Having watched and reviewed Arsene Wenger's academic analysis following yesterday's season-ending capitulation at the Reebok Stadium, one is tempted to say that he gets it now after all. Perhaps. Confession, they say, is good for the soul.
While absorbing all the blame himself was honorable, Arsenal's season ending the way it did was foreseeable and avoidable. His statements about defensive let-downs and the club's vulnerability to set pieces were spot on. Curiously, it has been his creation. Nonetheless, those who play with fire get burnt in the end.
Given that the last six years has been a loss, trophy-wise, anything short of a radical departure from the miserable status quo would amount to unreasonable cruelty and an usual punishment to the faithful. While I am not naive to think that the manager would be fired this summer, it would be naive of him to think that he could just tinker around the edges this time and all would be well.
At the very least, yesterday's performance was headache-inducing proof that the team has, structurally speaking, gotten progressively weaker. Like a virus, this has affected or tended to affect even the few good ones.
Lately, Samir Nasri's indifferent form after a stellar beginning speaks of the negative impact of a sub-standard group effect on an individual, however talented they might be. Recently, results after results have testified to that fact.
A fact which draws heavily from the Law of Consequences. This law basically says that to every cause there is a corresponding effect which can balance or imbalance an existing order.
For Arsenal, the cause and cost of doing nothing has been suffocating inertia. That "...should be obvious to anyone who sits down for a second and thinks, but which are ignored due to flightiness or deep denial."
Arsene has been in denial for too long and should not aggravate the problem further with timid cosmetic window dressing in the name of change. While that may be tempting, it should not be entertained at all.
Arguably, over half of the team has proven third-rate over the years and nothing, by all accounts can change that. A tally of the players' performance matrix this last six years speaks for itself. It shows a generally good beginning, but a crippling descent in form eight weeks before the end of each season.
As a matter of fact, they tend to lose almost everything within a 10-14 day period. Their Carling Cup Final loss, Champions League dismissal and FA Cup lights-out all happened within a 12-day period this year.
Therefore, it is my considered suggestion that the changes required be of a magnitude consistent with the problem at hand. At the very least, a third of the current shrinking violets would need to leave in order to make room for much needed battlers in the ranks.
Nothing else would do. We do not need another season to confirm or reaffirm this!
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!