Thursday, 16 February 2012

Gunners spiked by Milan defeat but Wenger must stay

I allowed myself a hollow laugh this morning after the night before saw Arsenal taken apart 4-nil by a "beautiful" AC Milan at the San Siro. The Gunners goalie Wojciech Szczesny " told Arsenal Player, “It's not impossible to come back but it's going to be very difficult," in what must rate as the biggest sporting understatement so far this year.
There wasn’t a crumb of comfort in Arsenal’s abject performance to suggest there is a chance in hell of the team triumphing in the second leg of the Champions League contest at the Emirates in a couple of weeks.
Manager Arsene Wenger looked and sounded disgusted in his post-match interviews.
"We were never in the game - we were very poor both offensively and defensively,'' he said. "It was shocking to see how we were beaten everywhere. It was the worst performance in Europe by far.”
Having lost Fabregas and Nasri, he can ill-afford it if his remaining star player Robin van Persie follows them at the end of this season.
It’s vital for the team to bounce back in its Cup tie match against Sunderland on Saturday. But I doubt that even winning the FA Cup will be enough to keep van Persie, who at the age of 28 is in his prime, if Arsenal fails to qualify for the Champions League by finishing in the top four in the Premiership.
Arsenal’s seven year wait for silverware has to be addressed if only to justify charging some of the most expensive season ticket prices in the country.
The answer is not to dump Wenger - he hasn't stopped being one of Europe's top managers - but many of the underachievers in the team must go.
As The Telegraph’s chief writer Paul Hayward writes: “This squad can no longer save him (Wenger) so he must save himself by going on without large numbers of them. It will be expensive, but the alternative would be even more costly: the ruination of his work. We saw another step on that path here and it hurt the eye.”


  1. I was in Milan, it wasnt pretty. They have a great Cathedral, though. DK

  2. And my post was written before the drubbing at Sunderland. GC


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