Ex-midfielder slams Gunners boss.
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has launched a withering attack on Arsene Wenger, claiming his time was up as manager of the Gunners “two or three years ago”.
“They’re underprepared when they go onto the field, and if you play football off the cuff, you’re going to lose football matches,” Robson told Sky Sports News.
“At the moment, Arsenal’s performances are not good enough. He should have gone two or three years ago.
“There’s coaches here who could take over. Steve Bould is a very good coach but he’s not allowed to coach them – he doesn’t do any coaching.
“Terry Burton is another. And they’ve also got a scout called John Cartwright who is probably the best football mind I’ve ever worked with. He’s just looking at players.
“They’re the people who should be in charge of Arsenal Football Club.”
Robson feels players are not fulfilling their potential under Wenger, citing Andriy Arshavin as an example.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Robson said: “I’ve seen Gervinho play for the Ivory Coast before he came to Arsenal, he was a good player. I saw [Andriy] Arshavin play for Russia and Zenit St Petersburg, he was a good player. I’ve seen [Aaron] Ramsey play for the Welsh Under-21s, he’s a good player.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has launched an extraordinary attack on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, joining tweet-aholic Piers Morgan in calling for the Frenchman’s head.
Pressure is mounting on Wenger after Arsenal dismal League Cup defeat at Bradford, which will likely ensure Arsenal’s hunt for the first trophy in over seven years will extend into next season – unless the club can pull off something special in the FA Cup or Champions League.
While Robson is not alone in believing that Wenger is no longer the man to lead the club, there is a case that the 63-year-old should at least be allowed to spend in January to get the club’s season back on track – with reports suggesting the club have a £50m warchest.
After all, Wenger has consistently delivered Champions League football and there are a number of clubs, not least neighbours Tottenham, who would give a great deal to be in the same position.
Indeed, Arsenal’s dramatic overhaul of their North London rivals last season, suggests that, despite their current predicament, there is no reason Wenger cannot inspire a run which pushes Arsenal into the top three of the Premier League.
One of Robson’s criticisms has been Wenger’s activity in the transfer market, with the 48-year-old feeling that Le Prof has failed to get the best of the likes of Gervinho, Aaron Ramsey and Andriy Arshavin.
It’s worth noting, however, that Wenger made one of the signings of the summer in Santi Cazorla, while Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Carl Jenkinson have all proved astute additions at the back.
There are also indications that Olivier Giroud is not the lumbering Heskey-esq carthouse that he first appeared to be.
Robson is a lone voice but reports of Wenger’s death have been greatly exaggerated; there’s no doubt he’s feeling poorly, however.
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