Wenger Must Go? – Adeyemi Lahanmi

article-2585224-1C773FB200000578-596_964x463The Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is in no doubt going through a torrid moment in his momentous career as his 1000th game in charge of the gunners went totally awry. As he described it, ” it was one of the worst moments of my career”. On a day that was meant for a joyous celebration, Arsenal were shredded to pieces as Chelsea went on the rampage against the gunners demolishing them by 6 goals to nil but, what went wrong? It seems when it comes to Arsenal, every piece makes an interesting reading and almost everyone becomes a world class football analyst. The cry is now being re echoed. “WENGER MUST GO”.

Well, most care to just look at the surface level but deeply, how many people can look at Arsenal and say the truth without necessarily joining the band wagon of crucify him?  It’s hard to do as we are in a world of if you can’t beat them, join them. Is Wenger the problem to Arsenal or solution?
It’s hard to rubbish achievements and standards which Wenger has 
achieved in his 18 years at the club,  his charisma, the ability to spot and unearth talents as well as managing the financial aspect of the club proves a worthy cause. The new Emirates Stadium and building a brand of football which almost every manager loves to see even his greatest rival Sir Alex Ferguson stated he loves watching the Gunners because of the brand of football they play, can we ever forget the “invincibles” of 2003-2004 season where Arsenal became the second team in English football history to go a whole season unbeaten? His business acumen that kept Arsenal in a financially healthy position, also contributing immensely to revolutionizing English football. Can all these be thrown down the trash can or doesn’t it count anymore?

article-2586721-1C7D425800000578-581_634x415It’s true that a  big club like Arsenal has not won a trophy in nine years, and that has become a major source of concern for the club, fan base worldwide and even the board. With recent successes of cash-rich Man city and Chelsea, the thesis is already being proven that money buys success but does it on the long run? Le Prof is truly not enjoying his second part of his 18 years stay as his first 9 years was a trophy success but he still remains a hot cake in the football world and one of the greatest managers that has ever graced the game. He may have been overly stubborn at times realising his mistakes or not cashing in on players at the right time but recent chants of “Wenger Must Go” isn’t the right path to tow or is it?

downloadBuilding a club doesn’t mean spending ridiculously to win but investing in the right players,healthy and sustainable means of survival. Remember the likes of Rangers of Scotland, Portsmouth and even Leeds United all lost their top flight status when they went bankrupt? There must be a balance in the board’s vision of steering the club. It must envision success both on and off the pitch without it affecting the bank account.

 Adeyemi Lahanmi.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan

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