Following the comments I made to Faisal Mohammad`s blog I have read many reports of the City Game and other blogs on Gunners town. The consensus of all of them is profound disappointment with the Arsenal performances of late. The causes which are cited are also almost universal. They are 1. No commitment 2. No fight 3. No plan 4. No inspiration from the manager 5 No tactical use of substitutes 6 key players disappearing, in particular Ozil 6. A willingness to accept defeat, without an effort to overcome adversity.
Ian Wright has joined in the criticism of Ozil and he expects that the “Arsene out” brigade will be clearing their throats again. I have no truck with the abusive, violent thugs who parade obscene banners and vile posts on social media, but I am now firmly on the side of those genuine fans who see no future for Arsenal with Wenger at the helm. I did not post any hostile blogs during the summer break and I resolved not to do so until he had had a chance to see if he had learned from the same mistakes which have been occurring repeatedly and often. I note that Mark Irwin of the Sun has posted a feature today on Wenger`s fixation with the 70th minute substitute and he has shown a table of the earliest times that all the other managers use their substitutes. It is conclusive proof of something that I have been highlighting for two years. That is a constructive way of proving a point, and should not be vilified by the Wenger disciples who will not hear of criticism of their Messiah.
Look at his performance after the game. His face was twisted in anger and he regaled the 4th official with verbal abuse because in his view, both City goals were offside. I happen to agree that Mane`s goal was offside and I could not believe what Gary Neville was saying when he showed the still of the replay to show that he was parallel to the Arsenal player ( It think it was Monreal ) and therefore not offside. I looked at it three times and Sane`s right foot which was furthest away from the camera was clearly over the line. In any event; to argue that it would have made a difference would be to ignore the ineptitude of the Arsenal performance and frankly, I would not want to watch a team which played so abysmally and would have to rely on refereeing errors to scrape a result.
In highlighting Ozil`s vanishing act, I am not highlighting one player in particular. I actually love the way he plays (when he plays) but when a player of his class actually becomes a liability to the team, there has to be something wrong and in my view it is Wenger. His ideas are obsolete. A year, or two years is a long time in football. The time between World Cups is long enough for world football to have changed and for the tactics used by managers to have changed. It is the same number of years for three world cups to have passed and Wenger has not won any important trophies in that time. His tactics have not changed. What has also not changed in recent years are his assertions that his team has great character, Great Spirit, great commitment great solidarity. Sadly they must have left all of those in the kit bag on Sunday. What has also not changed is the annual collapse from being genuine title contenders to scrabbling for 4th place. That has happened so often that he should be looking out for it and inspiring his players to concentrate on achieving results whatever the time of year. He has comprehensively failed to do that and we are going into our 13th year of failure. We used to resent Mourinho`s jibe that Wenger was a “specialist in failure” but unfortunately every passing year bears witness to the accuracy of that statement.
Many Arsenal supporters will see this blog as negative and that is something which I simply do not understand. I try to analyse the whole situation. I present logical reasons for my opinion and I point to the empirical evidence to support it. In doing so I, like many of the other bloggers on Gunners Town take the time to do so because we love the club and we want to see it in its proper place among the best in the world. This is my challenge to the Wenger supporters- If you believe that blind faith in Wenger is constructive and good for the club, I would invite you to explain the logic of supporting someone who has admittedly done great things, but who is guilty of all of the faults I have described. To maintain the status quo is in my mind negative because we know that we are not going to get better.
Arsenal now have the greatest revenue in world football assessed simply on gate receipts. That means Arsenal fans support their club financially and personally at more cost than fans of any other club yet we are doomed to be top 4 in the Premier League at best. Being inspirational and looking and moving forward is being constructive. Staying as we are and watching our club accept a minor place in UK and European football is negative but that is what the negative `Wengerites` want for us.
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