WTTGT Writer: Jake Harvey – Follow me
In a time when Arsenal are subject of scepticism from football fans across the country, and the previously untouchable Arsène Wenger has revealed some chinks in the armour. Is it time for anxiety for Gunners fans? Or is it a time to sit tight and have full faith that the rocky road will soon pass.
Wenger has built up a young and undoubtedly talented squad over the years but that lure and lust for silverware in the Emirates cabinet has faltered and the pressure is settling over the Arsenal camp.
It must be difficult for the French mastermind to see the players he has moulded from rough diamonds leave him as they reach their career peaks, knowing that had that Carling Cup final been a success, and title challenges been tighter, that his stars may not have left for ‘greener’ grass.
Many away from the Emirates may have looked past the talent possessed by Messer’s Ramsey, Walcott, Wilshere, Van Persie, Vermaelen and the likes. Although Cesc and Nasri have moved on and had a wealth of skill and the quality, the chance is there for others in the squad to step up to the plate away from the odd League Cup fixture at a lowly club.
The doom and gloom that airs around the red side of north London is sure to blow past once the season kick starts and the squad is settled after the transfer window merry-go-round ends next week.
Wenger has always been a manger whose key demographic has openly been towards the future over the present, so now the question will be how well has his youth development been in the last five year. Are these unearthed players from across the globe up to the standard? The likelihood, based on previous accounts is that they will be very good silky footballers with the energy to succeed.
Arsenal are way above others in their youth development. Clubs like Chelsea would seriously struggle if they lost theie big money owner. The investment stage that Abramovich has brought to Chelsea since he took over has overseen the collapse of their once youth bled squad. The Gunners on the other hand remain stable with a large array of players eager to snatch their chance this season, and that is down to one man’s focus.
Under the Frenchman’s reign, Arsenal fans have rarely suffered, his side has always played the best flowing football the Premiership has seen and whilst there is a dip in circumstances, the faith must surely remain with the stalwart.
The future remains bright at the Emirates, it’s disappointing to hear disgruntled murmurs at a club which potentially has its best years ahead, particularly when UEFA introduce the financial restraints.
This season may not be up to standards of previous years, but it is the year when Arsène’s years of building must come to fruition as his new generation rise to the top. Anybody who could think to doubt his abilities would be nothing short of idiotic especially if you look at the overall record he has achieved during his time at the club.
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