Another year for Wenger?

“To play attractive football is every team’s dream but winning and getting results is the harsh reality”

*Jose Mourinho*

Has reality hit Arsene Wenger or is he still living in the euphoria of his invincible team of 2003/04?

Arsene Wenger was named manager of Arsenal FC in 1996, but in the 2003/04 season they Played 49, Won 36, Drawn 13, Lost None. The Arsenal squad which set a new unbeaten league record between May 2003 and October 2004 will live long in the memory and forever in the history books.

Arsene Wenger had built a team to compare with any side in Europe. With Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure at the back, Patrick Vieira and Pires in midfield and Henry partnering Bergkamp up front, Arsenal had too much steel and style for their Premiership rivals, but whatever the “Invincibles” achieved was purely down to a squad full of leaders and men-never required any motivation. Arsene taught them how to play beautiful football, something he is adept at doing.

When Ruud van Nistelrooy’s late penalty finally defeated the famous unbeaten side of 2003-04, he brought the curtain down on Arsenal success for over a decade, the beginning of the end was put in motion, and perhaps the greatest Arsenal team to ever be assembled was slowly but surely on a free fall, replaced by inferior mannequins.

In Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup tells the story of his captivity. His account is distinguished from 150 slave-authored narratives published before the Civil War, as Northup was born free, likened to Arsenal’s EPL dominance. It is a brutal story, that provides an unvarnished view of the inhumanity inherent in the system of chattel bondage…

Did you just say BONDAGE? Hmmm! Could the North Londoners be in any worse form slavery at the hands of task master WENGER Le Proffesieur?

Frankly I don’t know. Through his years of enslavement, Northup never surrendered his desire to reclaim his birthright in freedom. Heart-rending betrayals frustrated his several attempts to escape.

Please where or what is Wenger’s escape plan, could it be his sneaking from fourth to 4th every season, or waiting on referee like Moss against Burnley or outright bullying of fourth officials?

Always starting strongly they make the fans believe that every season the drought will end but every year it is De Ja Vu. Wenger has lowered fan expectations to where fans are happy ending the season with a CL spot ONLY. Who says brain washing is not a skill in football?

Arsenal have spent approximately of 3,800 days in fourth position since the start of the Premier League – which adds up to NINE years!

Wenger suggested that Arsenal should regard securing fourth place and entry into Champions league qualifying round as comparable to winning a cup. “The first trophy is to finish in the top four,” said Arsenal’s manager in the wake of a 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at Sunderland in 2012. Since Patrick Vieira left in 2005 Arsenal have finished fourth six times in 11 seasons. How many times have they finished third? Four! Spooky right?

Haha! Having finished in fourth position a record 15 times since the English top flight league started, this consistency is incredible and should be respected.

Wenger will always reel off excuses like he’s planning for his weekly grocery shopping, from finances to injuries, to referee decisions, and bullish & defensive styles of play by his opponents…the beats goes on and on, am sure with that team from West London Champions elect this season, we might hear new excuses like Donald Trump becoming the 45th president, Putin hacked his match tactics and gave them to Chelsea.

The most frustrating of them is the finance excuse. Wenger, despite paying himself royally, is very strict and stingy with player deals and wages which has made Arsenal not so much sought by players. A picture showing a member of Arsenal’s medical team, rushing to treat Petr Cech for an injury, carrying a kit bag, with the Champions League logo sellotape couldn’t have painted a better picture. His keeps playing yo-yo with Ozil & Alexi’s contracts like it was his job negotiating salary or his money to spend.

“I had a huge sense of responsibility when we built the stadium to get the club through it without going bankrupt,” Wenger said in 2013. “The first years were difficult and also explained why we lost some players.” Such excuses will make you ask, if no other team have built a stadium and still won trophies!

Diego Simeone has managed to transform Atletico Madrid into a respected force and Champions in Spain and Europe without breaking the bank. Recent comments of Alexis Sanchez suggesting that the players lack the self-belief that they can win the title affirms the fear of many, that Arsene Wenger cannot provide enough motivation and drive to the team. While Atletico Madrid (Atleti warriors) Liverpool & Dortmund under Klopp’s unofficial banner is “’impossible is nothing”, heart ache is Arsenal’s

Arsene Wenger has failed to realize that Leicester City is also an indication of his failure for many years. The fact that they did it rubbishes all of his excuses and shows that he has indeed underachieved. Momentous, historic and simply remarkable, Leicester City triumphed against all odds – 5000/1 odds to be precise (I wish I had, I really wish I had) – and reached the dizzying heights of first place by beating almost everyone that stood in their away last season.

Messi, Drogba, Ronaldo, DiMaria, Yaya Toure, Xabi Alonso, Carles Puyol, Kompany, Pique, Buffon, Zlatan.

Wondering what the list is, it’s not the galaticos team sheet. Sorry to disappoint you, its ‘the Eleven (11) that could have been’’ written and published by Arsene Wenger.

Of course being a Best Seller he did a sequel titled, ‘some of my greatest signings’’ which included but not limited to Mikael Silvestre, Francis Jeffers, Chamakh, Denilson, Senderos, Pascal Cygan et al. Albert Einstein would surely have been dead jealous of Wenger’s intelligence.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, have all had their fair share of injuries, even Spurs, so what could it be?

When Arsenal tightened the purse, it was at the same time of the arrival of billionaire owners of Chelsea and later Manchester City. They changed the landscape of English football forever, after years of Arsenal and Manchester United dominance. Roman Abramovich’s exorbitant spending and Mourinho’s arrival from Porto turned Chelsea into a new powerhouse. It took Jose playing his first team’s eleven in Carling & FA cup matches, winning the league back to back for Arsene to change his tactics from his preferred 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 as the modern game demands now.

However there is no doubt that Wenger hates playing against Jose Mourinho. In 15 meetings, Mourinho’s teams have beaten Arsenal seven times and drawn eight, including a 6-0 trashing at Chelsea in Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners. What an amazing anniversary gift, befitting to the Pharaoh of Emirates.

Last year will definitely be the most disappointing because all the other bigwigs – Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea & Liverpool all held a conference and agreed to gift Arsenal the title, in the spirit of brotherhood.

Wenger “like” an old dog that can’t learn new tricks, declined and bequeathed the trophy to Leicester like Mother Theresa. He is stubborn and has become delusional of late. His transfer policies are messed up, no wonder he went to buy Suarez in a one pound shop! His tactics are wrong in small & big games; substitutions ineffective. Like a cursed man, anything he touches withers. His team is just made of mediocre and average players, to name but a few…Xhaka de zulu-the red card god, Per Mertersaker, who’s defensive astuteness and qualities has made him a top summer target for Championship teams and what do I know about Mademoiselle Giroud who can’t do 25 goals a season, a mark of any strikers that wins the league across Europe’s top 5 major leagues. Did I forget the speed star Theo Walcott who just doesn’t do it at the right end of the season?

Cesc Fabregas, Nasri, Clichy, Adebayor, Van Persie, Song, et al are all EPL Champions, attained only when they decided to trek all the way from North London to Stamford Bridge, up north Manchester and even to Catalonia respectively, just to smell, taste and savour the sweetest joy of a title.

Talking about winning, no Arsenal fans, player or management has ever used and iPhone to tweet;

‘’YES! YES!! Arsenal Champions of England; once again! #COYG

That has got to hurt, right?

“In this country, only one manager is not under pressure. Every other manager is. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives.” There is one outside that list, but good for him. You know who…so who are you to complain and saying Wenger has failed? Jose could be right.

My! isn’t Wenger a piece of art, always struggling to zip up his jackets during matches, one can only wonder which is worse, to zip Arsenal up from 4th to 1st or fourth to fourth!

The present table shows the team in their familiar 4th position. To Arsenal and fans alike, they understand more than anyone, there’s nowhere like 4th, sorry home! With Arsene as our gaffer, we can sleep easy knowing they are well and truly FOURTHI-FIED!

With him serving a 4 match ban and a trashing by Chelsea at the Bridge, Arsene & Arsenal can only kiss the trophy and even their coveted 4th position goodbye once again.

The question now remains in 20 years of being the Arsenal manager with just 6 years of success, is Arsene Wenger the man to sit in the dugout come August 2017 at the Emirates, is he amongst the game’s greatest coaches, a failure specialist or just a mere flash in pan?

The Invincibles seems to be eons of ages ago, but reality tells us that indeed Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are still INVINCIBLE & FOURTH-IFIED since 2004.