Will arsenal ever dominate Again in our lifetime?
When you talk of the most prestigious clubs in the history of English and world club football, the list will be inconclusive without London based Arsenal.
This Highbury based London club is the pride of hundreds of football fans around the world. Arsenal was the first club from the South of England to join The Football League, in 1893. They continue the longest streak in the top division having been relegated only just once from the top flight in their history.
Today Arsenal fans are probably the most deluded fans in Europe as they have now gone 12 years without being crowned champions of England and with recent developments do not seem to be at the end of the wait, this season at least!
On the international scene Arsenal’s form are far from being enviable as it has failed for years to go past the round of sixteen in the champion’s league with its most recent defeat at the hands of German giants Bayern Munich, a cumulative 10-2 goals drubbing ,humiliating to say the least.
I guess the most painful part of this defeat to Bayern Munich was many did not get the impression it was two teams from the same category at play, but almost like a lower league vs. top league encounter!
However credit should be giving to this team for at least having being a regular qualifier out of the fiercely contested English premier league to the Champions league year in year out. This feat is further prestigious when one takes into reckoning that current premier league runaway leaders and dominators, Chelsea, failed to qualify to even the consolidator Europa league 2016/2017!
We all most probably have friends and family members that are Arsenal fans and the question that comes out from the ones I have, are always the same after every weekend premier league encounters: Can we ever be dominant again in our lifetime and when will the sad feelings stop?
Arsenal’s longest serving and in all fairness, arguably most successful manager ever, Arsene Wenger is under serious pressure from most departments as many see him as the fall guy’s this fair? Has he lost the winning formula? Would a manager change bring better fortune? Questions are endless.
Some die hard Arsenal fans believe that lack of purchase of big name star players into arsenal is the reason why they are currently and relatively unsuccessful, but the extra ordinary conquest of the premier league by financially modest Leicester last season and it’s continued success in the Champions league this year as they have now qualified for the Quarter finals seems to have killed this argument or excuse as some say.
WILL ARSENAL EVER BE DOMINANT AGAIN?
This is a monumentally great traditional football club with an exceptional and huge fan base worldwide, with so much potential. Hence things staying like they are today in my opinion is merely temporary.
A better player’s recruitment system has to be put in place. Imagine a player like N’Golo Kanté in the central midfield of arsenal? What a relief that would be to my arsenal favourite player, Alexis Sanchez!
An improvement in its playing style and fighting mentality would go a long way in helping them win matches the ugly way as every potential champion has to do every now and then.
I do not support calls for the exit of Arsene Wenger from the club as it is not only unfair but probably ungrateful in some ways.
It is no secret that Arsenal is probably the most ‘financially sane’ football club in England and this is all due to Wenger’s managerial style and Arsenal have won twice the FA Cup in England in the recent past.
On the contrary, Manchester United have had 3 new managers since the departure of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson and even they, with almost a billion Euros spent on player acquisitions are far from being dominant as we speak.
One thing is for sure though, Arsenal will get back to the top sooner or later and in some ways I do pray for the arsenal fans that rumours of current Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique’s arrival as next manager of Arsenal is true, because he has shown with Barcelona that he is world class.
A retention of Wenger as director of some sorts could go a long way in making Arsenal Dominant and financially stable again!
One thing is obvious though, like in life, you cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results. Hence For Arsenal to improve its fortunes, it has to change its “modus Operandi”.