Arsene Wenger came out with a fascinating soundbite at his pre-match press conference by revealing that he is trying to get his Arsenal side to produce football “as close to perfection as possible”.
The Gunners are second in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to 12th-place Swansea City tomorrow, behind Manchester City only on goal difference, so must be doing pretty well as things stand.
Now Wenger wants to push his side towards perfection, which, is admirable and all that, but isn’t that where Arsenal have been going wrong in their long 11 years without a Premier League title?
Wenger’s demand to abide by a certain brand of football has arguably hampered Arsenal’s championship ambitions in recent seasons, with the club seemingly prioritising style over substance.
Had the Frenchman seen sense and bought a proven defensive midfielder, a world-class centre-back, or a replacement for Jens Lehmann – before now, their title drought may have been over long ago.
In this wide-open title race, the reality is that Arsenal don’t need to be perfect. They just need to be the best, and striving for perfection could be an ambition which backfires on Wenger and his boys.
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