For me, Arsene Wenger has two weeks to save Arsenal’s season. Despite being just one game in, the loss at home against Aston Villa only confirmed that which we all knew. Arsenal are well and truly unprepared.[quote_right]”Not only were The Gunners unprepared in terms of numbers, but they were unprepared mentally…”[/quote_right]
Not only were The Gunners unprepared in terms of numbers, but they were unprepared mentally.
The players looked unmotivated in the first half, and resigned to defeat in the second. Arsenal fans across the world watched in shock as Lukas Podolski filled in a left back, as Aaron Ramsey held down the fort in the heart of the defence. The entire setup was a shambles.
However, It’s important to point out that the fingers pointing towards Arsene Wenger have been present far longer than Arsenal’s botched season opener. The blame has been on him since before the beginning of the 2013 Summer transfer window, and beyond.
The man in question has just one more year left on his contract, and two more weeks to salvage some positivity from the current Transfer Window. Time, is not on Arsene Wenger’s side.
[title]A Long Time Coming[/title]
Nobody needs to be reminded of the greatness of Arsene Wenger. Along with Herbert Chapman, you could argue that he is the greatest Arsenal manager to have ever lived.
However, as much as it pains me to say it, the last few years have seen his brilliant legacy turn stale.
Arsenal’s move to the Emirates in 2006 certainly played a part in the recent Silverware drought, but after almost eight years without success, along with the highest ticket prices in Europe, the excuses are looking as flimsy as Arsenal current first team squad. The revenue promised by the move to the Emirates Stadium has arrived, yet has not been spent. Not a penny.[quote_left]”Names such as Stefan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higauin and Luis Gustavo came and went, leaving Arsenal fans high and dry…”[/quote_left]
After another season of playing with fire until the very last game of the season, barely scraping Champions League Football, Ivan Gazidis announced that, this time, Arsenal were prepared to spend big, and spend early.
Like fools, we waited.
The 2013 Summer Transfer Window opened, and the weeks rolled by. Arsene did well to remove the huge piles of dead wood within the Arsenal ranks, but failed to secure any replacements, despite his bulging “War Chest”. Names such as Stefan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higauin and Luis Gustavo came and went, leaving Arsenal fans high and dry.
Before long, the 2013/14 campaign began with a shuddering defeat at home to Aston Villa. The sorry performance was a direct result of a problem which had been brewing for days, weeks, months and even years.
[title]Save Our Souls[/title]
When things were looking grim last season, I wrote a rather frank article on Arsenal’s potential plans for Europa League Football. For a number of weeks, Arsenal seemed destined to lose out on the Champions League, until the very last day of course.
Once the season ended, I personally gave a sigh of relief, simply for the fact that the points I raised in the Europa League article were no longer relevant. Arsenal had made it, and were also lining up big signings to get back on track to Silverware.[quote_right]”At this moment in time, the angry presence of Arsenal fans within Social Media is shaking the club by its very seams…”[/quote_right]
Yet, today, with just under two weeks to go before the Transfer Window slams shut, Arsenal Football Club sit diminished by fringe player sales and first team injuries, whilst Spurs, their biggest rivals from last season, and throughout history, have strengthened.
On September 2nd 2013, Arsene Wenger’s fate will be revealed. Between now and then, he needs to act in a manner which doesn’t just save Arsenal’s season, but also saves his very own neck.
Although many will claim Wenger’s job is safe no matter what the situation, I would beg to differ. At this moment in time, the angry presence of Arsenal fans within Social Media is shaking the club by its very seams. Furious public rants, protests and plans for change have swept through the Arsenal Blogosphere, Stadium and Global fan base. I’ve never seen such widespread dissent amongst the fans.
Arsene Wenger has indeed made his bed, and if he hasn’t fixed the serious flaws within the Arsenal squad by September 2nd, there is no doubt in my mind that the vast majority of Arsenal fans across the World will be eager to tuck him in.
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