Tony Pulis: The Genius of Arsene Wenger Is There For All To See

Michael HomesContributor IOctober 18, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31:  Manchester United fans hold a 'We Want Glazer Out' sign during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at The Emirates Stadium on January 31, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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I know Pulis won't read this, but I would like to say it anyway:

Tony Pulis has been a manager since 1992, and in all that time he has won NOTHING.

Arsene Wenger on the other hand has won: Ligue one 1987-88, Coupe de France in '90-'91, Emperor's Cup in '95, J-League Super Cup in '96, won the PL in '97-'98, '01-'02, '03-'04, FA cup in '97-'98, '01-'02, '02-'03, '04-'05, and Community shield in '98, '99, '02 and '04.

And on top of all this, Wenger did something that hasn't been done in English football since 1888-89: go an entire season unbeaten. All the great managers and all the great teams that have won the PL have never reached the height—this man reached with Arsenal and HIS TEAM.

You want to know the genius of Wenger? He took boring, boring arsenal and made it the most entertaining team in the England—maybe the entire world.

He has won more trophies than any Arsenal manager in the past, and the Arsenal fans who criticize this man for not winning need to get their head examined and really ask themselves—why would Wenger not spend?

When Arsenal moved to Emirates, we were around 500 million in debt, which came down to around 420 with the Emirates deal. We had the best team in England, but he dismantled it and brought through youngsters who haven't won anything for the "last five years" (Pulis, learn your history).

Now why would a manager do this? Throw away a perfect team, in many aspects, for the sake of saving money.

IF all Wenger cared was winning trophies, then he could have piled on the debt with players he had and the wages and transfer fees he had, and we would have won the league and cups by now, but he didn't do that.

He could have easily won some more trophies with us, and then when financial constraints really started to bite, left us for Real or Barca or Inter and we would where Liverpool or United are right now—looking for a sheik or billionaire to bail us out.

And you have to ask yourself why didn't he do that? It's simple. He loves this, and he would rather see this club go a few years without a trophy than either go into administration or become a puppet of a spoiled rich kid, which is what City and Chelsea are now, and ultimately lose its soul.

His achievements at Arsenal will live long after this man has gone.

We are now the youngest team in the PL: most of our players are finally coming of age, they are all on long-term contracts, we have a conveyor belt of talented youngsters and especially English talent coming through.

We are financially rock solid, we have a world-class stadium, we have world-class facilities, meaning no need to invest for the next 50 years, and OUR CLUB IS OWNED by the fans.

If you were ready to give all these liberties and the soul of our club for one or two trophies, then I say you don’t deserve Arsenal.

I am not saying that it's OK that Arsenal goes more years without a trophy. We need to win and win fast, but there’s a way to do it the right way. That's hard.

And I know how hard it is to be an Arsenal fan seeing talented players not living up to their potential, seeing Chelsea and United signing world-class players while we sign players we have never even heard and seeing an injury list bigger than most squads in the PL, but it will pay dividends.

Think of these years as the dark ages, which are almost over, and when the new era starts, there will only be one ruler: ARSENAL.


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