@Sandy: We've done much, much better in the EPL in seasons past. By that I mean immediate past.
Done much much better?? With respect to what? Which teams? Which clubs? Based on what assumption? (It's not that I don't know the assumptions, but just asking to hear it loud n clear once again!)
This season is almost the polar opposite - starting poorly and finishing (hopefully?) strong. There's a lot yet left to play for. Since our current squad (Arteta, Mertesacker, Santos, etc.) have been available we've done fine. Look at the team sheets for the United game, for example.
So what you are saying, starting poorly and finishing strong(hopefully) at the same way in past 7 seasons are signs of success of manager?
I don't know, I should agree with that, if I do that means I need to agree that all the previous seasons were success too and major achievement to the manager.
You say AKB, I say practical. It's a nice soundbite,
AKBs are AKBs, they stand by ONE PARTICULAR MAN. To them everyone else is irrelevant, everything else is irrelevant and that includes even the club itself. So it's far from being practical.
but when you look at how many managers have failed to do what Arsene has for one season, let alone a dozen, perhaps you can gain a greater appreciation.
Actually, if I've to talk about Premier league only, I do recognize the achievement of David Moyes too, see I can't even name Martin O'neill, he didn't stay put in one club. I mean in every level people are achieving things too within their resources and limitations. I don't think Wenger's achievement was bigger than David Moyes's or O'neill's achievement with respect to their level. I think it's safer to put Wenger with these folks as the best among that group rather than some other folks who gotta win things to keep their jobs intact, you know what I mean?
A week ago Arsenal were in rapid decline and Tottenham were the best team in London in years. You see how quickly people change their minds?
yeah, I know, I know even the folks here and all over internet was comparing them with AC Milan saying if we can do this to Spuds so can we do that to AC Milan. Afterall, Spuds beat Milan last season.lol.
The problem is these are the talks of the media who say things much more atrocious than that, even if the only similarity between the two is Milan won the CL twice during the same time span when Spuds won the CC.
Spuds punched above their weight whether they could sustain with that or not are still to see having said that if I've to judge neutrally about Spuds, need to say that they did extremely well in terms of football and results till the last two matches. But by no means you should benchmark Wenger's success against Spuds or Harry Redknapp's.
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