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Does Arsene Wenger Know What He's Doing?

Does Arsene Wenger Know What He's Doing?

As we played out an exceedingly dull 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Saturday the cry of "You don`t know what you`re doing" went up from the Arsenal fans as Arsene Wenger replaced Olivier Giroud, a striker, with Francis Coquelin, a "defensive midfielder".

It`s no secret that it`s not as rosy in the Arsenal camp as it once were, and that one of the most pivotal people in Gunners history currently has our fans opinion split straight down the middle. Some still believing he`s the right man for the job, others thinking it`s time for him to move on.

Of course, there`s that grey area for those of us (myself included) that are not so sure.

So this week`s Vital Arsenal poll asks that exact question to see just how many Gooners are in which camp.

So getting clicking in the poll on the right hand side of the page asking "Does Arsene Wenger know what he`s doing?"

Feel free does discuss the pros and cons in the comments section below.

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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday November 26 2012
Time: 8:51AM

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Of course he knows what he's doing. Whether he's doing it well enough is the real question. In this case the chanting supporters were wrong. It might have seemed that he was replacing Giroud with Coquelin whereas in fact he was replacing Giroud with Gervinho, moving Arshavin over to his more usual left sided role and Cazorla playing more on the right. From Tim's match report it would seem that some supporters don't know what they're doing it for anymore.
Amos.
26/11/2012 09:43:00
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If we go by the primary assumption that barring rare exceptions, the financial resources of a football club and wages in particular are highly correlated to its league position, AW has punched at or above his weight. Swiss Rambler has pointed out how over the last 3 years - 4 years property development and player trading has kept Arsenal in profit. The football business on a standalone basis was a loss making venture despite the high ticket prices. The Emirates deal and a future kit deal are game changers in that respect because it would make resources available to AW without him needing to balance his transfer budget through player sales. Over the next 18 months (the duration of AW's current contract) there could be changes in how we approach the transfer market and then one can take a final call on his tenure.
Deltaforce
26/11/2012 10:08:00
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On it's own the sponsorship growth won't change things quickly all that much but in a climate where the authorities are introducing rules that should inhibit excessive spending it's coming at a good time. Sadly though it may still be too slow for Wenger. The squad has been gradually pirated by the big spenders and it will take 2 or 3 years to restore the competitive balance. I'm not sure the supporters will give him that long. Not so much the bulk of the support but fools like Piers Morgan and the odd former player paid to say something controversial will fuel the minority vocal anti-support. When it does so to the extent that away fans are getting on his back in a game we weren't in great danger of losing it's only a matter of time before the pressure gets to a point where it has to be released somewhere. The lottery might come up with a domestic cup win that would buy a bit more time for Arsene but the more likely prospect is that Wenger will look to do something else once his current contract expires - if not sooner. I've said before that Wenger's biggest personal mistake was to stay with Arsenal after 2006 but that getting him to stay as long as he has is one of the club's greatest achievements.
Amos.
26/11/2012 10:24:00
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Of course, Wenger knows what he is doing and the fans who question his judgement just aren't being fair and have to get more perspective. The club getting him to stay on was great; the thing that doesn't fail to amaze me is how Wenger remains stoical, even in the face of pressure, taking all the flak for the board and refusing to shirk responsibility for the failure to "buy players" that can win things for the club when the board tells us he has control of the budget. Most Managers would let on all wasn't well and turn the fans against the board. Not Wenger. Amos has expressed the concern that the man may look for change at the expiration of his contract, should things carry on like this; that will be like 'building the home only for someone else to come live in it'. Wenger has done the hard work and so long as the board support him, he should look to "buy" himself some time by winning something this season so as to be in charge when the good times roll in; and I don't see why that can't be as soon as next season, contrary to Amos' projection of 2-3 years.
Naijagunner
26/11/2012 12:50:00
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First step will be to identify the targets we need to plug the areas of weaknesses. Next step will be to boldly (we should have the resources to afford that) be rid of the average players in the squad, even at a 'Loss' to the club. The likes of Chamakh, Bendtner, Squillaci, Arshavin and even Djourou had received interests in the recent past. Let us cut deals to be rid of them (I name Djourou and Arshavin with regret) and look to pay the performing players wages commensurate with their output. Then go for the targets; 2 or 3 players (in the creative and DF roles) who have won things, would be enough to give this team an edge, soon enough.
Naijagunner
26/11/2012 12:58:00
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First step will be to identify the targets we need to plug the areas of weaknesses. Next step will be to be rid of the average players in the squad, even at a financial 'Loss' to the club (we should have the resources to afford that). The likes of Chamakh, Bendtner, Squillaci, Arshavin and even Djourou had received interests in the recent past. Let us cut deals to be rid of them (I name Djourou and Arshavin with regret) and look to pay the performing players wages commensurate with their output. Then go for the targets; 2 or 3 players (in the creative and DF roles) who have won things, would be enough to give this team an edge, soon enough.
Naijagunner
26/11/2012 13:01:00
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Sorry about the double posting. The site seemed to 'crash' for a while and I wasn't sure the message went. Park, Denilson, Santos, Fabianski, Bendtner.... Some other names that we should look to off-load as soon as the summer, at cut-price deals. I know this may not be the Wenger way, but things have reached a head and he needs to act before things get out of hand.
Naijagunner
26/11/2012 15:20:00
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As we sit here in November already 10 pts off the top with a feather weight squad that look further than ever from challenging, having emerged from yet another summer where two of the best players have been sold, incapable of keeping any squad together for longer than a season, fielding only one natural striker with no striking replacement on a bench that contains only the infirm, the disinterested and the incompetetent, he presides over a squad that a) he is seemingly incapable of consistently motivating or that when all is said and done are b) not good enough to cut the required mustard any longer, neither option is a glowing endorsement and both are unfortunately true. It's a tricky one as the annual purge and ransacking of Wengers' squads are obviously not what he'd willingly choose yet he makes the sacrifice for the financial good of the club and he does still work minor miracles given he has to rip up the manual and start from scratch each year, despite a good few other faults few other managers would work such feats. Whilst this policy is an ongoing one for Arsenal it matters not who is at the helm as you cannot win feck all if you dismantle and asset strip your greatest strengths come the end of each season. Here's hoping this summer was the last but we'll likely start next season without walcott and sagna, that'll be our main challenge now that we've started and maintained this cycle of annual player sale even if we want to stop will we be able to do so?
nikolaijns
26/11/2012 15:47:00
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I'm not concerned about Wenger leaving when his contract expires or sooner if he so wishes. I hope that he can go onto to more success elsewhere whether as a manager or some other philanthropic venture. I hope that he doesn't leave regretting his decision to stay on for as long as he did but could understand it if he did. Replacing Wenger will be easier now than it would have been 6 years ago. We can bring in another coach, though it'll always be one that the board (and most other boards in football) will want to work sensibly within a sustainable budget, but he won't be as dependent on generating his own income as Wenger has been. But whoever holds the reins now a genuinely competitive team (one that can viably compete for the EPL/CL) is at least 2 years away.
Amos.
26/11/2012 16:30:00
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niko - I guess it depends on the impact of FFP, our own finances and how successful we are.
Gooner_Vin
26/11/2012 17:39:00
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