Sunday, August 17, 2008

Wenger - No Need Trophies To Be Succesful

Arsene Wenger insists he will not be under pressure as Arsenal manager - even if his trophy drought extends to a fourth year.

The Frenchman has failed to taste success since lifting the FA Cup in 2005 and his young side could struggle to end that barren run this year, despite opening the season with a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Arsenal amassed 83 points in finishing third in the Premier League last year but with the club struggling to replace Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini, both sold to Champions League rivals, that target appears distant.

Wenger is aware of the growing unease among sections of his own supporters at the club's lack of conspicuous success but insists the League or FA Cup remain well down his list of priorities.

Instead, he believes success - or otherwise - should be gauged on whether he leads the north Londoners to a top-four finish.

"For me, when you're in a big club, the important thing is that you are fighting for the title," he said. "Is finishing 12th and winning the League Cup a successful season for us? I don't think so.

"You see the real quality of a team after 38 games - in the League Cup, or the FA Cup, if you win five games you can be in the final. Does that tell you the real quality? No, because real quality only comes out in the championship. "If you don't win the league, of course you are frustrated but the levels are very high - possibly the highest in the world - and two or three points is not a big gap. We finished with 83 points last season and everywhere else in Europe, that would have made us champions."
Wenger remains bullish about his team's prospects this season, but Arsenal looked red raw against newly-promoted Albion and were fortunate to escape with an opening day victory.

Having started fluently enough - Samir Nasri converting Denilson's pass for a debut goal following his move from Marseille - the hosts quickly became bogged down and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was forced into two sprawling saves to protect their advantage.

The Gunners manager hopes to add to his squad this week, with Xabi Alonso, Yaya Toure and Gokhan Inler both reputed to feature on his wish list, and is refusing to panic despite his team's tentative start.

"I'm not worried," he added. "I don't think we were sharp enough to finish what we created. I also believe that with everyone fit, we can create more clear cut chances.

"I am confident in us. We lost only three games last season and we have a stability in our club which means we can keep improving.

"I know we are not making headlines with big names but it is what we produce on the pitch which is important."

So guys, What do you think with Wenger's statement? Do we need desperately to win something this season or we can wait until Wenger achieve the 'sucessful'.

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  1. the 83 points argument is a total con. we picked up 12 points in our last 4 games when they didnt matter. When we desperately needed points we bottled it big time. total points dont matter when you get your ass kicked by your closest rivals with 6 or 7 games to go. the same will happen this season. Because arsenals players are mentally weak.

  2. we're doing fine, but some of our players have progressed while others glaringly haven't. it is true that any title talk regarding current squad is nonsense. better mix of age and youth badly needed. xabi? yes please. the arsenal way is the way, but at this moment we've let ourselves be absolutely over-run by potential.

  3. wenger is the man with the plan and we've absolute faith in him, the board on the other hand....

    team needs more time for the pieces to fit together and see what exactly is missing and what should be brought in.