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Is It Time For Arsene Wenger to Leave Arsenal?

Success in football is difficult to sustain. Most clubs go through peaks and troughs. And typically, it’s during the troughs that problems emerge. But there is an altogether different type of problem at Arsenal, a sense of stagnation and déjà vu that is gradually driving many of their fans mad. For the last five or six seasons, Arsenal have shot themselves in the foot with the same predictable weaknesses. Yet Arsene Wenger approaches every season with lofty ambitions (and rightfully so), but little or no steps taken to fix the flaws that have continually undone his team. An also-ran culture is slowly brewing at club, and this needs to be changed. And I think that it’s time that Arsenal embraced change by moving on from Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal squad is littered with names who are not good enough and Wenger’s unyielding faith in his players is chiefly to blame for this. Occasionally this may work out with projects like Alex Song, but it usually gets shown up in a grand manner by the likes of Denilson and Diaby, among others. And in all honesty, you could make a case for getting rid of eight to ten members of the Arsenal first team and not get laughed out of the room.

Wenger’s faith in his players is directly tied to the gambles he takes in the transfer market. Case in point – not signing a striker in January 2010 (which ruined their chances for honors), or a defender in the January window past (which may yet do the same). His miscalculations in the transfer market also results in him signing players that do not solve Arsenal’s problems. Can you really blame observers for criticizing Arsenal’s defence when the likes of Sebastian Squillaci and the historically awful Mikael Silvestre have been signed as reinforcements?

Part of the reason that Wenger’s transfer approach gets shown up so badly is that Arsenal’s injuries force fringe players to play more than they should. Obviously it cannot be Wenger’s fault that his players are, for whatever reason, injury-prone. But by now, shouldn’t he have recognized this trend and either stopped depending so much on proven sicknotes like Robin van Persie, or ensured that Arsenal’s cover was of a higher standard so that the likes of Rosicky and Silvestre would never start a Champions League tie at the Nou Camp?

Another term synonymous with Arsenal is ‘mental strength’ (or lack thereof). Call it winning mentality, heart, fight, or what you will, but it is a very real concept, something that must be drilled relentlessly into players, and exuded from the top down by everyone at the club. You would think, that after all the near misses that Arsenal has had, all the times when they were forced to taste their own blood; that they would band together in the agony of defeat, under a resolute spirit that should be emanated by their manager and come back visibly hungrier.

Instead, Arsenal fans are treated to meaningless soundbites by players and manger about ‘mental strength’ that are rarely backed up on the pitch. Instead, in this season alone, Arsenal have given us four of the most memorable chokes in the Premier League era – against Tottenham, Newcastle, Birmingham and Liverpool. Instead, Wenger becomes more petulant in his on-pitch reactions and finds every possible excuse for his team’s failures, which only makes him come across as the worst loser in the Premier League. Do you honestly think that Alex Ferguson would put up with most of the crap that goes on at Arsenal?

Now for all the failings of the squad, I think the real fatal flaw in Wenger’s Arsenal is in their playing style. When it works, it will consistently break down opponents and produce some wonderfully executed goals. But this probably happens eight times a season at best. Far more common is the sight of Arsenal playing ping-pong at the top of the box with absolutely no penetration, while nine opponents sit behind the ball. They often struggle to create chances and when they do, they often struggle to finish them. Arsenal’s predictability makes them relatively easy to defend against, and extremely vulnerable on the break. The main reason that Arsenal’s record against quality teams is so poor is because these teams know that Wenger will tactically approach every game the same way. Even his switch at the beginning of last season from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 did not change Arsenal’s inherent desire to play an ultimately inefficient brand of football.

You can’t make the ‘Wenger Knows’ argument anymore, or hope that Wenger will change his ways. In the last five or six years, he hasn’t established a direction that can lead Arsenal to success. And importantly, it’s not like Wenger has no idea how to find it – his record in the Highbury years speaks for itself. Back then, he balanced his vision with practicality. But nowadays, it’s becoming a case of ‘Wenger Knew’, or more accurately, ‘Wenger Knows, but is too stubborn to change’.

Now, many fans have suggested that Wenger be ‘moved upstairs’ into a more directorial role should he leave his position as manager. I think this would be a mistake – for one, I don’t think he would accept what he might view as something of a passive demotion. And do you really want Wenger’s presence still looming so ominously over the new manager, which might potentially undermine anything that he does? I think the best thing for all concerned would be for Wenger to make a clean break with the club, not necessarily to ride off into the sunset, but to bring definite closure to his legacy at Arsenal, and for the club to begin with a wholly new approach.

The fans will never universally turn on him a la Roy Hodgson. The board will never openly sack him – and rightfully so – one indignity that I think that his pre-Emirates achievements should exclude him from. However, it should still fall on them to show some initiative and encourage him into some sort of mutual departure. Or else it should fall on Wenger, who should follow his own advice and engage in serious self reflection – to realize that his methods have not been working.

And crucially, I think that he is unlikely to make significant changes to his approach, changes that Arsenal need to free themselves from the insanity of stagnation.

For this reason, it is time for the end of Arsene Wenger’s era at Arsenal.

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  1. Kyle

    August 29, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Wenger should stay as that is the only way Liverpool or Spurs will challenge for the top 4 this season 🙂 .

  2. Thomas

    August 29, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Well your entitled to your view,but its a load of bunkum,you would be advised not to write off fans who know you are not the only fish in the sea and you view is well outnumbered.

  3. chris

    May 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Guyz wenger is a good coach but u gta be realistic.its as far as
    Scientifically proven that kids can’t take u very far cuz not only
    are they injury prone but ey is e worlds
    greatest team presently but still splashed out cash 2 purchase david villa.
    Do u honestly think management is stupid or guardiola is stupid?
    Guardiola nedded that killer instinct touch from david villa.its been
    proven u gta spend money 2 win.if arsenal does nt spend then am
    sory 2 say they NEVA gna win.guyz hav u noticed if arsenal does nt
    score in e first 60 mins of a game den its likely nt 2 score?compare
    that to man utd who can score at any minute of e game!!!dats lack
    Of killer instict n it takes a killer striker to do stop backing
    Wenger blindly!!!he has to do a lot of purchasing dis summer!!

  4. lukman

    May 4, 2011 at 7:27 am

    wenger sud jst stp featuring d likes of diaby,delnison,charmak,almuna,rosicky etc dt he claim 2 b a profesional player dt can nt make Eyimba Fc in my country

  5. frankly speaking

    April 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

    let wenger go now before he do more damages to arsenal plz

  6. Alexandra Thrift

    April 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I absolutely adore Arsene … couldn’t find a fansite for him.

    Maybe it’s time for him to take a well earned break and enjoy a retirement.

    He should be further honoured for services to sport in Britain…maybe a Knighthood ? Sir Arsene . Love him. xxx

  7. jp

    April 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I dont think Wenger should go, instead he should become a bit harder and sell players that are costing us…diaby(10mil), denilson(8mil), eboue(6mil), bendtner(7mil), squillaci(1mil), almunia(free), fabianski(free) and chamkh(10mil). Thats about 42 mil…Dont know about you guys but i think we could buy some decent players with that money…If we sell fab then sneijder is our only option…cant think of another midfielder who is in their class…besides of course the midfileders in la liga…Positions we need enforcement in: CB, DM, ST, AM/W. Samba, Inler, Rossi, Hazard. This is a good mixture of talent and EPL experience.

  8. davey short

    April 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I don’t think Wenger should leave, just needs to get rid of the dead weight and bring in experience but not of the calibre of Silvestre or Squillachi who are pathetic…a mix of youth and experience would go a long way…c’mon Wenger, Iive a little

  9. David G

    April 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I don’t buy into the whole “winning” mentality thing, but I don’t think it helps that Wenger is having fits during a match when his team is up 3-2. Maybe Redknapp is right and the game has turned Arsene into a giant nutter.

  10. Dave (dlbags)

    April 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I think this is the most level headed neutral observation of the North London Derby.

    BTW Bear in mind Szczcesny just turned 21 a few days ago. I found his composure and grit top notch. he looks to be a world class GK in the making. Although his to gaffes (he should have had the VdV near post goal) may have cost us 2 points he’s clearly got the makings of the sort of GK Arsenal need. Sadly he should be on loan this season and has been thrust into first team action by ineptitude of Almunia and Fabianski’s and Mannone’s injuries.

  11. davey short

    April 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I live and breath Arsenal and support Wenger 100% but he does need to show the door to a few bottlers, Denilson, Bendtner, Squillachi, Almunia, Eboue, Rosicky and Vela need to leave, they are not Arsenal players…oh and Fabregas…he does not have the fire that Wilshire has and is biding his time before Barca come back.
    In the meantime sign Maarten Stekelenberg, Micah Richards, Gary Cahill, possibly Brede Hangeland, Eden Hazard, Carlton Cole, Romalu Lukaku and maybe a big one like Bojan or even WESLEY SNEIJDER we have the money…then maybe the 2 goal leads can stay that way instead of throwing it away…Spurs twice, Newcastle (4 goals what a joke) it frustrates me…sell those players and should get maybe £20 million total plus Kroenke’s input and we could easily get £100 million for players

    • Dave (dlbags)

      April 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      One thing I suggested on my Twitter the other day is Diego Forlan. He clearly is in his peak years, a veteran and knows how to run an offense and could be the perfect stop gap until Wilshere is ready if we sell Fabregas. He’s fallen out of favor with Athletico Madrid’s front office event hough he resigned this year.

      Obviously Sneijder would be better but he’s going to command a lot of money- which could be awesome with him and Van Persie together. Plus if Spurs are going big into the market this summer they may want to unload Van Der Vart and those three know how to play well together. Still I think Arsenal need a dominant player in the box to go with Van Persie. I like this Guiseppe Rossi kid on Villareal and he is only behind Villa, Ronaldo and Messi in goals in La Liga. He’s got a nose for goal.

      I also like Ericsson the Danish kid at Ajax whom Arsenal is tracking big time. I also think Walcott needs to be unleashed more like he was yesterday.

      As far as who to unload, I think we should keep Bendtner and Vela (still very young) and sell Chamakh, Denilson, Eboue and Diaby. I don’t know what happened to Chamakh, he fell right off a cliff or something. I think Arshavin has to go too. Plenty of Ukraine or Russian clubs would take him.

  12. Andrei

    April 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    A similar question: is it time for Harry Redknapp to step down if Spurs fail to qualify for CL spot? After all the draw on Wednesday was as damaging to Spurs’ CL qualification chances as to Arsenal’s title hopes. Why should Arsenal be the only team to bask in media attention?

  13. Dave (dlbags)

    April 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    You have to stop and take a step back understand what you are complaining about. You had the freak mistake in the Carling Cup final then what? Losing to Barca, Man U and tying Liverpool and Spurs? Sometimes its not how bad Arsenal concede but how amazing the other teams play against us or find a way. This is professional sports and teams don’t lie down when behind. But when games like Newcastle happen everyone instead of praising NUFC would rather dump on Arsenal, because you know, no team is capable of a miraculous comeback except top 4 teams.

    You can’t win. I mean look at Man U’s record against top teams, goals conceded and road record and I’d say Man U would be way mroe suspect, but they are in the lead so.

    Also Arsenals performance this year is hardly as bad as Chelsea’s dismal fall considering how far in the lead they were, or how much money Man City spent to be clinging to 4th! Or Spurs pathetically deciding to play for a draw in the final part of the game, at home, against Arsenal with Champion’s League on the line. Subbing in a holding midfielder after tying it was one of the saddest things I’ve seen all season, but naturally we’ll be talking about Arsenal not winning the game, right?

    • Patrick in Austin

      April 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      That holding midfielder would have scored the winner if Szczesny hadn’t had the blind luck to sit on a ball between his legs. And if you thought Spurs were sitting on a draw in the last 10 minutes you must’ve had too many pints. Spurs had multiple chances, and the vast majority of the play after Sandro was put in was in Arsenal’s half of the pitch.

      …but I’m just picking nits. You’re right about Wenger overall, but your objectivity about the play in yesterday’s game is definitely suspect.

      • Dave (dlbags)

        April 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        Sure in the last few minutes, Spurs countered a few times but Harry was clearly playing for a draw tactically with that substitution. Either way it was a fantastic thrilling game and way better than the El Classico yesterday.

        The point is all criticisms seem to go at Arsenal all the time when there is plenty of blame to go around. My point wasn’t to say Spurs weren’t trying to win but show Redknapp could just as well have some criticisms like keeping Gallas in injured or subbing a holding midfielder in. But all the papers are all over Wenger for drawing to a top five club.

        • Patrick in Austin

          April 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

          Ok, we’ll agree to disagree about ‘Arry’s substitution tactics.

          But as for the media treatment of Wenger, it’s just typical tabloid stuff – bagging on him brings eyeballs and hits. He’s an unlikeable guy, as opposed to Redknapp, Dalglish, Mourinho/Ferguson to a certain extent, etc., etc.

          The trick is to not get caught up in media bullsh**. Any Gooner that isn’t satisfied with Wenger needs to get a life. Arsenal is one of the great clubs in World Football, and due to the success under Wenger, they will be known as a Great club forever. It’s true that Arsenal hasn’t won a trophy for six years, but they’ve competed for EVERY SINGLE ONE in that span, and they won 1-2 just about every year in the decade before.

          If you are an individual with a two eyes and a brain who knows football, you know how great Wenger is, how great a club he’s built at Arsenal, and how great Arsenal will continue to be under him. If you know that, who cares which coach the media pile on? And who cares what some loser that knows the Gaffer’s email address thinks about him?

  14. Andrei

    April 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    The real question is: will Arsenal benefit if Wenger leaves? And be careful when you answer as you may get Benitez as a replacement…

  15. Terry

    April 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Arsenal under Wenger means a guranteed spot in the Champions League. With the amount of money he has spent, that is a remarkable achievement. Is there another manager out there that can do that? None that I know of and even if some exist, they are few are far between. The Mourinhos and Fergusons have alll spent heavily and amassed debt in the process. The owners at Arsenal are never going to get rid of him because, unlike other clubs, he has not bankrupted the club.

    The question is do Arsenal want to win a trophy or two, miss out on CL play from time to time and perhaps go into debt in the process?

    Wenger has made mistakes but overall he has done an admirable job at Arsenal. Firing him will not bring stability or success automatically.


    April 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I aman Arsenal fan who was supporting Spurs last night and I will support every teamagainst us until Wenger mans up and does the honourable thing and leaves. The fans are the big problem. They whine constantly about defences and blah blah while still thinking nthing of forkingout sixtey odd bills a week to watch this shambles. While they continue to do this nothing will happen. YOu have to vote with your feet. The board wouldn’t be so sit back if they had a half empty stadiun every game. Sadly, Wenger is a parody of himself these days and next season there is no chance of top 4. Forget about buying top players in defense under him (not that it will ever happen); under him they would be all the place as he has no idea how to structure a good defence like Jose or Ferguson. I really hope he goes for the sake of my club – mind you I’d have more cahnce of winning the lottery than him leaving without a push.

  17. Martin

    April 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Simply put, no.

  18. Laughin out Loud

    April 21, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I hope arse wenger dont leave arsenal… why would we want that…

    Why have another serious contender for the title.. lol… go go go wenger.. 😀

    Season not over?? lol.. dude.. u got chelsea ahead of you now.. muahahaha… try getting 2nd place first then only aim for 1st..

    btw.. all this madness from arse wenger is just about taking the pressure off his players.. dont u think? 🙂

  19. impatient

    April 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    arsene wenger is a economic manager he should go, he buy cheap n young player fans must kick him out

  20. Kody

    April 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    yeah gotta agree with stacy. wenger doesn’t spend lots of money and arsenal are still a powerhouse every year. fair play rules should give them the upper hand. getting rid of him would be retarded.

    it’s funny. people kill mancini for having a team that plays ugly and for the most part gets results. meanwhile, wenger creates a game that is beautiful and gets even better results without breaking the bank and he gets killed for it because people then call them soft. make up your minds.

  21. Stacy Richardson

    April 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Which is the more important issue: silverware, or survival? This is NOT the Premier League of the last twenty years. This is a league where teams are fighting to keep their heads above water financially. Once the “fair play” rules kick in, when teams must rationalize their payrolls, Arsenal will be miles ahead of the others.

    It is too bad the Gunners cannot finish first right now, but it is quite possible that ten years from now we may be saying, “Boring, boring Arsenal: they’ve won the league yet again.” And when the club gets the Emirates Stadium paid for, they will be in a position to be the big spenders, relative to other teams.

    So I would suggest to Arsenal supporters: try to take the long view. These are perilous times for all professional sports teams, because Western economies are in the process of collapsing. It’s hit Iceland and Ireland first, then Greece; Portugal is in trouble now with Spain on the way. Eventually things will be falling apart in the UK and the USA, and only those teams who have stayed out of debt will survive, as no more saviors will be available to bail out teams which have foolishly overspent.

    But Arsenal will still be around, and sitting pretty.

  22. Smokey Bacon

    April 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Unbelievable. Best manager you’ve ever had and you want him out. Clearly don’t remember the Terry Neil/Don Howe days when a good cup run was the limit of the club’s ambition, or the “Boring Boring Arsenal” days of George Graham. Wenger is in the top 5 coaches in the world. Show him the door and unless you get a Mourinho or Guardiola it will be all downhill.

  23. Dave (dlbags)

    April 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I bet Aston Villa or Everton would trade anything to have Arsenal’s problems.

    This is another predictable article bashing Arsenal because *gasp* they didn’t win “silverware” for 6 whole years! The humanity! And now we aren’t likely going to win the Premiership. Win was the last win for Spurs or man City?

    Meanwhile Arsenal are more than likely going into CL for a 16th straight time and are probably the only team in Europe not cooking it’s books and being profitable while winning. Ole Gunner on Twitter said it best:

    “Wenger is like that little fund manager in 2000 insisting the dotcom market was overvalued. He was right but he was losing everyday…”

    In five years after the new Fifa rules have kicked in I would very much like to see how the rest of the “outspend our problems” clubs are doing. What you guys don’t get as you are bloggers and writers int he now is that Wenger is playing Chess while the most of the league is playing checkers.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      April 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Outstanding point!

      Wenger is biding his time. The FFP rules comes into play and Arsenal lowers its debt, Arsenal will most likely rule England… unless United somehow coughs up 500 million in cash to pay off its Titanic mountain of debt.

      Wenger is keeping Arsenal competitive and economically healthy until it is time to strike… Arsenal are still a relatively young team… with too many injuries.

      PS: United fan who dislikes Chelsea, City, and Liverpool far more than Arsenal and Spurs…

    • Martin

      April 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

      It’s astonishing that the complainers don’t realize this. They glance over the fact he has led them to such an amazing streak of Champion’s League play. Have never been in any danger of being relegated, being a Top 4 side since the 1996-1997 season (coincidently when Wenger was appointed). Been economical with transfers. Even with being economical and trying to get rid of the stadium debt burden, Arsenal have still remained near the top. Play an attractive brand of football. Maintain a build from within system, which in my view only endears you more to the players that make it through the system as they are “your” players.

      I bet if Wenger flashed the cash towards the players these complainers so covet and they fail, they’d equally pass blame to him for buying such players. Can’t win.

      I’m no AKB supporter but still, the fans need to step back and realize how good we have it.

      • robert

        April 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

        break it down martin. losses are tough to take and people look for someone to blame. the gunners play gorgeous football, they’re fiscally responsible, they groom players that everyone, especially coaches, compliment when they go out on loan, and they finish top four every season. the difference between the teams with the trophies of late? arsenal aren’t stacked with debt like the trophy teams are, and they still challenge every year. ask another coach to make diamonds out of coal and they’d come nowhere near wenger’s ability or record.

  24. Soleer

    April 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Yes, the man is finished.

  25. Augustine

    April 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    His petulant, always hard done by attitude is filtering through to the players. He’s earned the right to stay at the club but I for one have not been enjoying his influence on the team for a long time now.

  26. PaulFromMiami

    April 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I don’t think Arsene Wenger should be sacked. However the board should force him to get better players.

  27. Ricardo

    April 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Interesting article – it pretty much summarizes your belief that Arsene should go. If he should go, who do you think will replace him?

  28. Henry

    April 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    What Wenger has done is unbelievable! look at this link – third table down! Arsenal are almost bottom! { www transferleague co uk } And still fighting for all the cups and top four each season (till March anyway :P) Puts everything else into prospective! If Wenger were to leave some idiot would take over / spend a fortune and not do anywhere near as good. Get real all you Arsenal Fans wanting Wengers head!

  29. olujersey

    April 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Please, someone should remind Arsene Wenger that it is not a right to coach Arsenal.

  30. Redcarder

    April 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Get Ol’ Frank Rijkaard on the phone. Send a text message to Jürgen Klinsmann. Does anyone have Martin O’Neill’s G-mail address?

  31. pistolpete

    April 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    The OP is just talking rubbish, Arsenal played well tonight and so did the Totties so why blame Wenger and RvP was NOT offside so that would have won the game, Wenger is a brilliant manager and every club would like to have him.

  32. Matt

    April 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I’m not sure where to start.

    You call for Arsene Wenger to be sacked. Although you don’t say this explicitly, there is no way Wenger will leave of his own accord so the only solution would be him being sacked. Foolhardy would not even begin to describe this decision. Arsenal have experienced unprecedented success under AW and although the last six seasons have not borne any fruit what could a new manager bring to Arsenal that AW cannot?

    Secondly, you criticise his tranfer dealings. Diaby I think is a good player, Barcelona quality maybe not, but then again how many players are? Denilson, Rosicky, and Squillaci are all squad players so judging him on these players seems a little strange. Furthermore, these players were signed for minimal fees, so he’s not exactly breaking the bank. Furthermore, Van Persie, Adebayor, Walcott and Fabregas were all brought in for single figure sums. Only Vermaelen, Nasri and Arshavin (if i;m not mistaken) cost more than 10m and I would aruge the cause of all 3 of these players, although Arshavin has had a poor season. Finally, in relation to transfers, even the great SAF has made his fair share of mistakes. Djemba-Djemba, Bellion, Taibi, Kleberson, Forlan, the list goes on and for the most part these players cost Utd a lot more than AW’s mistakes cost Arsenal.

    Finally, your point about mental toughness is a good one and one that seems to have dogged Arsenal since this barren run began. First the stat the Clichy is the only player with a winners medal is a stark illustration of just how far back this run goes. Although this does reflect to some degree on AW’s ability to create a sense of belief in his players you also need to take into account that the majority of players are finding their feet in English football but also as first team footballers in general. Wilshere and Sczeszny are two such examples.

    What is more, this season’s title race is by no means over and there are plenty of points left to play for as well as Man Utd having to play both Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal could very well find themselves crowned champions. However, even if Arsenal should go another season without a trophy I would still think your article is grossly premature, way off the mark and stinks of someone looking to get someone the sack.

  33. SeminoleGunner

    April 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I’m still holding out hope that Wenger can be convinced to change things up. Pay, or even overpay, for some experience; acknowledge that you need backup players who are not children or old men; and realize that Arsenal play in the Premier League (not La Liga!)and will have to adjust the style of play accordingly.

    Perhaps dropping 5 points to Spurs will hit closer to home than some of the other insults we’ve had to endure this season, and Arsene will finally come around.

    Who do you get if Wenger is forced out? I honestly don’t know. It wouldn’t really be the Arsenal way to make some hotshot manager a massive offer he can’t refuse, and who is going to be willing to take the job that not even Arsene Wenger could hold onto?

    • Sean

      April 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      “I’m still holding out hope that Wenger can be convinced to change things up. Pay, or even overpay, for some experience; acknowledge that you need backup players who are not children or old men;”

      Is the problem that Arsene Wenger is not willing to pay for talent or that the board will not allow him to open the pursue strings?

      Arsenal runs the business end of things like a business so, it does not really matter who is the manager in that respect. If the board will not okay spending large sums of money, Arsenal will not be able to sign the type of players you crave.

      • SeminoleGunner

        April 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        “The board” at Arsenal is not the same as it was 3 weeks ago, so it remains to be seen which party, if any, is willing to spend.

        • Sean

          April 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

          Looking at Kroenke’s history with the other teams he owns, I would not hold my breath.

      • Cheese

        April 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

        Actually, Wenger does make decisions regarding contracts, wages, etc. So he’s not as far from the business side of things as you think.

  34. Jean-Christian

    April 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve had all I can stand with uninformed articles and misdirected criticism about Arsenal on this site. I realize it’s in vogue across all media to pile on Arsenal, but this site does it more consistently, does so with less factual backing or insider understanding, and rehashes the same tired, incorrect arguments more than anywhere else I visit. It may be a short-term traffic boost, and for that I can’t blame you, but you’ve lost a long-term visitor.

    • Matt

      April 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Agreed. If I didnt know any better I would say the authors of these posts are American and hence their very limited knowledge of what is good for a football club.

      • robert

        April 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm

        haha! yeah! where you were born determines how much knowledge you are capable of possessing about football! take that!

    • William Hold

      April 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      This article is spot on. Maybe someone who will actually address the problems at Arsenal will be more suited to the role, no?

      Six years without winning anything is bad for Wenger and a club like Arsenal. Thing is, the ‘invincibles’ will always be the success marker. You won’t have another team like them. Even Fabregas said that in Spain, Wenger would have been sacked. He also said they lack the ‘winning mentality’.

      This article, backs up what Fabregas is saying. The majority of Arsenal fans are pissed off at Wenger, that’s not this articles or this sites doing.

      • Henry

        April 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

        “The majority of Arsenal fans are pissed off at Wenger” ????? i dont think so! its always the minority that make the most noise – hence the term – the silent majority!

        • William Hold

          April 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

          Arsenal fans are pissed off that problems haven’t been addressed, trophies haven’t been won and the continuing under-pressure outbursts of their manager. There were alot of discontented voices after losing to Birmingham in the League Cup final. They’re getting more vocal now. In their last nine games they have won just two of them. That’s not good enough and fans know it.

        • peter

          April 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

          Yes most Arsenal fans are pissed off at stubborn arrogant wenger! He will not listen!!! The more we say it the more he goes against the grain!!! We need change from his pathetic management style! I would like Arsenal to part company before the rot sets into the club and causes a divide between supporters! Many Arsenal fans i know will not be renewing their season tickets this is wengers doing! He is wrecking the club we love therefore wenger must go and go now!

    • The Gaffer

      April 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Jean-Christian, you’re welcome to write an article with a different viewpoint than this writer. We’ve written plenty of pro-Arsenal stories, but there have been some critical ones too. What facts did we get wrong? You didn’t mention them.

      The Gaffer

      • Sawdie

        April 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

        Fact you get wrong “They often struggle to create chances and when they do, they often struggle to finish them” yet there 2nd in the number goal scored, 66 to ManU 70, while chelsea sits 3rd on 61 goals

        “The Arsenal squad is littered with names who are not good enough ” yet 3 Arsenl player is on the england team, 85% of the arsenal squad are first team players on thier national teams.

        He tries signing Jagielka and Schwarzer and those offers were turn down, could it be that he does have the cash to splurge on big name players?

    • Patrick in Austin

      April 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      I agree w/ Jean-Christian that the lack of facts in this article fatally undermine the analysis it contains. The article is essentially a transcript of the conventional wisdom of a group within Arsenal supporters. It is trite almost by definition, and therefore not print-worthy for most media. But, of course, we are in the age of blogs, when every cranky fan gets to voice his opinion; and EPL Talk is a site which openly solicits that kind of fan input.

      I agree that this article is boring at best, because I don’t really care what one guy “feels” about the appropriateness of the management and tactics at Arsenal. This type of self-indulgent journal entry can be entertaining when the topic is something along the lines of “How I fell in love with Club X,” but is rarely useful or engaging otherwise.

      I won’t stop checking EPL Talk because of articles like these, I will just continue to take them with a grain of salt and wait for the rare Gaffer article that discusses tactics/management by analyzing actual statistics, news, or even just quotes.

      BTW, I’m a Spurs supporter, so you know I’m being objective if I don’t like an article calling for Wenger to be sacked.

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