As Arsenal faces a potential collapse during this title run-in with their ambition bleeding from a string of woeful draws, the Club Captain's comments to a Spanish news outfit deserves further scrutiny based upon the facts. In a revealing interview, he frankly said that the manager would have been fired for such a poor run in Spain. While it may be tempting to be timid about that or the club's match results of the last three weeks, it would be a crime to ignore or shrug off the creeping air of nervous doom enveloping North London's finest ball club.
www.soccerblog.com/2011/04/fabregas-says-club-has-a-choic.htm - Cached
Six years is a long time to go without winning a silverware for any top team. In a string of articles, I have tried to examine the team from various angles but it all comes down to this: a manager's judgment and decision defines the club. More so, when the manager enjoys unfettered control and dominance.
It would be understandable if Arsene suffered from strong interference from the board or, from now, the potential owner, as is the case with Chelsea. Thankfully, that is not the case. One can accept it if the club lacked reasonable funds to fund targeted transfers as is the case with Everton. Again, thankfully, that is not the case.
If the team had a proven warrior mentality, then nothing would bother anyone about them. Sadly, that has not been the case for a long while now. The fact that this has persisted points invariably to the manager and his distaste for the type of changes required in order to man the team properly. His penchant for tinkering with young prospects has now proven a worrying failure. A good look at Manchester United would tell any neutral fan that though their current squad is clearly not their best, they still know how to grind out results.
The Gunners under Mr. Wenger have perfected a new ability: the art of snatching draws from the jaws of ready-made victories. As if the recent scoreless home draws against the likes of Sunderland and Blackburn were not enough torture, the scored draws against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur would leave a psychologist helplessly disturbed, and a psychiatrist grievously unhinged.
Would these chain of events be allowed to happen at Real Madrid or Barcelona? Perish the thought! Such a manager would have been dismissed after the first two or three years of achieving nothing. That's assuming that they would be that lucky to stay that long in the first place!
The frustrated comments that came out of Cesc is therefore well placed. When he sees his peers winning all that is available to win with regular frequency, he is left with punishing thoughts of what might have been annually. Little wonder then when he finally spoke out. Positive Psychology deals with human thriving or what makes life worth living. To a footballer, winning silverware is his or her reason for being or what makes life worth living as a professional.
Fabregas, by speaking, not only relieved himself of that burden but did so for hapless millions around the global. For him to do so, the way he did recently, marked a watershed moment between him and the club. More importantly, it highlighted a changed relational dynamic between him and his immovable manager.
With five league matches to go, this postseason may be one to remember finally.