Why has he changed so much over the last six seasons?
My answer is: I haven’t got a Scooby Doo!!
With the change in his philosophy, came the change in his appearance and all in just a few years. For me though, the frustrations we feel, he does too and it shows.
So, why if he is feeling the pressure, has he not learned before today and the biggest question is, Has he learned now?
Again, I don’t know the answer but I sure hope it is ‘yes’.
Back in 1996, he arrived here at OUR club having been hunted down by David Dein, I think I am not far off the mark if I say most of didn’t really know who he was, hence the ‘Arsene Who’ comments that still get talked about today.
Arsene’s first signings were Gilles Grimandi, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Overmars and Nicolas Anelka. We hadn’t really heard of any of them had we, but they came in and were outstanding. Yep, even Grimandi played his part.
He signed a few duffers too but it didn’t seem to matter so much at the time, we were ‘doing it’ on the pitch!
He sold a few too, Paul Merson, John Hartson and Paul Dickov to name just a few – jeez, right now, those three in their day would be great in the current squad.
Over the next few years we signed players like Freddie, Pires, Henry, Suker, Lauren, Edu, Gilberto, Diarra, Flamini, Wiltord, Van Bronkhorst, Campbell, Fabregas, Van Persie, Lehmann, Reyes, Hleb, Adebayor, Rosicky, Walcott, Eduardo, Sagna, Nasri, Ramsey…
I’m sure I have missed a few ;)
Then came what I think was his ‘final’ big transfer window – this didn’t involve who came in so much, it was more about who was allowed to go. We lost Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry and Ashley Cole. The previous season we had lost Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and David Bentley. Also, let’s not forget we also lost our entire defensive unit in Seaman, Dixon, Keown, Adams and Winterburn!
We were losing the heart and soul of our side. We had just been beaten in the Champions League Final, we should be pushing on from there, not stepping backwards…
The following activity by Wenger in the transfer windows saw us buy players like Silvestre, Bischoff and Arshavin but at the same time we lost Hleb, Silva and Flamini, we had already let go Reyes, Gilberto, Freddie and Diarra. The following year we sold Adebayor and Toure but bought Thomas Vermaelen and signed an ageing Sold Campbell for free. At some stage during his reign we signed Bendtner!
Over the years Wenger, has gone from signing a lot of quality to signing an odd player who really makes a difference.
My question is why, it’s taken it’s toll on Arsenal, it’s taken it toll on all us fans……
But also, it’s taken it’s toll on Arsene Wenger, a very intelligent man, a once well respected man’ but I truly wonder if the latter years have been of his own making….
He’s gone from being a feared manager to a manager who is almost laughed at by his peers and that is not right.
Want him out, or just want old Arsene back??
Finally, it’s a holiday here in the UK today so for those who benefit, enjoy the break.
For those who don’t get the holiday, ‘Life’s a beach sometimes’ ;)
That’s it for today, have a good one……