Change the manager at Arsenal Football Club
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Speaking for millions of fans of the Arsenal Football Club world wide, it is imperative at this junction and not fortuitous, to change the manager of Arsenal football Club due to the following reasons:
- The established pattern of finishing in the top four clubs of the English Premier League ( which by and large is a victory by averages on a scale of being better than the rest) failed last season.
- The marquee players have shown no intention to sign a new contract that would ensure the sporting success of Arsenal Football Club: 'Alexis Sanchez & Mesut Ozil'; This is due to their personal belief that the actions of the current manager is inimical to the sporting objectives of professional football players. This trend has been prevalent, it started with Robert Pires in 2006, Thierry Henry, Lassana Diarra, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Thomas Vermaelen, Alexander Hleb, and Robin Van Persie, just to mention a few. Some left to win trophies, others left in the belief that the manager was not genuinely intent on competing to win the league by ignoring weak areas, while some were irked by the manager's favoritism and they left for other clubs.
- In the past the manager denied a new contract to players over 30 years,as the case with Kanu Nwankwo and several players over the years. At the moment there is no real philosophy behind what the manager does, a mature player like Lucas Perez, was overlooked by the manager, while a player still learning his trade, Alex Iwobi was given game time. In a league where consistency is key to winning, this cost us points last season.
- The failure to recruit a defensive midfielder with brute strength and skill over a period of 10 years, since Patrick Vieira was sold to Juventus football Club. This fact has undermined Arsenal's performance over several seasons, with pundits and analysts wondering why the obvious solution to Arsenal's midfield weakness, the missing piece to solve the puzzle, was never addressed sufficiently. The player brought in as replacement, was Abou Diaby, a man whose playing career was checkered with injury and in his early days, he was often placed on the left wing instead of playing through the middle. He should have been replaced to maintain a consistent title challenge.
- The fantasy of placing square pegs in round holes and expecting a miraculous win or result, the defense for the first and second matches this season are a case in point.
- Wrong tactical substitutions as observed in the recent match against Stoke City and Liverpool.
- The manager's inability to employ tactical coaching methods, which end in stagnation of players and devaluation of their sell-on value, the evidence this season is that we do not have a player that can command a hefty transfer fee in this season of increased television rights revenue and with the exception of Alexis Sanchez, none of our players from this squad is valued above 50 million pounds.
- The resistance of the manager to allow the appointment of a director of football to oversee matters that pertain to players contracts, scouting in line with the club's philosophy and ambition, and transfer's negotiation.
- The continual feeble slump in matches against top teams across the continent of Europe, resulting in a 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munchen (a recurring affair over 3 seasons in the UEFA Champion's League) and a 7-3 aggregate loss to Liverpool last season.
- The lack of professional excellence in performances and the docile encouragement of mediocrity by the manager culminating in a large number of squad players earning their pay, without featuring in competitive matches.
- The damming indictment of the manager's loss of coaching ability as evidenced by his inability to deliver a premier league title since the 2003-2004 title win. The stadium building burden myth has since been shattered by Leicester City, who won the league with a lower budget, virtually average players who achieved stardom by dint of hard work and tactical astuteness.
- The inexplicable sale of certain good players this season, while average players remain. Wojciech Szczęsny was sold to Juventus, Gabriel Paulista was sold to Valencia. Unwanted players like Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers,Joel Campbell and other ostracized members of the squad remain on the pay roll.
- The manager's resolve to play an unbalanced team resulted in a recent death of a fan http://dailypost.ng/2017/08/26/wife-man-died-arsenal-loss-stoke-city-opens/ This is the first reported case this season, not to mention thousand of supporters across the world with medical conditions, placed at risk of falling into complications when the team they love so well, plays a familiar feeble mediocre game of football.
- Former players under this same manager have come out to ask the manager to leave while he can protect his legacy of previous years, before it is destroyed in the 2017-2018 season.
A fellow manager summed up the career of our current manager as a specialist in failure, he went on to win the Europa league last season. If the fans of Arsenal Football Club are not given a change that is in the best long term interest of the fans and the club, more protests will follow, creating a toxic atmosphere for the fans, manager and the players. Arsene Wenger is not bigger than Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal Football Club deserves to be the best club in England and in Europe with the funds available, the fan base and the structure in place.
Sadly fans do not trust the manager to deliver trophies anymore. We have waited patiently with each contract renewal and the promise of trophies, while stumbling at this stage of the league competition inspires no confidence. If we fail to act, there will be cliques in the squad and players will undermine the manager as observed in the loss to Liverpool.
There are managers who can inspire this squad, who seem too comfortable with their non-performance whilst living on princely wages paid by the club.
It is time for a change and the fans will continue to express their displeasure in many more ways to the management until they realize that the reign of the manager is stale and the fans are feeling cheated by the owner for allowing mediocrity to fester in the name of continuity. Long service awards are not incentives for mediocrity and failure.
Football as a sport is about winning and when the manager cannot inspire a squad of talented players, to perform at their best or to even compete, then it is a tragedy that needs to be resolved urgently before further decline in performances, fortunes and revenues. Be warned that fans are watching and we will cut our financial commitment to our dear club, if only to show that they will not be ignored, by the club whose primary purpose is to provide sporting entertainment.
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