Your profession, one I aspire to join after University is making itself look like a shambles.
Well it's mainly a repeated criticisim, which keeps on getting whipped out. I admit it's on many blogs, but that does not, I repeat, does not, make it in any way true.
So, what is this criticism?
It is the criticism of Wenger for letting his team become weakened. It is typically written along these lines:
How many of the current Arsenal squad would get into the Invincibles team? Maybe 3 or 4. Sagna, Fabregas and RVP are possible but even Van Persie would find Bergkamp in his way. Now, Wenger's team lacks steel and bite. Where the players were once big and muscular, they are now small and dainty. Great for intricate little passing, but they cannot compete against bog-standard Premiership opposition. This squad is just completely sub-standard to previous ones, and for this Wenger must take blame.
This critique of Arsenal is ridiculous. According to many journo's we should be complaining that this team is not as good as the Invincibles.
The Invincibles: the only team in 120 years to go through a whole season unbeaten. And we should complain the current team is not as good.
People should just have appreciated how good a team that was. I did. It was perhaps the finest team in the history of English football. They went through 49 games unbeaten. And at the same time they played great football.
And so, compared to this, relatively, the current team is not that good. In absolute terms, it is a good team, but contrasted with the side of 03/04 it is not that great. For this, Wenger should be praised, not criticised. How many managers have managed to build a team with a triumvirate of players as good as Henry, Pires and Vieira.
This Arsenal side is different. It isn't as muscular because we play a different game now, trying to pick little holes in the opposition, rather than countering fast. And that is the crux of this Arsenal side.
I admit it's not perfect. But any football team would look bad in comparison to the Invincibles. Emannuel Adebayor is not Thierry Henry. So what? He shouldn't be. If Wenger had found another player as good as Henry it would be a miracle. The biggest miscarriage of justice this century is that Henry did not win a World Player of the Year award. For three years from 2002-04, he was unstoppable. Remember that, when you criticise Arsenal. Remember how unbelievable the Invincibles were. It is a ridiculous comparison.
Instead, Arsenal should be compared with the team of last season. We have undoubtedly gone backwards. But, with players coming back to fitness, this can be rectified soon. This is what journalists should write.
Maybe they'll start soon.
I'm not holding my breath though...