Arsene Wenger's Play Style Can Win the Champions League Cup, But Not EPL or FA
Arsene Wenger is the most successful manager in the history of the Gunners in terms of trophies and entertaining football.His approach and philosphy of playing is characterised by desire to entertain and attack with combination of individual and collective quality.
Arsenal football club is admired by many soccer fans world wide because of it,s slickypasses,faster and attacking flare which has changed the success of the club since 28th,September 1996 when AW was appointed as the Gunners manager after Bruce Rioch was sacked in August. He has won three EPL and four FA cup trophies.
AW style of play made him the first non british manager in the FA premier league history to win a double in England in 1998 and 2002 EPL seasons.
In 2004 he became the only manager in the FA premier league history to go through the entire season without defeat.
The champions league is the only trophy that has eluded AW for many years.His best achievements was when he reached the 2006 final and lost 2-1 against Barcelona due to the Lehman red card.
Arsenal last trophy was the 2005 FA Cup final when it beat Manchester united through the penalty on the final.
The AW Style of play was executed well by legends like Tony Adams,Steve Bould,Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown and Denis Berg amp.He strengthened this aging squad with good signings namely:Emanuel Petit, Patrick Veira, Marc Overmars, Nicholas Anelka, Sol Campbell, Fredrick Lumberg,Theiry Henry and Robert Pires.
These new signings maintained the Gunners Success. They Combined technical,mental, and experience plus passion to win trophies for Arsenal. Many EPL teams respected them even Manchester United.
However after the Exodus of Patrick Veira,Theiry Henry,Robert Pires among other experieced players things changed drastically.
The club has gone through a rough terrain by doing four seasons without a trophy.AW new signings of Adebs,Rosicky,Diaby,Walcott have not provided the service that the former players did.Arsenals current crop of players lacks physical,mental ability and strength when it matters.
The team lacks leadership thus being out muscled by mediocre teams in the EPL.Those teams that used to fear Arsenal during the Invincible time have discovered the antidote to AW style of play.Through beefing their defence,midfield and utilizing their Physical tactics,average teams have become the Gunners bogey opponents.
Arsenals style of play is a threat in the Champions league.They combined the slicky faster passes and attacking flare to humble Europeans heavy weight namely:Real Madrid,Juventus, AC Milan and Intermillan. When the Gunners play against the EPL big four they have obtained good results.2008-2009 EPL season first leg is a good example,total of seven points have been obtained from Manchester united,Chelsea and Liverpool.
In 2008 Champions league Bacerlon was the only non English club to reach the last four and lost to Manchester United.Arsenal came close but due to lack of concentration and the passion to fight they lost to Liverpool in the quarter final.
The current AW youth policy has not worked because small teams are signing Experienced players using their limited funds.Thus the standard of the EPL has gone higher.Arsenal have lost 15 points to mediocre teams this season.The FA cup is another trophy that is becoming difficult for Arsenal to win since 2005.
It is because FA cup has it,s traditional history that is cherished by all competing clubs. Quality of players factor does not matter in this tournament but passion and attitude to win and play at Wembly stadium.
Therefore if AW can utilize the January transfer window wisely by signing proven defensive midfielder, attacking Midfielder and Carvalho/Vidic calibre centre back,my personal opinion is that they stand hundred percent chance of winning the champions league trophy for the first time in their history than The EPL and FA Cup trophies.
This objective can be achieved if they match their EPL performance against the big three with the champions League encounters when drawn together.Note that the Gunners reached the 2006 Champions league final without meeting an English opponent.
The EPL and FA Cup trophies will remain beyond Arsenal reach if AW continue to play the current entertaining football which can be likened to ''a man in bed with a sexy woman instead of penetrating her, He only caress her boobs."
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