Once again Arsene Wenger has proved me right, certainly not for the first time.
The predictability is shocking. Even bloggers are getting the tactical part of the game right even before the kickoff so there's little surprise why his team is struggling on the pitch.
The capitulation at Manchester United was very much expected but a thorough drubbing of this magnitude was quite surprising to say the least.
The game was a footballing lesson for the stubborn man Wenger in the most humiliating manner.
This drubbing should serve as an eye opener. The footballing world has changed a lot since his invincible days.
The team and club as a whole have gone backwards since the 2007-08 season but blind faith in the puritan philosophy of a once-great manager camouflaged the slow but steady rate at which the club has plummeted into the abyss of stagnation, but only for so long.
The downfall reached an all-time low with the Old Trafford disaster that it has reached a point where the manager has to move one way or the other.
He can't go on forever turning a blind eye towards the obvious weaknesses.
He either has to bid goodbye to his inherent nature of being plain cheap in the transfer market and splash the cash on established players or should quit with whatever dignity is left, if any.
If, by chance, cash is not available he must communicate the sad plight of the club's financial aspects to the fans rather than keeping them in the dark.
The majority stakeholder must make his intentions clear at this juncture.
The club has no direction. It has stagnated. The top players left and one of the reasons quoted was lack of ambition of the club. If a club can't keep hold of their best players then that club is not a big club.
The board must reveal the ambition of the club. The summer showed this club's ineptitude in the transfer market.
Wenger says 20 men are working behind the scenes to make transfers happen but even the hard work of 20 men (if true) wasn't good to find a replacement for a certain Cesc Fabregas in time.
It's already very late in the transfer market and very tough to prize top players away from their respective clubs.
Fortune favours the brave and Arsenal can't say they were unfortunate with injuries and suspensions so far this season.
They were simply not brave enough to right the wrongs of last season or the season before, especially Wenger who keeps misleading his followers with dishonest statements.
He has instilled a culture of mediocrity. The fans were hoodwinked into accepting mediocrity and the reason dished out was the rebuilding phase.
It has been six years and now it's safe to say his youth policy has failed miserably. Young players need experienced heads to learn from.
Don't look any further than Manchester United to get a clue of how it works. The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling etc. learn the nuances of top-flight football through proper channel from Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
On the other hand, at Arsenal young players are not eased into the first team.
Usually they're thrown in at the deep end and most of them are swimming against the stream. Some are splashing water instead of swimming; read Carl Jenkinson.
Who is motivating these players? Yes you got it right. It's Pat Rice. Or is it?
Even if it's not, I feel sorry for this poor old man. He should be sitting at home and should nowhere be allowed near the first team.
He sums up Arsenal's current predicament. People like Rice are the bane of this club who are past their "sell by" date but stick around the club as a hinderance or simply put in the most forthright manner: liability.
And the fans have to go watch and breakdown in the stands as a result of the sluggishness, ineptitude and idiocy of these senile oldsters.
I felt sorry for the children who wept in the stands watching the merciless slaughtering of their beloved club at the Devil's backyard.
The manager issued a pathetic apology and as usually his lame excuses were served with a mollifying offer of a free-away ticket for those who travelled to OT perhaps to witness another calamity in the coming days.
If the club seriously wants to repay the fans then they should do it in the next two days through decisive action in the transfer market to allay the fears and growing anguish and agony.
The manager has to accept responsibility. There's no place for his ego, arrogance and stinginess.
He simply can't be in the denial saying he had eight players out. Yes some of those players could've made a difference but overall the team needs new players.
The way forward is through new signings, or else a season of mid-table battles with the likes of Everton and Aston Villa is on the horizon—a state of ignominy for a club like Arsenal. That would eliminate Arsenal from the Champions League arena, thereby diminishing their chances to attract top talents from across the world.
There's no place to hide. The manager papered over his cracks for this long.
If the game at the OT wasn't a good illustration then the post-match comments of Sir Alex Ferguson certainly is as he was happy that his team didn't score more. Wenger is in a pitiable state. He has to act.
Though it's late in the transfer market he can still bounce back if he pulls up a transfer coup or two. He has to strengthen his defence first. Even if it means meeting the asking price for good players or overpaying, he has to do it.
The wage is not an issue. There are a plethora of top players who are well within the self-imposed salary cap at Arsenal. So that's not a problem.
Money is certainly available. At least the cash generated through the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri should be reinvested. That's the bare minimum.
The question mark is over whether Wenger will spend it or not. His penny-pinching certainly has to stop now.
Surely even his most ardent of fans can't accept this ludicrous travesty anymore or the partisan fans of Wenger still mouth the cliched "In Wenger we trust" slogan?
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