WENGER or WHAT? By Don McMahon
Our witless whiners and moody moaners (otherwise known as the AAA) and even some rational denizens of the Arsenal Republic have been and still are crying for Wenger to be replaced with anyone who isn’t available….so what’s new? There are a number of reasons why a new manager might NOT fit AFC:
a) We risk bringing in someone who will pull a Mourinho when things might go sour and who won’t stay in place very long, just enough to have won or to have screwed up. AFC don’t need a Mourinho, we need someone like Wenger, whose loyalty and commitment are unquestionable.
b) There are few mangers who are really superior to Wenger tactically nor are they proven masters of personnel or man-management. They are often in fact neither but rather old style managers whose seek total power …not Wenger’s style at all and NOT the players’ role model as well.
c) Wenger has clearly stated that his project is not yet complete and imho, why change a winner for an unknown quantity who would take 2-3 years to adapt his style to AFC and adapt AFC to his way if he could? We don’t need a Moyes but rather a Wenger-like man who can settle in quickly and make a smooth transition.
d) You may think Arsene has had his day and I respect that you have your view, BUT there is NO conclusive proof that this is the case and IF the team stay in the top 4 AND win the FA Cup (both firm possibilities) then this could be the beginning of a 2nd golden era for the team….WITH Wenger at the helm once again, a healthy squad and a few key additions will make all the difference in 2014-15.
e) Wenger will leave management when he no longer physically or mentally feels he can continue. He is still relatively young and in form (better than most EPL managers) and has set goals he believes will be met in the next few years. Had we not suffered such a horrendous injury record this season, we would have clearly challenged for the title….next year, barring injury or referee disasters, we will!
f) Would some top class players come to AFC if Wenger left, or worse still would key players stay at AFC if Arsene was gone? If there’s anything professional Footballers hate it is insecurity and a new manager is almost always insecure and unknown at first.
g) There are names like Guardiola, Klopp, Van Gall and others bandied about by the pseudo-experts and graspers at straws (the AAA among others) BUT if the Club bring in any of the above or someone else as an interim manager, and things sour, who would want to come to replace him and who says these managers will be available 2-3 years down the road? Why not bring them in now, if they were interested?
h) When I was in the Navy, we were told that the worse thing that can happen to a ship and its crew is to have a change of captain while at sea. I believe the same thing applies at Arsenal. United have to replace Moyes and have got themselves in this position without a clear idea who they can get. What a mess that is! Wenger is still a powerful and motivated force at AFC so lets trust him to take us to the top over the next few seasons.
This idle speculation is pointless and useless conjecture. We have a great manager who continues to perform miracles….so be careful what you wish for AAA and other plastic fanboys! The media campaign to constantly insinuate that Wenger’s current ¨procrastination¨ in signing on was motivated by his doubts and uncertainties is patently spurious, egregiously false and totally unfounded, But it catches the eye and raises questions and attracts readers who still believe Elvis is alive.