Arsene Wenger is often heavily criticised for maintaining and believing in his style of management and more recently his transfer policy.
‘Le Professeur’ isn’t necessarily dogmatic but is notoriously stubborn in his approach. Wenger has sold many important players without effectively replacing them, he persistently plays Theo Walcott on the wing and he hasn’t delivered a trophy in the last eight years.
However, he has successfully sold players for huge profit; showing his economic nous which is complimented by his economic and management science degree. He has also, for the past fifteen years, productively qualified for the Champions League and achieved a top-four finish.
Although qualifying for the Champions League isn’t the same as winning a trophy, it has boosted Arsenal’s monetary situation dramatically and in recent times a top-four finish has become extra sweet for the Gunners, as they often displace local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have to settle for the Europa League.
Wenger, voted ‘World Manager of the Decade for 2001-2010’, definitely hasn’t got the same standard team as the ‘Invincibles’ and actuality, if managed by someone else, Arsenal wouldn’t have automatically been a top-four team for the past 15 years.
Arsene Wenger has had a second-rate team and has had to rely on the likes of Nicklas Bendtner in huge Champions League clashes against Barcelona. This can arguably be problem-creation on his behalf but that would be incredibly harsh.
He has created phenomenal world-superstars and gained a reputation from helping players like Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere become worldwide household names.
He is famous for garnering youthful players, like these, and developing them into fantastic players. He will continue to produce these players with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Gnabry due to compete in their breakthrough seasons.
He has offered stability to the club and now looks like to finally buy expensive top rate signings which, due to a number of reasons, could bring the title back to the patient Wenger.
Every other Premier League contender have changed their managerial positions; be it David Moyes replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Manuel Pellegrini taking over from Roberto Mancini at Manchester City or Jose Mourinho’s re-arrival at Chelsea. Wenger’s stability and consistency, now more than ever, will work in his favour and his Arsenal team have inadvertently become genuine title contenders for the upcoming season.
Moreover, the Gunners have been linked to Brazilian starlet Bernard, the exceptionally gifted yet controversial Luis Suarez and Argentinean ace Gonzalo Higuain which could prove a South American influence and reposition Arsenal as a realistic Premier League and European force to be reckoned with.
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