Wednesday 18 May 2011

Arsene Wenger's no Brian Clough!

18th May 2011

Yes, TLC was finally born on this day. If you want ‘Tender Loving Care’ though, you’ve come to the wrong place!

Last night, Man City blitzed Stoke 3-0 to virtually wrap up 3rd place in the Premier League. That means we have to battle through two legs to reach the group stages of the Champions League if we can’t better City’s score this weekend.

Great news for the money men, right? We stand to make £3m from the extra matchday at the Emirates. Will that extra money be used on players? What do you reckon? My guess is ‘no’.

And for us fans, it means we have to chew our nails or drink more (which is good for drinks manufacturers, I suppose) but will put pressure on our ailing health service, if I have to check in with a dodgy liver.

The truth is I’m so nervous when we play nowadays. With George Graham as boss, I could relax. 1-0 up meant game over. 4-0 up under Arsene Wenger gives me a feeling of insecurity. But strangely, I don’t want to compound that insecurity by sacking the guy.

Wenger has worked wonders at our club. He’s brought unprecedented success to us, but now his ego has, perhaps, got out of control. To be honest, I don’t know if it’s ego, it could be something else. It’s been pointed out to me that football geniuses like Brian Clough and Wenger’s countryman, the military genius Napoleon, eventually got found out.

It’s time to innovate again or evacuate. But Wenger may need to be told to innovate. His grand plan is working, but not to the level expected. If the experiment involves persevering with Manuel Almunia, Lukasc Fabianski, Abou Diaby, Emmanuel Eboue and Denilson then it is flawed. These players are not that bad, but they’re not good enough for Arsenal. I’m prepared to bide my time with the rest . . . and Wenger too!

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