- Change is often good.
- Change is sometimes bad.
- Change can bring new excitement.
- Change can bring great despair.
- Change (like taxes and death) is a constant feature in our lives.
- What can change bring to Arsenal?
Arsene Wenger has stated that Top 4 is NOT Arsenal’s target. He stated at the beginning of the season that his target and Arsenal’s target is to win the Premier League title. Wenger is therefore in sync with most fans who no longer see achieving Top 4 as the target. Any target which is continuously achieved becomes a way of life and taken for granted. This is the way of life.
A team that continuously finished 17th every season for 10 years years will not be satisfied to continuously be in a relegation fight. If that club finished 14th or even 15th they would regard it as a step forward.
Arsenal being a top, top club has achieved Top 4 for 20 years consecutively. This is an impressive record and most of the credit for this magnificent achievement belongs to (Arsene Wenger) our manager.
Wenger is a great manager and a great human being. I am a great admirer of Wenger but he certainly isn’t without weaknesses. Wenger has many strengths and he certainly has his fair share of weaknesses too. Some of Wenger’s big stregths are also his big weaknesses. I think having loyalty to your players is a big strength … but, keeping an average (or poor) player at Arsenal for five, six or seven years is a weakness.
Some players are regarded by many Arsenal fans to have been of poor quality yet they amazingly had a long career at the Arsenal (Nikolas Bendtner and Almunia come to mind). We also acknowledge that Wenger gave us some of our most exciting football by bringing top talents like Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Kanu, Anelka and the mercurial Thierry Henry to the Arsenal.
Back in the day, Arsenal had physically big players with most of the players well above 6 foot tall. We had giant players with amazing technical skills. We had strikers who could shoot straight. We had strikers who could curve the ball from unbelievable angles (remember Kanu’s goal from the touchline against Chelsea anyone?). We had defenders who could defend corners and dead balls. We had players who made the Arsenal proud. We had players who could go a full season undefeated. Arsene Wenger gave us those good times.
Wenger changed the style of Arsenal football from Boring, boring Arsenal to a club where every big star in the world wanted to play for Arsenal. Wenger style of attractive and winning football was impressing not only to the Arsenal fans but even the opposition fans. Remember Thierry Henry being given a Standing Ovation by the Newcastle fans and also Aston Villa fans after Arsenal had destroyed them?
And then Arsenal changed. We started buying cheapies. We started buying short midget players. We started buying average quality players (compared to the Invincibles and players bought by our opponents. Since then we have not won the league. Since then we have endure many embarrassing defeats like 5-1, like 8-2, like 6-0, like 5-2, like 5-1 …..
So do we need to change something at our beloved Arsenal? Albert Einstein did NOT say “If you keep repeating the same thing and expecting a different result you certainly are mad”. No he never said that. But if for more than 12 years we have been failing to win the league because we didn’t buy or keep the best players and we continue in that direction and expect to do a Leicester we certainly are just gambling and not strategizing. We may indeed be mad.
Does Arsenal need change?
What do Arsenal fans think of change?
(1). Some say the Board should change.
(2). Some say the shareholders should change.
(3). Some say the board’s financial policy should change.
(4). Some say there must be a change of manager.
(5). Some say Wenger himself needs to change his ways.
(6). Some say Wenger should change his buying strategy to move towards bigger and better players (and not just look for the cheapies).
(7). Some say the fans behaviour must change.
(8). Some say the quietness in the Emirates stadium must change.
(9). Some say aiming for Top 4 just for the money and not with the aim of winning the Champions League must change.
(10). Some say being regularly embarrassed by huge defeats (6-0, 5-1, 5-2, 5-2, etc) must change.
Certainly we need change. Quite a few things need to change.
I’m certain nearly every Arsenal fan will agree with several of the above points for change.
What do you as a fan what to see changed at our great club?