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Is Wenger the only constant thing at Arsenal?

They say the only constant thing in life is change, or is it? It doesn’t seem to be right with Arsenal as the only constant feature in the last 17 years has been our manager and his methods. We have moved stadiums, we have a new ownership structure, we are dropping the Nike sign, we have lost several top players but the manager has been a constant feature, with the closest possible name you can find to the name of the club his ever imposing presence has watched over the club affairs, guiding it, driving it and steering it in the direction he sees fit. 

Honestly I’m a huge admirer of Wenger, he is the only manager I have known since I started supporting the club and as much as change must come sometimes it’s not easy accepting it. His ideology of what Football in general should be, self sustainability, his possession game, trust in youth etc continuously endear me to him but just watching him get outsmarted yet again away from home against Everton a feature that has characterized our performances in recent years against top opponents away from home has for the first time made me start considering a life supporting Arsenal without him in charge.

Just watching the game and the question that came to mind immediately it was evident that Lukaku was going to start on the right was at what point did Martinez decide to play him there? All through the week irrespective of whomever we fielded as left back knowing Gibbs would play high up or knowing Monreal was going to be the weakest link if he played? Whatever point he decided to do that, whether it was on the training ground or a knee jerk reaction to our lineup it worked absolutely well.

It brings to question now what was Wenger’s reaction to that move, was there any instruction to make any of our two defensive midfield anchors pay more attention to him or balls that would be going his way? Early in the game, twice before the goal was scored Baines put through balls headed that way and behind Sagna that already gave an indication of how they wanted to find their attackers. All this were occurring extremely close to where the Managers were seated and one would expect that Wenger would get up and bark some instructions to cut those balls, he failed to do anything about it and it was no surprise that one of those balls cut through us like a knife through cheese and found Lukaku running in from Monreal which led to Naismith’s goal.

We kept getting roasted, the team lacked any energy and the only reason the scoreline stayed at two goals by half time was because Woj was having a man of the match performance yet the team that came out was not any better than the one that went in to the dressing room. If you can’t better your rival and at least try to match them, every manager I believe is capable of getting a starting lineup wrong but the best managers know how to switch the game back to their advantage and that is what Wenger seems to be lacking. Should Oxlade have come in a lot earlier to curtail Baines as it was obvious Cazorla was doing absolutely nothing going forward down that angle and nothing helping Sagna either, but we all know Wenger is slow with his substitutions yet we all keep expecting something different.

The only spark came into the game with the introduction of Ramsey and Oxlade but at that point the game had gone beyond us really. Ramsey showed us what we had missed since December and Wenger has to be credited with his huge improvement and ensuring he has signed a longer deal with the club.

We can moan about where we would have been if we had Theo, Ramsey, Ozil and Wilshere on the pitch and where our league position would have been if we had not suffered so many injuries but injuries cannot be even considered risks with any football club. It’s almost untenable to use it as an excuse because from the beginning of the season everyone knows they will occur and planning for their occurrence should top of any managers list.

A constant feature of Arsenal matches now is that once we concede aside from the Wenger out meltdown that ensues, Olivier Giroud gets targeted, you would think at some point we would start focusing on our defensive frailties that seem to be returning to our game. If my stats are right we haven’t kept a clean sheet in 11 games. Giroud was slow and missed an opportunity to steal the ball from Howard just before we conceded and it just shows how his sharpness if any existed has gone. Giroud is not the best striker out there but it’s completely Wenger’s fault that he is this bad now.

The mental fatigue of having to perform alone up front is enough to weigh even the best strikers down, 3 transfer windows and Wenger has failed to replace Van Persie. Who do we bring on when we take Giroud off, Sanogo. How we can trust our champions league qualification on such an untried untested talent only Wenger knows. I know Sanogo gets a lot of praise whenever he comes in and everything he does is over highlighted to prove many fans dislike for Giroud but I’m not taken by him at all. Hopefully I would be proved wrong but I’ll rather play Gnabry in a forwards role than him right now. We have seen enough changes in our team and maybe I and many Wenger worshippers have to start admitting that a managerial change might not be the worst thing.

We go into a week where we have an opportunity to play in a Cup final and I can’t even fathom the effect on the club if we don’t win it. Should we win it and qualify for Europe it would be our best season in the last 9 years, and might just be the high Wenger seeks before he bows out of the club. ‘Out of the club’ because I see a lot of comments about Wenger going upstairs but I fail to see how that would be beneficial in the immediate era of his leaving coaching duties at the club. Wenger is a strong character and a huge believer that his way is the only way, do we really want him influencing player negotiations and scouting for the club? Can we really trust Wenger yet again with another transfer window? Is Wenger willing to change the way he approaches matches especially the ones against his direct rivals? History answers all these questions in the negative and as much as I want him around to build another era of success at this club I suppose time has come for change.

Have a great week Gooners. We are going to Wembley!!!

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29 thoughts on “Is Wenger the only constant thing at Arsenal?

  1. Olayinka

    Hahahah!!! Guess who is seeing the light now!!!…I told u sometime ago,AW has been left behind in the archives of modern day football…I mean,u are not even a certified manager and u cld see frm d word go what Martinez did wit Lukaku on d right wing and wat d idea was wit Baines…why can’t he (Wenger) get angry and scream some orders in d direction of d players?let’s see some kinda animated version of him..let d players look to d bench and fear d str8 face Wenger wld give dm..bt no!..he js watched on as dy took us apart frm d flanks…not sure why u think introduction of Ramsey and Ox was a good tin…in a match dt was alredi lost,I mean what were dy supposed to do?turn into CR7 and Messi?..why can’t he be PROACTIVE…why must he be reactive?even if he wants to be reactive,do it at HT not wit 15mins to go!..see managers read games and make subs…our own guy js watches on till d 75min…and pls giroud is useless!ever tot wat wld happen if he had scored wit his chance in our game wit cfc js b4 eto’s goal?ever wondered what wld av happened if he scored wit his chance today?he has time to apply a jar of gel on his hair yet he can’t stretch to touch a ball to save his life! *spits*…its abit late to get all angry,shey?..I knw wat I wld face at work 2mrw,so let me get myself into d sober-mode in good time…thanks for d late night read!

    1. SimonSEEZ Post author

      Cheers Yinka, sad part is I believe Wenger is better than the results show but you can’t argue against the results and our current position is a reflection of him. I feel Ramsey could do with some match time and it was good he got a running because he would be critical against Wigan.

      1. Olayinka A.

        Simon…luk at it well…is he really better dn ds?..yes he can roll over some small teams bt wn push comes to shove,.can he really do it?our stats against d top 6-7 teams shows aw ridiculously poor we r…for crying out loud,aw do u win a league wn u cant beat ur immediate rivals?…dts if i can still call dm rivals cos dy look more like our big brothers now…look at us hustling for ucl spot(as usual)..ds time wit an ‘unfamiliar’ foe…we had 30days to secure d Epl by getting players dt wld add value to us…wat did wenger do?..nothing..absolutely nothing!

    1. Olayinka A.

      Shessy…lmaooo…mehn…d tot of d taunts i wld get at work today was d reason for my lack of sleep o…its not funny atall,..im at work alredi..im forming busy and not intrested in futball talk…hehehehehh

      1. SimonSEEZ Post author

        Usually we watch highlights of weekend games at work before the Monday meeting. I have instructed no one to change the station to super sports. Let’s all just be watching Channels

  2. Odah

    For almost a decade Wenger has failed with whatever he is trying to do at Arsenal. It’s high time we realised we will continue this way if he remains cos of his unwillingness to change tactics and buy good players. I gave up completely after the Jan transfer window cos it became obvious that he wasn’t interested in winning, in a season where we’ve had our best chance at the trophy for years. And pls Giroud impotence has nothing to do with constant playing. He is USELESS.

    1. Olayinka A.

      I agree with Odah 101% on both d Wenger and giroud issues!!!….im sure all of us had it in d back of our minds somewhere dt ds yearly implosion wld happen…we wld surely reach new heights ds year if we blow d FA cup chance…which is very possible considering our recent performances…sigh

  3. BrainySteppo

    Excellent piece. From all of me, I’m done with Wenger’s tactics. Even I know this tactics will win us the FA but the world of football has moved ahead of those tactics…. We don’t need a father figure that he is, we need a football coach that he’s once been. TIRED of SAME SCRIPT, DIFFERENT CAST!

    1. Olayinka A.

      Brainy my guy!!!!!…see vex!!!!….arent we all tired?…bro,we r not even sure d tactics wld win us d fa cup…Wigan wld av watched our clips over and over again…dy know wat to do..d question is has Wenger seen any if dier clips?..all of us here can predict how our beloved Arsenal wld set up on saturday and d only managerial experience we av is on football manager…so tell me aw wigan wont gt one over us?..dy took City out remember?

  4. BrainySteppo

    Excellent piece. I really do think I’m tired of Wenger’s all round football brilliance. He’s turned into a full Business manager where I think he’s adding more intelligence to his brilliance. He’s not keeping in touch with all factors of the modern game. It’s 2014 and He’s just realizing he needs to run a check as with injuries that disturbs us regularly since Eduardo days, the only time this ssn I saw him do more in tactics was against Bayern away and Crystal palace away. Mehn, I can’t boldly say I want to extend even if we win the FA.
    I am scared of change for I’ve seen Moyes at United and Rodgers at Liverpool. Just tired of this, SAME SCRIPT, DIFFERENT CAST Premier League display.

    1. BrainySteppo

      the loss took over me, I’m writing typographical errors. I meant to say I’m not scared of change and also I can’t boldly say I want him to extend.

      1. Olayinka A.

        Bro its our ARSENAL….if a man needs to move on for us to reclaim great hieghts…dn let it happen!

      1. Olayinka A.

        Lmaoo…u shld start considering d level of overdrive ur anger wld get to js incase it happens o…

  5. enigma106

    Good article Simon,

    Wenger has refused to accept change and I won’t shed a tear if he decides to leave after winning the FA Cup and coming 4th.

    He has done well for us. We need new ideas. This team is just 3 players short of greatness.

    One striker, one holding midfielder and one right back.

    Sagna should pack his bags and go. Him dun try

    1. SimonSEEZ Post author

      Thanks Tony,

      Used to adore Wenger, he was like a god to me and the mere sign of anyone abusing him would bring out the demon in me now I its evident that he has refused to change. I think we need more than that to be honest. Is Poldi really ever going to hit heights with us? We need two strikers, serious competition not one more Abd Sanogo, Sanogo should be on loan to Brentford or something…we need a reserve goal keeper, we need a right back, we need a DM and a proper Winger not all these makeshifts we keep fielding on the left

  6. Gee'

    It’s time for AW to GO!!! Olayinka, thank you for that, all he does really is just to sit and watch his team being trashed, I couldn’t even finish the match, luckily I’m off work today and by tomorrow I’ll not even think about it. Keep it up Seez…

    1. SimonSEEZ Post author

      Thanks Gee,

      You are lucky you can put the defeat behind you that easily. We have a few more games to the end of the season let’s hang in there…

  7. ken rogers

    Really i also lost hope in arsene. seriously it looks like he is having old notes of coaching and training.
    Why cant he react in games instead of sitting on his ass…..!!!???
    I love him as a manager buh now i feel we need change in our transfer window and management.. would rather settle for new mistakes buh not this usual things..

    #GOONERFOREVER..

    1. SimonSEEZ Post author

      That is the fear, a new manager might not get it right instantly but like you said let’s make new mistakes rather than repeating the ones we have made for the last 503 games.

  8. Olayinka

    “@OptaJoe: 4 – In 477 mins away at Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd & Spurs in 13-14, Olivier Giroud has hit 4 shots on target. Scarce.”
    I hope dt makes u guys laff…hehheheheheh…

    1. SimonSEEZ Post author

      Shocking to say the least. See the pace Lukaku used when he drove in to score that goal from left to the middle and struck it in with so much power. I couldn’t even applaud the goal, I just watched and wished we had a striker than can create something by himself

  9. olakunle

    hmmmm Wenger can not win EPL trophy until he listen to advice Wenger need fast strike not conference league of Giroud at least 3 striker like barca mid fielder is OK let every body knows is job and defender

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