I deserve some amount of loyalty from that person or Persie . You know when it really comes down to it who is really a hero ? I would say Henry is a Hero I certainly believe he is a Loyal servant of Arsenal , would you ( writer ) say the same of Mr Van Persie one who we stuck with through thick and thin but turns around in his first real season of service to the Arsenal FC AND GIVES US A GOOD KICK IN THE TEETH .pls Mr Damein Kelly Spare us the Bull ok ?

  9. Nick

    August 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

    I love all the Arsenal fans slating another fans opinion of the current situation, it would seem that he is alone in being frustrated with the lack of this ‘great’ clubs success? I mean its all well and good having a ‘fantastic’ youth system, but its been 6 years without a trophy, enough time for a youth player to break onto the scene and make an impact, shame it hasnt happened yet, Dont get me wrong i’d love to read United vs Arsenal and expect a good close match, but when RVP starts banging in goals at the Emirates in a United shirt, I really will piss my pants.. Battling Swansea for mid table is exciting too though right?

  10. ola

    August 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Writer, bloggers ans some fans give all arsenal departed players more respect than they deserves and rubbish a man that more respect than man in arsenal. Those players are failure. Can anyone tell me what nasir,kolo,VP,etc did for arsenal. Nothing i think. They won nothing when they were in the same team. We fan usually give them all excuses of not having to play with quality players like them. All these so called quality plays played together and won nothing for the club. It is a good thing they are leaving. It is all about money to me than trophy. VP is nobody’s hero. He knows it himself. A captain that belittle his team is no hero.

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