Arsene Wenger’s ignorance will always be something that holds Arsenal back

 

I had recently succumb to a level of gullibility and naivety when it comes to Arsenal’s forthcoming season, all was looking reasonably positive, well that was until a trip to Zagreb which saw Arsene Wenger become the first manager to lose 50 Champions League games. That isn’t the only record he broke, he helped Arsenal become the first English team ever to lose to Dynamo Zagreb.

So where did it all go wrong I here you ask? Wenger left Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey in London with the trip to Chelsea in mind, not that I had much of a problem with that. He strangely dropped Petr Cech to the bench following three clean sheets in his opening five games, he dropped Francis Coquelin for the yet again ineffective Mikel Arteta. Arteta unbelievably made no tackles last night which just highlights how far from being a successful defensive midfielder he really is, let alone someone that is captain material.

Wenger dropped Theo Walcott to the bench, even though he has score 11 goals in his last 11 starts for the club, Giroud had a nightmare performance culminating in a double booking resulting in a red card. This all but cost Arsenal the game, with the visitors having to play 50 minutes with a man disadvantage.

For many Walcott should have started , Zagreb started with a high-line and it would have been perfect for Walcott to take advantage, not for the first time Wenger got his tactics and team selection horrendously wrong.

Following the almost predictable 2-1 loss, Wenger rolled out the excuses. The French boss stated that “we were unlucky” and that the “referee didn’t have his best game”, that being said he should surely take a huge amount of blame for the lackluster start and repetitive arrogance that he approaches certain games with, especially against the so-called “minnows”.

In the Champions League it is by no means the end, but they have made qualifying a lot more difficult and will need to take some points off an impressive Bayern Munich side, a Munich side that really know how to play Arsenal as many do.

Arsenal travel to Chelsea on Saturday and will need to put in a big performance to appease the fans, Chelsea had an encouraging 4-0 win or-be-it against a very poor Maccabi Tel Aviv side.

The one thing that many can, and will take from the poor display is that the two positions of defensive midfielder and striker that were not addressed this summer are the two holes that are glaringly obvious within the squad. Arsene Wenger will claim that he has two players for every position, this may be true but last night proved the quality of depth is still not there.

Gooners should not be surprised if once again there is a last 16 exit in the Champions League followed with the oh-so typical fourth placed finish.

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4 Comments

  1. Danny Griffiths

    September 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Said it for years – got insulted and abused and called negative over the years and all that blah – well hate to say but who’s been right all along about who was to blame throughout and how nothing would change under him – those same people spoke about me behind my back and ripped the piss and called me whatever – but ‘m the one sitting back gleaming these days as everything i stated even 2/3 years ago are unfolding right in plain sight hahaha

  2. Andy Rees

    September 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    unfortunately that is the kind of crap that gets thrown around when you have something real to say. I have always been fine with giving him credit when he finally changes something, for some reason the ones that laud him can’t take a bit of criticism.

  3. Danny Griffiths

    September 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Sad but true – i’ve always kept the notion win,lose or draw it’s still wengerout and i’ve never changed from that – and the fact we’ve kept him longer – means even longer when he goes to when we actually merit something again as a club, when he finally f**S off a new manager is gonna have a HUGE upheaval and transition getting rid of le arses philosophy and the amount of foreign deadwood in the academies he’s brought over to groom, farm and sell off not to mention trying to reunite the fans again – as that’s another factor that has damaged the cub – HIM with the majority now those defending him from the post 96 year not pre wengers term

  4. Begeegs

    September 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Danny – I think that with these same players another manager would get a lot more our of them because they would adapt a system to the personnel which Wenger doesn’t do. It was only luck that Coq got recalled from loan last year to find a balance. It certainly wasn’t foresight. However, what it did give Wenger is false belief that this is a team that will challenge with minimal additions.

    I don’t think that we have bad players, just a bad system and poor in game management.

    Get a Simeone in and watch the players improve and the belief will come back. They just need organization going forward as well as defensive. It won’t happen while Wenger is here, but don’t tell some people because it is sacrilegious to defame their deity.

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