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Wenger deserves to stand with Fergie after reaching landmark

October 1, 2009

Arsene Wenger has not collected trophies quite as greedily as his Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson but in terms of his impact on English football he has no equal.

Ferguson transformed an under-achieving United into the most succesful club in English football but Wenger has set the benchmark for modern-day club football in terms of style.

Like the great Dutch sides of yesteryear, Arsenal’s players, whichever part of the globe they come from, are schooled in Wenger’s philosophy of pure football, one-touch passing and dazzling counter-attacking.

They have evolved from a side built on the traditional English assets of power, grit and workrate to become among the slickest footballing teams in Europe. On their day they are the best team in the world to watch and are a textbook for how the game should be played.

Wenger became Arsenal’s longest-serving manager on Thursday and his latest squad appears equal to anything that has gone before. Great managers are judged on their ability to rebuild teams when key players either get too old or move on and both Wenger and Ferguson are masters at it.

Despite a good start to the season for United, it still looks like the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo might return to haunt them.

Arsenal, though, have Andrei Arshavin quickly establishing himself as the new darling of the fans following Thierry Henry’s move while ball-playing defender Thomas Vermaelen is making his mark. The Gunners are oozing potential.

Wenger appears to have crafted another great squad and with Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott on the way back from injuries, this could be the season that the Frenchman starts collecting silverware again after four trophy-less years…

PHOTO: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger addresses a news conference in Liege, September 15, 2009. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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“Despite a good start to the season for United, it still looks like the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo might return to haunt them.”Thats not true! MU can do as good without Ronaldo!

 

As a model manager, Wenger surpasses Ferguson in demeanor. At some points last season Fergie was reduced to trash talking in the media (mainly about Rafeal Benitz) which made him look petty and ridiculous. But for sheer football genuis I still maintain that no one will ever match the late great Brian Clough.

 

“Despite a good start to the season for United, it still looks like the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo might return to haunt them.”Thats not true! MU can do as good without Ronaldo!no they cant, any team that loses the world player of the year is going to suffer especially when bringing in the likes of michael owen and antonio valencia to make up for his 30-40 goals a season, united hammered arsenal in the champions league semi final last season this season they relied on 2 lucky goals to beat the gunners, i cant wait for someone else to win the league and prove to all the dillusional united fans that ronaldo was exactly the reason why everything seemed relatively easy in the last couple of seasons, him scoring 9 goals in his first 7 games for madrid is no coincidence – i dont like the guy but he is just that good

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Wenger is up there but Fergie, he ain’t I’m afraid. He is very 1-dimensional in his setup – Sky Sport News last night reported that he had overseen 150 transfers with a net spending of £30m. That isn’t enough any longer when Real Madrid spend nearly three times as much on one player. What have Arsenal won since Henry left? Nothing. The squad is full of kids and whilst they are talented kids, they don’t have the players who ahve been there, seen that and groundout the result on a rain-lashed February night at Bolton. They rely on total football – skill and slick passing. Oh, and BOTH Manchester teams have beaten them already this season.Arsene Wenger has rebuilt Arsenal and it took some arrogance to do. The same arrogance is still there and the belief that you don’t have to spend much more than a few £m to win stuff. News flash, Arsene, City have spent pot-fulls of cash, united have Rooney, Berbatov, Owen and a few kids up front. Chelsea have Drogba, Anelka and Malouda as well as a hell of a midfield, City have Robinho, Tevez, Bellamy, Adebayor, Santa Cruz and co, Liverpool have Torres and Kuyt. Arsenal have van persie, who gets injured too much and doesnt score enough and Arshavin, who has yet to prove anything.Arsenal will win nothing this season and will be lucky to pick up another trophy whilst Wenger is there. The likes of City and the rest of the top sides take the Carling Cup more seriously now – a pot is a pot – and the FA cup is a great get-out-of-jail-free-card for any manager. Are Arsenal going to win the UCL? Don’t think so and it would be a disaster for their fragile youngsters to driop into the Europa league due to the number of games.Arsenal need some good, esxperienced players to be bought in if they do want to win anything.

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Wenger is up there but Fergie, he ain’t I’m afraid. He is very 1-dimensional in his setup – Sky Sport News last night reported that he had overseen 150 transfers with a net spending of £30m. That isn’t enough any longer when Real Madrid spend nearly three times as much on one player. What have Arsenal won since Henry left? Nothing. The squad is full of kids and whilst they are talented kids, they don’t have the players who ahve been there, seen that and groundout the result on a rain-lashed February night at Bolton. They rely on total football – skill and slick passing. Oh, and BOTH Manchester teams have beaten them already this season.Arsene Wenger has rebuilt Arsenal and it took some arrogance to do. The same arrogance is still there and the belief that you don’t have to spend much more than a few £m to win stuff. News flash, Arsene, City have spent pot-fulls of cash, united have Rooney, Berbatov, Owen and a few kids up front. Chelsea have Drogba, Anelka and Malouda as well as a hell of a midfield, City have Robinho, Tevez, Bellamy, Adebayor, Santa Cruz and co, Liverpool have Torres and Kuyt. Arsenal have van persie, who gets injured too much and doesnt score enough and Arshavin, who has yet to prove anything.Arsenal will win nothing this season and will be lucky to pick up another trophy whilst Wenger is there. The likes of City and the rest of the top sides take the Carling Cup more seriously now – a pot is a pot – and the FA cup is a great get-out-of-jail-free-card for any manager. Are Arsenal going to win the UCL? Don’t think so and it would be a disaster for their fragile youngsters to driop into the Europa league due to the number of games.Arsenal need some good, esxperienced players to be bought in if they do want to win anything.Fergie has won it all, changed when he needed to change, admitted when he’d bought a dud and flogged them off. He’s sold player just as they went past theeir best for mega-money and Ronaldo will be another master stroke. £80m? He is one bad injury away from losing his pace and whilst La Liga is soft compared to the EPL, how much longer is he going to be this good? The whole superstar life will ake over, just like with Beckham (who would still be playing for Man U if he had kept his head down a la Scholes and Giggs) – sold to Real and plying his trade with some part-timers in a far away land.

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ahh u must be one of the manchester followers then thinking the sun shines out of your a*se right now, just a couple of points i picked up on there one for starters you say spending £30 million net on 150 transfers isnt going to get you anywhere, well lets see ferguson bought berbatov for just over that price and he really is showing to be worth it isnt he..valencia 17 million time will tell on this guy but my gut tells me thats about 7 mill over what he will eventually be worth, nani 17 million?! hahahahahaha that guy is a joke, so thats what 64 million on 3 players that are yet to prove anything in a manchester united shirt whereas u say arshavin hasnt done anything, 4 goals at anfield last season went towards paying a small chunk of his transfer back.I agree that arsenal may not win anything this season but arsene wenger has built a club from the binge drinking winning nothing team he started with to a consitant top 4 team who play arguably some of the best football in the world on their day and has done it while not plunging his club into millions of pounds of debt unlike your beloved united, yes (sh)city have now got an unlimited pot to spend in the meantime but what happens if this guy loses interest with the club and fancies buying a formula one team? there is NO garuantee that this guy is in it for the long haul where as there is no oil baron sugar daddy at arsenal they are a self sustainable club which is so good to see in the modern day football world. You also go on to list some of the players that the other teams around them have such as berbatov, owen (?!), santa cruz, malouda, these are not bad players by any stretch of the imagination but they are not going to win you titles, your rooneys gerrards torres drogbas lampards are players that win you titles you have simply named players on the fringes of being the best players at their respected clubs and van persie arshavin fabregas (possible one of the best midfielders in europe at the moment) are up there with those torres drogbas etc. You think van persie is injury prone, why the hell have you listed michael glass knees owen there then?Ronaldo may be one injury away from losing some pace but what player isnt, what makes him so likely to get a bad injury when a) hes never had an injury track record b) hes playing in a less physical league and c) he gets so much protection from referees? united will miss ronaldo, how can anyone honestly believe a team will not miss a player who scored over 70 goals from midfield in 2 seasons?!?!And lastly, part-timers such as zidane, figo, casillas, ronaldo? Can tell you take an active interest in european football outside of manchester.

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i have to agree with adam k here i mean wenger is a very good manager he went unbeaten in one whole season who else has done that? no one but i still believe ferguson is an all time great and his trohies go to show he is one of if not the best british manager ever i still think man untied will be strong and have to disagree with maid ronaldo was quality and still is but there were times where the boy can go missing and the attitude of him towards them end of last season was poor by anyones standard and has started it again with real by crying about getting subbed thats not good for team morale so i can see united having another strong season and arsenal having another trophieless season

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