The Internet is a great resource and place to interact with other Arsenal fans. But there are some Arsenal fans who say things like people who abuse Arsene Wenger are a disgrace and they should be ashamed of themselves, as well as saying Arsene deserves our respect.
Now I appreciate what Arsene Wenger has done for the club, that is obvious to see. He brought success to the club, was involved in the new stadium and has set us up for the future.
And to some fans, that means he is invincible and immune from criticism.
But that’s not the case. Since 2005, Arsenal fans have experienced the same old story season after season. And while he has done great things for the club, there are many reasons why Arsene Wenger should be criticised:
- His teams have no mental strength. Collapses against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are all too common – the whole club is mentally fragile and that comes from the manager. How can a manager not motivate his team to perform in massive games such as these?
- We have no leaders. Arsene Wenger has consistently sold his captains from 2005. Any players that had leadership qualities have been moved on. Vieira, Henry, Gallas, Fabregas, Van Persie, the list goes on. Arsene Wenger doesn’t like players who speak their mind and would rather have a squad full of “yes men” than have anyone question his authority.
- Olivier Giroud is awful and no good enough for Arsenal. And again, this is Arsene’s fault. He had a chance to sign a new striker in the summer, and in January, but didn’t. In 2004 we had Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord, Nwankwo Kanu and even Jose Antonio Reyes would could play up top. Arsene knows you need a top quality striker-force to win the league but put together a squad that has Giroud, Bendtner and Sanogo as their strikers. Bayern Munich would struggle to win anything as those three as their striking options!
- Arsene Wenger is tactically inept. When Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all scored early, every Arsenal fan knew we were going to get thrashed. Any other top manger would have changed things, saw the threat and steadied the ship. What does Arsene do? Nothing. He lets the team play the same way and we end up conceding an obscene amount of goals. If you’re defensively fragile then surely the logical thing to do is rearrange the formation or team and make sure you don’t keep conceding? Or is that too simple?
- Arsene just wants to finish 4th. We have a manager who has no ambition to win the league. Arsene has the board wrapped around his little finger and as long as the Champions League money keeps rolling in his job is safe. Talk about winning the league is just a PR exercise to sell season tickets and merchandise.
- Same old excuses. Every season the same old excuses come out – we have too many injuries, we were unlucky, blah blah blah. The only thing that chances is which month we are out of the running. This season it happens to be in March.
There seems to be this strange mentality that because he brought success and pioneered the stadium move, he is untouchable. So does that mean it doesn’t matter if he gets Arsenal relegated it doesn’t matter, he’s still the man for the job?
That whole ideology is seriously flawed and makes no sense whatsoever. By that logic, any manager that has enjoyed success should never leave a football club. But we never see that anywhere. Jose Mourinho is the perfect example of that. He did well in his first spell at Chelsea but when things turned sour he was told to leave. Football is ever-changing and seem to be the only club in Europe that is stuck in the past and relies heavily on sentiment.
Brian Clough was a great manager but he was immune from criticism so why is Arsene any different? It seems to be the whole charade of “will he, won’t he” sign a new deal is pathetic. Arsene Wenger will be Arsenal manager until he wants to leave. The board have show they have no balls and are full of yes men. Arsene Wenger has so much power over the club it’s unreal. No other manager in European football enjoys the control Arsene has at Arsenal.