Fifteen long years ago, how many of us would have guessed that Chelsea or Manchester City would be challenging for titles and cups every year whilst boasting line-ups that include some of the best players the world has ever seen? By its very nature, football changes, players change, and managers change. Nothing is permanent or stationary in the world of football and once you realise this, it is possible to understand why teams go through rough patches.
However, one thing that has not changed is how Wenger feels about his beloved Arsenal. It is obvious that he does not enjoy seeing his team crash out of domestic cups or seeing them occupy a sub-standard league position, so it is beyond doubt that he will be doing everything possible to help return the team to its previous glories the fans so desperately yearn for.
Recent transfer dealings have been particularly poor by Arsenal’s high standards, as they have lost a great deal of quality and have not successfully replaced it. Notable players that have left/retired from the club such as Cole, Pires, Ljungberg, van Persie, Henry, Bergkamp, Fabregas, Clichy, Adebayor and Nasri have all had replacements failing to fill their boots.
…the manager is willing to do whatever it takes…
Yet Wenger is starting to break his golden rule of not overspending in the transfer windows to overcome this. This summer he spent £11m on Podolski, £13m on Giroud and £16m for Cazorla. Although the majority of this was funded by the sales of van Persie and Song, it is still a sign that the manager is willing to do whatever it takes to help this team.
Because of this, it is essential for those in charge of the club to recognise they have someone special here and avoid at all costs a similar sort of madness displayed by Chelsea and their managerial merry-go-round. Besides, there is no evidence that without Wenger, the club and its new manager would be infinitely more successful in the long run.
…it is an empty season…
This is especially clear when you consider that (assuming Guardiola and Mourinho will be managing Europe’s top teams next season) available replacement managers with Premiership experience include the likes of Avram Grant, Roy Keane, Kenny Dalglish and Mark Hughes. Would fans rather see any one of these take charge of their club? I think not. Yes it is an empty season, but without Wenger the next could potentially be a disastrous one.