Wenger : Dawn Of A New Era Or Beginning Of The End?

wengerAfter an opening day defeat to Aston Villa and the home crowd turning on manager Arsene Wenger and his team, Arsenal’s season looked bleak and all hope was lost after only 90 minutes into the new season.

However, with Arsenal clinching a much-needed Champions League qualifier victory in a relatively easy fashion against Fenerbahce last Wednesday night, and following it up with an equally impressive 3-1 league win away at Fulham, the perspective on the Gunners’ season has already changed  for concerned fans.

The poor opening day result, coupled with Arsene Wenger’s lack of transfer activity, looked to be spelling out disaster for Arsenal this season.

Wenger was once again forced to answer questions on his transfer policy and strict wage structure.

The fans’ ever growing frustation is being heard louder than ever this season – with Wenger himself blaming the media for brainwashing Arsenal fans into thinking there’s a major crisis at the Emirates.

But Wenger himself has accepted that the club has failed to deliver enough silverware over the majority of the past decade, with no trophy at all since Arsenal’s FA Cup victory over Manchester United in 2005.

Their reputation for selling top players has left Arsenal’s impressive 16 year hold on qualification to the Champions League group stage in doubt in recent years.

However, with Arsenal having one foot in the group stage already this year, their season is not all lost.

The fans, however, are tired of qualification to the Champions League being considered a success.

After all, it was not that long ago that the Gunners were competing in the Champions League Final against Barcelona.

What the team really needs now is a real injection of quality, but Arsenal’s measly £10 million bid for Newcastle’s highly rated midfielder Yohan Cabaye – which the Toon were well withing their rights to reject – had left fans fearing that Wenger would rush into panic mode and sign inferior players than the “spectacular” signings promised earlier in the transfer window.

Thankfully, Arsenal appear now to be taking their bid for Cabaye more serious and with a reported £16 million now on the table, it appears as if Cabaye will be making his way to the Emirates.

It will ease fans fears that there could be a possible repeat of the 2011 transfer window on the cards when Arsenal signed players like Andre Santos and Park Chu-Young.

Wenger is adamant though that his young team can deliver success and that his transfer policy is working.

But teams around them are constantly strengthening their squads and Arsenal’s position in the top four is now in jeopardy.

Wenger is in his last year of his contract and has achieved so much for the club since joining in 1996,winning three Premier league titles, four FA Cups and four Community Shields.

However, he is now under serious pressure for a successful season that will either extend his contract or allow him to at least bow out being remembered by the current generation of young fans as a success.

It would be the least his legacy deserves.

By Gavin Whelan

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: