Posted on Friday, 29th April 2011 by Tony Merakli
Arsene Wenger has described this season as the ‘most frustrating’ since their trophy drought began back in 2005, and also admitted that he had too many regrets to mention – the major one being the Carling Cup final loss to Birmingham City at Wembley. Is the Frenchman right?
The Gunners started off the season brightly, and by late February, were still competing on all four fronts. However, 13 days later, after their shock Carling Cup final defeat to Alex McLeish’s side, Arsenal were only left fighting for the Premier League title.
Unfortunately, a poor run in the last two months, and last week’s 2-1 loss to Bolton especially, have left Wenger’s men virtually another season trophyless. Wenger was quoted in The Guardian saying:
‘It is the most frustrating season since 2005 because if you look at all the numbers, it is the closest we have been. Just look at the last week. We could have had nine points quite easily against Liverpool, Tottenham and Bolton and in the end we finished with two points. We feel more frustrated than ever because we are closer than ever to winning this league.’
He finished off by saying:
‘Of the trophies, the most important, above all for me, is the league and this year we have had the quality to win it. The unfortunate thing is that there are plenty of moments to look back with regrets and there is not one opportunity that we missed. We missed many.’
The North London club have squandered a number of chances to lead the Premier League pack this season, and had things gone according to plan, then this Sunday’s game against Manchester United at the Emirates could have been a potential title decider.
Nonetheless, The Arsenal boss remains optimistic about his chances of ending the season on a high, and will adamantly continue to fight for the title until it’s mathematically impossible to acquire. They trail the Red Devils by 9 points with 4 games to play.
I would have to agree with Wenger. This was possibly one of the most frustrating campaigns that I can recall in a long time – purely for the fact that we shot ourselves in the foot repeatedly and let others climb above us.
However, a lot of the blame for ending the season trophyless rests on Wenger’s shoulders. In my opinion, the Frenchman did not bolster the squad enough during the winter, and his tactics have become too predictable and repetitive.
Then again, the players also have to take some form of blame this season, as they are the ones representing the cannon on their chest, but ultimately, Wenger is the man in charge and needs to sort this mess out.
A very frustrating season indeed, and unless something changes, trust me guys; we will be seeing a lot more of them.
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