“In Arsene We Trust.”
If you are an ardent follower of the Arsenal football club, that inscription is what you’d always find around the corridors of the Emirates Stadium.
Having managed teams like AS Monaco and Nancy in France and Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan before heading to North London, he has developed to a world class coach having won different titles with the Gunners and more importantly has developed world class players like Henry, Bergkamp, Sol Campbell, Fabregas, Nasri, Alex Song, Nwankwo Kanu, Adebayor and some other great players.
Tacticians like Wenger don’t come so easily, he’s not a coach that can be pushed around because he knows his onion and commitment to effect a desired change in any top football team in the world.
Often criticized for his lack of trophies over the past 7 years, honestly, I can’t see any manager in world football today who could’ve managed to keep a club in constant Champions League qualification as well as hitting a few finals here and there with the budget Wenger has- It is truly amazing.
The last 2 seasons were marred by the sale of Fabreas, Nasri and a host of other regular players and very recently with the sale of Alex Song & Van-Persie. Unarguably these are some of EPL’s most finest players and one will wonder why such players could be sold to rival clubs such as Man City, Barcelona and Man United, respectively. During the recent transfer market, speculation and emotions were high greeted by the prospect of losing Van Persie.
A lot of Arsenal fans would rain curses at Wenger and Ivan Gazidis for adding world class players to the fold as requested by Van Persie.
No doubt, the sale of Fabregas & Nasri affected the free flowing Tiki-Taka of the team last season but the recent acquisition of players like Carzola,Giroud & Podolski is the required spark missing in the team and would only get better with time. After 4 EPL matches, Arsenal have only conceded 1 goal with 8 goals to their credit. And with the return of Wilshere, Sagna and Frimpong it means Arsenal are here to challenge for titles and not mere pretenders.
I’ve always been a fan of Wenger. He’s done so much for the club but sometimes goes unappreciated by the majority of its fans. He has changed the face of the club and has made the club the 3rd biggest club in England with regards to trophies as well as one of the topmost clubs in Europe by all standards, both in football and finance.
One thing I know is that this Arsenal team can cause upset in the UEFA champions league and EPL because they are better than what they had last year even with a good bench as substitutes. They can go all out with credit to the Professor at the Emirates.
Written by Frankie Ahusiem
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