Posted on Tuesday, 15th January 2013 by Jeff Fairbrother
It was always going to be a difficult day for Arsenal in the game against Manchester City, given the way the team has been playing so far this season.
However, it was made almost impossible after just 10 minutes thanks to a stupid and senseless act by Laurent Koscielny in bringing down Edin Dzeko with a tackle that would have won over fans at any Rugby League ground. The resulting red card reduced Arsenal to 10 men and within another 20 minutes, two goals, resulting from very poor defending, gifted City a lead they never looked like giving up.
It is true to say that Arsenal did play a lot better in the second-half but truthfully, the likelihood of them scoring one goal, never mind two or three, was never a possibility.
This was a vital three points lost in the battle to catch up with Spurs and Everton in the race to finish in fourth place in the Premier League. I have gone on record in previous seasons and said that Wenger needs to sign world-class players to have any chance of competing for the title or the cups, but here we are again watching a very average bunch of players performing very poorly week after week and still Wenger talks of confidence, poor refereeing, frozen pitches, blah, blah, blah.
Ivan Gazidis says Wenger has £70 million to spend if he finds the right players. But Wenger says he can’t find quality players, yet we watch Chelsea sign Ba for £7 million and he instantly scores two goals in his first game, having scored two the week before against which team? Yes Arsenal!!
Wenger has shown a total lack of respect for Arsenal fans when he says we want Lionel Messi to be signed. Nobody that I know has ever called for Wenger to spend £50 million or more for a single player. If we have the money pay the going rate for quality players and stop being the miser and ending up with second rate players!
It’s now 15 days into January and no sign or solid rumours of any significant signings being close, despite the fact that all Arsenal fans and the press have all been calling for at least a defender, a defensive midfielder, another creative midfielder and a top class striker.
Why, Mr. Wenger, can’t you see that too? If you can, sign these players now so we have a chance to improve immediately.
Recent reports in the papers say that Barcelona’s David Villa could be had for £12 million now but Wenger is going to wait until the summer so he can get him at a reduced fee. I have no doubt, judging from his previous transfer dealings, that there is a lot of truth to this story. Arsenal now has Scrooge for a manager!
I have supported Arsenal since 1963 and have seen many ups and downs in the team’s fortunes in that time, but I have never felt as pessimistic about the club’s future as I do right now. Wenger has turned us into a laughing stock, especially after losing to Bradford! We are now a very ordinary team and unless something happens to improve the quality in the side, I can see nothing but a continuation of the current downward trend.
I think Wenger has done great things for the club but he has lost the ability to put fire in the bellies of the current crop of players and his tactics are so easy for all other teams in the league to counter that I feel it is time for someone with new ideas to take the manager’s job.
I do not believe there is no one out there who could do the job as some Wenger supporters would have you believe. Of course, Pep Guardiola would be the ideal choice for me but any experienced coach in Europe would jump at the chance to manage Arsenal and there would be plenty of suitable people who would put their names into the hat.
A fresh face with new ideas, different coaching techniques and different ways to get the best out of each player is what is needed now.
Nothing lasts forever and that applies to all football managers too, Arsene Wenger included!
If the Board wait much longer to pull the plug on Wenger’s time at Arsenal, the club may face a long and dismal future as disenchanted fans stay away, finances take a steep dip and the better players leave.
Action is needed now!
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