Agree with TRA and Inch.
I don't for one minute believe that Wenger has completely changed his ways - although he did bring in older more experienced heads last summer, and hardly played the one youngster that he did shed out a shit-load for - but I do believe that the timing of the Podolski signing has something to do with keeping
RvP... so to some extent I believe that Wenger has learnt a
Podolski not cutting?
Cole and Fabregas improved considerably? Fabregas has been gone for all of five minutes and is playing as an SS for a team that should be putting double figures past teams that aren't half as good in a joke of a league... how have you come to this conclusion? Cole was the best LB in the world when he was with us, and is still the best LB in the world now... only he had 2/3 very average seasons with Chelski before getting back to his best (we enjoyed those 2/3 seasons as Clichy was the f**king daddy during that time).
Lets not fool ourselves Cliche was not a good player at Arsenal. This player was technically poor, found wanting at critical points of a game and at times seem to prefer rugby to football as he would lunge at the football or opposing player eating dirt as a result. Cliche was not a good player and there is nothing to support this except an emotional understanding. Cole was one of those players that became functional at Arsenal, he'd run down the wing and cross the ball in usually insignificantly. Wenger has clout and for some reason he can let peoples imagination believe we have players that are great when they are really rough diamonds that can be great given the correct guidance. The fact of the matter is that Wenger mixes rubbish with potential with excellence. According to your understanding was part of some sort of record should be the mainstay of Barcelona as he is now mature and has aged.Things do not work this way. Coel and Cliche are in more expensive teams and far more solid than our team. This means we have to cut out bad management which will lead to average players playing like a great team because money is a quick fix route to success. Wenger has had to long to scale the heights and is looking downwards instead.
You're also completely ignoring the fact that they were young when they left us, years from their peak they're bound to improve... even Denilson will improve after leaving us.
I don't know who Sanderous is, but we used to have a pretty decent young CB called Senderos, who along with Touré, helped Arsenal achieve a little record (that's still held today) for the most consecutive number of clean sheets in the Champions League. Senderos was a very decent CB, but you don't fit your style around a player (unless he's Zidane or of equal stature... i.e. Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira, Fabregas), you find the players to suit your formation and style. Wenger likes a high defensive line, and msot of us fooking hate it!!!!!!!!!!! But that's part of the style he adopts, we have to accept it and hope that he gets the right players to make the system work. Senderous doesn't fit the mould, but Vermaelen and Koscielny do. A full campaign with these two at the back and we will see an improvement... although we'll still be the hung ho "you score four and we'll score five" types.
Wenger's made plenty of mistakes, I don't think you've touched on any of them though.
OK it seems the hard hitting approach is required.
Wenger is not a good manager and at this point I am uncertain why I need to see this.
a- poor signings
b- technically deficient
d- inflexible - no plan B , unable to improve players by cutting out their habitual mistakes
e- does not understand the team factor of the game. - Plays players that play when they want to, sually perfoming functional football rather than remedial. As a result the opposition may have strong and weak points. Wenger will not prepare accordingly so effectively will piss against the wind in some places and in others make an easy job difficult.
f- too financially involved in team leading to dropped points and fatigue players
g- strange management - Fabregas played in to two champions league games, 30% fit against Barcelona. No manager in the history of Arsenal would have played a player who was close on being an invalid. Fabregas had something to prove and Wenger allowed him to do so. The rest is history. I use this example to show how smaller examples can be easily overlooked but do and have cost us points and most probably trophies. This is not knick picking. The Bil Shankly's, Bob Paisly's,, Ferguson and many others have this important factor written into their DNA. Do not get sentimental and do not allow one player to represent the team. As great as Massi is you see a great team and a 30% Massi will not play instead of another fully fit player, Indeed, Barcelona have a successful youth policy which can be called upon to fit into the Barca mould. Wenger has spent much time and money on our youth team. They have all been shipped out and all these once soon to be stars are either playing non league football or loaned out. Much time wasted on this project and you forget it was what we were all waiting for but soon forget about. It was forgotten about because we were being dazzled with even more excuses and bad short term policies.
h- Does not talk to the players to impart greater wisdom. Players like Theo Walcott seems to be getting worse. When it is obvious a player is not performing and we drop points Wenger does not see this. He refuses to deal with a problem at once. He allows for our players to be booed by our own supporters and does nothing to deal with the problem. The next game the player is their again playing just as bad football as the week before. Song makes lovely passes but equally loses the ball cheaply , is out of position regularly and considering his position is not very good in tackling players so gives cheap free kicks away and they lead to cheap goals. This is virtually every game but Wenger is a big fan of letting things be.
Wenger, has not got Viera Petite, Henri, Winterburn or even or Fabregas to hide behind now. He has been given a golden opportunity to build a great team but instead there is confusion instead. finally, he does not know what he is doing. He rolls a dice and people shout out wow that was brilliant. I would like to say he has qualities but I cannot. He is unable to sign good players and build them into brilliant players (please don not dwell on the past to prove me wrong).
He cannot motivate his team each week, every week. He has lost his humility and is not passionate enough. It is no coincidence the team play football and float from the bottom of the table to position 3 just to get into the CL. When we are there we are too big for the domestic competitions. and consequently win absolutely nothing.
Maybe this is why we have had the success. We had players that were big in character and played as a team. Wenger got the credit but now they are gone we have only Wenger and dreams and remember this and that. We are 3rd but we should be challenging 1st place United/City. I am convinced of that. Wenger is 100% the problem and until he goes we will not see what our players can really achieve. We are 3rd without even trying so this is a good omen. Get rid of Wenger and his awful habits and we may achieve that level we feel is there but never stays there long enough to bring the belief to the players or the fans.