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?
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!