The Fall of Arsene Wenger (Manchester United vs Arsenal)

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Wayne Rooney scored a hat trick, but the most inruiging figure on the pitch this afternoon at Old Trafford was Arsene Wenger. The fading away confidence, the body language, accepting the loss, than the collapse, than the utter and complete humiliation. The signs were all there, but Arsenal’s 8-2 drubbing by the hands of Manchester United was more than anyone expected.

So, how did it come to this? We’ve been over this, but it never hurts to point this out again. Wenger decided to go young , and almost won a championship with Fabregas leading the way in 2008. A dream team in the making. The titles were there to take. But the wonder kids never fully developed. And there comes a point when blaming injuries (which all teams suffer from each season) and the inexperience of talented youngsters becomes stale and old. I think Wenger leaped over that point two years ago.

And this summer. I read some opinions earlier last week defending Wenger. He’s fighting the fight of the little clubs, standing up to the big bullies like Manchester City and Barcelona, doing everything in his power to keep his stars from leaving. Fighting or not, Arsenal are on the verge of becoming a feeder club. Oops. There isn’t that much to buy anymore.

Arsene Wenger, like Harry Redknapp, dozed off during the summer. His complete belief in his ability to keep both Cesc and Nasri from leaving while not spending big money on proper reinforcements was/is his downfall. Still no keeper with any consistency or the ability to give confidence to the four players in front of him. Problems with the centre backs. Losing Gael Clichy. No pitbull in the middle of the park. Theo Walcott, well, remaining an unfulfilled promise. Robin Van Persie too alone up front. Andrei Arshavin who doesn’t show up for the big games.

From little sources I have, Wenger had the funds to go bigger this summer. His obsession with youth development and “his way”, the way that didn’t bring a title since 2005 to the trophy cabinet, stopped him from making any sort of indication except words that Arsenal are planning to be a major force in the title race. He lost Fabregas, which was clear and bound to happen. He lost Nasri, who was pretty much looking for a way out since May.

And what did he have to say today? You feel humiliated when you concede eight goals. A terrible day for us, a combination of an under strength team (excuse no. 1) and weakness (hidden excuse no. 2). We collapsed physically in the second half. We had eight players out today (excuse no. 3). Anybody would suffer missing eight guys. 

Wenger denied any possibility of him stepping down from his position. If you remember,

5 responses to “The Fall of Arsene Wenger (Manchester United vs Arsenal)”

  1. I think no experience & world class player would want to join Arsenal now.

    About this : ” We had eight players out today (excuse no. 3). Anybody would suffer missing eight guys. ”
    One of the problem with Arsenal is that they only have 11 good players (well, more or less good). The subs are all teenagers.
    Check Liverpool, United, City, they all have world class subs.

    Sad to see what Wenger built over the last 15years get crushed so quickly.
    The 2 best players now are RvP & Vermaelen and those two are known to be often injured.
    And what they to Lille by buying Park has pissed off Lille president/coach/players. Good luck trying to buy Hazard now.
    Why Wenger didn’t try to sign Lugano (who signed at PSG :p) or Scott parker is beyond me.

  2. I am a Liverpool fan and have been so for the last 22 years. As a football fan I never relish kicking a man while they are down and so unlike many people I did not gloat when Arsenal were humiliated at Old Trafford.

    Truth be told Arsenal in their prime were a magnificent team to watch but with Wenger stubbornly refusing to buy more experienced players season after season what happened on Sunday was bound to happen.

    Liverpool were in dire straits last season but we seem to have turned the corner and am sure Arsenal will, but they will have to make tough choices.

    Beautiful football is not the be -all winning trophies is. Ten years from now nobody will remember that Manchester United struggled last season. All they will remember is that they won the title.

    Wenger needs to get his head that is deeply buried in the sand out and bolster and improve the team if he wants to survive the managerial axe that just two seasons ago seemed an impossibility.

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