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In Wenger We Trust but Not This Team

April 3, 2011



Another crushing home draw leaves us now 7 points adrift of Man Utd, albeit with a single game in hand. However, given that our last three games against Blackburn, Wigan Sunderland have yielded a whopping 3 points, I’m not sure we can bank on the points from that game in hand going our way either.             

The fact is that, once again, the team is choking at the business end of the season. Wenger has put together title winning teams with world class performers in the past but this is not one of them. Even our ‘star’ players are fallible. Van Persie – the talented but perennially injured star striker.
Arshavin – the mercurial genius for whom nothing seems to come off, despite his improved workrate. Walcott – the wonderkid with frightening pace but rarely a final product. Fabregas – The iconic Captain who doesn’t want to wear red and white.

Whilst most fans, including this one, retain faith in Wenger, that he’ll sort it all out eventually, questions need to be asked about the club’s ambition at this moment in time. This current crop is clearly not up to the task. Injuries have taken their toll, no doubt, but that excuse is getting old.

Alminia, Diaby, Denilson, one of Chamakh/Bendtner, Squillaci, need to move on in the summer. And some real quality needs to take their place. In the key areas that matter, Man Utd are simply better than us. Between the sticks, Man Utd have one of the most experiences, reliable keepers in the world. We have a mess. Up front, Man Utd have the combined power of Rooney, Berbatov and Hernandez. We have only one great striker, and he spends more time on the the treatment table than on the pitch.

I would love to still be proved wrong by this team. But losing out on the Carling Cup with a whimper to Birmingham, and a demoralizing but predictable loss in the FA Cup to Man Utd have hit us hard. Three points from what should have been three perfectly winnable league games, at this crucial stage of the season, suggests the writings on the wall.

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