Are Wenger's winning days behind him?
Arsene Wenger looks set for an eighth consecutive year without a trophy
The French tactician didn’t even bother talking about the chances of reversing the 3-1 home defeat against German giants Bayern Munich in their upcoming Champions League second leg.
He even admitted that he isn’t even thinking about victory.
He is more worried about “consequences that could manifest in the heads of our players”. This, to me, proves how Arsenal has fallen from grace under the management of Wenger.
There was a time when Wenger and his team inspired fear and commanded respect from the biggest of Europe’s clubs. The fearless Wenger of those days would have looked at the 3-1 defeat as a setback but he would’ve shown determination and firm resolve to overturn the humiliating loss at the Emirates. More importantly, he would’ve shown some belief in his players and thereby have given them the confidence and belief in themselves.
Let’s face it, as it stands Arsenal do not have much of a chance of coming back against Bayern, but that doesn’t change the fact that Wenger is destroying the team’s self-assurance by not even showing a glimmer of hope of a victory at the Allianz Arena. There is no fight left in the Frenchman.
What Wenger seems not to understand is that by not showing some fighting spirit against the Germans, or any confidence in his players, significantly lowers their chances of fighting back to a top four position in the Premier League.
The players look up to Wenger as their leader, and when he makes it clear that he doesn’t believe that they are good enough to win in Germany, the players start believing it too, and it becomes apparent in their performances in the Premier League.
Wenger said: "I am not worried about us potentially coming back against Bayern.
"I am more worried about consequences that could manifest in the heads of our players. You will never know how they can absorb those blows and how the team responds to disappointment.
"What I am more concerned about is the fact that Wenger doesn’t realise that his lack of belief in his own team is far more damaging than any defeat against any opposition."
That loser mentality of Wenger is what manifests in ‘the heads of the players’ so that they ultimately become the losers that they believe themselves to be.
This team deserves more. They have all the talent, class and creativity to match the greatest sides in Europe but they lack leadership. They need a manager who believes in their ability so that they may start believing in themselves again.
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