Arsenal's gradual fall requires gradual rise
The Invincible's fall started at losing Thiery Henry, and not replacing him. Fairly, every club in the game loses momentum for some period but then bounce back later except they're named Arsenal. It was a gradual decline. For a club who suffered zero defeat in the 2003/04 Premier League season, also reached the UCL final a year later - to not feature in the latter competition for four years now.
It was not Arsenal's fault that Henry left. But it was they failed to replace him, instead of splashing cash to secure another big first-team signing; they would rather promote a ginger-haired lad from the Academy. Their current problem dated back to these events from Arsene Wenger.
Arsene Wenger was an economist-turn-football manager. Will he play the whole pitch? was his question when inquired about PSG signing Neymar for 222 million Euros, because at the rate he spends - he could build a squad of 25 players with the same amount, or invest the money elsewhere and promote some academy players who can kick the ball.
In all honesty, products from the Hale End were talented. Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas to mention a few, were all top kids - but the But is, they needed to be complemented with established foreign top stars which the club didn't do. Loads of expectations placed on them were ridiculously much, for instance, Fabregas became the club's captain at the age of 21. He revealed that at a time, he was nearly the best player at the club which didn't make him happy about the quality at their disposal.
"But I was putting pressure on myself to lead, to do everything and at one point I felt kind of lonely. Especially in the last two or three years, I felt Robin and Samir were the only players who were at my level mentally and technically. It’s not an arrogant thing to say, it’s how I felt at that time," he said.
For years. as a result of this, they were unable to build a title-winning team. The closest they came in the last decade was finishing as runner-up to underdog Leicester. Huge thanks to Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil efforts, the two players who revived them slightly from 2014 to 2017 season - but there is a little two attackers could do in winning the Premier League, you need a team to do that. Still, their brilliance awarded the Club with FA cups and Community Shield plates.
Arsene Wenger eventually left the club, but the problem didn't. At this stage it's not about the manager; even if you bring Pep Guardiola with the same system you would get the same Arsenal, the board of directors need to change, the project needs to change. The practice of signing ONE big player in a season needs to stop.
Arsenal was, and are a slow builder. Albeit they've invested big in the recent years but the timing has always been wrong. Imagine the dynasty they would build if they signed Alexis, Ozil and Aubameyang in the same season, or signed Partey when Ozil was in form. The point is they're rightfully making these signings, but at a wrong slow rate.
This season, they currently sit at 16th position on the Premier League table after 11 matches. What's the solution? Sack Arteta? I reckon no. This problem built itself gradually for over ten years, and it won't leave in two years. Like they say, a long-term problem requires a long-term fix - allow Arteta to build consistency around the club. Tell Kroenke to bring out the cheque, write a huge sum, sack some boards, hire a modern director of football, sign 3+ big players in a window. Then let Arsenal begin its redemption.
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