I’ve been out the game for a while, thankfully Alex deputized with a beast of a rant. Apologies the timing of this rant isn’t perfect, but I’m travelling, so I have to drop this now, which is 10pm Tuesday.
I was kind of flat about United. I’ve been saying all along that I’m not convinced we have the mentality to push this season over the line. Leicester have more heart than us, and really, so do Spurs if we’re being totally honest with ourselves.
Pochettino went into Spurs, kicked out all the players who didn’t want to work for him, he raised the fitness levels, sharpened the focus and now they look very solid. They might fall away, but jeez, look at the progress he’s made in 2 years without Champions League football?
Arsene Wenger added one player to his squad in the summer. A very good player. A game changing player. But he ignored the rest of the squad. He kept faith with players who are not only substandard, they’re past their sell by date.
Why did he invest in Rosicky? Why did he keep Arteta on? Why did he not replace the hopeless Flamini?
How can he go into another season saying that the players weren’t available? How did he look at our showing last season and think…
‘We’re one keeper away from winning it all?’
What made him think Jack was going to give us a season of more than 2 games? What made him think we could just opt out of signing a striker?
Wenger is all about himself. I mean, give me a break that he’s some sort of saint that sacrificed his life for us. He did a great job at the start. He did an incredible job keeping us afloat during the bad times. But look, he earnt mega money in the process. We were on our ass, but still paying through the nose for his services. He prolonged his fading career by staying withus, because he was ruled out of the Barca job in 2006. He’d never have cut it at the mega clubs. He’s on bonus money. It’s like a long, drawn out golden goodbye…
We’re behaving like a David club. Problem is this, we’re not David. We’re Goliath. We’re Goliath, but we’re acting like a pacifist. We’re pretending we don’t have the resource and we’re hiding behind… I mean, I don’t even know what we’re hiding behind these days?
Too much competition? Other smaller clubs being smarter than us? Other managers being more hungry to win?
We have £157m in the bank. We’re the most cash heavy club in the world. According the brilliant Swiss Ramble, we had 40% of the entire cash reserves of the league last season.
What’s worse about this whole debacle is that it’s not even a player thing here. Jurgen Klopp would win the league with our current crop, so would Pep, so would Mourinho. Absolutely no doubt. All of those managers would make sure the mentality was there. We have great players, but a soft manager who isn’t a winner.
For me, he killed himself in the downtime by reframing what success was. He’s never pulled himself out of that mindset. 4th is good enough for him. Finishing outside of the top one is ok if you have pseudo values of not spending money (despite lavishing £8m a year on yourself).
Everything about Wenger’s approach this season has been predictable. As Alex alluded to… the league feels more average than ever, and somehow, instead of using stability as foundation to build from, we’ve just joined the party of average.
The players are an embodiment of the manager. Who is soft, uncompetitive and totally lacking in ambition.
It’s time to say goodbye. Even if we win the league this year. It’s time to say goodbye.
He doesn’t cut the mustard. We’re at a tipping point as a club. Too much incredible managerial talent is in the league now for us to continue to tread water in the top four. For me, it’s advance our manager, or die. Klopp is one man whirlwind… Mourinho, for all his faults, is a winner… Pep is one of the greatest managers of all time… Pochetino is one of the most talented managers about.
Our manager has had it all, but he’s failed to make hay while the sun shined on the mess that’s been going off at other clubs. We’re sinking when the opportunity is at its most fertile.
The warchest stories won’t cut it. Le Grove has been highlighting the bullshit of these for years. Now the fans are seeing them for what they are… a way to appease us. A way to make us think that Wenger maybe, just maybe knows what he’s doing.
He doesn’t. Leicester or Spurs could win the league this year. That is shocking if it happens.
But for me, the biggest failing of this year is that we haven’t progressed. If we win the league, firstly, I’d be amazed, secondly, it’d be odd. Because you know that this wouldn’t be a golden achievement like so many league titles in the past.
This is the tipping point for the club. The league is about to kick it up a notch. The Premier League is about to head into a golden era. We can’t head into that with a manager who refuses to change his ways. We can’t keep writing Champions League failure as bad luck. We can’t keep this Wenger gravy train going on.
This fading genius is done…
We need a fresh canvass. Fresh ideas. A new direction.
… and that point stands even if he does win the league.
Because remember, this league is the calm before the storm. A storm Arsenal won’t weather with Wenger at the helm.
+ Remember, Bayern Munich fired a manager after the treble.
Sometimes you have to be bold.
Right, speak tomorrow. I’m in LA. Like Spain but with more gangs. Real nice!