Following on from yesterday…

Admittedly, Wenger doesn’t do much to appease the restlessness of fans. Trying to decipher his press conferences are often a difficult task, which leaves messages lost in translation. He is extremely coy when it comes to discussing transfers regarding the club. He’ll happily talk about the dark side to certain players – as he did last season when talking about Paul Scholes – but will never go out of his way to comment on speculation surrounding the future of possible transfer targets. Maybe it’s this that causes so much unrest. If he admitted to looking for players to strengthen the Arsenal squad then there might not be such a harsh backlash from supporters.

…those on the outside looking in to believe that he has a stubborn streak…

Instead, we’re rebuffed by the overuse of the phrase “I’ll only buy if I find better than what I have”, which is quite phenomenal when you look at the larger picture. Wenger will happily move for players like the error-prone Sebastian Squillaci or the misfiring Marouane Chamakh for meagre fees, and yet players such as Nuri Sahin, Jeremy Toulalan and Adil Rami are moving for fees very much in Wenger’s price range. It’s actions such as this that leads to those on the outside looking in to believe that he has a stubborn streak very much founded on some kind of emotional attachment to his players.

It can be comforting, though, to Arsenal fans that the club go about their business in a very ‘behind closed doors’ manner, looking to avoid disgracing themselves through various media channels and outspoken players. But Wenger is doing very little to make life easier for himself. Maybe a friendly arm, akin to that of David Dein, is needed just to let Wenger know that sometimes its ok to pay that little bit extra for players who clearly are good enough. He’s almost too responsible for the financial side of the club while, on the face of it, damaging his reputation as an outstanding manager.

…he can bring Arsenal out of this difficult period…

But his past glories and everything he has brought to the game: the strict dieting, the prolonging of player’s careers that seemed to be all but over, and the introduction to the Premier League of some of the world’s best talents, do justify allowing him the time to prove he can bring Arsenal out of this difficult period.

A club in crisis they are certainly not. Arsene Wenger has laid down the foundations for future managers and players to succeed. The crisis comes when those who so religiously followed the success of the Adams, Vieira and Henry eras forget that their club is in safe hands. This is a man who always manages to emerge from controversy with his dignity intact and an ironic smile as if he always knew the outcome would be in his favour.

Image courtesy of Arsene Wenger


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