CHOOSE ONE.: TIME FOR PAINFUL STOCK TAKING OR TIME FOR REQUIEM MASS.
We (the fans) are demanding that the players pick themselves up. That is fine but at the same time what we demand of them we should also demand of ourselves. Any worthy relationship must be a two way movement. As mortals we trip every now and then but the blame is not to find the resource to get up. Get up we must but first we need to take stock as painful as it might be.
Emery had to go. His presence had become poisonous to the system irrespective of whether he was culpable or not. Freddie is temporarily brought in to hold fort while a solution is sought. This process is where we have to tell ourselves the home truth otherwise we would be caught in a vicious cycle that can only see us sink deeper. Decay, as we know, is inherent in life being like a musical tuning fork whose vibrations gradually decay but which can be kept alive by regular introduction of fresh impulses at appropriates moments. The technical gurus would talk about the need for regular re-engineering of processes.
Arsenal tried to introduce this fresh impulse when they asked Wenger to go. But Wenger’s going was the easier part of what was being sought. To destroy is easy to build a lot more demanding and it is here that we seem to be failing woefully. This is a direct indictment on the Arsenal hierarchy.
By Premier league standards we have good enough players but a poor team. As somebody said (can’t remember who) our squad is like good players recruited for three teams. In other words there has not been a central vision guiding the project. Our recruitment has been like a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing. Little wonder that somebody else said that this team is un-coachable. Note, not the players but the mix.
This should be our ground zero in our venture for a new coach. Unrealistically, a lot of us want the coach with the tactical magic wand who would instantly bring us back to our top winning ways. That would be great assuming there is such a magician. Unfortunately that might not even be the man or woman that we need. Am all for the short term but am more for the longer term. Those at the wheels of the club have failed if they join us in seeing the battle for the war. We need a coach with an encompassing vision that is in harmony with that of the club. This is assuming the hierarchy at the club have the skill to pursue the vision of the club. If they don’t (am beginning to have my fears) it’s time for their nunc dimitis.
I might not have spelt what am trying to say clearly. For greater clarity let us take a casual glance at the Invincibles. Confronting us immediately are visions of world beaters: Vieira, Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, Gilberto, Ljungberg ….. close to all the names on the sheet. Today we would strain to mention two names in the current team in the same breath and yet every player in our current squad was recruited in the last six years. Ladies and gentlemen our current mess starts at source, at the first block laid, at the recruitment level, be it the players, be it the coaches. It’s beginning to look like the fellows at the helm of affairs need to buckle up.
We don’t need a coach who works with ready made materials because we don’t have the stuff he needs. We need a coach who can tear down and rebuild. That means we need time too. My pain of today would be tempered should I know that tomorrow would be fine. If we are unable to handle today’s pain for a greater tomorrow then let’s get ready for a requiem mass for our big love. God forbid.