THE NORTH LONDON PLAGUE Part 1 – ARSENE WENGER – Transfers, Stubbornness and Loyalty

I recently had a conversation with a group of friends, a group in which I am tagged as a ‘Wenger Boy,’ and one of these friends, asked my view on what I personally think the problems plaguing The Arsenal are. This seemingly simple question sent me into deep thought, and for a while I could not say a thing, not because I could not tell which problems have plagued us for years and continue to do so, but because it would be foolhardy of me to give a simple answer.

More Than A Club, Our Lives.

More Than A Club, Our Lives.

Some people may quickly jump on the bandwagon and place the blame squarely at the feet of Arsene Wenger, and to an extent, they may be right. But such a question demands a lot of circumspect, as what plagues Arsenal lies not solely at the feet of the Gaffer, but at that of everyone involved at the club; from the head of the Board, to the fan sitting in the comfort of his home posting vitriolic messages online. In coming weeks, I will humbly attempt to answer my friend’s question and point out where in my humble view I feel the problems plaguing this behemoth of a Grand Old football club stem from. This week, I will talk about the most likely target, the one whose shadow looms largest over The Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger.

The Boss.

The Boss.

Early on, I mentioned that I have been tagged as ‘Wenger Boy’ or as my friends like to say sometimes, ‘Wengerist,’ because according to them I do not want to see the cause of our recent ‘failures’ sent packing out of the Emirates Stadium, back to that in a moment. Le Professeur as he is fondly known came to England from Japan, almost two decades ago and led a revolution of English football, he is one reason the worst team in the Premier League next season looks to amass about a HUNDRED MILLION POUNDS. He brought to England football beautiful to watch backed by a mean defence led by the Great Tony Adams.

Better Times.

Better Times.

In recent times though, he has failed to flatter. He has made questionable decisions which have come back to bite us in the ‘you know where’ leaving us as the laughing stock of fans of other football clubs. His decision to not purchase an outfield player of high quality, scratch that, an outfield player of any class at all during the summer transfer market has proven terribly temerarious. I was among the army of fans who thought the sole addition of genuine World Class ability in Cech, would carry us over the finish line this season, ahead of the rest, and to the fans who saw from the inception that would not happen and that we would have the normal 3rd, 4th place finish, kudos to you for your prescience. (I hope you can use this gift to tell us the transfer targets needed this summer?)

Cech reckons we have to beat Swansea and Spurs. We reckon he is right

One of the World’s Best.

Wenger over the years has been known for his stubbornness but all the Greats have that about them, and let us not kid ourselves no matter what you think about him he will finish as one of the Greats, and this stubbornness has helped him and the club out of certain sticky situations, most notably the Emirates stadium debt repayment phase, but now that stubbornness is negatively affecting the club. In a few games we have seen him tactically tweak formation and personnel to suit the opposition, but we have read from certain ex-players how he prefers to focus on the team’s strength rather than his opponent’s weakness before a game, thus making us easy prey for opponents who have spent hours working to nullify our strengths.

Will We Fail to Prepare For His Threat As Well?

Will We Fail to Prepare For His Threat As Well?

One word making the rounds in recent days has been ‘loyalty,’ with Szczesny preferring Leicester City to Arsenal winning the league crown, (we’ll talk about the bitter Pole in another column) and one man who is filled with loyalty is Arsene Wenger, a great trait to have, but one which can be abused also. Sometimes players perform badly and it is up to the gaffer to stick by them and help them out of the bad slump, Arsene does this perfectly sometimes, and in some situations, with players such as Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud, this loyalty has been stretched thin. Wenger has belief that biding time in these players amongst a host of others taking fat paychecks whilst on the Arsenal bench will eventually see them come good. Pffft! We’ve tarried in this cesspit of mediocrity for way too long now, and we need ruthlessness, we need the ‘Bill Belichick’ mentality, we need to get players who are not at the top of their game out, as soon as possible and replace them with younger, hungrier, models who want to win titles.

Theo and Titi

Still Can’t Fill Half Of Henry’s shoes!

A section of Arsenal fans clamor all the time for Arsene Wenger to be sacked from The Arsenal. That is where we differ, that is where the line is drawn, and that is the main reason why I am seen as a Wenger Apologist, because even though now I feel he has given his all and we need new ideas and energy from a new manager, I simply am of the stance that, Arsene Wenger will not be sacked or run out of Arsenal. Get that out of your minds. He is one of the main reasons the club has attained global acclaim, and despite the trophyless seasons continues to do so. He will leave Arsenal on his own terms and whether you think it is wrong or right, that is how the man who turned down the likes of Real Madrid to stay during his peak will exit The Emirates Stadium.

Help Choose Your Successor Next Year, PLEASE?!

Help Choose Your Successor Next Year, PLEASE?!

The next column will cover the guys in charge of keeping Arsene Wenger on his toes, in charge of ensuring we have a genuine title winning squad by providing funds and through their decision making, those who truly wield the power to replace Arsene, The Board. Look forward to that.

Incognito Chairman

Incognito Chairman

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10 Responses to THE NORTH LONDON PLAGUE Part 1 – ARSENE WENGER – Transfers, Stubbornness and Loyalty

  1. Hec April 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    Wenger turned down Real Madrid because he was cunning enough to realise he would have lasted a couple of years then he would have been sacked ,instead of staying at Arsenal and producing years of mediocrity , he would never have got away with 7 million quid a year , for a couple of cups.
    Wenger says “judge me at the end of the season ” because he knows the anger dissipates and he can have his holidays in the Cote DAzur and arrive back for another 7 million pounds of rubbish

  2. Hec April 16, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Wenger turned down Real Madrid because he was cunning enough to realise he would have lasted a couple of years then he would have been sacked ,instead of staying at Arsenal and producing years of mediocrity , he would never have got away with 7 million quid a year , for a couple of cups.
    Wenger says “judge me at the end of the season ” because he knows the anger dissipates and he can have his holidays in the Cote DAzur and arrive back for another 7 million pounds of rubbish
    And by the way. Your a twat

    • Faisal Mohammed April 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      I thought you were on to something smart, alas, you reposted your comment just to add an abuse at the end, that tells you what you are, if I’m a twat. 🙂

  3. don April 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    people like you and your mentality is why the club is a joke SACK the stupid idiot and get someone with some tactical ability , a manager that makes hard decisions eg sell walcott, ramsey , ox, chambers ,gibbs,per, gabriel,rosicky,arterta,wilshire, flamini,giroud,and welbeck then buy TOP CLASS players not the shit he buys now and then maybe with a new manager and new ideas the team can start challenging again you muppet

    • Faisal Mohammed April 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

      Don it’s wonderful to get you respond to my post. If you did read my post and understood it well, you’d find I believe a new manager is needed as the ideas and energy he will bring will be immense, but Arsene will not be sacked, not when he continues to bring in huge profits to those in charge of sacking him. My previous post before this, talks about why elite players are needed, and why players including some of those you mentioned should be shown the exit. If only you’d read, understand and criticize constructively, you would have made me look a muppet, now it’s you looking like that with this comment of yours.

      • don April 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

        Faisal you dickhead Wenger lover the only muppet here is you this moron should have been sacked 6-7 years ago he is an old retarded stubborn asshole just like you
        as i said before its people with your mentality that has the club where it is now. yes you begrudgingly say we need a new manager but still he is great you are delusional

        • don April 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

          Faisal you dickhead Wenger lover the only muppet here is you this moron should have been sacked 6-7 years ago he is an old retarded stubborn asshole just like you
          as i said before its people with your mentality that has the club where it is now. yes you begrudgingly say we need a new manager but you still think he is great you are delusional

  4. Alex Field April 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    The stale old Twunt manager needs to fuck off the useless twonk

    • Faisal Mohammed April 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      A New manager at the helm, we all know what you want, but you can clamor for that in less vitriolic terms, no?

  5. A April 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    I believe with the move to the emirates stadium having to sell best players and develop young talent only to move on took something out of wenger.

    However all these people who are disrespectful to him need to get a reality check – if he had left before the move to the stadium. Where would be now, not saying we would be like leed’s and Portsmouth but we would have been midtable.

    No other manager would have done what wenger did for the club. His loyalty to arsenal can never be questioned . No other manager would have done what he did. Put his own self glory and trophy hunting aspirations to one side to help build a club.

    Johan cryuff and various other managers have praised him for what he has done because they see the picture. Listening to bullshit sport journalists is what makes people think negatively.

    Take cryuff for example. He won the champions league with barca (there first)but sacked a couple of years later. His greatest work for barca was la masia . Look at how the club has benefited from his forward thinking. Wenger is trying to do the same . Yes he may never win the champions league but he is always thinking of the club’s future which manager does that now?

    As for the current players – we have mertersacker, gibbs, walcott, giroud and ramsey. Who are all good players to win a cup not the league.

    The above players have failed to deliver to sacrifice themselves for the club. None of them has led by example they have been at the club long enough.

    It’s easy to say we need to buy leaders who are world class, wenger built a team and they have been together for a while now and it shows that these are not the players that will sustain it for a whole season.

    Wenger’s first league title – we won a series of games 1-0 and we had a young goal keeper ( maninger ) who wanted to show he was good and reliable.

    We haven’t got that mentality at the moment
    Ramsey knew we were short in central midfield for a couple of months but he didn’t curb his attacking instincts and lost the ball.
    Giroud stopped scoring . Walcott in his defence gets shunted to to wing due to injuries but he gave two goals away against Liverpool and utd by losing the ball. He was also non existent against a poor utd defence.
    Mertersacker – just bottled it . No organisation when required. Got sent off which resulted in a loss to a poor Chelsea team

    Wenger does have a job on his hands this summer. Hopefully those players themselves want to move on.

    They don’t have the hunger- take iwobi for example. He is clever enough to know he can cement a role for him. If gnabry had been fit for the last two years would walcott be still at arsenal?

    People calling wenger names and questioning him need a reality check. Yes he is too loyal but the fans anger should be vented towards the players. At the end of the season they will go off on holidays whilst wenger has to analyse what went wrong and which player needs to be moved. Alot of the players he has now they have been there 5 years plus.

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