Arsenal FC could possibly end up winning nothing again this year and unless Wenger changes his transfer policy, they probably won’t win anything next season either.
I have determined that because they lack one key element.
Arrogance is the difference between winning and losing and winning teams have it in abundance. Manchester United have shown it for many years and if you look at some of their players over the years you can see why they have been so successful.
Eric Cantona was a good example he oozed arrogance, George Best another, Ronaldo, Nani, Rooney, Keen and Neville to name just a few.
Our success came when we had players like Bergkamp, Henry, Charlie George, Paddy, Anelka, Adams, Keown and a few others over the years but although they had arrogance, they had something special to back it up, something which the likes of Bendtner hasn’t!
That special element is talent, bundles of it.
Certain players that have got these qualities can change a game in a blink of an eye, they show a kind of air about them that can easily change the mood of the team they play for, supreme confidence arrogance and of course the most important sublime skill.
Players like Cantona and Henry although now finished in the sport, are still worshiped by supporters, they are always used as examples to younger players starting out. Players like Bergkamp and George Best will live on in the hearts of supporters forever, because they had that little bit more than the players you never hear about.
You may think I’m being hard on young Nicky Bendtner but although he oozes arrogance and confidence, he cannot live up to the sublime skills of the others I have mentioned and after he has left us, his name will rarely be mentioned, he just isn’t blessed with ability the way great players are.
That’s not his fault though.
What these special players bring to a team is the ability to change a losing situation into a winning one and that in itself lifts the whole team. You can watch teams stroke the ball about as if they are untouchable, passes start to find their targets, players begin to up their performance and the arrogance/confidence spreads.
The more of this kind of player you have in your squad will usually determine just how successful that team will become. Players like that don’t come along to often.
We had Henry and Bergkamp in the same team, and that brought success, United had Rooney and Ronaldo the same success.
I was beginning to think we had another player in our team in Sami Nasri but sadly that seems to have been short lived. For a while this season the arrogance started to flow and the teams spirit started to rise but sadly it seems all that was just a flash in the pan. When his game went off we went back to our losing ways.
Players like Cantona and Henry had several seasons at the top and their presence showed in the teams they played for but the truth of the matter is, as you get older and slower the skill begins to fade and the aura these players one had, slowly disappears.
I think we are at that situation right now and until somebody special comes in we sit and wait, hopefully for not to long as those days were really special. Remember the lift to the side when Arshavin was signed?
I feel that I must add a word or two about goalkeepers, most successful teams have special keepers – ones that save many a game during a season.
Peter Schmeichel, Van de Sar, Pat Jennings, David Seaman all at the top of their game were outstanding players – the keepers we currently have will let us down over a season.
I would urge Arsenal to buy us a special one to keep goal and another special one in the outfield as together, they may just start to change our future. We know there are goal keepers out there, one in particular has said he wants to play for us.
What’s stopping you Arsene??
Written by Steve Palmer