Arsène Wenger mugged off

April 15, 2010

The great man does everything in his power to give these young lads all the encouragement to go out and perform on the greatest stages in world football.

He backs them to the hilt when they are going through periods of inconsistency, as young players will do during the formative years of turning professional and playing for one of the biggest clubs in football.

The inevitable media backlash is fronted by the boss, he takes the flak, he carries all the woes on his shoulders.

Enough is enough, the time has got to come when the players go out and play like they truly want to win, and not just weave pretty patterns.

Last night left me very badly gutted, not because we lost (well ok that aswell) but because certain players lacked hunger and fight.

I have backed Abou Diaby constantly throughout the season for being a player who has come on in leaps and bounds, I don’t care if his touch is letting him down, I don’t care if he is not getting the rub of the green, I don’t care if he keeps Row Z’ing shots…

but I do f’ing care when a 4ft 11 croatian midget is beating 6ft 3 Diaby in crunching 50-50 tackles.

Abou, you are going to be a great Arsenal player, but you embarrassed yourself last night, sunshine.

How the hell does a 6ft plus lump actually go about losing a 50-50 against a 6 stone ballet dancing wimp?

Beyond disgraceful.

He loses it when he does not have any real guts and desire.

There were others who also went missing when the fight was on.

Sol was obviously the leading light last night… tremendous, words cannot describe his commitment to the cause.

He needs to be let loose on some of these younger guns, if they aint got the bollocks to fight for the club on the pitch, do one.

We cannot keep going around in circles, Messi is not only the best player in the world because of his talent and skill, but also owing to his massive drive and ambition to be a winner on the pitch.

He was harassing our players when his team lost the ball last week… why don’t some of ours do that?

You cannot win a fight without fighters, and the Premiership is a fight to the death.

We had natural born fighters in the past, Paddy was a supremely skilled warrior, Thierry would use his pace to go chasing defenders like a crazed axe murder when we lost the ball, as did Red Fred.

Talent, skill, future great, etc etc is all well and good, but it is nothing unless you got it in you to knuckle down when the going gets tough.

Wenger’s tone is changing by the game, I think certain players who think they are first team may find themselves benched next season until they grow some testicles.

Money is not the big issue it was 3 or 4 seasons ago, players with Sol type hunger and motivation need to be drafted in.

A summer of attitude change is needed, there is no doubting the ability is there, if the league was won on ability alone, they would hand us the title on the opening weekend of every season.

The season has come to an end, and a bad season, considering the injuries,  it has certainly not been.

But we have to remember we are a proper big club, not an aspiring big club, the fifth season in the new stadium will commence this summer and we really are in desperate need of silverware.

The youth project has 100% worked, as the plan was to keep us competitive whilst we got the Emirates debt under control… that was well and truly dealt with this Spring with a nigh on 135M payment towards it.

The next stage is to add one or two genuine world-class players to the mix, and spend whatever it takes to get them… well, not silly money but 20-25M on a player should certainly not be beyond our grasp now.

For me, more importantly, make sure these players have determination, a real attitude to get stuck in when things are not looking rosey and the scoreboard shows us down by 2 goals.

The perfect blueprint for this mindset being Sol Campbell.

Final point, what kind of football team prance around with a chicken on their club badge?

Give me a Cannon any day!


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17 Responses to “Arsène Wenger mugged off”

  1. sam said

    vermealan song fabregas clichy van persie, are the only first team players where winning actually matters

  2. dilshan said

    100% in agreement…the youth project has given us the Cesc, song, NB52, Ramsey, Gibbs, who will all go on to become very good if not great Arsenal players and now its time to add where we have holes in the squad just like Barca do…this summer will be a big one for the club…the transfer activities will show if we really aspire to challenge for the title or our aim is a top 3 finish and QF of CL

  3. KING GOONER said

    yep!time is up!the kids have all had their chances-no more excuses-grow some balls or f**k off!please,please arsene if you do nothing else,get a WORLD CLASS KEEPER!!

  4. a keeper of the class of Lloris really would make a huge difference.

    we keep letting in silly, needless goals and many do i’m afraid emanate back from manuel.

    letting in those important first goals in a game is a killer to any gameplan.

    as soon as the spuds got that goal last night it was easy for them to park the bus.

  5. gunner17 said

    gallas, verma, clichy, song, fabregas, rvp are the only ones who show consistent hunger.

    some of the others have excuses. walcott, rosicky, eduardo, and arshavin have been carrying injuries. this is bendtner’s first real season as a first teamer so it’s too early to judge, besides he keeps banging them in so i don’t mind his casual style.

    some players though, in my opinion, should be sold on. i really do not know the point of denilson. has diaby shown enough this year to warrant being kept on? wenger should at the very least tell these guys they’ve got one more season left or they get dumped. can we get flamini back?

    there is also a lot of dead wood. almunia, silvestre, senderos all need to go away.

  6. gunner17 said

    if gallas goes, i hope wenger keeps campbell.

    whatever happens we really need a new central defender. someone big and hungry and mean and natural at defending.

    verma and djorou, backed up by gallas or campbell or even both, will most definitely not be enough.

  7. gunner17 said

    wenger doesn’t really play to our player’s strengths, that’s another issue.

    direct runners like arshavin, walcott, vela…these guys don’t get any joy with the way wenger sets up the team. these are counter-attackers, not posession players. play to their strengths every once in a while and they might actually get some confidence.

  8. Johnny said

    I have to agree with you unfortunately, However although its disgraceful that a little skinny croat cunt can win a 50/50 in the heat of a north london derby it wasn`t just Diaby who was being muscled, It was happening all over the fuckin pitch. As you point out the one notable exception was big Sol, I basically echoed your thoughts on Untold last night. A team of true winners would never have listened to the abuse Sol recieved and then rolled over, they would have dug in and been more determined to stick it up them. 1 or 2 more players like the big man need to be signed in the summer and Wenger should also give Sol the shirt and tell him it is his to lose. On the plus side we are really not far away from being a top notch side and I think we all know what could have been achieved this season if we had kept Van Persie fit.

  9. Gunner addict said

    I wonder why some fans still say we are in huge debt while the bord and even wenger said we have money to spend. We cant blame it on injury every club have there own injury list our broblem is that our first 11 are miles away from there backups let’s take the club toping the log for example they lost their first choice left and right full back a defencive mildfeder and 1 central defender if this is to happen to us we all know how worse our defence is going to be when we have traore and ebue defending fo us. Chelsea are not outstanding but is thier squad depth that kept them to this time despite our injury up front wev’e score more goal than them but look at goal difference all we need now is 1 keeper 2 defender and 1 or 2 mildfider chamark is certain so we dont need striker. We have so many mildfider but the real ones are jurt song ramsey and fabregas it’s not all about age cause this 3 are young its all about comitment and quality. One thin wenger has refuse to understand is that potential cant win trophy. His policy is not bad but we want young player with quality not potetial. Example of young player with quality are fabregas, song, ramsey, messi, jack rudwell vermelin, pato. To mention few i think is time we stop buy potential and watch out for quality. So because we have no depth we could not rotate and that leed to our injury this is the out come when players play trough pain so many of our player has play trough pain this season gallas, faaregas vamelin,song,nasri and arshavin so am not suprise we have so many injury.

  10. Steve said

    Totally agree with article and your coment Sam. There are far too many of our players just happy to pick up a pay check when they aren’t earning it.
    The thing that impressed me most about Barce wasn’t Messi and co’s great skill etc but it was their workrate, it was superb, a great lesson for any footballer that really wants to reach the top.

  11. gooner71 said

    but do we have any money left hawke?

  12. gooner71 said

    i fear the worst, another summer of promises and no players.

  13. Q Sola said

    I just don’t know what to say anymore, what a shame? Yesterday was a darkest day since i’ve been watching football. Friends, can i say one thing, i thank God i am not in that stadium last night, i could commits some bad thing.

    Well, let me quickly hit the name on the head, DIABY, ROSCISKY, BENDTNER, SILVESTRE, ALMUNIA AND DENILSON men how on earth can these stupid guys playing for arsenal, they should be grounded, they brought shame to all arsenal fans worldwide.

    Mr Wenger what do you say now, are they good enough, this is the job you have been doing for the past five years, any good news.

  14. Q Sola said

    I just don’t know what to say anymore, what a shame? Yesterday was a darkest day since i’ve been watching football. Friends, can i say one thing, i thank God that i was not in that stadium last night, i could commits some bad thing.

    Well, let me quickly hit the name on the head, DIABY, ROSCISKY, BENDTNER, SILVESTRE, ALMUNIA AND DENILSON men how on earth can these stupid guys playing for arsenal, they should be grounded, they brought shame to all arsenal fans worldwide.

    Mr Wenger what do you say now, are they good enough, this is the job you have been doing for the past five years, any good news.

  15. callious said

    “We have money to spend”…
    Well to be completely honest the purchase of a selection of the following should do nicely:
    Adler or Neuer (GK)
    Westerman, Chilieni, Boateng (DF)
    Gago, Van der Vaart, Melo, Silva (MF)
    Chamakh, Huntelaar or maybe even spring a surprise and place a bid for either Mario Gomez or David Villa

    (delete as appropriate)
    all are young enough to mould nicely into the arsenal way of life and all big game players and hard workers.. (all bar Huntelaar but he’ll be on the cheap after this shocking season he’s had at AC)

    out the door with:
    Senderos (free), Silvestre, Vela, Eboue (please!!!), Almunia, Fabianski, Eduardo (not the same since his leg.. proven against Celtic)

    Have faith in the B52 bomber.. always have and tbh he’s done well for us in the absence of RVP and the other mysterious strikers we have(n’t) got..

    In Arsene we trust…
    DON’T let Cesc go, he’s the heartbeat of this side..

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    these things, thus I am going to let know her.

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