Sunday, 18 April 2010
Is it time for Wenger and Arsenal to part?
Have Arsenal and Wenger reached the end of the road? Until the Barcelona tie, all looked hunky dory at the Emirates and Wenger appeared a strong contender for manager of the year, but since the Messi reality check, Arsene and his team have looked shell shocked; so much so that Wenger had even run out of excuses today. It wasn't the referee, it wasn't the pitch, it wasn't negative tactics from the opposition or bullying yard dogs trying to break his precious players' legs. Arsenal weren't good enough to beat Wigan, pure and simple.
The die hard Wenger fans will cite injuries of course, but in previous seasons, Arsenal would have played their U19s had this been a League Cup game and still won. Why did they lose? For the same old reasons. Wenger has failed to sign a quality keeper, lacks cover for the centre back position and does not have an enforcer in midfield. Quite why he has these blind spots is anybody's guess, but blind spots they are, and they have cost Arsenal dear. This was their year potentially, with Liverpool crap, United weakened by the loss of Ronaldo, Unreal City still undercooked and Chelsea never better than average over the whole season. Had Wenger signed a quality keeper, a quality centre back and a midfield hard man, the title could have been Arsenal's. (Green, Upson and Parker anybody?) But he didn't. Look at Fabianski today. The guy is crap and Almunia is no better. And a centre back pairing of Campbell and Silvestre? Fine if this was 2005 but it is 2010!
Now he may lose Fabregas, having stupidly gambled with him in the Barcelona game. Why would the Spaniard want to hang around in North London any longer if Barcelona or Real Madrid really fancy him? For so long untouchable, Wenger's judgement is now seriously in question. Has he reached his Arsenal sell by date I wonder?
Posted by Hammersfan at 22:22