Sport is about winning. At the end of the day, that is what all athletes aspire to: the glory, the medals, that sense of achievement. It's the same for the fans. Whether it be a Sunday league football match or the Olympic games, it's all about victory.
This is a notion that Arsenal football club seems to have forgotten. The Gunners are supposedly one of the countries top four teams, something that is hard to accept after almost eight years without a trophy. Just to give you an idea of how poor that really is, Swansea City were in League 2 the last time Arsenal got their hands on some silverware in 2005; they are now the Capital One Cup Champions and in the Premier League.
Players have come and gone, players who left in search of success. Players such as Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, even Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy. Arsenal were once a team feared by many, a club that only nine years ago went 49 Premier League games without a defeat. How times change. They aren't even assured Champions League qualifiers anymore.
Arsene Wenger is the man who has over seen this sorry state of affairs. The 'Professor' as he is sometimes named was once untouchable, undoubted and idolised. That couldn't be further from the truth today. The Emirates faithful are finally beginning to doubt him and his methods. They don't want to be seen as a selling club which is what they have become. They don't want to see their team rely on youngsters and unknowns when those around them are signing top quality athletes.
People may mock Chelsea's Roman Abramovich and his managerial merry go round, but there is some method to his madness. The European champions have won more trophies than any other club English club since his arrival in South West London. Although he has gone over the top, there is a moral to his situation, it's not always the best solution to stick by your man. Sometimes, you need change.
The Arsenal board, led by the almost silent Stan Kroenke, should shoulder most of the blame. Arsenal have spent considerably less than their rivals in recent years but not because they haven't got any money. After all, they are sitting on a cash reserve of £123m and they always seem to be making a considerable profit.
Kroenke himself has more than enough spare cash to fund an overhaul, if only with one or two star players arriving. But the board seem more interested in the business side of things, rather than the results.
Whether it is a change of leadership in the dugout or at the top, things must change for Arsenal. Because soon, it could all be too late. The Champions League funds that they seem to rely on could very well dry up soon, leaving them in turmoil. Time will tell for Gunners.
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