With each passing day, Arsenal are losing ground on their top six rivals. Despite a number of strong backroom additions, two top class additions on the field, and the extension of Mesut Ozil’s contract, one thing continues to drag them down – Arsene Wenger. Saturday’s North London Derby was a further indication that Arsene Wenger can no longer mix it with the best tactically, and most worryingly, can no longer motivate his players.
Going into the game, Arsenal fans were filled with optimisms, with every player doing their best to talk up the team’s chances, and praise the spirit within the camp. Sadly, the minute those players got out onto the pitch that optimism left them. Despite being equally as good as Tottenham on paper, they looked like a significantly inferior side. It was men against boys at times, and that will continue as long as Arsene Wenger is in charge.
Fans that defend him must try to think logically. Arsene Wenger has been under achieving for a long, long time at Arsenal, despite winning three FA Cups in four years. During this time, he has had a large budge to work with, despite what some may say – he has spent £130m on strikers alone in 18 months. And, to top it off, he has a basic salary of £8m per year. Stop defending him, and start acting like you support a big club.
If Arsene Wenger managed anywhere else, he would have been sacked on Sunday morning. But, the best Arsenal fans can hope for is that he goes in the summer. If he had any self-respect, or did love the club as he says he does, he would step down. It’s likely, however, that he will agree a large settlement package if he is to go.
Sadly, this summer is four years too late. After lifting the FA Cup in 2014, Arsene Wenger should have left Arsenal. If he had done so, it’s likely Pep Guardiola would be managing Arsenal at this moment in time. With this in mind, Arsenal cannot let another four years of stagnation pass before they make a move for a top manager.
Joachim Loew’s contract ends in the summer, and Arsenal must make a move for him. Since taking over as Germany boss, Loew has brought through a crop of young players, organised them, developed them as a TEAM and lifted the World Cup. He has proved himself a shrewd tactician and a winner.
These are two areas that are lacking at Arsenal right now. They have a very good squad of players, and the addition of a goalkeeper, central defender and a holding midfielder would make them extremely competitive, if Loew was to take over. Sadly, if Wenger persists, it will not matter who Arsenal sign, they will continue to be outdone by his outdated approach.
With Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat now at the club, Loew’s involvement at the World Cup would not be an issue. The pair would handle signings, letting the coaching staff handle early preseason training, the same way as Chelsea worked when Conte was involved with Italy at Euro 2016. He went on to lift the title in his first season, showing the two weeks lost were no big deal.