As we go into the second half of January, one thing is quite simple and clear, Arsene Wenger has to find an answer for the current problems dogging Arsenal or else he is doomed. Fans have been debating and arguing about whether Arsene Wenger is still the best man to lead the Gunners and a finish below the top 4 will lose Wenger the bulk of his supporters, me included. I have always professed my belief that the Arsenal Board have a bigger part to play in the failure of our team to challenge for titles, but you would be a fool to believe Wenger has no part to play in this spiralling regression of Arsenal football club.
Last summer, after selling Robin Van Persie to bitter rivals Manchester United, Arsenal fans demanded and hoped Arsenal would jump straight back into the transfer window and whisk out a striker and midfielder to buffer the loss of Van Persie and Song. What followed was a frustrating deadline day as Gooners watched as the Window close shut right before their eyes. The explanation from Wenger?, “We can’t let the emotions of modern society, like Twitter, Govern our reasoning when we are quite happy with the squad we have.”. Fast forward, halfway through the season, with 16 days to go before the January transfer window closes, Arsenal are desperately looking for, “Top, top, top quality players”. Arsenal are sixth in the league, over 20 points off the lead, 6 points behind Spurs, a team of gutless wimps (besides Wilshere) and a manager who is running out of excuses for his awful team.
Wenger moans about not being able to buy top players in January but why didn’t he do it last summer? We sold the player with the highest assists and the player with the most goals in one summer and never replaced them adequately. Now Wenger is sniffing around David Villa (33) in January to try to appease the situation. He is now trying to buy Diame now , when Arteta is going to be out for 3 weeks. Why does Wenger wait till the roof has fallen before he fixes it? He might get Diame or some other Defensive midfielder but we still lack competitiveness when it comes to goal-getters. Where is the world-class replacement for RVP?
It’s not only transfers, Wenger does not seem to have that “Fear Factor” of Ferguson with his players. They seem to feel that as long as they turn up on the pitch and play 90 minutes without busting a gut it’s ok. Only Wilshere seems to give more than his best on every occasion. Players like Sagna seem more keen to get over with this season and then move elsewhere. Those other clowns in that team JUST DON’T CARE! Wenger fails to fire them up, utilise them properly and rest them when needed. You have players like Ramsey playing on the wing, Wilshere playing EVERY game when he has just returned from injury, after a year out and promising talents like Eisfeld not getting a sniff of first XI football. Even I can see that Cazorla doesn’t perform well when he plays more than once a week, rotate him!
So many frustrations about Wenger at the moment as we are all aware, he DOES have the funds to improve the squad. Excuses of not being able to find good players at this time of the year are not good enough. He should have shopped ages ago. If he knew failure would result in his £9m/yr job loss, I can guarantee you he would have done something in the summer. Wenger is too comfortable in his position as Arsenal’s “God”, as Szczesney recently declared. I’m sorry Wenger, you have 16 days before I become Atheist.