This is Arsene Wenger’s 18th season in charge of Arsenal. In those 18 years he has won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. That’s his claim to fame.
I don’t consider Community Shield and Emirates Cup something to boast about so while Wenger has won a couple of those, in my book those are just mini details.
I posted Wenger’s ‘measure of achievements” on my facebook page on Wednesday because I was mad at fans who felt we couldn’t do better than Wenger.
Yes the old Frenchman has never failed to qualify the Gunners for a Champions League spot but what use is aiming to play in Europe’s greatest club competition when you never challenge for it. Arsenal have reached the final just once losing to Barcelona. We tend to be “round of 16-ers.”
Our claim to fame is “round of 16-ers” and “Top 4-ers.” Is it so wrong for me as a football fan of a very big club to want more? To want more success and more silverware?
Too many Gunners are using David Moyes’ current struggle at Manchester United as a reason why we shouldn’t hire another coach at Arsenal but it isn’t the same.
Sir Alex Ferguson was a winner; so United had something to lose regardless of who took over. But Arsenal can hardly fall off the floor! Wenger has failed us over the past nine seasons; that is a fact.
He has run out of ideas and needs to go. A coach with a winning mentality would never have let players like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Robin Van Persie and many others leave the club.
Players like Mathieu Flamini who we re-signed in his old age had his most productive years elsewhere. We never should have let him go.
Gael Clichy, Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Adebayor and very many others left when they still had a few good years in them. We keep saying the management won’t provide funds for the coach to buy players, but I highly doubt that it was the management who forced Wenger to let certain players leave. Aargh!
Anyway to important matters now and the fact that Sports journalists in Kenya are reviving the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and hold elections this morning at Nyayo Stadium. (I hope I’ll wake up in time) The association has been dead for about a decade but we hope to focus now on having one voice to speak on matters affecting the industry in Kenya.
I’m excited about this because I hope to see Sport taken more seriously by our leaders. The industry has the potential to employ thousands of youth and earn revenue for the government, but its early days yet so let me not say more for now.
I just wish my colleagues a successful election today and look forward to great things.
Happy Easter everybody! Talk to me on @ CarolRadull on twitter or www. facebook.com/CarolRadull