Two theories as to why Wenger hasn’t pushed for major squad progress AGAIN

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Our thoughts are with the families of the injured in Barcelona. If you’re sharing videos of dying people, you really are a disgrace. That’s a person, with a family, and you are helping to spread extremist propaganda.

Onto football news, which always feels really fucking trivial when something horrible has just happened. Life must go on.

PSG are looking to offload some players, after Arsenal lost out on Matuidi, there’s a chance to make amends, by signing Julian Draxler who is surplus to requirements. ESPECIALLY if the agent for Alexis is to be believed – as in, his client will be off. He’s had a stuttery few years, but he no doubt has a bucket of talent we could lean on. He’s also a German international, and they’re far from shite.

Not just that, he’s 6ft2. Get a bit of height in that front line.

Gabriel has been sold to Valencia for £10m. Good to move him on, I didn’t have him in the deadwood list to be honest. However, it’s clear he never took things to the next level, and ultimately, he was another terrible signing from Spain. Another black mark on our pretty shocking poor network. We seem to have a real problem digging up gems these days. The only time we land a good player is when we spend good money. Even then, the outcome isn’t exactly hitting the heights.

We really are not in good shape going into this year. Chambers, one would assume, is now going to stay. We don’t look interested in upgrading the weak squad. We’ve not made an attempt to move the needle.

This season, will be a car crash. I promise you that.

So what’s the deal with Wenger?

2 Theories.

Cash piles and comfort:

Wenger knows he’s not good enough at the highest level. It’s farcical to think he’s not fully aware he’s well beyond repair. He’s basically the big corporate lawyer who can’t stand the greed, so he’s bought a coffee shop where he spends his days taking it easy, making lemon cake and talking to old folk. The issue, is Arsenal are the cake shop here.

Anyway, my point is, he likes his coffee shop. He knows that the only way to keep this cushy job, is to keep the bank balance in good shape. If he keeps things ticking over, the owner, who is a long term investor, isn’t going to pull the trigger on his fiefdom. So Wenger isn’t going to spend all the cash this summer. He’s not going to go big so he’s under pressure in the media. He’s just keeping the status quo going.

Proof points on this one? 

How many players have we sold? How many of the backroom team were moved on? How many experts have come that will make a massive difference? THE FACT HE’S NOW ADMITTING SANCHEZ COULD BE SOLD < Shocker

He’s deluded about last seasons failings

Wenger isn’t always the most self-aware. He’s also not accountable. He never takes the fall for his mistakes. There is always an excuse. The manager, instead of conducting a genuine investigation into last seasons failing, has landed on the idea that the reason last year fell apart was that he had not signed a new deal. Wenger didn’t look at last season as more of the same. He didn’t look at our points average sitting at around 73 points for the last three seasons, or that it was 74 points the three years before. He didn’t look at 7 years of CL failure, and that we’d not made a QF in that time. He looked at the problem being 5th. He has only finished 5th once. The only possible thing he could point to outside himself, was the contract issue that hung over him. There’s a strong chance, Wenger is arrogant enough to believe that that the players were just so upset about his deal, they switched off.

Proof points: He’s said as much in at least 5 press conferences. We have made no notable changes that would address the failings.

What do you think the problem is?

490 Responses to “Two theories as to why Wenger hasn’t pushed for major squad progress AGAIN”

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  1. Marc

    Champagne

    Whilst everyone would admit Stoke have been a bogie team for Arsenal over the years you can’t claim that visiting Anfield is a lesser challenge.

  2. Paulinho

    “if only we had Fellaini, eh? then we could just get Cech to launch it long every 3-4mins. the eighties approach is definitely due a comeback.”

    It’s called playing with purpose and penetration, and not playing pointless square passes for the sake of it.

    Henry did a good exposee the other night on why Xhaka’s passing stats are so high; because he rarely looks to play a penetrative risky pass unless he’s right outside the opposition’s box and we are desperate.

  3. WestLondonGoon

    If we win today, it’s points against one of the teams that we should be beating if we have any aspirations of winning the league; if we lose, it’s the first step towards more unrest amongst the fans.

    We look like an amateur team behind the scenes right now especially where transfers are concerned, while i the pitch we have a glaring hole in our midfield that everyone can see except for Wenger, once again.

    I’d gladly sacrifice the season from this point if it meant Wenger was gone by the end of it. Perhaps then we could start acting like a proper football club again.

  4. Marko

    How is Liverpool away more of a test for Arsenal than Stoke away exactly?

    They’re a much better side and a rival for top 4. Their attack will be a sterner test to our defence than Stoke’s. Oh and we’ve got a shit record in Anfield the last number of years

  5. Marko

    Because they’re a better team than stoke?…or am I walking into a carefully placed trap here?

    I knew it. Presumably it’s a set up for I don’t know shit cause I never played in the diadora league or whatever

  6. nepGunner

    My first thoughts after the end of last season and the onset of 2017/18…

    We’ve got new jersey, which looks new (is new) and feels new… Besides that everything else is Same Old Shit

    Laca and Kola are a good additions but not great enough to propel us from 5th to 1st. Every one of our direct competitors have added some bodies.. The shrewdest aquistions of all made by Manure.. Both Lukaku and Matic were exactly what they needed to free up Pogba and replace Rooney. IMHO they did the best business.

    As for Arsenal… As long as Wenger and Stan are here, it’s all about profitability over on pitch glory. That’s him. I don’t whatever way the AKBs try to twist the intentions.

    All in all, I’m glad it’s the beginning of one more year less of Le Fraud at the helm and look forward to the day when I get excited about a new season again… Humans die after all, right?

  7. Marko

    Henry did a good exposee the other night on why Xhaka’s passing stats are so high; because he rarely looks to play a penetrative risky pass unless he’s right outside the opposition’s box and we are desperate.

    Seen that. Deceptive indeed. Like the time we had Denilson and people would compare his stats to that of Xabi Alonso. Which was hilarious.

  8. Paulinho

    Marko – Yep, it was quite funny to see Henry say and point out what he did. All the Xhaka stat buffs shifted uncomfortably in their seats and silence was deafening.

  9. nepGunner

    Martial on the case as well… As much as I that smirk on Mourinho he gets his 2nd season right and wins the league… His record is well and truly on the run now

  10. loyika

    United not mucking about. This should be the minimum expected from our lads.

    Thats all thats demanded from all Arsenal fans.

  11. Guns of Hackney

    Early days for man yoo but they look well balanced, got rid of the shite, have strength in depth and have a ruthless bastard at the wheel.

    Lukaku, Martial and Rashford are a young front line who have 60 goals between them. Pogba, Mikataryn and Mata are good for 25. Strong defence and the best GK in the league.

    Jose is a piece of work but jesus, he does the business and never apologises for how he gets it done.

    But hey…we do things the right way.

  12. UDA

    First half was the blueprint against utd. Pressing and quick passing through the middle. Problem is they have a lot of weapons

  13. WrightIsGod

    Well well well. Last week I said Man Utd going forward are playing like they’ve been playing together since the age of 10 in the ball pen at the bottom of the estate. You can see it in all the players they are together on this one.

    I said, last year Mourinho took over a team with a porous defence and he set up
    to have a more defensive style team last year. I also said Mourinho took the criticism of the Old Trafford crowd to heart and would work on the attacking part of the game. Now, build an attacking team in front of a team that went on the longest and tedious unbeaten run of last season and you have a Premier League winning team. He went out addressed the areas needed. Now they are contenders to win this thing outright.

    We could only dream of having a manager like Mourinho.

  14. Marko

    Worth noting United second best defence in the league last season and they added a defender for 35 million and a DM for 40 million. We conceded 44 league goals 65 overall and haven’t brought in anyone on the defensive side of things. Defence wins championships

  15. nepGunner

    WrightIsGod

    Exactly

    And it makes you beggar belief to read these green beans posting here how their God is great doing what he is doing with £200M transfer budget at disposal…not understanding all the way it’s simply the way to avoid accountability.. SMH

    The other “rational” half throwing big names around as if it the elixir of our issues.. All the while completely ignoring it’s not “who” we sign but what “player” we need in the current setup to improve. And both camps trying to impose their “intelligence” on each other. Wenger is such a divisive factor….

  16. Cesc Appeal

    Have to wait until Liverpool away to see the first real test of United this season. But they look good so far.

    Matic was an excellent buy, Pogba has come to life since his arrival.

    Still think in the bigger away games they would be better dropping Herrera in the middle as well and maybe losing Mata.

  17. Wallace

    Paulinho

    “Henry did a good exposee the other night on why Xhaka’s passing stats are so high; because he rarely looks to play a penetrative risky pass unless he’s right outside the opposition’s box and we are desperate.”

    my impression is that Xhaka’s a very adventurous, penetrative passer. always looking for the ball into the forwards. agree with Henry when he said not being used to playing with a speedy guy at #9 he wasn’t seeing some of Lacazette’s runs last week, but that’ll come as the relationship between the two develops.

  18. WrightIsGod

    nepGunner

    Wenger is extremely divisive man. I have never seen such disharmony at either Highbury or The Emirates. It all centres around the job of one man and yet selfishly he still clings on.

    He is passed it. His disciples need to accept he cannot be there for ever, for better or for worse.

    Allegri could have been ours 100%.

  19. champagne charlie

    “Worth noting United second best defence in the league last season and they added a defender for 35 million and a DM for 40 million. We conceded 44 league goals 65 overall and haven’t brought in anyone on the defensive side of things. Defence wins championships”

    Guess its also worth noting the “second best defence in the league” last season finished 6th. Wouldn’t you say? Maybe skip strutting like a peacock with sound bites like ‘defences win titles’, when the team you’re holding up as an example were shite last year.

    Oh and Liverpool away isn’t a sterner test for Arsenal than Stoke away. Away matches against top 4 rivals are a test irrespective of signings or season. Stoke away has been the quintessential example of Arsenals soft core being exposed.

    So no, Liverpool, United, Chelsea, City, Spurs away aren’t the games that will ‘test’ shit. There’s no expectation to win those games, its the home ones that matter more. However there’s every expectation for Arsenal to travel up to Stoke and prove a certain type of football won’t derail our efforts – as it has done far too often in our recent history.

  20. champagne charlie

    “my impression is that Xhaka’s a very adventurous, penetrative passer. always looking for the ball into the forwards. agree with Henry when he said not being used to playing with a speedy guy at #9 he wasn’t seeing some of Lacazette’s runs last week, but that’ll come as the relationship between the two develops.”

    Absolutely Wallace. Henry wasn’t criticising Xhaka’s passing, he was pointing out the fact Lacazette was providing more options that were yet to be acknowledged or spotted. Something he, as you say, noted would come with time on the pitch together.

    Henry was in fact complimentary of Xhaka’s ability and range of passing saying the type of balls he was highlighting were very much ‘in his locker’. Its amazing to see plain English being distorted on here.

  21. Wallace

    were Utd really good? another thread was saying it was more a case of Swansea being pretty dire without Sigurdsson.

  22. WrightIsGod

    wallace

    Swansea have had 1 shot on goal in two games. Make of that what you will.

    However, they stood strong for the majority and capitulated in the last 15.

  23. Paulinho

    Wallace – Henry was being polite and giving Xhaka the benefit of the doubt. Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck were all played up front last season. Giroud barely got into the team the end.

    Xhaka is just methodical and safety first.

    If he does try and get ‘used’ to playing with Lacazette by trying to play him through early, expect his completed pass percentage to drop by about 15%. Because when does try and play risky from he makes a mess of it 50% of the time.

    There is a reason he plays it safe in the middle third. His mind isn’t quick enough, and then we he does see the pass he rushes it because the gap is closing up. Also his completed pass stats get padded, and 90% of the fan base lap it up.

    Actually think Henry’s comments will hinder rather help him, because he isn’t good enough to do with Henry is looking for him to do. He’s got the technical ability but not the mind of someone like Petit do it instinctually.

  24. Wallace

    Paulinho

    yeah, we’re obviously quite a long way apart in our take on Xhaka’s passing & vision. it’ll be interesting to see how his second season compares to his first.

  25. nepGunner

    WrightIsGod

    I guess we live in the world of groupism, and brands where one feels safe to be part of a heard rather than having their own rational thinking and belief just to avoid the mass ridicule, however sheepish it is.

    For me at least, Wenger is a dictator who is hell bent on staying on power by taking advantage of his sheep followers and satisfying the greed of his supreme benefactor.

    It’s interesting how the sheep followers of Wenger feel united and proud hoisting the Wenger flag even though they know deep down by now that the regime has failed by all means. However, they have invested themselves so very deep, ideologically and emotionally, into the Wenger regime that its very hard and humanely embarrassing for them to retract back now. They are simply stuck with the rot now.

    And ironically, in all this Wenger “divide-and-rule” farce, the biggest looser is Arsenal FC, which is the actual “object” of real connection between both sets of people on either side of that Wenger fence.

  26. Marko

    Guess its also worth noting the “second best defence in the league” last season finished 6th. Wouldn’t you say? Maybe skip strutting like a peacock with sound bites like ‘defences win titles’, when the team you’re holding up as an example were shite last year.

    I mean they started well and their problems last season weren’t in defence. But the point about defences winning championships is valid considering every team that wins the league has one of the best defences statistically. Obviously goals matter too but that’s not relevant to us since attacking isn’t a problem it’s the defence that is the problem.

    I suppose you think 65 conceded last season3 in our first game conceded isn’t a problem. We’ll be okay I suppose

  27. Marko

    I don’t really care about Xhaka’s passing stats that’s not really the problem with him it’s without the ball and when pressured that’s his big issue.

  28. Vince

    Team news same as last week safe Mustafi and Ramsey for Holding and Ellen respectively. As usual Belerin starts as rwb and Ox lwb. Wenger is just such a moron. Guess these are the reasons Ox wants to leave

  29. £10,000,000.

    Who’s to blame for the state of our club is the question, the top four in order of guilt for me is as follows

    1.. WENGER, the man is a liar and so deluded it’s unbelievable, what a job this man has , he just see’s arsenal as his Kingdom, he just does exactly as he pleases with no consequences for his failures. Kronkeout turns up once a year looks at the financial, pats wenger on the back and fucks off back the ranch.
    The answer.. its only fan pressure that can get rid of him, he doesn’t like criticism and when the fans do actually hound him he does show stress but it’s never enough, when the odd journalist does grow some balls and ask him a critical question he hates it (love jaqui oatley)

    2..THE FANS..Our fans are pathetic, in 1980s, 1990s we had a very large, very loud, and passionate following home and away, respected grudgingly by many other clubs, now we are a comedy club.theres to fans who slate wenger then after a couple of results start back tracking again
    The answer..stop back tracking and be consistent in your views on wenger, it’s obvious he’s not the person to take the forward.

    3 KRONKE ..he’s just interested in the money , he has no interest in ‘soccer’, that’s just how it is

    The answer..hopefully at some point someone makes him an offer he can’t refuse (godfather style), hopefully it’s someone who is interested in success on the pitch as well as off it, the two should go hand in hand

    4 GAZIDIS just wengers puppet, his appointment after all, talks so much bullocks, slime ball, he should be just treated as an annoying irrelevance, has anyone actually clarified what ‘catalyst for change’ means?

    The answer ..someone chuck some salt on him.