Not all doom and gloom for Arsenal 2011/12
Last week a fellow blogger wrote about how the 2011/12 season will be a defining one for Arsene Wenger and his young, talented yet trophyless team. This particular blogger however doesn’t believe all the media hype about a crisis at Arsenal, one of the top football teams in London.
First of all, to go 6 seasons without winning a trophy is not exactly a catastrophe. Other than Manchester United and Chelsea, no other English teams have one more than 1 trophy in the last 6 years. How many teams in Europe have consistently got to the knock-out stages of the Champions League. They have been very close to getting their hands on a trophy too. They lost the 2006 final after a harsh early sending off for the goal keeper Almunia and in 2011 lost to Barcelona over 2 legs after winning at the Emirates, but then losing in Barcelona after a ridiculous refereeing decision to send off Van Persie after he had taken a shot on goal just after being blown for off-side. The 2011 League Cup final saw them thwarted by Birmingham City after a freak-defensive mix-up allowed Obefami Martins to grab a last minute winner. In the league, Arsenal have consistently been a challenger up to the last few games, despite not having the vast budgets of Manchester United and Chelsea. 2010/11 saw them finish only a few points of the winner, despite having their best player and top scoring striker (Fabregas and Van Persie) out for the majority of the season. Domestically, ask fans of biggest teams in England Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa Newcastle if Arsenal have been more successful than them. Fans of Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham would give their right arm to have been up where Arsenal are in the last 6 years.
This blogger does have to admit though that in this modern game, especially in the high-pressure, big-money English Premier League, you don’t last long at the top if you don’t win things. Ask Carlo Ancelotti! Wenger knows how to win though and luckily the Arsenal board remember his glorious ‘invincibles’ the unbeaten team of the 2003/04 season. Things aren’t as easy to win as they were back then with many rivals being financed by rich backers, stretching the quality at the top of the league. But if anyone can get a new trophy back in the Arsenal cabinet, then Wenger has to be the right man.
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