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Jan

Wenger Must Prove His Abilities


Written by Cade the Gooner

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With Wednesday’s last-gasp away draw to Everton, even the most amateur of supporter could see just how lacking in attacking quality the current Arsenal side are. Unfortunately, it appears that Wenger is so blinded by his ‘belief’ in the current squad that a blind man in a fog has more sight than he.

While Everton do not possess the most potent attacking threat, they nevertheless have weapons to use. Fellaini, Pienaar, Arteta, and Cahill all are legitimate attackers in their own right, and for the most part Arsenal’s defense held them at bay.

The problem with this current team is their inability to maintain possession. Indeed, previous teams were accused of contriving to walk the ball into the net, yet currently that would seem beyond this team’s ability to even attempt. While Myles Palmer may believe that Arsenal are a ‘possessive’ team, the truth is that they simply are not.

Our current best uninjured central midfielder, Denilson, was relegated to playing wide right, because Eboue has been woeful and Wenger seems reluctant to play Wilshere out there. Removed of our driving force in the center, it was down to the incredulous Diaby and Song to forge their way through the opposition. If Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso can only score 1 goal a game against this Everton side, then those two players sure as hell are not going to get it done. Luckily, we do possess one world-class player in Robin van Persie, and he committed daylight robbery in stealing the points.

What this current team needs, at the bare minimum, is another potent attacker. To be blunt, Arshavin is a must. There can be no excuses for not capturing his services. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Champions League and the subsequent cash windfall are what at stake. Nasri and van Persie need another partner of guile to partner them.

Adebayor, all 90,000 pounds of him, is not up to the task. Whether his head be in his chequebook, in Barcelona, or up his arse, is hard to determine. His lack of committment is not.

Clichy and Sagna are having massive down seasons compared to last year. As much stick as Clichy got for Hull’s goal, Sagna should get just as much, if not more, for his lackadaisacal defending and inability to close his man down. How you watch a man take a throw-in and subsequently let him cross the ball is a violation of all defending laws.

The only bright light this season has been the form of Robin van Persie. In fact, he has either assisted or scored every Arsenal goal in the month of January. Clearly, his desire is not lacking. It is a shame the same could not be said for Adebayor.

Wenger must do something, right now, to stop the rot. With each passing game, the nightmarish prediction of Arsenal missing out on the Champions League is becoming more and more likely. Recently, Wenger was quoted about his ability to make money for the Club. I wish his dedication to winning football games was the same.

As much as he has done for the Club, he will never lose the responsibility to win football games. Not in a million years. That is his one fundamental task as manager, and currently he is edging ever closer to failure. He surely knows what could be done to save our season, but whether or not he deems it pertinent is another issue altogether.


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Ryan
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Ryan
7 years 5 months ago

By Wenger’s own admission, this team needs at LEAST one, probably two quality players.

With no one coming in, Wenger, by his own standards will have failed in his job.

My real fear is who will jump ship this summer when we don’t get champs league football.

manuel
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manuel
7 years 5 months ago
very fair article. you are correct about arshavin. ok so there are other positions that we also need to strengthen, but if we can become more creative going forward it will take the focus off our poor defence. wenger constantly praises the belief and attitude of the team. well i dont believe these players work hard enough. i think every game we are well and truly outworked by other teams who show more desire than we do. we never get much time on the ball, but we always afford the opposition too much time. i support arsene and do believe… Read more »
Scarleto
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Scarleto
7 years 5 months ago

In November Wenger said “judge me in May”. Trouble is I think he said it last year, and the year before…

Gooner
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Gooner
7 years 5 months ago

Adebayor’s being a lazy shit recently, more so than usual. Who ain’t pining for Eduardo at this stage?

Maybe it’ll make Adebayor work harder. If not shift him off to Spain or Italy and get someone who is actually willing to actually play to win for the club.

GoonerDave
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GoonerDave
7 years 5 months ago

Seems a fairly pointless article this, good point about Sagna and the goal conceded last night though, think thats what he was taken off for, since no other explanation seems particularly feasible. The midfield had to be combative yesterday, hence Denilson playing wide rather than a flair player, only a few weeks till Walcott is fit then, assuming Arshavin would slot in on the right would give us options for rotation, but not sure what else he could deliver this season.

Goonerdan
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Goonerdan
7 years 5 months ago

I am so hopeful that when fit Arsene wenger will se the blatent need to get Adebayor out of that starting 11 because he is so lazy and has no effect on the team at all..

NorthBankLegend
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7 years 5 months ago

The current crisis at Arsenal has been developing since we let Edu and Vieira leave without replacing them. The same has happened every season, players leave and they are never replaced.

Mike.from.around.da.way
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Mike.from.around.da.way
7 years 5 months ago
We cannot blame the team for a lack of passion. They seem to try week in week out, but it’s not just working for them and it is down to the Gaffer to sort it out, plain and simple. Why on earth would we be playing Denilson on the right and play Song in the middle with Diaby? Song and Diaby give the ball away to much and to often!! They are both as bad as Eboue at the moment! Personally, i feel every1 can see Arseanl are struggling at the moment and we can maybe say it’s because we… Read more »
manuel
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manuel
7 years 5 months ago

yep you are correct northbanklegend.

johnthegunner
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johnthegunner
7 years 5 months ago

Arshavin deal is 90% complete according to AW.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4867346,00.html

manuel
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manuel
7 years 5 months ago
teams have worked us out. every game is like groundhog day at the moment. we are easy to defend against because we are missing our main creative spark in cesc, but also do not play with the necessary tempo to stretch teams and get in behind their defence. the current midfield is a shambles. i dont think any of the teams in the top 6 would have song, denilson and diaby in their squad, let alone team! dont even mention eboue… we are not exciting to watch, we do not play great football anymore, we don’t work hard enough off… Read more »
davidhr
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davidhr
7 years 5 months ago
Wenger must prove his abilites? Are you serious? Yes the team this year is not doing as well as we would all like, including Arsene I’m sure. But ‘prove his abilities’ … this would be the same man who has won us more silverware than any other manager, moved us from a poor footballing side to one of the most ‘love to watch’ sides in Europe and masterminded a lossless season ….. I think he has proved himself more times than most. Only AlexF has a better record … one that will probably never be surpassed. I am so annoyed… Read more »
Hadley
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Hadley
7 years 5 months ago
A draw away at Everton is no disaster. I actually think we looked very solid in general and did put in a good effort. Now that we have become more solid as a team again, the problem is simply the injuries to our creative midfielders – Fabregas, Rosiky and Walcott all missing has left only Nasri to do the damage. At the moment we are not playing our slick ‘Wengerball’. Last year whenever we had at least 2 out of Fab, Rosiky and Hleb on the field we played it, but whenever we were left with only 1 of the… Read more »
abc
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abc
7 years 5 months ago

That’s why I want Arshavin join our squad,even this position isn’t our biggest needed. I don’t want to see Double D with Eboue to control our central midfielde, if we want to back top4 Wenger must don’t do that again…God Bless Arsenal.

mk
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mk
7 years 5 months ago

His abilities?

Making a couple mill a year, ask the board 😐 🙁

The clubs ambition is a joke… for the first time i thought about 5th place yesterday……

rich-tha-gooner
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rich-tha-gooner
7 years 5 months ago

Wenger needs to take his fingure out of his *** he really is in a comfort zone. we are reaping the fruits of promising someone a job for life…BIG MISTAKE!! Doesn’t have the heart to get rid of his kids. Happy to see Vela and Wilshere on the bench?? No good for anybody. AW needs a rocket up his ***

samal 4thesake of cesc
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7 years 5 months ago

for the sake of cesc i stay, adebayor is a lazy shit, can someone wake wenger from his day dreams.

Andy Goooner
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7 years 5 months ago
I think Arsene is a fool! i am sure he knows this latest crop of footballers are not up for it. we had a offer for eboue why not sale? we had a offer for Nick b why not sale? they are obviously not going to make the first team well we know eboue cant he can not even play in the midfield why the hell did we not sale him we play too many players in positions they can’t play in and then arsene tells us we dont need anyone (who are you fooling, fool! frm a very unhappy… Read more »
Doom
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Doom
7 years 5 months ago

vs West Ham ey? Carlton Cole will score..

belie tat!

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

arsenal 2-0 west ham nasri and vp to score

GoonerDave
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GoonerDave
7 years 5 months ago

I won’t blame Wenger if he quit and went to join Real Madrid if this is the kind of “support” he receives. Seriously, which other team in the premiership has managed to build a new stadium and prosper? Southampton? nope, they went down. Coventry? Ah relegation again. Leicester? hmm nope. We are paying for our own success and building into the future. As for “Doesn’t have the heart to get rid of his kids. Happy to see Vela and Wilshere on the bench???” I can only assume your a keen purveyor of irony.

Goonerdan
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Goonerdan
7 years 5 months ago

Does anyone know how we can gain access to the pre match interview he done for arsenal.com today…

he talks about Arshvin, id be interested to hear what he has to say on the matter following last nights comments..

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

goonnerdan,

even if you do see the pre-match interview, wenger will just the same thing about arshavin,

“we are not close to signing him”

chris
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chris
7 years 5 months ago

i thought he said ‘90%’ today though..im really hoping it will be done tomorrow, otherwise i cant see it all working

manuel
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manuel
7 years 5 months ago

he didnt really say it was 90% done. he said it could go either way. the media just read it in the positive way.

zenit have said today that arsenal havent offered the £15m straight up, which is what they want. our offer remains £12m plus add ons.

lachter has said he remains optimistic.

ridiculous transfer saga.

gunneradt
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gunneradt
7 years 5 months ago

I do not understand the criticism Song receives. He was outstanding at Everton. Diaby and Denilson were awful with the latter giving away possession all too often. And Adebayor was worst than awful. Bendtner did more in five minutes than Adebayor did for the entire 90.

Dutch
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Dutch
7 years 5 months ago

Fuck off AW
The board say 30mil to spend
still have not spent 1$
Every Day words used by wenger

Belief
Confidence
Maturity

Please learn some new ones

Desasterous
Crap
No CL

I think i Know why he likes the kids so much remember the case he had some time ago

Fire the Fag

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

come on wenger get the money out and sign arshavin ASAP

Galvinho
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Galvinho
7 years 5 months ago
Blame Sagna, this is absolutely wrong. Sagna is a world class right back and his defensive abilities, especially in recovery is fantastic. Unless you are watching different games. Clichy has had a form dip but it has not been that bad. These two are french internationals and to be honest far outweigh the likes of dossena, arbeloa, young, shorey and Sagna is better than neville for sure. I think you need to look at the injuries and the effects these have had on the team. It is the injuries which have caused us problems, if we had a fit rosicky,… Read more »
Alex
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Alex
7 years 5 months ago

The boys need a good swift kick up the backside. They are brilliant when they want to be. Unfortunately, you never know when that will be. Wenger needs to sit Adebayor until he at least puts in the effort. I also cannot understand why Vela has not been given a chance. He had a great preseason (granted against 2nd tier teams) but he cannot be any worse than Eboue or Denilson. Denilson is great but he isn’t a winger.

athlon
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athlon
7 years 5 months ago

Wenger told arsenal.com that he may say more in the next two days. But he could say for the other newspapers.

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

if we do not sign arshavin then we should spend the money on signing a world class dm

Jag
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Jag
7 years 5 months ago

This is becoming increasingly annoying.No one wants Wenger to bid for Kaka or Messi.But why the fuck cant he play them in their respective positions.Is he blind not to see that Nasri is better off in the centre and pushing him wide left,when we dont have a proper creative central midfielder.Mr Wenger,your primary responsibility is to win matches for Arsenal.And it would be wonderful if you jump the ship to the Bernabeau leaving us in the UEFA Cup.

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

wenger should change his policy and have a mixture of experience and youth in the team, any one else agree

chris
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chris
7 years 5 months ago

we need arshavin..but we also need wenger to start playing people in their proper positions..nasri should go in the middle most of the time but definately ALL OF THE TIME when we are at home, and not after 70 mins. we also must use vela more, whenever he plays he at least beats his man and is pretty good at crossing, if wenger is worried about the tracking back, i think that vela has shown he is willing to work very hard for the team

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

chris,

if nasri plays in the middle then who is going to play on the left until rosicky comes back?

ron
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ron
7 years 5 months ago

why does not he start vela on the left….nasri and denilson in the centre and diaby out right….

Cade Roberts
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Cade Roberts
7 years 5 months ago
I am not saying Wenger does not have the abilities, I am intimating that he must reprove them. Why? Because each season is a new experiment, a new test of quality. Wenger HAS won us trophies but with this new year comes a new requirement, and that is for him to prove he still wants to win trophies. So far, he is failing that test. And yes Sagna is a world-class right back, but that doesn’t admonish him of blame. I understand Wilshere is 17, but he looked very sturdy against Wigan. I do not understand the persistence with players… Read more »
Merse-10
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Merse-10
7 years 5 months ago
Dutch you are an absolute mug, shame your comment was published. Well balance article, certainly better than some of the tripe i have read on the internet where the sole purpose is to slag off Arsene, the board and players. Spending money doesn’t mean sucess. I’m pretty sure Spurs have spent more than us each season and they’ve achieved nothing. A draw at Everton is not a bad result and any team would miss the creativity of Rosicky, Fab, Theo and the goals of Eduardo. Buying quality is not as easy asliking 2 players and signing them. Quality players are… Read more »
chris
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chris
7 years 5 months ago

arsenal556,
im suggesting play nasri in the middle with vela on the left.to compensate for nasri’s small stature i suggest putting him next to either diaby or song but preferably diaby. which leaves us with perhaps denilson or wilshere on the right for now, unlesss of course we get arshavin

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

merse-10,

you are right but if we do not sign any expeienced players soon we are doomed!!!!!!!

sameold
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sameold
7 years 5 months ago

He could play:

————–Almunia—————
Sagna—–Kolo—–Djourou—-Clichy
———–Song—Denilson———-
Van Persie——-Sagna———-Vela
————–Adebayor————–

There would be plenty of creativity.
But no room for his precious Eboue and Diaby…

sameold
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sameold
7 years 5 months ago

sorry I meant Nasri not Sagna in the middle.

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

sameold,
how can sagna play at right back and centre mid at the same time

Orpington Gooner
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Orpington Gooner
7 years 5 months ago
Merse-10 I agree with your comments especially as I started watching Arsenal as from 1977 and indeed wild spending doesn’t mean success , certainly the Spuds are testimony to that. My concern is that with our injured players still out for a number of weeks hence, we could be well off the pace in terms of the 4th spot when they return, so Wenger needs to spend to try to get into the top 4 or start using Vela/Wilshire i.e. use players with guile. There is also the fact that the Club Level tickets are up for renewal and maybe… Read more »
ron
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ron
7 years 5 months ago

according to reports no fee is still agreed for arshavin

arsenal556
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arsenal556
7 years 5 months ago

ron

give me a link to that report

Dutch
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Dutch
7 years 5 months ago
Merse-10 you are not a fan of arsenal u r a fan of AW You do not complain when the tickets are so expencive to watch the team. What r we paying 4 a big stadium comfortable seats. You do not need 20mil 4 i playa a stop gap could b Jimmy Bullard but no MU did it with Larson now AC Milan is Doing it with Becks, If the lack of guts cause us to miss out on the CL which i think we already have. How much money will be lost Clubs are lining up to steal our… Read more »
ron
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ron
7 years 5 months ago

As for Arshavin himself, his response to the newspaper ran as follows:”Zenit still haven’t agreed. I have nothing more to add.”……it is on goal .com and it says that he has refused to trian with them…..

chris
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chris
7 years 5 months ago

i agree that we need to spend some money, for sure..but i reckon the time we should ever boo,and i mean EVER..is when we lose our best players..we dont actually know how lucky we are until cesc and robin van persie go, then we will be down in the dumps…after all, you could support spurs…

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