Arsene joined Arsenal in September 1996 and since then has won 3 Premier League titles and 4 FA Cups. He’s also reached the final of the UEFA Cup and Champions League, finishing runner up in both competitions.
However, since the FA Cup win in 2005, we have been trophy-less. We reached the Champions League final in 2006, where we were only 14 minutes away from winning Europe’s most coveted trophy. Unfortunately, as we all know, Barcelona scored 2 goals late on to complete a comeback and lift Europe’s biggest prize.
Despite not winning anything since 2005, we’ve consistently finished the season in the Top 4. For some Arsenal fans this is not enough, while others believe that reaching the Top 4 against teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool who all have bigger spending power than we do, is an achievement in itself. Personally, I think that Arsene has done extremely well considering he’s had his hands tied and had to sell his best players year after year. Finishing 4th last season in particular was particularly impressive given that for me Arsenal have the weakest squad they’ve had in about 20 years while Tottenham have had their strongest in a long time. Added to the fact Arsene was a big pioneer in our move to The Emirates Stadium, which will secure our long term future, is hugely impressive. Has any other side in Europe managed to do what we have?
But I understand the other side of the coin. Arsenal fans are becoming frustrated with Arsene. Not necessarily because he is not spending big in the transfer market (because he can’t), but because of the mistakes he’s made. Although we can’t spend mega money on players, we’ve still spent decent money (including wages) on players such as Gervinho and Chamakh. We’ve also had the same defensive frailties for several seasons, and conceding a “stupid goal” is something we’ve all become accustomed to now. There’s also rumours that when Martin Keown was helping with the defensive coaching in the 2005/2006 season where we ended up reaching the Champions League final, some say Arsene’s nose got bent out of shape when praise went Keown’s way. So is Arsene a control freak?
So below is a simple online poll to see how Arsenal fans feel about Arsene. But instead of a simple yes or no vote, there are 8 different responses, designed to see exactly how you feel about Arsene Wenger.
Voting will close at midnight tonight and then I will summarise the results tomorrow.
To cast your vote, see below: