AGM: Why Fans Are WRONG To Demand Answers Over Wenger’s Transfer Policy.

The Frenchman reaches 18 years in charge at Arsenal - a real milestone in today's modern era. How can we replace him?

The Frenchman reaches 18 years in charge at Arsenal – a real milestone in today’s modern era.
How can we replace him?

 

 “I’m not satisfied. You need that constant pressure, that constant drive, striving to improve, get better and put everything on the table – you need that…”

You will surely have pressure, said Ivan.

On Thursday, Arsenal Holdings PLC will hold her Annual General Meeting, to discuss issues affecting the present status and future ambitions of the club. The atmosphere will be less intense than in previous years when there was still the stench of a cobwebbed trophy cabinet. We have now managed to reset the “SinceArsenalLastWonAtrophy” clocks and it will be expected that Gooners will go easy on Wenger this time.

Going over most gooners’ pre-AGM tweets, though, and you get the idea it won’t quite be as low key.

Most fans still feel quite incensed with Wenger for what some have termed deliberate negligence of duty for refusing to sign a defender, believing he has a lot of explanations to render.

The injury crisis in the team which has hit the rear hard has left us exposed and having to rely on scholars for rescue and sucour. Mathiue Debuchy has already packed for the New Year festivities, while Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal have been using the medical room as a revolving door. With the long haul of games coming between now and the coming winter transfer window, the majority of fans are of the opinion that our season would have collapsed due to an anticipated decline in the range of options available to the manager.

For them, the manager has to explain why he didn’t move to prevent this.

Then, there is the issue of refusing to sign Fabregas. Wenger has repeatedly stated that he did not need to re-sign his former captain, but the fact that he has settled quicker than expected at an enemy’s territory has added more salt to an open bleeding sore. He will, for the umpteenth time, be confronted on that issue again.

But, in reality, do we really have much to question with regard to our transfer policy over the years?

We have come through a period when we were not able to afford the kind of world class players poached by City and Chelsea, having to fund the loan taken for the construction of the Emirates back in 2006. Losing Nasri, van Persie and Fabregas to sign Arteta, Park Chu-Young and Mertesacker was not very attractive, but very necessary at the time. Now we can afford to splash close to £70 million to sign Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in less than 12 months, with the might to even attempt audacious bids for the likes of Cavani and Draxler.

Wenger managed to keep this club steady and competitive despite conditions which made it quite impossible in theory. How can most Gooners not see what the likes of Johan Cryuff, Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp have so loudly applauded Wenger for? In the period within which we have consistently clung to the 4th place trophy with the likes of Djourou, Denilson, Bendtner and Gervinho, the likes of Malaga and Anzhi have big taken over by billionaires, splashed heavily but have turned out empty. Liverpool’s exit from the Champions League took them 3 managers and five years to recover from, the post-Fergie United are yet to fully recover from the David Moyes Nostrums– do these not point to the stability we have had under the One Arsene Wenger?

These are not to excuse Wenger’s obvious flaws, especially this season. Having lost Vermaelen and Sagna, he really had to sign one more defender besides Calum Chambers. The refereeing trip to Rome on deadline day oozed of complacency on his part, even stating he may not have signed Welbeck if he was around.

That said, the last person to show any complacency about anything Arsenal is Arsene Wenger. He’s one big reason why we have attracted the big players we have and if we are to sign Hummel, Reus or Khedira, Wenger’s person will still play a huge influence. As Gazidis has remarked:

“The biggest challenge we are going to face as a club is that, when that transition from Arsene to the next manager of our football club happens – and I don’t know when that’s going to be – that we come through that strongly”

While many may feel that ‘when’ should be sooner than later, questions at the AGM should focus on making sure that while he remains here, we are going together in one direction, backing him and pushing the club forward.

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    Delford Magaya

    I do not think there is need to question him about it, he is aware than enybody else regarding this matter.
    He is the one who spend most of his time with players, it is up to him to see which positions need to be adjusted, but we have to give room to the youngesters who are coming from the B side, which is the most important thing. We have very good young boys who need to play for the senior team and if Wenger continue to buy what will happen to the young boys? We have to be open minded and think for the future, not for the present only. I understand they are other young players who can fill some of the gaps in the team. The club should not buy from time to time. What will you do with the young boys?

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      Anonymous

      I also want to see that we sin everything and everything match.i want to see also big platebransjen to come for sure.but the fact is we just cant do that , we have young platebransjen who need time and chances to develope,all of them have usedvanlig much of their time and resources to progress,buying and buying will not do any justice to these young lads.Jenkinson is out on loan,in my opinion that should never have happened but we are just buying because want us to buy and forcing us to loan out or sell promising young players.This has to stop,this buying mentality is what is doing more damage to us than not buying.Yes and no doubt,Ozil is a great player but and what.

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    Me

    So Arsenal fans are wrong to demand answers on Wenger’s transfer policy?

    Last I heard Arsenal was a football club reliant on the fans pouring money into the club so they can continue to exist.

    Car manufacturers seek the opinions of customers to improve their cars.

    As do any other company that produces a consumer product – football is a product at the end of the day.

    Wenger is a manager and nothing more. If results are poor or expensive transfers fail then he must be questioned otherwise Arsenal will become a mismanaged shambles with a dictator at the helm.

    The fans are clearly the lifeblood of the club, not Wenger, not the players or the board so they are entitled to ask questions…

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      class="comment byuser comment-author-emma bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="li-comment-2520">
      Emmanuel

      But most of the questions will not be properly thought through and are simply meant to taunt a manager who in my own opinion has done a fantastic job over the last two decades. We should never fail to remember this before we judge him. I’m not saying he doesn’t have his flaws but a lot of angered fans always blow it out of proportion.

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    naz

    We will only move forward once we ask questions and demand more than 4th place.
    Its not the signings per-se, but the lack of tactical nous against different types of teams.

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      class="comment byuser comment-author-emma bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="li-comment-2521">
      Emmanuel

      You have a point there mate. But you can bet that many fans wont be objective with their questions.

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