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Can Arsenal blame Wenger for failures?

Wenger has endured heavy criticism  (©GettyImages)
Wenger has endured heavy criticism (©GettyImages).

Lack of transfer activity, losing at home on the opening day, call it what you want, Arsenal's fans seem to be done with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis.

Wenger, who was once seen as a legendary manager, is now facing heavy criticism from fans. But is he really at fault for Arsenal's misfortunes?

Wenger has done half the job, which is selling the deadwood. Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and others were a huge burden in terms of wages for the club.

Also he has tied most of the British contingent on long-term contracts and these players are young and have plenty of potential, which will benefit Arsenal in the near future.

Aaron Ramsey is getting back to his best, Theo Walcott is finally living up to his potential and Jack Wilshere is growing as a footballer.

Once Wenger has identified the core of the team he can start spending on players, right now he is in the process of eliminating people who are not good enough to play for Arsenal.

The second step would be to find the squad's weaknesses and bring in players to nullify those weaknesses, both steps are hard to complete in just one season unless your club has a rich owner.

The piling up of injuries makes it seem like Wenger is terribly unprepared for the new season. Wenger was quite unlucky in that sense but a good manager will never leave things to chance.

That said, purchasing players has become much harder than it was before. The likes of Manchester United can't buy anyone in the market as players now prefer to play in Germany or Spain, which makes it all the more hard for Arsenal to buy players.

Wenger also isn't ready to spend big as that goes against the Arsenal philosophy, most Arsenal players earn under 100k a week so if the manager suddenly brought a player with high wages, that would cause conflict in the dressing room as the players wouldn't like it if an individual earns double or triple their salary for the same number of hours put in at training.

What Wenger is trying to find is a talented player who is willing to play for the club rather than money but in this day and age its rare to find, hence the lack of transfer activity.

Most of the players in the current squad have played together for many seasons, which brings a sense of togetherness within the squad. This in turn would improve the team chemistry from before as everyone understands one another's style of play.

Also the manager has faith in their abilities which is very important for a footballer to know. Earlier it was seen that Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and other big stars were head and shoulders above the others, the manager had faith in their abilities rather than the whole squad but now the current Arsenal squad looks more balanced and there are no big egos in the squad.

The players too have a deep bond with the manager, which proves that they wont be leaving anytime soon, Wilshere said he would leave only if the board and fans lose faith in Wenger which shows the incredible faith he has in his manager. 

Wenger now has a team who wants to play for him and once everyone returns from injury, Arsenal's campaign would be up and running.

One doesn't need to have a good team on paper in order to do well, If there is a good atmosphere within the squad and the squad has potential to succeed then quality on paper doesn't matter much.

The loss to Aston Villa was a minor setback as Arsenal were hard done by injuries and refereeing decisions, everything was in Villa's favour and it just wasn't Arsenal's day.

Even a team with pockets as deep as Manchester City wouldn't be able to prevent such a setback and if karma is true. A whole chunk of bad luck would turn into good luck for Arsenal in the coming months.

Wenger should not be seen as the problem as he is in fact the solution to getting Arsenal back to their best. 

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