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Arsenal Have Not Under Achieved

With the funds available for transfers, Arsenal fans should appreciate another top 4 finish this season, and shouldn’t be classed as an under achievement.


Wenger – Under achieving?

Another home defeat probably means that most blogs will be flooded by more ‘Arsenal in crisis’ articles. But surely, for a club that hasn’t won a piece of silverware for seven years and has turned into a feeder club for Barcelona and City, being five points off fourth position with less than half of the season’s games played cannot be termed as a ‘crisis’ situation.

Over the past couple of seasons, Arsenal have in fact done very well to finish in the top four given their squad, injuries suffered, and poor starts to the campaign (especially in the 11/12 season). The club seems to be shifting from genuine title contender to a team challenging for a place in Europe. This is also evident from transfer market dealings over the past couple of years where they have been looking to fill the void left by better players that have moved on. Players like Marouanne Chamakh, Andre Santos, Gervinho, and Per Mertesacker aren’t as good as the players who they were bought to replace.

Recent performances also indicate that the team isn’t performing well as a collective unit. Most title winning sides won’t have a world class player in each position. It’s the cohesive and collective effort that makes a title winning side. This was also the case with the ‘Arsenal Invincibles’ and the other title winning sides under Wenger. The team currently needs more leaders within the team who can bring up the performances of other players around them.

Though most Arsenal fans will always term the stars who left them as mercenaries, most of them have gone on to win trophies with other teams (Clichy, Nasri, Toure, Fabregas in recent years). These players were at their prime and wanted to cap their professional careers with trophies to match their reputations. Who is to say that players like Giggs and Scholes would have never left Manchester United had the club not won any trophies over a long period of time?

Yet, it isn’t all doom and gloom for Arsenal fans. In a league where, in 15 games, the top side has lost three times and conceded 21 goals, there will most definitely be more points dropped by the teams currently above Arsenal. After promising starts to the season, both West Brom and Everton have started dropping points more regularly. Arsenal are in the quarter finals of the League Cup and should be among the favourites to win it. They have progressed through to the next round of the Champions League for the 13th year in a row.

There is still a long way to go in the season. With the consistency of the support shown to Wenger by the owners, the club can still recover this season and qualify for the Champions League spot, and could possibly win a trophy. Even if they don’t win anything, given the change in personnel on the pitch, difference of opinions over funds available for transfers between the board and Wenger, and the financial clout exercised by their competitors, Arsenal fans and critics should appreciate another top 4 finish, which by no means, would be an under achievement.



  1. Young Shizzle

    December 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Mr. wenger stop playing with our Emotions, we’re begining to lose faith in our Arsenal team. It will only take a miracle if we win any Trophy this Season, with the result that we’re having. ” IN WENGER WE TRUST ” And ” IN ARSENAL WE TRUST “. Please let this season be of a Joy to Us the Fans and as a Club by winning a Trophy, not only by qualifying for Champions league and been on the top four is all that we want. We want a Trophy, as far as we still standout to be One of the Best teams in the World, we deserve same Glory.

  2. Herb'sArmy

    December 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    As one of the biggest clubs in world football, Arsenal have twice sold their fans short which can be directly linked to under-achieving.
    The first of these instances came about in the summer of 1976. Terry Neill was a safe, uninspiring choice. A braver, more dynamic choice, and who would have taken Arsenal to the next level (IMO), would have been Bobby Robson. Or Brian Clough.
    Similarly in 1986, the BoD again monumentally let the fans down. Alex Ferguson agreed terms with Arsenal’s Board to become the clubs new manager. Arsenal’s Board didn’t have the patience to wait for Scotland’s inevitable World Cup elimination, and chose George Graham.
    Those two decisions individually and collectively go a long way to explaining why Arsenal haven’t joined the world’s elite clubs.
    Arsenal have massively under-achieved, just in a different time-frame, and not in a way that is immediately obvious.

  3. goonerboy

    December 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    For a club with the fifth highest share value in the game – Arsenal have underachieved massively. Over 10 years Arsenal have invested less in player transfers than any other club in the EPL. They have wasted the money they received for champions league qualification on inflated salaries for players who are not good enough for their first team whilst being unable to offer competitive salaries to their top players.

    Arsenal (Wenger especially) has opted out of the transfer market for top players by choice- not because of a lack of money- he simply hasn’t prioritised expenditure on players. This regime only use the transfer market to sell our best players- who are never replaced with players of equivalent quality. What we are seeing now is the cumulative effect of replacing top players with cheap mediocre players who dont adapt well to EPL conditions.

    Arsenal has become a selling club under the current regime. A state of affairs which is unacceptable. These complacent, arrogant custodians must be replaced, starting at the top and including the increasingly deluded manager.

    • Merlinho

      December 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Share value means nothing though. Look at the dotcom bubble for an example of that.

      To use that as a measure is ridiculous; and in any case many clubs aren’t even listed.

  4. AyPeters

    December 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

    It is high time we stop asking for WENGER head, cal for Gazidis head. If AW refuse to bring in top players, the board should go for top players afterall, AW is an employee NOT an employer. AW is interested in winning trophies but He is dancing to the music played by ARSENAL BOARD led by Stan Kroenke n Gazidis. That is why i support Russian USMANOV to take over ARSENAL because he wil spend the money. Irrespective of our 7 years trophyless campaign, ARSENE WENGER is stil the MOSES and STEVE BOULD is the JOSHUA that will lead ARSENAL to a promise land. IN ARSENE WE TRUST.

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