Posted on Thursday, 15th November 2012 by Taaza
It is often said after 10 games you can predict where most clubs will likely end up come May next year. Though it may not be the best method to judge a team’s credentials, it does offer some insight into what to expect.
With that in mind, should we worry about our current Premier League position at this stage of the season? I certainly think not.
We started off the campaign very well, but we seem to have lost our drive. However, I’m confident that we will regain it and push on this season to finish in the top four – a position we have become very familiar with since Arsene Wenger’s arrival at the club 16 years ago. His impressive record of a top four finish is magnificent. Achieving this feat year in, year out without bucket loads of cash is by no means a small task.
This proud record did come very close to being broken with a horrendous start to last season, but somehow Le Professor rallied the troops to make an astounding turn around and finish in third place.
But what if we don’t manage to finish in the top four this season? Will Wenger have no choice but to walk following the club’s seven year trophy drought? To be honest, it took me a while to think about this one. We’ve had a fairly indifferent start, but we have better players at our disposal, and goals are coming from everywhere on the pitch. The team look really close to a title winning side than it has done since our last trophy winning side in 2005. So a top four finish is looking like a fairly achievable task, despite our current form and other results.
But sticking to the question, I think it would be time for Wenger to step down from his managerial role at Arsenal, should of course we fail to attain a top four finish this season.
I have great respect Wenger. His achievements since his arrival have been amazing.H is the club’s most successful manager and his philosophy and playing style has helped change, not only Arsenal, but football in whole. To see him fail at the one thing he has been undoubtedly consistent with over the years would, to me, mean he has now officially come to the end of his reign – that is if, and only if, we end the season trophyless once again.
Clubs that fall out of the top four have found it hard to get back into it, as competition stiffens every year and with us it seems every summer is a constant rebuilding phase caused by a mass exodus of players departing. So in theory, we don’t get that consistency and gelling of players other title winning sides have.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not part of the Wenger out brigade. He’s led us through thick and thin and brought us so much success in the past. But with how things have panned out over the years for us, I don’t really feel confident enough in believing he could push us to bigger and better things once again, should of course we fall out of the top four.
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