Why Wenger needs to go….
Part of the reason why I believe Wenger needs to go is about the relentless pursuit of excellence.
It’s also about my own experiences in a working/corporate environment.
Lexus used to have a slogan named “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence”.
For me, this epitomises what a successful business, and football club, should be about.
Any job in any industry is based on the value it adds. A doctor should therefore make his or her patients better. A teacher should get his or her students high marks. A police officer should catch/apprehend as many criminals as possible. A politician should manage a country well, from its economy, social issues, infrastructure, and foreign policy.
Thus, a football manager should win as many games as possible, and also win trophies.
If he cannot do that, then he should go. In any job we do, we’re expected to show high standards in all that we do. If we don’t meet those standards, then we’re gone. The politician who wrecks the economy is voted out in an election. The teacher whose classes fail exams is called into question. So a football manager should be too.
Mistakes happen. Nobody is perfect, after all.
But then if the same mistakes and errors are happening, then it’s not good. Something is wrong somewhere in the mix.
This is what is happening at Arsenal. We don’t strike while the iron is hot in transfer windows. We have the same persistently bad mentality in games. And we don’t seem to coach much, as we show the same defensive errors time and again.
In any other field, this would not be tolerated. And I’m sure Wenger knows/acknowledges this, since he is an intelligent fellow, and would know the demands of high-level work.
So with continuous mistakes, his job as manager cannot be tenable.
There is a malaise that pervades the club, and this is the root of the issue.
It’s not JUST Wenger, it’s also the board/Kroenke. But Wenger is responsible for team affairs, and he must take his share of the blame for this.
Again, it’s the same issues we’re seeing literally every week now. This is a pattern, and not something that can be seen as a blip.
For his sake, he should really resign, and the club should honour him for his service.
Why not name a local street after him? Sp*rs’ stadium is next to “Bill Nicholson Way”, of course their best ever manager. Old Trafford adjoins both “Sir Matt Busby Way” and “Sir Alex Ferguson Way”. Why not rename Drayton Park Road “Arsene Wenger Way”? Or rename the East or West stand the Arsene Wenger Stand?
We’ve had two bad defeats, and after only three games. Is this a big melodrama? In my mind, no. It cannot be if we’re seeing the same errors for literally years.
Again, mistakes always happen, it’s normal. But there needs to be a high-level of care and commitment, amidst naturally-occurring mistakes.
Kroenke should know this, as a successful businessman. If he had a Vice-President who made the same continual mistakes, then he would show him or her the door. It’s not on for any top player in any environment. I do not think he sees things the same Vis a Vis us, since we are here for to make his KSE portfolio look good. As a noted global footballing brand, we add considerable value to his conglomerate. He has no incentive to make a change, once we meet his financial targets.
So it’s making mountains over molehills. It’s about a sustained pattern of bad judgments and errors, which surely cannot continue any further.
It’s up to him now
Wenger could prove us wrong. We could finish 2nd, win the FA Cup and Europa League, and I and many others will HAVE to eat our words.
I sincerely hope he does.
However, he needs to do a lot to turn things around to any good level.
At the very least, we’ve not had the “catalyst for change” that we were promised at the end of last season.
I have no agenda against Wenger at all. But then I’ve stated my view on the situation here. Wenger is accountable for team affairs, and there has to be a reason why it’s pretty much the same errors, mishaps, and botches every season.
He was a Lexus but he is now a Toyota