Problems Ahead for Arsenal,Man. United,Chelsea and Man. City Unless…
How does one go from title favourites to 4th place candidates in just 6 months? Or go from once traditional power houses to mid-table strugglers? From the club most players dream of, to a club that loses target players to ‘lesser’ financially valued clubs?…… Which of these situations do Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United or even Chelsea belong to?
ARSENAL: In the 1990’s under Arsene Wenger and a then different approach to man management, playing style, Diet, Training sessions etc. Arsenal became not only favourite flavour to millions of worldwide fans, but practically went over more than a full football season without losing one game! Hence earning the term, the Invisibles!
Needless to say, they were crowned champions and pushed Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man. U to go into a spending spree the following year to stop the trend repeating itself.
Watching Arsenal play in recent weeks prior to Mikel Arteta’s appointment has been sad to say the least. The club’s identity and philosophy are seemingly absent and one can only but feel sorry for their fans.
Struggling at mid table, 7 points away from relegation and 7 points away from UEFA Europa league 5th place is the unfortunate Dilemma they find themselves today.
I personally feel Arsenal lack real quality in several key positions in the team and without action and quality acquisitions this sadly could be a near future normal trend.
If recent performances are to be considered, I honestly believe in Mikel Arteta they seem to have a coach with a serious credible potential and breathes optimism.
However, like they say, you cannot make lobster soup without lobster. In other words, he needs better tools to have a chance of making a change, even then, there are no guaranties.
I strongly believe they will finish better ranked come May 2020
CHELSEA:Crowned Champions barely over 2 years ago under Antonio Conte, Chelsea have relatively been epileptic and have lacked consistency. Though credit must be given and respect shown for their Europa league trophy last season under Maurizio Sarri. Now with Juventus Turin in Italy. Enter Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as manager.
That epileptic nature seems to still be ever present this season as in their last 10 games all competitions, they have lost 4, drawn 1 and won 5. Not bad for an average premier league club but, for a supposed topper like Chelsea it is still sad.
However, the some of us seem to forget that Chelsea’s Russian/Israeli owner, Roman Arkadjevitsj Abramovitsj does not feel very much at home in the UK in recent years and that seems to be showing on his team’s fortunes.
Personally, I feel that if changes are not made soon in this regard and also some in better man to man management, Chelsea might just struggle to hold on to their current 5th position on the table.
Manchester City:As a coach who myself, strongly believes in prepared match sequences and direct player development via the coach’s practical intervention amongst others, I love watching teams like Manchester City, Barcelona, Leeds United and Arsenal under Unai Emery, 1st year etc. play.
Manchester City are extremely ridiculed with talented players and an exceptional coach, but still fill me with puzzling thoughts as they relatively struggle.
How could one club reportedly spend over a Billion Euros on player acquisitions in recent years, possess (in my opinion) the best coach in the world and still be forced to play a natural defensive midfielder for example, among others as fill in for central defence in several games? Struggle when it is struck with 2 or 3 simultaneous injuries and finally find itself at a possible 19 points behind 1st place Liverpool with still 15 games left to play?
I personally feel amongst many other reasons, the handling and eventual absence of Leroy Sane has had an unexpected negative effect on this team’s overall fortunes.
How is it possible just one player’s absence could have that effect? you must have asked and rightfully too.
At the top-level world football, some players are not just exceptional players, but their output not only helps the team to play at an exceptional level, but it valuably makes other players around them play 10 % better. This multiplied by 11 players gives you 110% overall a better team! Furthermore, teammates are influenced by how those players are treated even if they say nothing, publicly at least.
Sane is extremely fast, technical, has personality, defends nonstop, is the first player to trigger the pressing at an extremely fast pace that unsettles the opposition and scores or assists most 1st goals of Man. City when allowed to start games.
We saw Guardiola’s 1st year Man. City without a first choice Sane, we saw Guardiola’s Man. city’s 2nd & 3rd year with first choice Sane and we are seeing the 4th year without Sane but almost everyone else still present.
I personally think once Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane are fully fit and operational, Man. city will cruise to take up 2nd place come season end.
Manchester United:The record premier league champions are struggling big time by their own high standards and 5th on the table. 5 Points behind 4th ranked Chelsea but sadly 5 points only clear of 12th positioned strugglers Newcastle.
I personally believe many players look unhappy at the club at the moment. Who could have ever thought it possible for players to refuse the great man united contract extensions to go to Inter Milan, or pass on Man United offers to sign at Dortmund, Chelsea (with all due respect to these clubs, I am speaking from a financial might point of view) or have several disgruntled players seeking the exit?
Sadly, that is the unfortunate reality of Man United, version 2020.
With many loved family members of mine, who are Man united fans, it pains me to state that a total shockwave of direct change has to be injected into the club otherwise I really don’t see their fortunes getting much better.
Football is fascinating and exciting. Don’t you just love the twist and turns? I do.