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Wenger Era Isn't Over, But His Vision Could Be

Wenger Era Isn't Over, But His Vision Could Be

So Wenger walks...then what? Do people calling for Wenger's head think that all the great work he has done will remain and some other manager will simply pick up from where Wenger left? A lot of players are at Arsenal because of Wenger, not only great players of today but Arsenal's future stars are linked with Wenger.

I've been thinking about this for some time now and ironically clubs like Chelsea who have entirely adopted the continental management policy are less likely to go through painful transitions, clubs like Man Utd and Arsenal are joined at the hip with their current managers, Chelsea aren't Scolari or Mourinho but Man Utd and Arsenal are Ferguson and Wenger, when those guys leave it will hit hard, so it's painfully ironic that a club such as Chelsea which paid any amount of money for immediate, short term success are perhaps better equipped to deal with any long term problems such as managerial change.

I do think that Wenger has reached a Plateau though, his policy of using real league games worth real points to work out how well his youngsters are developing is not working, the EPL is more competitive than it has ever been, playing the best football used to win you the league. Not any more. Abromovich changed all that, to win the EPL you need to have players who consistently perform at the highest level, because at Chelsea if you don't then you get replaced, this ruthless approach has meant that other teams have had to respond. Wenger however, never responds, he always plays his own game, which is admirable. But the best managers can diversify when needed and admit they've cocked up when needed. Ferguson looked totally spent a few years ago, four years ago Arsenal were so much better than Man Utd but in those four years Ferguson has diversified, responded and reacted to the reality of the EPL.

Wenger doesn't have the financial luxury of Chelsea or United but he doesn't need it, he built a really competitive side last season with a fraction of the budget and then in the summer he bafflingly let it crumble before his eyes, he didn't respond and was yet again fixated on his vision. So I would say Wenger's current vision of an Arsenal time has come to a close but that doesn't mean his era is coming to an end, he needs to admit to himself the self inflicted damage on his current team and then do something about it and respond to the reality of the EPL. He is a clever bastard so I know he can diversify his vision and approach.

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Writer:Professor Calculus
Date:Tuesday November 4 2008
Time: 2:17PM


All I can say is my sentiments exactly. We need a slight cultural change, but there is no better manager to instigate it than the one we have.
Little Dutch
04/11/2008 14:25:00
I honestly can't convey enough how awesome and astute this article is. Wenger's departure would be a disaster of epic proportions.
04/11/2008 14:28:00
I think we need to do a combination of adding two or three, possibly even four older players into the side, and bring in Martin Keown as a defensive coach and i think the improvement will be dramatic. I believe that Wenger can still have his youngster policy, but with those more experienced heads in their still realistically challenge on all 4 fronts again
04/11/2008 14:34:00
If Wenger left I would agree with you Rocky and Prof, it would be a disaster for us at this moment in time. The reason Ramsey signed for us over MU was because of Wenger and there is no better manager to get us out of this mess IMHO.
04/11/2008 14:38:00
Wenger has always diversified his approach and adapted to changes in his policy whether enforced or by design. He wouldn't have survived as long as he has if he couldn't. Arguably this current policy is in itself a reflection of that ability to adapt and build a team able to compete over a longer period while simultaneously meeting the challenges of restricted finances in building the stadium. Maybe he is looking too far into the future but that phase is passing and so the policy will inevitably adapt and change but there is little point in wanting to keep the man if we only wish to do so if he adopts our vision of what is right rather than his own.
04/11/2008 15:08:00
'bring in 4 older players to the side blah blah blah...' what a load of old b0llox. Been saying for ages now if Arsene turned it in we'd all be ****ting ourselves.. good article, but for 'but in those four years Ferguson has diversified, responded and reacted to the reality of the EPL.' read 'Ferguson has spent spent spent, whilst Arsenal have been constricted financially with the new stadium'
04/11/2008 15:32:00
although I respect LD and Prof opinion I totally agree as always with what Amos says. If we added four older players(what age? at what price), what happens to the upcoming players,i.e. 19/20 year olds? I just wonder as a thought if after a win mid week and several good wins at home will this still be the same opinion? If we start to include four older players in who do we dump. Flam was only suddenly stared last season, the season before everyone was (well lots) calling for him to be dumped. The one area I would like to see more improvement in is between the sticks. Every team it seems that does well has a real good GK, look at the past GK's we've had.
04/11/2008 15:35:00
0,17033,8652_4454777,00.html Prepare for the storm people, forecasts call for heavy spells of "Arsenal don't like it up 'em" followed by sustained periods of "it's the Eng-er-lish game innit?" Attune all bull*****-o-meters to highest setting, repeat, all bull*****-o-meters to the highest setting.
Little Dutch
04/11/2008 15:49:00
Alwaysgunner, as we said with Bentley, Harper and Sidwell, if the younger players are good enough to come through, they will do. If they aren't, tough luck to them, we don't have an obligation to them.
Little Dutch
04/11/2008 15:53:00
Arsene has never failed us before .... im sick of hearing arsenal fans giving there views and saying how what is currently happening can be fixed! we are playing well in europe and currently sat 4th in the league ... we are experiencing a mear hick-up ... we must be patient and wait for this young batch of players to grow into superstars ... as arsene has done before ... we have had young players but never ... had a full squad of them ... i still believe the current crop are champions in the making and if it means waiting a few more season and keeping us a finincial success the im all for it ... ok we may have to make afew experience signings just to get us by ... but we will become a major force again sooner or later ...
04/11/2008 15:58:00
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