Anorak | In Arsene We Rust: Arsenal Will Ditch Wenger At The End Of This Season

In Arsene We Rust: Arsenal Will Ditch Wenger At The End Of This Season

by | 25th, November 2014

Pressure builds on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Matt Hughes tells Times readers that the Arsenal manger should go.


The time has come for Arsenal to take the kind of risk their manager seems so incapable of. It would definitely be a gamble, could prove divisive and may even be unfair, but Arsène Wenger should be thanked for his work and asked to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.

Anorak is less sure.

Wenger is guilty of making the same mistakes over and over again – refusing to strengthen his squad in key areas and sticking steadfastly to a gung-ho playing style that leaves his side exposed at the back. Arsenal’s vulnerability to counter-attacks and tendency to commit too many bodies forward is obvious for all to see, yet the manager is seemingly powerless to do anything about it. His stubbornness in the transfer market has also ceased to be a laughing matter, with the failure to strengthen in central midfield and at centre half last summer one of many recent errors of judgment.

One Arsenal shareholder agrees.

Alisher Usmanov owns around 30% of Arsenal. He says:

“Arsene Wenger is one of the greatest coaches not just of European but of world football. But we have a Russian proverb which goes: ‘Even an old lady can have a roof falling on her.’ Everybody makes mistakes. He can make mistakes and I know as you age that it is more difficult, more challenging to accept one’s mistakes. Maybe it’s a problem today.

“I like Arsene for his principles, but principles are a sort of restriction. And restrictions are always lost possibilities. That’s why sometimes coaches even without principles became the coaches of great teams and some coaches with principles lose because some positions in team are vacant because of ethical, moral or personal views.

“Does he have money or not? There is officially money in the club. How does he spend [it]? This decision investors have left with him. I wish them victories, because their victories are the victories of investors, including myself, and of great Arsenal fans, which deserve these victories.

“My opinion — and I tell it openly — we need to strengthen every position to play on the level of such teams in [the] U.K. as Chelsea and Manchester City, in Europe like Real [Madrid], Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, [Bayern Munich] and other clubs.”

No true Arsenal fans deserves victories. A fan who arrives at the ground only to see their side win is an idiot. Football is about being entertained. My reasons for thinking it time for Wenger to go are not because Arsenal fans are a unique breed who deserve to see their team win but because watching Arsenal is not as exciting as it once was. The new brings with it hope

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