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Enough Is Enough

Enough Is Enough

It was only two days ago that I spoke of the need for Arsenal fans to conduct themselves with respect and class, and how that doesn`t mean we shouldn`t be quite and watch on silently as things go down the swanny, but just we need to be careful on how we voice our opinions.

As such I`ll be wording this article as carefully and respectfully as I possibly can, but the long and short of it is that something needs to change and it needs to change as quickly as possible.

Arsene Wenger is the single greatest thing to happen to Arsenal Football Club, he`s been a genius, footballistically, he`s done wonders for the longevity of our club and we`re in a position that I genuinely believe if the financial fair play rules are ferociously implemented we`re in a position to really take the league by the scruff of the neck. In short, he`s given us memories that few fans of other football clubs can ever claim to have.

But I believe he`s done all he can.

However his genius was at it`s finest in a different time. 10 years ago the Premier League was a completely different place to the one we see today and I don`t think Wenger`s philosophy has a place in it anymore. It`s really painful to finally say what has been on my mind for the last 12 months or so, and I`d love to be proved wrong, but recent history seems to suggest this period of the season sees us fold after quickly exiting all the cup competitions.

It`s something that happened with a scary regularity since around 2007.

I`m not sure who could take his place, maybe it would be better to wait till the summer, but the undeniable fact is that we`re getting worse, and with Liverpool and Spurs coming up over the next couple of weeks it could get worse still.

I love Arsene Wenger, I want him to leave the club with the legendary status he deserves, I feel sick at the thought of wanting him to leave, but I think it could be the best not only for Arsenal Football Club, but also for his career.

A fresh challenge with fresh ideas could do the world of good for both parties.

The TV companies seem to take great pleasure in showing close-ups of Arsene Wenger`s pain addled face, and in these moments I see sadness in his eyes, he`s been let down by his players time and time again, but ultimately these are his players, players he brought to the club.

If the players aren`t following instructions then they must be replaced, which they clearly haven`t, and with £50M+ in the bank, sitting on our hands is costing us massively. If the players are playing to instruction then the manager`s philosophies are clearly at fault.

Neither one makes pretty reading, but both need sorting out, and how.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday February 18 2012
Time: 7:18PM


NO. simply he is way too much of a top manager to let go. his issue isnt his style or philosophy its his or your clubs reluctance to buy top players. that squad of yours is terrible thats why you look as bad as you are. you cant make a silk purse out of a pigs ear
18/02/2012 19:24:00
I would still like Wenger to take us to 4th and then think about replacing him. At least give the club a fighting chance.... and I do think thats what he's been trying to achieve. Wenger and his methods are only one of the problems that this clubs faces, but a new manager cannot solve everything. There are things that are fundamentally, wrong with the way this club is run, and they need to be fixed before we can move forward, with or without Wenger.
18/02/2012 19:26:00
can i just say before loads of spurs trolls come on here that if you are gonna kick arsenal fans when they are down, i hope u can take it as well if we lose to them next week as the gap between us will be reduced to only 7 pts.
18/02/2012 19:27:00
If Wenger is being restrained by the club then he needs to leave to keep his reputation in tact. IF his hands are tied then he needs to come clean and say so. The club is heading south, and until somebody says different it has to be Wenger's fault. If I were him I certainly wouldn't be covering for the board while they sell him down the river, ruining his relationship with the Gooners. I'm sure Arsene has more self respect than that.
18/02/2012 19:28:00
That has been a thought in my head too prits. But the suits in the boardroom don't pick the team, sort out the tactics and motivate the players, which, to me at least, seems to be the main problem. Again I love Arsene, I want him to make me look like a tit, but I just can't see it.
18/02/2012 19:31:00
Rocky, it has been obvious that Wenger's hands have been tied on a few things so far. We, as fans, need to be intelligent to figure that out. The club cannot come out and say they've been tying Wenger's hands and charge the high ticket prices that they do, at the same time.
18/02/2012 19:34:00
I agree with that part, Rocky. There are some basics that are being forgotten on the field and that's Wenger's fault. However, any expectation that replacing him will cure all our ills is not realistic, just wanted to bring that up as well.
18/02/2012 19:41:00
Rocky, Prits - I don't see this as the board tying Wenger's hands. The fact is, he has so much power at the club and the board trust his judgement completely. Wenger has been allowed to create the entire club in his image. Even if we currently had 100m sitting in the bank for players, I doubt he'd spend it. And I don't see him being sacked or resigning. He sees this as the start of a new cycle and has too much competitiveness to not see this team through, what with the likes of Ox, Wilshere, Ryo, Kos and Sczc there for years to come. He'll definitely see his contract out. It's next season that will be pivotal. If it's more of the same like this, then I don't see him renewing. If we get close, then he probably will. The only thing that will see Arsene leave is if the majority of fans at the stadium start calling for his head quite vocally. It's difficult to understand what our game plan on the pitch is nowadays. We simply don't have the players to play the kind of game we're trying to. The only two players of today's team that would get into the Invincibles team, and even they would find today's league a lot tougher than when they won, are RvP and Sagna. That tells you everything about the state of our club.
18/02/2012 19:43:00
"However his genius was at it`s finest in a different time. 10 years ago the Premier League was a completely different place to the one we see today and I don`t think Wenger`s philosophy has a place in it anymore"

I agree with this statement, there was a time when Arsenals football was ahead of its time (premiership wise) to the point where you were able to go unbeaten for 49 games. Your style of play was so superior to most sides that you didnt even need world class players to look world class, you could play the same style of play against all opposition and still dominate. But that was then and this is now, even teams like Swansea and Blackpool last year know how to keep and use the ball efficiently. The premiership has caught up, time to adapt or fall behind. Wenger showed his tactical naivety, by thinking he could go to the San Siro and play "the arsenal way" but you're not Barca, you have Arteta and Song not Xavi, Iniesta or even Fabregas!
18/02/2012 19:50:00
It's a sad day. I feel for the players and Manager as I am sure they gave this their best shot. We have to give some credit to Sunderland who worked their socks off, closing down our players so well in the first half and carried this on into the second. No doubt, changes are needed in the club, just not too sure it must be the Manager; or, perhaps we give it till the summer to see how far he takes us this season. So disappointed.
18/02/2012 19:51:00
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