Disgraceful

Nothing short of disgraceful.

I cannot remember being so ashamed to be an Arsenal supporter in all my life.

Categories Arsenal/Football/Negative/Premier League

Post Author: Simon Barnett

2 Replies to “Disgraceful”

  1. I understand your comment but I have had far worse times during my Gooner lifetime-however:-

    Having spent some time considering what’s going wrong re players,systems,spirit,leadership etc. the blindingly obvious has suddenly become apparent.

    1.We don’t have a defensive UNIT and although you may not agree that includes the goalkeeper. A keeper needs to bee decisive in everything he does and this assists the defence keeping their shape. The individual defenders are good enough but clearly they cannot work together. Most teams in Europe would love to have full backs of the class of Sagna and Clichy yet they are having as much difficulty as anyone in playing as part of an organised back four.

    2.We don,t have a midfield UNIT. Think about what all of our midfield have got in common. They are all naturally CENTRAL midfield players – Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson, Nasri, Ramsey etc. and Eboue is a right back. Bearing in mind you can only play 2 in central midfield this means that in every match we have 2 midfield players playing out of position. In addition as we all know our midfield do nothing to protect the defence. None of them are that kind of player.

    3.We don’t have a striking UNIT. Clearly we don’t have 2 strikers who can play together as a partnership and, of course, we use Walcott as a winger when we all know he is yet another player who prefers to play in the centre.

    Sadly the conclusion I am coming to is that there is one man who has recruited all the albeit fine players we have but rather like Senor Ramos seems to have totally ignored whether they could work together and whether the balance was right. That man is, of course, Mr. Wenger. When he became manager he had an ambition to change the style of football being played in the Premier League. Whilst we were successful this aim might have possible but now we are missing the type of player that can only succeed in the premier league he still thinks that “fancy dan football” is what we, the fans, want whereas as you said it’s the result that makes us happy. Naturally I’m not advocating winning at all costs but as was proved in previous Wenger teams it is possible to win trophies and play sexy football if the balance in the team is right. After all if we hadn’t won anything under Wenger who would care about the type of football we were playing – nobody as he would have been sacked long ago.

    I believe it is time for the board to question Wenger’s approach and to suggest he signs the CORRECT players in January and the summer or maybe, just maybe, he has taken us as far as he can.

  2. You’ve said similar things to this man on the BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/philmcnulty/2008/11/wenger_needs_to.html – who I think pretty much gets it right. And yes, I agree, we have to start soon thinking about whether Wenger has taken us as far as he can go. Principles are all very well and good but trophies are better. Not that I’m saying we should think about sacking him at all but I’d say that he has to win something, if not this season, then next and after that, then we should think about it.

    Also, without knowing the ins and outs of the club, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there are some sharp divisions in the dressing room. It seems to me that there’s hardly any collective spirit when things don’t go our way. I don’t know who the problem is but I’d suggest that the signings of Gallas and Silvestre (two players who I don’t think I’ll ever accept as true Arsenal players) might have something to do with it.

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