One thing that has surprised me during the aftermath of this evening’s highly enjoyable renewal of one of the modern games most distinguished rivalries, is that a lot of people appear to be offering their Sympathy towards Arsene Wenger. It seems his teams recent capitulation, losing the Carling Cup semi final, failing to score against Sunderland, being forcibly dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona and now being removed from the FA Cup by Manchester United, all within the space of a fortnight apparently warrants some sort of warm feeling towards the Arsenal boss. Why?.
Surely when a team falls apart so vehemently as Arsenal did against Birmingham, it is the manager’s job to pick them back up again and sort out the mess. It is the managers vocation, occupation and direct responsibility to make sure that even though you may stare into the face of defeat, you still give it your all and deliver the performances. If your team is incapable of doing so, and continue to play ineffective, albeit attractive football, surely the main man is the man in the frame?. Now, im not suggesting for one second that Arsenal need a change of personal, due to the wonders that Wenger has worked over the past decade he really does deserve the respect he demands, but when you cannot feel anything but sympathy for one of the best teams in the land, surely that shows just how frustratingly bad Arsenal can be at times?.
I’m not an expert, nor am I highly trained in the field of Football management, however I am able to spot weaknesses when they are so blatantly obvious. Using a 19-year-old, admittedly a very talented 19-year-old, as not only your main linchpin,but also your chief conjurer in the middle of the park is not a Great Idea considering the talents of Samir Nasri are being wasted out on the wing. I have never understood Wenger’s main formation of 3 in the middle, 2 wingers and 1 up top, especially when you take into account that the players that are often played out wide; Arshavin, Nasri and Rosicky, are primarily central midfielders at heart, not wingers.
Flooding the midfield is also not a great idea when half of your midfield stable is made up of two players, in Diaby and Denilson, that are quite clearly out of their depth at Arsenal FC. Never has Alex Song been missed so dearly.
To top it all off, Wenger then expects a man he has treated so improperly, Marouane Chamakh, to come off the bench and do the business for him as the main striker. I cannot believe that Chamakh would have been in the best frame of mind, considering that at the beginning of the season he was the number 1 forward, and has subsequently fallen behind even Nicklas Bendter in the pecking order. He has been unfairly treated by Wenger, as Arsenal would most likely be fighting for a top 4 position, rather than the title, had it not been for Chamakh’s performances and goals during the time that Van Persie was injured.
To cut a long article short, sympathy is only due when somebody incurs a bad run of luck, or is duped by a piece of atrocious officiating. When a manager and a team are simply poor, rather than unlucky, no sympathy is due whatsoever.
A few points to add-on;
– Johan Djourou will be out for the rest of the season will a badly dislocated shoulder
– Man United have reportedly had a bid accepted for Everton’s Jack Rodwell
– Surely Chris Smalling is on the shortlist for Young Player of the Year?.
– Van Der Sar may be even tougher to replace than Giggs and Scholes.
– Darron Gibson wasn’t playing. I refuse to admit that he was on the pitch. I don’t ever remember seeing him do anything of worth.
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