Arsene Wenger is back on the defensive!
“I started to manage a team at the top level in 1983. If I am completely useless tactically, I am a genius [because] I can hide it very well.
See, he makes a bit of a low grade point here. I think the reason he had so much success in his early years is because he believed in a style of football that was helped by having an incredible group of players. He’s never been great tactically, but he’s always bypassed that by being exceptional at identifying talent.
In the early years, when he had a head start on fitness, he not only had the best players, he had the fittest. We’d always be able to grind down teams in the latter stages of games because we’d bully them physically.
He’s never been great tactically, which is why he’s never won the Champions League in 15 attempts. Jose Mourinho, whatever you want to say about him and his cash piles, won the Champions League with FC Porto because he was exceptional tactically.
So here’s where it goes wrong for Arsene. The players he now purchases aren’t at the level they were before. His transfer secrets have been rumbled, his approach hasn’t really changed and all the other teams in the league have pushed forward in every single area. Pound for pound, our league is incredibly strong now because there’s so much money in it.
Wenger hasn’t evolved. We can’t bully teams anymore. Other teams are out thinking us and we’re paying the price.
You can’t insinuate you’re anything other than tactically average when you get rumbled so often by the top teams.
“I can do my job. I do my job with total commitment, I would like people to live with me and see for seven days what kind of work we produce, and you will see that it is total commitment.
This line is the one that gets me, because I’ve been told it by so many people… all Arsene does is watch football. He has no other hobby. He’s sacrificed everything for his passion.
So what exactly is he watching?
He watches way more football than me and you. He probably owns a back catalogue of stories about games that would blow your mind. So when he’s watching these games, what does he think? Why doesn’t he ever input some of those influences into his thinking? How can a man so obsessed by the game not know how to build out a squad properly? How can he not look at other teams and their different formations and not pick things up? Why is he still tied to this ‘one vision fits all’ approach?
“I do what I love, but I think I do it with honesty and total commitment.”
Doesn’t cut it any more. As Usmanov said, principles are getting in the way of progress. That’ll never change, because Wenger’s commitment to what he thinks is right, is actually wrong. So it’s game over.
Have a great day.
P.S. Klopp lost 2-0 to Eintracht yesterday. Amazing how many people get angry because I’m not a massive fan of the German at the moment. Look at the facts, he’s not just underperforming, he’s absolutely tanking at the moment because he’s not adapting his style or approach despite being rumbled.