Arsène Wenger – Stick Or Twist?
April 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment.

If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go.

While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are hoping to see the Frenchman kept on for another year at the least.

The Board VS The Fans

silly arsenal fans

It’s a difficult predicament for the Arsenal board to get their head around, particularly when you are going to divide opinion almost perfectly right down the middle with whatever decision you make. This was most evident at the Hawthorns recently when two separate Arsenal fan groups hired planes to fly over the stadium pulling banners. The first called for #WengerOut while the second wanted him offered a new contract.

What the Arsenal faithful do not realise, is that the manager is not at the root of this problem but it is in fact the playing staff. There have been calls for a few years now for the manager to be cast aside and it has grown in support all along.

Various demands have been made by fans throughout those years which, I might add, Wenger has always tried to please in the transfer market or tactically.

Big Spender?

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Wenger, previously slated for not diving into the transfer market and paying big for players, went and got Mesut Özil,  Alexis Sánchez and Petr Čech. All of those players were signed to try and plug problem areas for Arsenal and have done so.

Recent forays into the transfer market for big money signings Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka were also attempts to appease fans growing discontent with the defence. While Mustafi has showed flashes of brilliance, Xhaka has merely been a passenger, one who’s prone to red cards.

Next was the call for a ‘world class’ striker at the club. But answer this, how many genuine world class strikers are still out there? Lewandowski, sure but is he a realistic target? No. Diego Costa? No. Arsenal have a world class talent in Sánchez who can operate as a striker so rather than continue to sign players hoping they become world class (Welbeck, Perez), he tried to incorporate Sanchez into the team as a striker but that inevitably took from Peter to pay Paul.

Monreal and Gibbs are average, therefore needing a good winger in front of them to place the opposition on the backfoot. Not only does Sánchez do that but he also tracks back well, allowing Monreal to moonlight as a good full back.

Results

winning arsenal

As for the current run of results, see Chelsea last season and Leicester this season (for the most part). The players have downed tools. They have no respect for the paying fan coming to see the team lose or draw against lesser opposition because they are unhappy that, even with the best job in the world, their boss is a little eccentric.

As for the fans being careful what they wish for, look no further than Manchester United. While it wasn’t a case of fan pressure pushing Sir Alex Ferguson out the door, the club hasn’t been the same since and not in a positive way.

Having won the league in his last season, a mere four years ago, United have had three managers and a caretaker manager in that time. Finished in the top four only once and continue to under-perform while spending above and beyond their rivals.

Arsenal should be grateful for the continuity that Wenger brings to the club. They have failed to drop outside the top four, have competed for trophies albeit without winning too much but given another year, the added pressure on Wenger would force his hand and we may see the one vital change that would push them to the next level.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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Arsène Wenger – Stick Or Twist?
April 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment.

If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go.

While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are hoping to see the Frenchman kept on for another year at the least.

The Board VS The Fans

silly arsenal fans

It’s a difficult predicament for the Arsenal board to get their head around, particularly when you are going to divide opinion almost perfectly right down the middle with whatever decision you make. This was most evident at the Hawthorns recently when two separate Arsenal fan groups hired planes to fly over the stadium pulling banners. The first called for #WengerOut while the second wanted him offered a new contract.

What the Arsenal faithful do not realise, is that the manager is not at the root of this problem but it is in fact the playing staff. There have been calls for a few years now for the manager to be cast aside and it has grown in support all along.

Various demands have been made by fans throughout those years which, I might add, Wenger has always tried to please in the transfer market or tactically.

Big Spender?

arsenal-spend-big

Wenger, previously slated for not diving into the transfer market and paying big for players, went and got Mesut Özil,  Alexis Sánchez and Petr Čech. All of those players were signed to try and plug problem areas for Arsenal and have done so.

Recent forays into the transfer market for big money signings Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka were also attempts to appease fans growing discontent with the defence. While Mustafi has showed flashes of brilliance, Xhaka has merely been a passenger, one who’s prone to red cards.

Next was the call for a ‘world class’ striker at the club. But answer this, how many genuine world class strikers are still out there? Lewandowski, sure but is he a realistic target? No. Diego Costa? No. Arsenal have a world class talent in Sánchez who can operate as a striker so rather than continue to sign players hoping they become world class (Welbeck, Perez), he tried to incorporate Sanchez into the team as a striker but that inevitably took from Peter to pay Paul.

Monreal and Gibbs are average, therefore needing a good winger in front of them to place the opposition on the backfoot. Not only does Sánchez do that but he also tracks back well, allowing Monreal to moonlight as a good full back.

Results

winning arsenal

As for the current run of results, see Chelsea last season and Leicester this season (for the most part). The players have downed tools. They have no respect for the paying fan coming to see the team lose or draw against lesser opposition because they are unhappy that, even with the best job in the world, their boss is a little eccentric.

As for the fans being careful what they wish for, look no further than Manchester United. While it wasn’t a case of fan pressure pushing Sir Alex Ferguson out the door, the club hasn’t been the same since and not in a positive way.

Having won the league in his last season, a mere four years ago, United have had three managers and a caretaker manager in that time. Finished in the top four only once and continue to under-perform while spending above and beyond their rivals.

Arsenal should be grateful for the continuity that Wenger brings to the club. They have failed to drop outside the top four, have competed for trophies albeit without winning too much but given another year, the added pressure on Wenger would force his hand and we may see the one vital change that would push them to the next level.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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