Date:Sunday May 18 2014
Earlier in the season Arsene Wenger suggested that anyone writing themselves out of the title race when they were a couple of points off the top of the league with a fair chunk of the season still left to play were simply covering their bases and might have had a "fear to fail".
The Arsene Manager mentioned no names in his quotes and despite the fact that Mr Wenger was referring to the comments made by numerous managers Chelsea`s Jose Mourinho took it as a personal attack and being the egotist that he is reacted with a childish retort.
The Portuguese manager claimed that following the Gunners 8 season trophy-less stint that Arsene Wenger is a "specialist in failure".
Over the years Mourinho has been used to favour from the media gained from his supposed humour, personality (& I used the word in its loosest possible way) and quirks, however for many of the journalists, reporters and commentators this was a step too far for even Jose.
If success is simply measured in trophies then sure, you could say the Arsenal manager has failed over the last 8 seasons, but it`s not, and to suggest it is naïve to say the least.
Did Roberto Martinez, Tony Pulis or Brendan Rogers "fail" this season simply because they didn`t win any silverware? Of course not, its how you play the hand you`ve been dealt what determines success.
Could Arsenal have done better with a little more investment? Sure. But the stability and longevity Arsene Wenger has achieved at Arsenal is nothing more than miraculous, especially when you consider the arrival of the Sheiks and Oligarchies.
What you could consider a failure would be spunking hundreds of millions of pounds on players and taking Chelsea from 3rd position in the table to a lofty 3rd position in the table. In fact, it`s been 5 years since Chelsea finished more than 3 points in front of Arsenal in the league.
Yesterday`s FA Cup win was not only a huge relief, it wasn`t only an amazing feeling to win another record breaking FA Cup (off our own back without any outside influence) but it was also a huge slap in the face to Mourinho that added further embarrassment to his ill-conceived comments.
And that`s always a fun time.
Date:Sunday May 18 2014
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