Five reasons why Arsenal will never win another trophy with Arsene Wenger in charge

by Michael Somerville

Sunday, January 13th, 2013
 

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.

Will Arsene Wenger ever get sacked by Arsenal?

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    spot on. great article. Couldn’t agree more with all of your points.

    I would also add buying below par players to that list

  • Wenger out!

    Same old tune every year.

    Wenger keeps saying he could have taken the Madrid job or the PSG job. Why should he while he’s on at least £7m a year with no pressure to win anything at Arsenal? He wouldn’t have lasted a season at Madrid and wouldn’t have the control he enjoys at Arsenal.

    His sole aim is to squeeze every last bit of revenue out of the team in transfers every year and still qualify for champions league. This idea that the kids will come through to replace departing talent has fallen flat on its arse and now we’re supposed to believe it’s because the youngsters haven’t been English – while Walcott has the club bent over a barrel for 95k per week.

    While Gazidis has been at the club, player purchases have been either last minute panic buys, complete flops or both.

    Please, Wenger: Have some decency and leave – as you should have done after the 8-2 humiliation last year. The club needs a new lease of life

    … and take that smug tw*t Gazidis with you.

  • Wolfgan

    Once when asked why he did not buy players,Wenger said he mad e t hem Yes and sell them to the likse of MU and MC. His outdated approach be it buing players, tactics,etc is getting the gunners nowhere.
    Hs time is surely up especiall y if the gunnes can’t get the cl slot. H e would surely drag th gunners further into the abyss if he were to stay on .

  • http://Www.arsenal.com Salis

    Arsenwenger an the club mangement are too selfish,bcos they are deceiving them self,they destroyed the image an future of arsenal team.i hate u.

  • s jlittle

    Why are we paying fraudulant prices for see Arsenal matches in which nArsenal are now down to 3rd ratemn players.
    Has it not been obvous that Kosceilny is not a proper professiobnal centra back. He dangles his arms and legs out time and again to give away free kicks, corners and deflected goals. What sort of idiot who gets over £50,000 per week would commit the stupid mfoul he did in thisMan C game!
    If the Manager was any good, which, he isn,t, except t these new fangled fans who know nothing about football,and mthink the sun shines out of his backside. No other Manager would still be in his job with Wenger record and complete failure ove the last 7 years.

    Nothing will get better until Gazilis and Wenger are barracked out.

  • s jlittle

    Why are we paying fraudulant prices for see Arsenal matches in which nArsenal are now down to 3rd ratemn players.
    Has it not been obvous that Kosceilny is not a proper professiobnal centra back. He dangles his arms and legs out time and again to give away free kicks, corners and deflected goals. What sort of idiot who gets over £50,000 per week would commit the stupid mfoul he did in thisMan C game!
    If the Manager was any good, which, he isn,t, except t these new fangled fans who know nothing about football,and mthink the sun shines out of his backside. No other Manager would still be in his job with Wenger record and complete failure ove the last 7 years.

    Nothing will get better until Gazilis and Wenger are barracked out.

  • s jlittle

    Modeation! MP s shoul dbe ashamed of their lack of action in not pressurising the nF A to protect fans from the explotation thatthey have become the victims of since the Premier league was thought up after Man Utd started the ommercalsation of Football.

  • goonerboy

    Every one of the points made is spot on. Rare that an Arsenal blogger does not try to blow wind up the directors and management who together think they are Arsenal and will continue to act with a total lack of accountability to the fanbase.
    The endorsement of the sale of players to rivals and the lack of investment in quality replacements should be reason enough to sack the manager.
    Arsenal are becoming the worst example of American commercial methods ruining an English football club.
    Wenger has for some years acted as if he was a director of the club rather than a team manager. Arsenal need a real manager- a person who will sort out the defensive frailties that undermines the confidence of the team, that will motivate the side and play with an entirely different mentality. It isnt going to happen-and if Wenger leaves- he will appoint his successor- to continue in the same misguided direction.
    Arsenal dont just need a change of Manager-but of the Board and owner too.

  • arsenal fan

    Wenger better before go he is fired. In fact he is such a lucky man to be with a club that allows him to indulge in what he does. At any other club he would have been axed years ago.
    He blames everybody bar himself. He thinks he can do whatever he wants without accountability.For years the gk was amajor problem together with the defence and yet he fixes it step by step .The worst was getting Sivester and Camapbell an expect to beat Barcelona. He described messi unplayable.Yet Chelsea shackeld him and won.
    It’sobvious the present squad aint good enough in terms of personnel or tactics. If he doesn’t buy anyone in Jan it could be he is waiting to buy in summer when the gunners would be in the europa league. Why not get the quality players who can help the gunners fight for the cl spot now rather tahn wait?
    If he stays on it will be a repeat of the last 8 seasons. Enough is enough.The highest ticket price ticket holders deserrve cl soccer.

  • moyeen

    come on guys give wenger and board time they are trying very hard.maybe another eight to ten years.i said four years a gothis team wil win nothing.people laughed at me.

  • Duke

    I still dont understand why the board or the manager have decided to run my beloved club to the grand or what you guys (the fans) in the UK are doing to remedy the situation. If it were to be here in Nigeria, they’d have been pelted with stones, expecially that skunk of a manager

  • Vishant

    I don’t understand the management. What i want to see is my club wins every match and the championship. But every year we end up fighting for 3rd or 4th place.

    This year it looks more and more unlikely we will even finish at 3rd place. Coming weeks will tell us where we will be playing next year Champions league or Europa league.

    Wenger says we will sign only exceptional players. That means the players we have till now have to be exceptional. Then why we don’t play Squillaci, Arshavin, Chamakh etc aren’t they exceptional. And if not why were they signed.

    Arsenal team doesn’t need an exceptional players they need one who can fight hard for the club and take us back to the top.

    Arsenal has not won any kind of a trophy for last 8 years and if we are going to wait for the exceptional players who are consistent we won’t be winning any for many more years. And we will be great midtable team.

    I hope somebody in the board understands the importance of winning the trophy.

  • Vishant

    I don’t understand the management. What i want to see is my club wins every match and the championship. But every year we end up fighting for 3rd or 4th place.

    This year it looks more and more unlikely we will even finish at 3rd place. Coming weeks will tell us where we will be playing next year Champions league or Europa league.

    Wenger says we will sign only exceptional players. That means the players we have till now have to be exceptional. Then why we don’t play Squillaci, Arshavin, Chamakh etc aren’t they exceptional. And if not why were they signed.

    Arsenal team doesn’t need exceptional players they need one who can fight hard for the club and take us back to the top.

    Arsenal has not won any kind of a trophy for last 8 years and if we are going to wait for the exceptional players who are consistent we won’t be winning any for many more years. And we will be great midtable team.

    I hope somebody in the board understands the importance of winning the trophy.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    I wrote a similar blog at the start of the season, I got absolutely slated for it.

    Where are the new players? They won’t come. Wenger has bought himself another few weeks with the sending off. That’s another excuse.

    We hear the same crap from after every game. We showed commitment, the team spirit is strong.

    Truth is, our defence is shite and has been for years. Kos & the Been pole are not good enough. TV5 is having a mare since Bould turned up. Gibbs is great going forward but can’t defend, Sagna makes way too many errors. We also need a holding player, we’ve needed one for 7 years. Everyone except Wenger can see what’s wrong with our squad.

    What’s even more annoying is RVP aside, Man U are a very average side, but some how Fergi has that winning mentality that we sadly have lost.

    Its a case of thanks Mr Wenger, but it’s time for a change.

  • Philip

    Please Wenger, don’t waste 10 m on another 20 year old. We need leaders, not potential unproven prem players. Imsure Zaha will blood but he’s not right for us just now

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