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Despite Flaws, Wenger Remains Seated

 

Arsene Wenger has the longest tenure of all managers in the Premier League, with a career spanning over two decades. He took over Arsenal back in 1996 and since then won multiple awards, while filling the club’s coffers with hundreds of millions of British Sterling pounds. The last Premier League trophy was secured back in 2004, with Arsenal coming painfully close to win another, on several occasions.

 

Track Record for Arsene Wenger

 

Since being appointed as manager of Arsenal, he won the domestic championship three times, the FA cup a record six times and also prevailed on six occasions in the FA Community Shield. Virtually any Premier League team would be thrilled with such a performance, but the Gunners’ fans were hoping for much more. They are entitled to have high expectations, since Arsenal is one of the best teams in England and also one of the richest clubs.

 

They expected the title drought to end in 2016, after Arsenal started on a positive note, while its main rivals struggled early on. Leicester eventually ran away with the trophy, in one of the most surprising seasons in Premier League history. Arsene Wenger came under fire from the fans, media and allegedly the owners as well, for failing to win the championship in more than a decade. Some even expected him to be dismissed at the end of the season, but instead he was reconfirmed as manager.

 

Turning Arsenal into a Moneymaking Machine

 

Arsene Wenger’s contract will expire in 2017 and some of the fans are hoping to see him go, but that might not be the case. The Frenchman didn’t win the high number of trophies that Arsenal supporters were hoping for, but he made the club significantly richer. Scouring for talent beyond borders and youth development are two of his big qualities, as Wenger has a reputation for buying players cheap and selling them for dazzling amounts.

 

He brought in skilled players from Africa, singled out promising footballers playing at European clubs and offered them a contract. Buying expensive players was never his philosophy, but instead he chose to invest in youth. He is one of the few managers that owners encourage to spend money rather than limit him to the confinements of a fixed budget.

 

Pundits regard the Premier League as one of the strongest championships in Europe, while punters bet massively on these matches. This is partially the consequence of the overall rising popularity of sports betting in the UK, a regulated market with respectable licensed bookmakers, You can get a bird’s eye view on the leading ones at onlinecasinosreports.co.uk. Wenger also has the merit to have revolutionized football in England in his early years with Arsenal and football fans are today reaping the benefits.

 



 

A lot of prattle about how we need a ‘world class’ forward and how Morata is the sort of forward we need when of course Giroud has scored more than Morata so you know that sort of argument is simplistic at best and fool of holes (no pun);)

But Morata would have been a more Wenger-like signing if you ask me, a player with great potential at 23yrs and probably more technical than Vardy. If only buying strikers was as easy as going to top casinos with starburst slot machines and winning the perfect player, unfortunately it is not so easy in reality. 

Still the issue has NEVER been Giroud being a problem (unless you listen to Pundits). Giroud weighs in with 20 goals a season for the last 3 seasons. The problem has been Walcott and to some extent Welbeck. They have not carried their weight for various reasons be it injury or otherwise.

So this whole comparison of GIroud with Vardy is farcical at best. Vardy if should he come in will be taking over from Walcott and Welbeck, NOT GIroud. The same simplistic arguments about Giroud interestingly found in segments of the French supporters when he has scored 7 goals in 7 outings! Simply idiotic thinking (the sort that pervades comparisons with say Per against Gabriel or even Flamini against Elneny)

Does Vardy suit our style?

Personally I prefer a more ‘creative ‘ player, someone who can dribble through congestion where Vardy tends towards playing on the counter (as is Leicester’s strong suit). I’m not sure how he will prosper in tighter confines which is where Giroud tends to have to operate, most teams against us tending to congest space and sit back.

However, Wenger could be seeing the team holistic and not individuals as performers and may just be tired of over elaboration on our part, where Vardy will be a player whom he can send to just go for the jugular and slit throats.

What we can say about Vardy is he will likely be a short term bridge signing with the development of possibly Jeff in mind (not to mention return of Welbeck)

But as I mentioned, Wenger has plenty of players coming through and settling in well into first team from academy in recent seasons. He has successfully brought through Campbell to some extent but mainly Iwobi, Bellerin and Coquelin where many of his detractors have called these players not good enough for Arsenal.

This is a very different scenario from the Denilson generation chiefly because Wenger has painfully put in place experience in all positions to ensure a better transition for the younger players.

If this represents the risk part of development within the squad (and a well managed one at that), then I feel Wenger needs to break the habit of adding players from the transfer market who are high on potential and low on cost.

Chiefly these will be your Gabriel and Elneny types who may take a bit of time to fully develop/transition into squad. As I mentioned before, Elneny does not add any new capability beyond making numbers for us where Granit adds solid DM ability.

The likes of Gabriel and Elneny could still come good much like Monreal and Koscielny but as we should remember, Koscielny and (to some extent) Monreal had very difficult first seasons that cost us.

We do not need those sort of signings from the transfer market anymore. We need ready made capability now. Particularly since we are sufficient in numbers, it is quality not quantity that needs adding and we have the money to spend where previously, the money had to be spread out with numbers (last summer the exception)

Granit and Vardy are proven quality.

Perhaps with the short lead time following the Euros into the next season, Wenger is wary of having to juggle the market then and would prefer to nail down the targets as much as possible now to ensure a better pre-season prep.

If Vardy is ready to go versus a maybe on Morata (who may still need a bit of time developing in England considering his goal tally in Italy isn’t entirely ‘world class’ like Giroud’s), then the England man is it.

We shall see.

 

You can imagine it now, somewhere in Leicester, Jamie Vardy is pacing back and forth in his large house contemplating his future, maybe after of course logging onto the bingo site with Double Bubble game I mean you can't pace up and down without a break right?

According to reports, the England forward has received a large offer from his current club, Leicester City in a bid to keep the striker for the foreseeable future. After winning the title against the odds, Claudio Ranieri will want to keep his squad together to see if they can transfer last seasons excellent form into the Champions League. But Arsene Wenger is in need of a new striker, especially after having lost Danny Welbeck for a fat chunk of the new season. Jamie Vardy had a £20 release clause which Wenger and Arsenal activated, apparently terms have been discussed which has sparked Leicester City into action.

According to reports, Monday is supposed to be the day in which Jamie Vardy makes his decision and makes it public. Arsenal and Leicester City fans will be waiting on tenterhooks until the decision is made.

Jamie Vardy is 29 years of age, he is in the form of his life and this may well be his last opportunity to make the step up to a bigger club, he has the chance to move to London and enjoy life in the capital city. He will have the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez around him on a daily basis at training and on the pitch, which will more than likely make him a better player. That said, there are other factors that he must weigh up.

At Leicester City, the attack is built around him and the talented Mahrez. They play counter attacking football which gets the best out of his speedy legs. If Jamie Vardy is fit then he plays in his favourite position. At Arsenal that might not necessarily be the case. Vardy would have to adjust to Arsenal's style of ball possession and won't have the same amount of space to run into that he gets at his current football club. Vardy would also have to compete with Oliver Giroud who has a good habit of battling back and reclaiming his spot in the team. Vardy's flexibility could also mean that Arsene may push him into a wider position in order to keep Giroud as the centre forward. Vardy will not want that after such a convincing season in the Premier League last season.

So clearly Vardy has plenty of reason to pace up and down, it will be interesting to see what his choice is. Time will tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The move from Highbury to the Emirates stadium was a testing period for any Arsenal fan. The wage bill had to be slashed so we opened the doors open for some special players to walk out of. Recruitment was turned on it's head after the move, we focused on buying young players with resell value rather than spending the big bucks on proven talent, especially if the player was over 26 years of age.

Arsene, with his excellent eye for talent brought through some real gems such as Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Alex Hleb as well as other talents. We had to wait patiently for the squad to gell and develop together into a title competing squad but holding onto those players continued to proven too difficult for the club.

The large money elsewhere along with the improved chances of silverware became a regular fishing hook that we had to get used to.

Barcelona came in for Cesc, Manchester City lured Samir Nasri away just as he started to piece his game togeher. Robin van Persie also jumped the ship and joined Manchester United. We could not compete with the richer clubs and we suffered for it. Time and again we had to take backwards steps, bring in players who needed to adjust to our style of play and often the Premier League until the cycle would repeat itself. I mean it was almost certain that the top online betting sites would have us finishing outside the top four because of the constant changes every summer.

Since our new and improved commercial deals we have been able to keep hold of our best players, only Bacary Sagna ran down his contract and looked for a move.

But Arsenal are heading towards an important time when it comes to our squad. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are coming towards the end of their contracts while Hector Bellerin has had plenty of admiring glances from Barcelona as well as a host of top European clubs. Mesut Ozil has broken the record for the most amount of created chances over the course of a season and finished the season as Arsenal's player of the season. I imagine his agent has had plenty of calls over the last few months from the likes of Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich and several other big clubs. Alexis Sanchez showed his frustration a number of times towards the end of the last season and it is said that Juventus are very much interested in taking our wide striker off our hands.

We must show that times have changed, we are no longer than club who have to run a tight ship, we are now the club that can compete for the best players both at our club and in the transfer market.

The purchases of Granit Xhaka and likely Jamie Vardy will be good for our position in this game of cat and mouse. We are being aggressive and purposeful in our rebuilding of the squad and that will appeal to our to players. They will want to make steps forward not just financially but also on the pitch.

Let us make it a complete summer by securing the long term services of our better players.

 

When Arsenal signed Petr Cech last summer from Chelsea you would have been forgiven for assuming that our goalkeeping position was sorted out for a good few years. Wojciech Szczęsny would now have an experienced head to look up to and learn from while David Ospina was a more than capable deputy in cup matches. If I was a betting man, I would use my promo code for William Hill and bet that Arsenal would be set up for many years without any further keeping changes.

Fast forward 12 months and we may well have to rethink our keeping options.

Petr Cech had a wonderful start to his Arsenal career, well if you dust away his debut against West Ham under the carpet, that aside Arsenal fans were counting the number of points he had saved us as the games came thick and fast. When you think back to his amazing double save against Liverpool at the Emirates, his single handed thwarting of Bayern Munich or his point blank save against Anthony Marshall at home against Manchester United, Cech was having a remarkable start to his Arsenal career.

When he returned from injury, sustained when trying to actually score a late goal against Swansea, we started to see a chink in his armour. He was beaten a few times from long range which proved he was human after all. I hope that it is an issue he can solve over the summer months and not just an issue with athleticism. There is no escaping father time so if that is the problem then we really are in a spot of bother.

But the issue isn't so much Petr Cech but of his understudies. Wojciech Szczęsny was sent on loan to Roma to get a season under his belt and hopefully return to challenge Arsenal's new number one keeper. That may have been the plan but I don't see Szczęsny making the return to North London. He wants to continue to get first team football and that won't happen in season 2016/17.
David Ospina is another who wants to play first team football, he was linked heavily with a move to Turkey last season and those rumours have not gone away.

So if we do lose two of our back up keepers, we will have to turn our attentions elsewhere. Emiliano Martínez (formerly known as Damien but hopefully not from the Omen) was on loan at Wolves and did reasonably well. Maybe this is his chance to sneak up the pecking order behind the Czech keeper.

Arsene may have to put his hand in his pockets to complete the trio of keepers needed for the first team squad.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

 

Arsene Wenger must be tired of all this. Every passing season brings a strong sense of Déjà vu as his team once again conspires to sabotage yet another title challenge. While Arsenal fans have grown used to witnessing this time and time again, this season in particular feels like a huge opportunity missed, and one that has, led to many of them baying for blood. Over the past number of years a growing section of the club’s ever-weary fan base have turned against the Frenchman to the point where the ‘Wenger Out’ Brigade may now even be in a firm majority. Despite the vociferousness of these latest protests however, deep down most supporters know their boss isn’t going anywhere just yet. Dispensing with a long-standing manager of Wenger’s knowledge, devotion, and experience amounts to a virtual step into the unknown, and for a board as unequivocally executive as Arsenal’s, such a move would be seen as too big of a risk. It seems then that the dissenters will have to wait at least one more season as the top betting sites for football come to the conclusion that this could well be Arsene's final year in charge at his beloved Arsenal, the departure of Le Prof only seemingly apparent following the expiration of his current contract in 2017. 

But does it all have to be so gloomy in the interim period? If Leicester’s march towards the League title has taught us anything it’s that we can take nothing for granted in football these days. Claudio Ranieri, a man who was roundly tipped as the first managerial casualty of the season, has emphatically proved his doubters wrong, despite having never won a league title in any country previously. If an ageing manager with a questionable track record can produce a shock of such seismic proportions then is it completely inconceivable to think that a managerial legend like Wenger cannot. As unlikely as it seems at this point in his tenure, fans have to believe that the great man can indeed inspire a turnaround in the club’s fortunes with one final push for the trophy that has eluded him for over a decade. If Wenger is to make this change however there are a number of things he must do in order to facilitate this, enabling the man who built the modern Arsenal to keep his legacy intact.

  1. Get organised

While they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, sometimes a little dose of reality doesn’t hurt. The painful truth is that the teams currently leading Arsenal in the league are not there due to their vastly superior playing staff. The one coaching principle that currently holds both Ranieri and Mauricio Pochettino above Wenger is a very simple one, basic organisation. While Wenger often appears to be a highly meticulous individual, his teams have a worrying tendency to lose concentration at key moments, sometimes leading to catastrophic collapses as we saw against West Ham on Saturday. While the onus is certainly on the players to maintain concentration and composure for the full 90 minutes, a culture of organization, structure and solidarity must be bred from the top down, and be drilled into the players on a daily basis if necessary.

  1. Be ruthless

Wenger is renowned as a manager who maintains the utmost faith in his players. While this is essential in building a strong team ethic and maintaining morale, it can also be a curse when that faith is continually left unrepaid. Despite the fact that this is arguably the strongest Arsenal squad in a decade there are a number of players that have been allowed to let the team down on a continuous basis. Be it through lack of effort, mental fragility, or unreliable injury records, a few names stand out as serial offenders and must be either dropped from the first team, or dispensed with altogether. Players like Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have failed to fulfill their potential, while the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Gabriel and Mathieu Debuchy have consistently demonstrated that they are not of the sufficient standard. All should be flogged to the highest bidder. In addition to this, permanently injured players like Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, and even Jack Wilshere, have shown that they cannot be relied upon in any capacity, while question marks remain over a number of other first team regulars. Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud, and Aaron Ramsey are all good players in their own right but none seem to fit in with Wenger’s ethos of a highly mobile, dynamic counter-attacking team. If elite level players can be found in their positions, they should also be replaced.

  1. Find his best team and stick with it

Another reason behind the success of Messrs Ranieri and Pochettino, and Mr. Mourinho the season before, was that they decided on their strongest XI early in the season and persisted with it. Over the last two seasons Wenger, whether down to injuries or poor form, has experimented with several different combinations only to stumble upon a convincing team once the league is already lost. With balance being the key to a well functioning team, Arsene may have to fight his instincts to deploy some of his more favoured attacking players in an effort to establish a solid base from whence to build from. Injuries remain a problem for his side however, so like-for-like replacements are also required in every area of the pitch.

  1. Appoint a permanent captain

Wenger would be the first to say that he has 11 captains on the pitch at any given time, but the reality is that on-the-field leadership, a trait the Gunners are regularly accused of lacking, can often be crucial. By persevering with the eternally absent Mikel Arteta as skipper this season Wenger effectively left the role up for grabs with Mertesacker, Koscielny, Cazorla, and, most laughably, Theo Walcott, all holding the mantel at various junctures. Mertesacker is the logical choice due to his experience and organizational abilities, but he has recently fallen out of favour. The likes of Cazorla and Koscielny meanwhile don’t seem to possess the type of dominant personality to fulfill the role. Considering that the captain should be an important member of the first team, while simultaneously providing a calming influence over his team mates, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech appears to be the obvious choice.

  1. Continue to trust in youth

Wenger’s knack for unearthing talent in young players is well documented and although his track record of late is not the most emphatic, there are certainly reasons for encouragement. Teenage starlet Alex Iwobi has been Arsenal’s best player over the last few games and looks an incredibly exciting prospect. The same thing was said of Hector Bellerin this time last season, with the Spaniard now a main stay in the team, becoming arguably the league’s best right back in the space of a year. With young players like Francis Coquelin, Mohammed Elneny, and Danny Wellbeck continuing to impress, Calum Chambers and Joel Campbell waiting in the wings, and loanees like Jon Toral, Chuba Akpom and Gedion Zelalem all expected to link up with the first team in the near future, Arsene needs to continue trusting in youth, particularly with North London rivals Tottenham proving so successful at it recently.

  1. Delegate more

One facet of Alex Ferguson’s later years at Manchester Utd. was how he slowly phased out his time on the training ground, preferring instead to delegate those duties to his coaching staff, thus allowing him the freedom to manage the team. Although he will have to swallow his pride in this regard, Wenger should now too consider this option. With a talented group of coaches in Steve Bould, Boro Primorac, and Neil Banfield at his disposal, Wenger should trust in his lieutenants during training sessions, thus liberating him to concentrate on his managerial duties.

  1. Introduce a successor

Although this seems something of a radical move considering Wenger’s overall influence on the club, the early introduction of a potential successor may well work in the team’s, and even his own favour. Arsene has always stated that he aims to leave the club in the best possible condition to whoever succeeds him, so why not prepare for the inevitable. Despite their apparent indifference to footballing matters, Arsenal’s board know they cannot afford to another Ferguson-Moyes handover scenario and are no doubt be aware of how a high profile departure can affect a club (ala the Moyes Man Utd. era) and are no doubt waiting on Wenger to provide them with a solution. By introducing a successor of his choosing that can learn the ropes both in training and on match day, not to mention gaining an early insight into the abilities of the players at the club, not only grants Wenger the opportunity to mould a new managerial protégé, and a definitive say in the club’s future at that, but also allows for an easier transition for the new man. In many ways it’s a win-win situation.

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In other words, make sure that you study all the teams before placing your bet and learn their weaknesses and strengths. You can take it one step further and analyze both their home and away games. You may also want to take note of transfers, injuries, and any other significant changes.

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If you don't have a basic strategy and system to handle these types of bets, it's possible that you can face a huge loss. A good example of this was a surprise defeat of the popular Manchester United by the lesser-known Wigan Athletic club back in the 2011 - 2012 season. The handful of gamblers that won this bet did so because they took the time to do their due diligence As a result, they won very large sums of money.

Finally, you should make sure that you stick to your betting strategy, no matter what - if it's carefully thought out that it. Although this may sound obvious, at this point is where a lot of bettors make mistakes.

No matter the outcome of your bet, stay calm and keep plugging away with your original betting system. No system is guaranteed one hundred percent of the time so, if you have found a strategy that works the majority of the time, stick with it. Sooner or later it will pay off, maybe in the next match.

Other important considerations include:

Never chase your losses. Both losing and winning streaks are common when you decide to bet, it doesn't matter though strategy or system that you choose. So you shouldn't panic when you lose or increase your bet to recoup the loss. Simply relax, do a little bit more research, and study all your bets better.

Keep your emotions in check. Emotion can be a very dangerous when you are betting and can lead to recklessness. So, if you find yourself in the midst of a losing streak, remember that cooler heads always prevail.

Don't bother betting at the beginning of the season as this is perhaps the trickiest time to place bets - you are basically betting blind. Thus, it's important that you let the season get a couple of matches under its belt before you place your first Wagers. If you cannot resist betting in the beginning season, keep in mind that you will be betting for fun and not for profit.

 

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