Posted on Tuesday, 15th January 2013 by Neil Robins
Having got home from another disappointing day at The Emirates yesterday evening, not for the first time, I have questioned Arsene Wenger’s reign as Arsenal boss. There is no doubt what he has achieved with the club and will always be remembered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest. Wenger brought a style of football never seen here in England and of course created the ‘Invincible’ team, something that I doubt will be archived again in my life time.
Bur my feeling is that the club has been in decline for several years now and this is the year when we could fall out of the top four, which would have massive implications on the club. Of course the club should be applauded for the self sustaining model we hear about so often, but with that we still need to have ambition and this transfer window so far has been non-existent. The current squad is desperately short of quality and I also now feel desire. The game on Sunday against Manchester City was clear for everybody to see that Jack Wilshere cares about the club and when the team is losing. Unfortunately we need 11 Jack’s on the field. My worry is that Wenger can no longer motivate the team and most would agree with some of the inept performances this season that this could be the case.
Wenger has built new teams before but with the players that have been brought in the quality is not there to compete and it is fair to say that the lot from up the road are a real threat to our position, not forgetting Everton of course. Wenger has moved away from the formation that brought so much success to the club (4-4-2) and has an obsession of using the 4-3-3 in the Barcelona style. However, we do not have the players that Barca do.
On Sunday afternoon, Manchester City played with two up top in Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez and Manchester United played with Robin van Persie and Danny Wellbeck. Wenger, as we know, is stubborn, but we have one style of play and one only and, in my opinion, his tactical side of the game is not current.
The season is drifting away from us in January again and the game against Swansea is massive. We need to of course get behind the boys and make it through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, but the window is still open and maybe he will surprise us all. However, it is beginning to look like a desperate situation.
Nobody has been a bigger Wenger fan than me and I hope all these doubts that are creeping into my mind can disappear and he can prove me wrong.
I would like nothing better than Wenger to deliver another championship winning team and a cup. But I feel things may have gone stale and things need changing. I’m not calling for him to be sacked, as I think he has earned the right to decide when his time is up, but I think that time might well be close.
Come on Arsene we all want to believe so prove us wrong!
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