“Proof that Wenger is a genius” they all cried after the miracle in Greece. And whilst it was a brilliant result, it was certainly no proof that Arsene Wenger was a genius.
I would like to think I am a fairly honest fella. I call it how I see it. If someone is over critical of Arsenal, I will call them out on it. In the same way, it people give praise where praise really should not be due, then I will pick them up on it.
And after the Greece victory, Arsene Wenger has got a lot of praise, which is, in my opinion, not really due to him.
The fact is, Arsenal should never have been going to Greece on the last match day of Champions League qualifying in the position they were.
The first two games left us with 0 points with a double header against Bayern Munich to come up. How we lost to Zagreb & Olympiakos is beyond me. It ultimately came down to team selection and motivation. It was Wenger’s fault.
So he put us in the position we were in after 2 games. And yet we got out of it, and now we praise Wenger for getting us out of it. The man who put us in the hole is praised for digging us out of it. Odd.
Situations like this have gone on throughout Arsene Wenger’s career.
So often people – including myself – have spoken about how well he has done on a limited transfer budget. Yet especially in recent years, it is him who has decided not to spend. Surely we should be criticising for not spending, rather than praising for finishing 4th whilst not spending?
Or the injuries. I have seen people praise him for winning games despite a lot of injuries. Yet it is Wenger who built a squad which has half a dozen injury prone players. It is his fault that the squad has too many injured players, so lets not praise him for winning a game despite the injuries.
You would not praise a builder for finishing a job that he cocked up half way through. Or praise a doctor for curing an illness despite previously misdiagnosing it numerous times.
Imagine your mate pushed you into a lake. Would you then praise him for jumping in and getting you out? No, Because he put you there.
The fact is, this ‘Wenger Genius’ tag put on the Frenchman after the win in Greece is false.
Yes, the side should get praise. The way we got out of the hole was brilliant. And the 3-0 win away in Greece is a memory that will never be taken away from the fans who travelled and got held in the stadium for hours after. But the fact is, do we praise the man as a genius who got us in the hole foe getting us out? NO.