THE ART OF MANAGEMENT: WENGER STYLE…….Don McMahon
Any Gooners who are stupid enough to listen to the media, the pundits, the aaa, the pseudo X-box managers, the so-called experts and other assorted idiots, will have been hearing lamentations about how Wenger hasn’t brought in the ¨missing links¨ so desperately needed to ensure the Arsenal win everything this season!
UA has been ceaselessly reminding anyone who will listen, that managerial changes, uncontrolled buying, thoughless transfers, mindless tweets, ignorant and blinkered posts and so on only serve to undermine the solid basis of the faith we true supporters need to nourish and promote, in our players and manager and almost always fail to achieve anything.
I wouldn’t get too sentimental with AOC and Theo…..a few off games don’t mean anything,it is the voyage, NOT the destination that determines everything. Wenger is an excellent judge of character and ability, as he has chosen both these young men as essential components of an already formidable team.
Wenger is the most senior and experienced AND successful manager left standing, in the EPL and in Europe as well. Why anyone would have the temerity to question his judgement is a testimony to the mental failure displayed by the eternally naive and faithless plastic fanboys and their acolytes in the media and elsewhere. He knows what he is doing, even when it doesn’t work out perfectly. Here is what I believe he is doing;
1: Bringing in in-house competition for the OX and Theo to measure themselves against. He knows that every member of the first team needs someone behind them kicking their asses to motivate them and at the same time reassure them.
2: Sending a message to all the 25 chosen that this is a TEAM game NOT a one-man project. In rotating Theo and the Ox in and out of the first team starting lineup he is saying that anyone is replaceable but that those who show the character and desire he requires, will always be ahead of those who place their egos before the team collective or who fail to follow the plan.
3: Showing that he is willing to make the hard choices and take the risks associated with thoughtful tactical and strategic man-management in order to field the best team, regardless of what the asshole pundits,media,aaa, fickle plastic fanboys and pseudo-managers pretend to know. He’s the boss and he is clearly reminding everyone of that fact.
4: By not bringing in anyone else but Elneny (already a very promising transfer), sending a clear message to his players that there won’t be a superstar coming to rescue their season but rather that THEY are in control of their collective destiny and success and that they don’t need a stranger coming in to lead them to glory….that they are nearly there all by themselves!
5: By supporting and maintaining faith with those who have been out-of-form, injured or going through personal difficulties, thus providing them with ample proof and reasons to reciprocate that loyalty and dare I say, affection..
6: By being willing to take calculated risks and intelligent investment of time and energy on so-called marginal players, who for the most part have paid dividends far surpassing their predicted worth. His paternal and legendary closeness to his charges, regardless of age and form are proof positive that he sees the human side of the game as much as the mechanical and economic side.
7: His timing is exceptional, his ability to produce success under the most trying of circumstances, his perennial sharpness and team chemistry building are renown, and his sharpness in knowing when to transfer or trade a player whose career is not a certain thing at the Emirates, is phenomenal.
8: His undertstanding and astuteness in determining what we need in terms of quality rather than quantity is beyond questioning. Who can say anything about his skilled acquisition of Sanchez, Coquelin, Cech, Ozil, Bellerin, Ospina, Campbell, Monreal, Cazorla, etc. other than BRAVO!
So the next time you hear a whiner complaining about Wenger and his purported stubbornness, stinginess, lack of this or that……………..just remind them and yourself who most young players dream of playing for, who most managers consider as the dean of management, who most supporters envy for his ability to make diamonds out of coal and who FIFA and EUFA refer to when they talk about Mr.Football.
- 3 February 1919: Having honourably admitted that there were no precedents for the issue of extending the league Tottenham staked their claim to be re-instated in the First Division. Athletic News responded suggesting that Arsenal, Chelsea, Preston and Derby should get the four places.
- 3 February 1937 Derby 5 Arsenal 4. This was a repeat of the score on December 28 1935 in the match against Sunderland and it heralded the second season in succession without a trophy.
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