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ARSENAL UNDER WENGER – Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, Sanchez, Ozil, Giroud
For a side that’s gunning for League glory and boasting of the most spectacular balance sheet amongst England’s Elite, Arsene Wenger’s stubbornness almost always gets in the way.

For several years now, the Gunners boss has been denied the pressure of the axe on account of a plethora of excuses. For the last 12 years, it’s been a lack of financial muscle, a young squad and a glamourous Stadium burden that the Arsenal Board backed the Frenchman with.

This time around, Arsenal’s release of its grip on the Premier League Crown with no heavyweight rival in sight is much more than just that. It’s Arsene Wenger.

LACK OF MENTAL STRENGTH

In the 2013-14 season it was March, in 2012-13 it was January, in 2011-12 it was April, and this season it’s now. Every season over the past decade Arsenal have a spell which undoes their promising efforts which made them serious title contenders – and fingers can be pointed at none other than Wenger who has repeatedly failed to motivate his men at crunch time year-after-year.

Alexis Sanchez admitted, “We lack self-belief, that we can actually be champions,” this after their 3rd straight loss, this time against lowly Swansea which has all but ended their title aspirations.

LACK OF STAR BUYS

For a side that’s gunning for League glory and boasting of the most spectacular balance sheet amongst England’s Elite, Arsene Wenger’s stubbornness almost always gets in the way. The Frenchman took pride in the fact that Arsenal spent just £ 10 million, while his bigger spending rivals have wilted away in the title challenge.

But what Wenger doesn’t realize that in order to be the best and compete against the likes of Barcelona – you need to think like the best. The result – Arsenal are the side to squander the most clear-cut chances in the EPL this season, a staggering 57 sure shot opportunities in front of goal. No side has created more chances than Arsenal at 85 this season, with Arsenal racking up their lowest goal average since 1999. A signing of the stature of Gonzalo Higuain (27 goals in 35 games) or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (32 goals in 35 games) could’ve surely addressed that. Instead, Wenger chose to persist – and the result a whopping 23 clear-cut chances missed by the Giroud-Walcott combine.

In a season where an unheralded Leicester City are on top, a Chelsea side that are languishing mid-table, and both Manchester clubs struggling to adapt – this was Arsene Wenger’s year if any. But the Gunners almost definitely look like losing out yet again, with their worst rivals Tottenham gunning for their first League title in over 50 years.

 

 

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