After their 0-1 victory at Newcastle on the last day of the season, Arsenal find themselves potentially back among Europe’s elite. The fact they celebrated a 4th place finish speaks volumes of where the club are right now.
Many fans are speculating that the club will not be able to gain a Champions League spot next season, let alone win a long-desired trophy.
Here’s why I think Arsenal will never win another trophy, as long as Arsene Wenger is in charge.
1. Arsenal please the shareholders instead of the fans.
The club’s Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has repeatedly said that the club have money to spend. £70m to be precise is available for new players according to The Independent. Gazidis said: “We want to be able to invest in the team a little bit more now. But we also kept some powder dry so we’ve got the ability to invest if our manager finds the right opportunities in January.
“We can pay bigger salaries and I think we can invest more in transfer fees now.”
So with top-class talent such as Wayne Rooney, Lars Bender, Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Ashley Williams, David Villa and Marouane Fellaini becoming available for fairly modest prices the club have not yet improved their squad with badly needed world-class players. Why? Because the board values their shareholders more than the fans, even though Ivan Gazidis has promised that Arsenal can compete for the title this season.
2. Too much emphasis on youth:
It’s great to have up and coming players in your squad who can learn from the ‘been there done that’ pros. But when you successfully nurture young players into world class world beaters such as Robin Van Persie, Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and then simply sell them on to the highest bidder your team will be weaker every year. It’s unsustainable.
3. Setting low targets year after year.
Salvador Dali once said: “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” With all the riches that Arsene Wenger has at his disposal, a top four finish should not be considered a huge success. A push for the title or the Champions League should be the priority. Not every club has world class training facilites and a world-class stadium who chooses to charge visiting supporters £80 for a ticket. Why not raise your targets? Because there is risk involved and you might not do it. Which brings me to my next point.
4. Wenger thinks he’s untouchable.
The Arsenal manager is too secure in his position as manager. Wenger was once great, he revolutionized football, but unfortunately the game has moved on and he hasn’t. He is tactically naive, hence why they constantly struggle against decent sides, both in Europe and in the league.
In my view, it is not healthy to have one man at the top of the pile who can control everything at the club. If Arsenal fail then Wenger fails and his pride can’t take it. Is football political? Most certainly. When has a political dictatorship ever gone well in history? Worth pondering…
5. No winning mentality and no real pressure to succeed at Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho has spoken about needing to have pressure to win trophies as a football manager and directly referred to Arsenal. The Portuguese manager has won more trophies in 3 years then Arsenal in 10.
“For my mentality I also need the pressure to succeed.
“If no one imposes that pressure on me then I would impose that pressure on myself. The pressure to win things.
“Yes it’s possible to be one or two seasons building for the future and not being at the level to win things.
“But no longer, because my mentality is I always need the pressure of winning things.”
Arsenal no longer have the winning mentality that they used to. Mourinho can see it and everyone can see it. Big changes are needed at Arsenal if supporters want to see a trophy in the cabinet after seven barren years.
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