Would Blackburn Be Remembered?
The saying that the only constant thing in life is change is quite apt when viewed from the background of Arsenal particularly with the most recent in their series of debacles. With all likely routes to silverware almost closed (except a miracle happens and Arsenal wins the European Cup), Wenger and his team face the toughest challenge of explaining away what happened on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger is obviously a very determined man. His determination could be seen from the level of his commitment to his ideas and visions. To him, the new standard to measure success at the top level, at least in the Premiership is qualification for the Champions League. And he has always managed to achieve this for the past 14 seasons.
My question to Monsieur Wenger is: Are you going to resign if you fail to win your specially designated ‘trophy’ of Champions League qualification?
If the truth be told, Wenger has consistently and alarmingly devalued Arsenal as a football club. Come to think of it, with all the acclaimed financial expertise at the Emirates, Arsenal is still not the richest football club in the world. Compared to the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, they still have a long way to go.
These club sides have passionate followers who are committed to pushing these brands. Similarly their yearly revenue reflects the confidence that the biggest sponsors have in them. Their fans also get the dividends: trophies to celebrate and brag about.
The fact also remains that these great teams didn’t qualify for the tags of being richest clubs in the world by being miserly and faint hearted in acquiring the best talents in the game. They are also Winners; something Arsene and Arsenal have not managed to do for almost eight years.
With the loss against Blackburn making it the fourth time at home this season, it is certainly the most disgraceful and demeaning. Under normal circumstances, Arsenal shouldn’t be struggling to defeat teams like Fulham, Sunderland, Stoke City, and Swansea etc at home. But that is now the lot at the Emirates. Wenger has no answer and neither does the team any clue.
The only ‘big’ teams that Arsenal has beaten in the EPL this year are Liverpool and Tottenham. They have lost at home both home and away to Chelsea. They were totally outplayed by Manchester City at the Emirates that it was almost a disgrace to watch. Champions are defined by consistency. Arsenal does not have that ingredient and it is all due to Wenger’s fault and that of his supporters on the Board.
As they attempt to lift themselves tonight against a formidable opponent in Bayern Munich, Wenger and his boys must realize that beyond qualifying for the next round lies the test of their characters. Whichever way the tie turns, things must change at the Emirates.