Wenger’s Policies Spawn Excellent Nasri

by Alex McCarthy

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

For all of Arsene Wenger’s talk of his promising kids, about all their talent and gifts that has been marinating on the stove that is the Emirates, the trophy-less sequence which now clouds the Frenchmen’s apparent fool-proof belief is raising questions about the Gunner’s direction.

The initial two double wins in 98′ and 02′ were sufficient foundation for Wenger’s ethos, his new ideals were transforming Arsenal and shaping the football club seen before us today, a true world power, who have been in top four every season he’s been there and moved into a world-class stadium. However, this youthful philosophy has spawned only three England internationals in 14 years, and with half a decades worth of no honours, people are starting to wonder what Wenger does have to show.

Well one success he can stand proud of is the emergence of the sublime Samir Nasri. The young Marseille-born play-maker has entered double figures from midfield already this season and has made Cesc Fabregas’s regular abscesses appear bearable. Whilst Tomas Rosicky and Denilson still survive as nondescript in the Arsenal ranks, Nasri has blossomed from his role on the wing to an orchestrator in the middle, and being a major contributor to seeing the Gunners sit in top spot in the Premier League for the first time in nine months.

Nasri, who was labelled the new Zidane in his Marseille days due to his fleet-footed nature and Algerian heritage, raised adoring eyebrows all over Europe with his incredible solo-goal against Porto, and has gone strength to strength ever since.

In the summer though Nasri was sensationally left out of France’s ill-fated World Cup campaign (he’s probably not fussed about that after watching from home) which proved to be yet another terribly embarrassing decision for Raymond Domenech which was one of his last in a uninspiring reign, to be generous. Then a few short months later Nasri was undeniably the best player on the park at Wembley when France beat England 2-1, running through England at will with the fluidity and grace that England themselves would die for.

Wenger himself in recent memory could argue that he has created Fabregas, Clichy, Van Persie and a stop/starting Walcott from youthful prodigies in to regular Internationals for prominent countries. The red half of North-London could be forgiven for failing to see a transparent formula in such an infrastructure, when Arsenal have earned more off the departing stars they’ve created in capital than honours.

Manchester United created a quality class of players involving David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville etc, and have won title after title with them at the spine of the team. The fact three of the aforementioned four remain in the squad at United, and have never played for anyone else as they hit their mid-thirties, is testament to Sir Alex Ferguson’s vision.

Those facts there are concrete and simply elementary to produce. Wenger knows all to well that sooner or later he too will have to show similar results for all the glorious foundations laid, more results then giving Europe a host of stars to there squads – the trophy cabinet awaits, hungrily. How long can one man survive on former glory? The patience it gained him, appears eternally long.

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