Wenger vs Rodgers

Image

 

“It will be busy, but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close,” he said. “We want to add something that makes us even stronger. But number wise it will not be massive.” – Arsene Wenger

 

Brendan Rodgers estimates around half a dozen players may be needed to bulk out his Liverpool squad to the required depth for the Champions League but the manager has no immediate concerns about having to buy in creativity.

 

These are the differing views coming out of Liverpool and Arsenal. I really do think that these sum up the two clubs and ultimately their ambitions.

Arsene Wenger goes on to talk about how close he believe they are to the title and that is why he believe only one or two players will be enough but the number of points they are off the top (7) makes it seem much closer than they really are. Against City, Chelsea and Liverpool they scored 7 and conceded 18. That is almost half of all their goals they conceded all year. This shows a massive gulf between Arsenal and the top 3 and in true Arsenal are more likely to be in another battle for 4th with Everton, Man United and Spurs next year than being in a battle for the top with Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City.

Liverpool on the other hand look set to finish joint top of the league and lose out on goal difference and they are as close to winning the league as they have been for years. On the back of this Brendon Rodgers is taking the exact view that Mr Wenger should be. He knows that he doesn’t need any major world beaters because his starting 11 is excellent but he also know that to compete in the league and Europe next season he needs a squad not just a team. Injuries are inevitable and if Liverpool sign 6 more good quality players, when this happens they will have quality players that can step in and keep the team achieving. Whereas with Arsenal the same thing happens every year, they get key injuries and the only players they have that can replace them are from their under 21s, players who, at the moment, aren’t ready to be premier league players. (This year in the under 21’s league Arsenal finished 14th. Chelsea, Liverpool, City and United were the top 4).

Arsene Wenger needs to adopt a new transfer policy. I’m not expecting him to sign another 3 or 4 £40 million players but he could do with signing 5 or 6 £20 million players to turn his team into a squad and really allow them to challenge next year.

Why Arsenal need to lose the Arsené.

Arsenal. 9 years with no trophies, countless trends of #WengerOut and yet he is still there. Yes this year they have reached the FA cup final (just) and they were top of the league for a large chunk of the year (although they’ve faded in the later parts of the season, again) but still I don’t believe Arsène has done enough to merit keeping his job. David Moyes had less than a year because he won nothing and wasn’t competing in the league, a new manager to a top club wouldn’t get 9 years with in trophies but because he has been there so long he is afforded the benefit of the doubt and allowed to continue and here in lies the problem, Arsenal won’t sack him because he is such an icon.

This year he spend money on Özil in an attempt to make his squad good enough to win something and yes it may work but more work is done and I don’t believe Arsène knows how to spend big money on players which Arsenal need to do this summer, that’s the main reason I would argue he is not the man to lead Arsenal forward.
With regards to the FA cup, yes it is a fantastic cup and part of our footballing history but for teams like Arsenal it should be viewed as the third best thing they can win and even ranked behind finishing in the top 4.

To win the league you need to be the best team over a 36 game season, playing 19 other teams twice, you would be the best team in the he country.

To win the Champions League you need to get through a 4 team group and then you are 8 games from the final, but those games (4 two legged ties) will be against some of the best teams in Europe, if you win that you are the best team in Europe.

To win the FA cup you could get drawn against 6 top teams in a Premier Leagues 6 game route to the cup but the chances are you will get drawn against a few championships teams and if you’re lucky some league one or two or maybe non league teams as well. These are all games teams like Arsenal should be winning so they should easily win a cup like the FA cup.
For me looking at a team like Arsenal, winning the FA cup and limping to fourth should be seen as a failure and after 9 years of failure I think the time has come for a change and for Arsène to leave Arsenal.