Deep-rooted problems at Arsenal

There are no excuses, yesterday we were outplayed and outfought by a newly promoted side, as Swansea beat us 3-2 to seriously dent our hopes of making the top four.

The penalty decision was questionable, yes, but as has been the problem recently, we were not up for this game at all. We scored early and then stopped, just like we did against Wolves and Fulham.

These are not isolated incidents. If you look at the amazing post Carling Cup final collapse of last season, and similar implosions in 07/08 and even 02/03, this is a hallmark of even Wenger’s best teams. Yes, he is our most successful manager, but in setting such high standards here in his early years he has been unable to truly make us into a big club. It’s all very well being unfancied and defying the odds for a while, but once we have been EXPECTED to win things, we have really struggled.

Last season’s self-destruction was enough to earn him the sack, in my opinion. After six years without silverware, we had our two best shots at finally winning something, and messed up both in comical style. His response was to sell the club captain and best player. We are now in the situation where he can’t even hide behind the achievement of Champions League football, because let’s face it, there’s no way we’re going to make the top four this year.

And unless the manager drastically changes his ways by drilling our defence and signing some proven, experienced quality players, we won’t make the top four again next season either. Despite Arsenal Football Club being a big name, it is going to be a lot harder to persuade the likes of Robin van Persie to stay here, or for others to choose us over Spurs and Chelsea if we can’t offer them Champions League football, our only redeeming feature left.

I praised Wenger for the work he has done this season, with arguably his weakest ever squad. After a terrible start he did very well in getting us even thinking about the top four, and perhaps he is better than a lot of managers at getting the best out of young players and weak squads, but we have to aim higher than that. I believe he is probably the best man for the job this season, but even if we do make 4th place, he should step aside for someone with a different approach for the next campaign.

Signings can help a lot, as was shown in our strong period this season, but under Wenger there will always be the problem that seasoned internationals like Per Mertesacker can come here with a good reputation and suddenly look a little lost in this defensive set-up. As I said earlier in the article, his motivational skills are questionable. To see Spurs hand us a real lifeline with their slip up against Wolves and go to Swansea and play the way we did is incredible. No desire, no belief. This is the sign of players who have not been properly motivated, or who have perhaps lost the enjoyment of playing under this manager.

The winning culture of the club has been lost. The key members of the Invincibles were shipped out far too quickly and Arsenal has lost its identity. The likes of Keown have come in briefly and worked wonders in coaching roles, and that trend should continue. Having legends around who have won things for the club makes all the difference. It helped make the likes of Henry, Vieira and Pires into the players they were. There was a solid foundation there when they arrived, whereas these players are all either young, or quite new, and have no experience of success at this club.

Change is needed, there is no doubt about that. I would love Wenger to accept that and make the necessary changes himself, but I don’t believe that he will. I believe he should have the rest of the season to fix this mess, and then he should gracefully resign.

46 Comments on "Deep-rooted problems at Arsenal"

  1. Yet another massive over the top reaction. Why can’t we have any middle grou d anymore? Yes we played poorly yesterday. But you only need to look at Swanseas home form to see that they are very good on their own patch.

    You say the penalty decision was questionable??? Did you see the game? It was a shocking decision. And the fact Dyer said after it was a penalty is a disgrace. He should be embarrassed.

    You then mention AW turning good players into poor ones. Do me a favour. Mertesacker is still settling in and he didnt do a lot wrong yesterday.

    Where I think AW is getting it wrong, is playing Arshavin and persisting with Chamakh and Walcott. Wlacott had a great start to the season and has now gone off the boil. So there is now a case for him to be dropped. Arshavin is so far off the pace he should not even make the bench. Same goes for Chamakh. Give the Ox a run in the team and either Rosicky or Benayoun also.

    Once Jack is back, Ramsey can have a breather. His workrate is phenomenal but there is a lot of pressure on him to replace Cesc and he is not up to it yet. But there is no doubt he can be.

    And let’s hope our luck with injuries changes soon. The full back situation is killing us both defensively and offensively.

  2. Yet another massive over the top reaction. Why can’t we have any middle grou d anymore? Yes we played poorly yesterday. But you only need to look at Swanseas home form to see that they are very good on their own patch.

    You say the penalty decision was questionable??? Did you see the game? It was a shocking decision. And the fact Dyer said after it was a penalty is a disgrace. He should be embarrassed.

    You then mention AW turning good players into poor ones. Do me a favour. Mertesacker is still settling in and he didnt do a lot wrong yesterday.

    Where I think AW is getting it wrong, is playing Arshavin and persisting with Chamakh and Walcott. Wlacott had a great start to the season and has now gone off the boil. So there is now a case for him to be dropped. Arshavin is so far off the pace he should not even make the bench. Same goes for Chamakh. Give the Ox a run in the team and either Rosicky or Benayoun also.

    Once Jack is back, Ramsey can have a breather. His workrate is phenomenal but there is a lot of pressure on him to replace Cesc and he is not up to it yet. But there is no doubt he can be.

    And let’s hope our luck with injuries changes soon. The full back situation is killing us both defensively and offensively.

  3. please Mr Wenger resign please

  4. Yet another massive over the top reaction. Why can’t we have any middle grou d anymore? Yes we played poorly yesterday. But you only need to look at Swanseas home form to see that they are very good on their own patch.

    You say the penalty decision was questionable??? Did you see the game? It was a shocking decision. And the fact Dyer said after it was a penalty is a disgrace. He should be embarrassed.

    You then mention AW turning good players into poor ones. Do me a favour. Mertesacker is still settling in and he didnt do a lot wrong yesterday.

    Where I think AW is getting it wrong, is playing Arshavin and persisting with Chamakh and Walcott. Wlacott had a great start to the season and has now gone off the boil. So there is now a case for him to be dropped. Arshavin is so far off the pace he should not even make the bench. Same goes for Chamakh. Give the Ox a run in the team and either Rosicky or Benayoun also.

    Once Jack is back, Ramsey can have a breather. His workrate is phenomenal but there is a lot of pressure on him to replace Cesc and he is not up to it yet. But there is no doubt he can be.

    And let’s hope our luck with injuries changes soon. The full back situation is killing us both defensively and offensively.

  5. If we were in the same situation we would take a penalty no questions about it. My concern is how did he get in the box in the first place and what we were doing the rest of the time?
    Players need to go and if Wenger can’t fix it. My concern is Wenger’s tactics, where and who he plays and how he can’t change tactics to change the game. Arsenal are one dimensional and there I can only blame the manager for the type of player he has bought, style he wants and tactics he plays.

  6. His response was to sell the club captain and best player… Yeh it was wengers idea to sell Fabregas.. Wenger was the on ewho engineered Fabregas `s move to Barca.. Also many fans come here and say wenger spends no money, or doesn’t go after high profile players.. One question for all you idiots, who do you think sets the wage limit and transfer budget… The bloody board, people need to wonder why we have two billionares one the board… but spend no money, i think you should ask the board.. Wenger didnt not come in and set the limit on transfer money and wages.. That was the board, and you think the next guy that comes in is going to be given £120m to spend on just transfer fees.. Idiotic fans…

    • The AFC Board plays politics and the result is that a rich-but-non-performing owner takes charge who knows nothing about winnning sports, but this appeals totally to wenger BECAUSE WENGER CAN STILL BE IN CONTROL of whatever he wants to do…and worse, he gets the job for life, as long as he wants, with no pressure on him.  Gazidis is a sweet-talking who cant do anything to wenger either…so who cares about what the fans’ feel or think.

      • The only way change will come, is when the fans dont go to games. Dont buy the shirt etc. The arsenal fans need to grow a set and show that they arent happy. This has been going on for years and we havent done anything about it. I used to adore Wenger. It just isnt good enough. Why hasnt Samba been bought. The whole world knows our defence has been the main problem but Arsene thinks its fine. What a muppet. No time for Arsene. Get him out and get someone in who can get players wanting to play and not just pick up a wage. Feck me, how Walcot gets a game is a mystery. He will probably be in the papers again giving his tuppence when he should be concentrating on winning, even going past a defender on the wing. Henry is a cheat. Bringing him back is a smokescreen to show the board isnt giving any money. Simples, no need to rant about that ferret.

        • how about one replacement for all these outs that you so knoledgeably suggest???

          • Woppadon | 17/01/2012 at 20:33 |

            What about Samba and Demba Ba for starters. Why not spend 25 million for these two. Who do you see as replacements or do you think that the current wasters are sufficient.

  7. It seems as though wenger cannot see he does not havea lot of quality players. wenger stubborness is going to lead arsenal to damnation. he may wait until last minute to buy and then buy substandard players.Right now we are not quality for the top four

  8. bigsypissinghispants | 16/01/2012 at 17:20 |

    Turn the lights out and lkeave quietly..no have your moan you are entitled to it, disgusting treatment of fans by AFC

  9. All areas of the team need strengthening – not just the defence. We need another experienced goalkeeper,  a better midfield destroyer than song, and of course, another striker. We need to stop expecting too much of our talented young players instead of playing them into the ground  and we (arsene) needs to stop his stubborn persisitence with players who don’t come up to scratch. Walcott is often little more than a bystander, and arshavin et al make me wonder exactly who does pick the team. Finally, our injury toll is very worrying – we are now starting to lose gibbs and vermalaen too often..Never  mind finishing in the top 4, I have serious concerns that we will struggle to finish 6th

  10. listen before he sold ???the so called best players in the ? we still won no thing why ,,,,because wenger cant defend ….he was left a class back four since then what ??????????

  11. I believe with a full squad available we are as strong as any team in the EPL. But I do agree it’s the mental state that needs addressing and addressing quickly. I would say that even with a full squad, if you put us in any final we would come out second best every time!

    Look at Man U, a team also in turmoil but their mental strength is what gets them through, wiout that, they would probably be struggling for a top four finish.

    So my advice is get someone in who can change that mentality, but do it quickly!

    • gunnering adams co. | 16/01/2012 at 19:54 |

      Mental?  If you listen to wenger all this while, you’d realised he’s mentally weak; with no fullbacks fit to play, he continues to flip-flop-flip-flop about the transfer window.  He was a picture of nervousness squatting on the sideline, and how can such a demeanour encourage the players, you just wonder.  But true to form, he always had a go at the officials, it’s getting boring.

  12. Mashman do you seriously think that performance was acceptable just as little old Swansea have a good home record? They played us off the park man!

    We lost to Fulham too ( ooh maybe u say a London derby!!) we have lost 6 games at the half way mark !!

    We are very average and given our resources and history we deserve / expect better

    To claim their goalie made the difference as Wenger said is an insult to everyone! He barely had a save to make and he must know it

    Stop treating the fans as idiots and tell it as it .. It should not be acceptable and the players should know that

    Theo is crap sorry

  13. morrow and selley | 16/01/2012 at 21:04 |

    Ohhhh its all Wengers fault that all out full backs are broken, and, Jack and Arteta. Blimey. Can I throw some toys about?
    Before yesterday Swansea had the best defensive record at home with least goals conceeded. They are a decent team at home. Whilst we should have got a draw you can’t give the ball away as much as we did and be surprised when you lose.
    A far greater importance was not having Arteta alongside Song and Ransey having a mare. Arteta and Jack will both be back soon and that will make more difference that having either full back available

    • How many times has Wenger not signed players where he should. We would have won the league last year only he wouldnt sign a decent center back. There is supposed to be money on the table, for once use it and buy experience, not unknowns that dont get a game. Look what crap he bought in the summer. He had the whole summer to invest, not just because the manc wanks stuffesd us.

  14. WHAT? We are a big club- have qualified for the Champions League for 14 seasons on the trott, have reached a CL final, gone a league season unbeaten… top 8 in Europe- big enough? Appreciate it!

    • i do accept that but we continually dis – improve since the fa cup we have gone down hill allowing spuds to become the best club in north london, dispite my positive atitude we have no chance of top 4, europa is what we are destined for if you look at this current team who would make the invincibles? van persie thats it and he would just about make it

      • I would also just like to say,i hear alot of people talking about the injuries we currently have and thats a reason??? thats why you get a squad of 25 fucking players

        • Cock. 25 players, take out the 3 keepers and you are left with 22. That is 2 players in each position. If you lose all 4 fullbacks what are you supposed to do???

          • Mbecks | 17/01/2012 at 17:44 |

            Buy some that have some grit and determination not like this bunch of Spinleless cowards

          • TrueGooner | 17/01/2012 at 17:59 |

            make adjustments to formations and tactics. That’s what you do not play the same way when the ability is not there. don’t keep waiting for 65 minutes before substituting

  15. Despite what has been a long,
    hard, drab, frustrating and painful 6/7 seasons without silverware, yesterday
    was really and truly the first time I conceded us to no longer be a top club.
    In my eyes, Arsene Wenger has built the club only to later destroy it with his
    own stubbornness and unjustified vision. This season is certainly the weakest
    line-up of players I have witnessed as an Arsenal supporter of 20 years. Our
    midfield alone is a sorry sight of significantly average and unproductive
    players in the frame of Walcott, Ramsey, Arteta, Benayoun, Rosicky, Gervinho
    and the inexplicable lazy and tired figure of Arshavin. Only Song
    and Wilshere have claim to their positions while the young Chamberlain is one
    in the making. Wenger has no doubt lost his way and for one reason or another,
    has forgotten (or perhaps chosen to ignore) the formula to winning. 6/7 years
    and he still has not got it right while the frustrations of fans continue to
    fall on death ears. We have backtracked so far that we have even allowed the
    likes of Tottenham to genuinely challenge us beyond
    North London’s better team. I can only imagine that failure to qualify
    for the champions league will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and
    hopefully then, a change in senior management and on-the-pitch personnel. PITIFUL!!!

  16. Despite what has been a long,
    hard, drab, frustrating and painful 6/7 seasons without silverware, yesterday
    was really and truly the first time I conceded us to no longer be a top club.
    In my eyes, Arsene Wenger has built the club only to later destroy it with his
    own stubbornness and unjustified vision. This season is certainly the weakest
    line-up of players I have witnessed as an Arsenal supporter of 20 years. Our
    midfield alone is a sorry sight of significantly average and unproductive
    players in the frame of Walcott, Ramsey, Arteta, Benayoun, Rosicky, Gervinho
    and the inexplicable lazy and tired figure of Arshavin. Only Song
    and Wilshere have claim to their positions while the young Chamberlain is one
    in the making. Wenger has no doubt lost his way and for one reason or another,
    has forgotten (or perhaps chosen to ignore) the formula to winning. 6/7 years
    and he still has not got it right while the frustrations of fans continue to
    fall on death ears. We have backtracked so far that we have even allowed the
    likes of Tottenham to genuinely challenge us beyond
    North London’s better team. I can only imagine that failure to qualify
    for the champions league will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and
    hopefully then, a change in senior management and on-the-pitch personnel. PITIFUL!!!

  17. Despite what has been a long,
    hard, drab, frustrating and painful 6/7 seasons without silverware, yesterday
    was really and truly the first time I conceded us to no longer be a top club.
    In my eyes, Arsene Wenger has built the club only to later destroy it with his
    own stubbornness and unjustified vision. This season is certainly the weakest
    line-up of players I have witnessed as an Arsenal supporter of 20 years. Our
    midfield alone is a sorry sight of significantly average and unproductive
    players in the frame of Walcott, Ramsey, Arteta, Benayoun, Rosicky, Gervinho
    and the inexplicable lazy and tired figure of Arshavin. Only Song
    and Wilshere have claim to their positions while the young Chamberlain is one
    in the making. Wenger has no doubt lost his way and for one reason or another,
    has forgotten (or perhaps chosen to ignore) the formula to winning. 6/7 years
    and he still has not got it right while the frustrations of fans continue to
    fall on death ears. We have backtracked so far that we have even allowed the
    likes of Tottenham to genuinely challenge us beyond
    North London’s better team. I can only imagine that failure to qualify
    for the champions league will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and
    hopefully then, a change in senior management and on-the-pitch personnel. PITIFUL!!!

  18. straightenouttheclowns | 16/01/2012 at 23:58 |

    THOUGHTS
    -Wally cannot play as a winger or with his back to goal.
    -Rambo cannot hold a talented midfield 5-supported by 2 ball-playing FBs- with an off-form Song, Benayoum, Arshavin and Walcott alongside him. No player on earth could.
    – modern midfielders need to be able to protect the ball AND be mobile. 5 are needed and Arsenal are struggling- even with Jack and Diaby!! If the Ox and the Coq train on – maybe in the future but we need 5 now. Arteta can protect the ball but not run. Gervinho the other way round and Arsh- neither.
    -perhaps AW is not trying to play ticky tacky. Whatever he wants- it aint working that well!

  19. i have been saying this for last three years unless he buys 3 world class players he will win nothing.gervinho,chamakh,djouru,arshavin,ramsey,benyaun,diaby,bendtner squlaci wont get in to any top 7th team in the world.please wenger spend some

  20. I am so depressed and ashamed of Arsenal’s performance this season.

    I started supporting Arsenal in the year 1989 when the Gunners were playing with their heart and killed Liverpool at Anfield in the final match. That performance proved that Arsenal was a real challenger.

    Later they challenged Manure with similar fashion. But since 2004, Arsenal has become a low-achiever. Even the fans of Liverpool now dare to laugh at us.

    There is only one solution to that. Arsenal need to spend big immediately and sack Wenger Out. His time is over at Arsenal.

    Long line the Gooners and Arsenal. 

  21. Man ure next, I feel another drubbing coming on this team has no spine, they play for themselves, Jack coming back we need him now not in a few weeks.  I’m sick of seeing the same thing year in year out 4-5 players out through injury, WTF is going on at the training ground just what are the medical staff doing?  This team better wake up quick, Oh and a message for the Board MAKE HIM SPEND NOW!!

  22. Lets compare players  Spuds t  BALE,MODRIC,VAN DER VAART, PARKER ,LENNON        the lazies    Walcott, Arteta, Benayoun , Gervinho, Arshavin , some of them walk off he park  after a  humping with not a care in the world, when with the skinny  old frenchman piss off and give us back OUR club.

  23. I have watched Arsenal numerous times this season when televised on ESPN or SKY and the conversion to chances taken ratio is really beginning to grate.  How can we compete for top four finish when we have such haphazard strikers of the ball like Walcott and Arshavin.  that we are only four points off a CL place is testament to the skill and scorcery of RVP.  His ruthless assassin like finishes have been a lifeline to an otherwise flatline forward line of blunt blunderbuss boys – Wastecott, Arse-Haven and combover Gervinho.  Gervinho I can forgive as he is adjusting to a new country and league and in his defence he does give us another dimension with his dribbling and ability to take on a player though his finishing needs improving.   I have felt frustrated by the lack of forward support afforded to RVP.  This one man scoring machine needs fresh impetus and legs around him to continue his rich vain of form.  I would like to see both Arse-Haven and Wastecott relegated to the bench or stands and let Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Miyachi take up  the positions around RVP 
     
    I am fed up of Wastecott, I mean Walcott.  Too long we have been waiting for the boy to come good on a consistent basis.  When Keown and co critcised him in pre-season about his overall contribution, he immediately responded through some social medium his stats and smugly proud of himself taught Keown and company to eat humble pie with his stats.  However there are lies, damned lies and statistics and this boy’s stats leave me feeling cold.  If stats are what he wants to be judged on, then he must be dropped.  As one who wishes to be considered for forward duties, his stats are miserable – 5 goals this season and three of those five came in month of August and  36 goals in 124 appearances plus 77 sub appearances is not going to set alarm bells ringing for striking sensation.  I feel the Ox must be given a run in the team.  I have seen more in the handful of games this season when the Ox takes to the park to say that he warrants a starting berth over theo wastecott.  The Ox has greater footballing brain, awareness, distribution, dribbling skills and shooting abilities than Wastecott and he already scored on his debut in both the carling cup and champions league. 
     
    Regard ARSE-Haven, the blonde bomber has such potential that is constantly wasted in his demeanour and manner.  He looks disinterested and fed up and his shooting against Leeds the other nite was wild and woeful compared to the King of Cool’s classy composed finish. I feel his time must be up in the summer and cash in our chips and wonder what might of been at such a wasted talent.  That 6 months in ’09 and the 4 goals at anfield are distant memories that gave the impression of a legend being born.
     
    .   
    Rambo is starting to look a little jaded and after his horrific injury, I fear that he may be entering the dreaded RED zone that cost us Wilshere for most of this season.  Resting Rambo, dropping the dynamic duds of Wastecott and Arse-Haven and adding the herculean might of the old guard HENRY is a start.  But we desperately need reinforcements.  The style Wenger sets out for his team is one of offense.  But our offensive options are either raw like Aneke, OX and Miyachi, wasteful like Wastecott and company mentioned above, unused like Park or aging like the Kingpin, Henry.  This window of transfer opportunity needs to be capitalised on and enforcements at the attacking end addressed.  I would love to see us land another striker like Remy, Sow or Podolski and a creative midfielder like Ajax’s Erikssen or Dortmund’s Goetze with the raw potential mentioned let loose till season end. 

  24. Have people completely forgotten that we have quite a few first team players, and the back up to these out down to injury?

    We aren’t playing the best football, we do need better quality players in a few positions, but don’t blame everything on this, as in my personal opinion, if our full backs and Verm were not injured, if Wilshere was not injured, for most of this campaign, we would be in a better position, if you don’t believe this, then that shows a real lack of confidence, in what is otherwise a good lineup of players.

    • if,if,if, always excuses, Man Utd have had injuries as well but are second, our players lack the steel and heart to win games and that stems from the manager who simply isn’t the man to take us forward, the AKB always have the excuses just like the dictator Wenger

    • how long do we have to use ‘if only’ as an excuse…which is what its simply become. I appreciate that all our full backs are wiped out, but i dont think they are the sole reason why we give leads away and can’t focus for 30 seconds after scoring a goal…’if only koscielny didn’t make that mistake in the carling cup’ ‘ if only lehmann wasn’t sent off in the champs league final’…this rhetoric stinks of a loser who won’t admit his mistakes…year after year our hopes are lifted and them smashed because of ‘in only’s’…just face facts, as long as the board refuse to spend any money on our team and would rather make a profit, and Wenger refuses to make a stand (as any REAL WINNER would) and carries on overestimating his current crop of crocks and babies…WE WON’T WIN ANYTHING…the proof is in the pudding

    • I guess the injury caused him to keep playing 433 when we don’t have the players capable of playing it, or to keep playing arsahvin and walcott when they are clearly struggling, or to not give Ox enough minutes when he clearly has shown his ability, or told him to sit lonely without doing anything when the team is clearly being outplayed at their own game. Oh wait he was following the board instructions. It is very disgraceful for Swansea can beat Arsenal playing Wenger Ball effectively on the very pitch Wenger complain about being bad. You better wake up and smell the coffee.

    • So with all Moan Ure’s injuries lets see were they finish at the end of the season. Diaby, Gibbs, Rosicky and not unluck they are always injured.

  25. Title says ‘Deep-rooted problems at Arsenal’.

    The real problem is that the problems mentioned in the aforementioned title have been present for at least 3 years – terrible defending, very poor quality squad players, terrible defending, comical collapses, terrible defending, poor goal to shot ratio, terrible defending, an utterly bizarre transfer policy, terrible defending, not using available resources to improve the team and terrible defending. For at least 3 years.

    And yet there is no pressure on Wenger from inside the club. How many other clubs would allow a team to make the same mistakes time and time again? How many other clubs would allow the manager to sit on a gold chest when the team obviously isn’t good enough and needs to be strengthened? While other teams catch up and take over on the league? Ridiculous.

    The Wenger of old was a genius and transformed English football. The Wenger of the last 3 years is stubborn, flawed and looks frustratingly lost.

  26. The problem is Wenger, mate. Even back then in 2002/03. Wenger doesn’t understand the concept of re-strengthening to consolidate your position.

    I work in Corporate research. The best companies in the world continue to invest to consolidate and grow their positions. For example, Apple is the global leader in the manufacture of tablet computers i.e. the iPad. As I type this on my iPad 2, I hear that the iPad 3 is due to be launched in March 2012. The global leader continues to invest.

    In war, when you capture the enemy outpost, you don’t say mission accomplished and smoke some cigars. You bring in reinforcements to consolidate, to fortify your position so that you don’t lose it. So that you can use that as a base or foothold for further incursion into enemy territory.

    We have lost all the gains of the last decade because

  27. The problem is Wenger, mate. Even back then in 2002/03. Wenger doesn’t understand the concept of re-strengthening to consolidate your position.

    I work in Corporate research. The best companies in the world continue to invest to consolidate and grow their positions. For example, Apple is the global leader in the manufacture of tablet computers i.e. the iPad. As I type this on my iPad 2, I hear that the iPad 3 is due to be launched in March 2012. The global leader continues to invest.

    In war, when you capture the enemy outpost, you don’t say mission accomplished and smoke some cigars. You bring in reinforcements to consolidate, to fortify your position so that you don’t lose it. So that you can use that as a base or foothold for further incursion into enemy territory.

    We have lost all the gains of the last decade because Wenger failed to consolidate on our successes.

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