Arsenal: Wenger Is Wrong To Expect Respect - This Is Football

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Very few current football managers gain and retain respect these days - especially ones like Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, a man who has failed to deliver a trophy for 8 years.

There's Fergie, of course - but he is the exception. Maybe Pepe (until it all goes horribly wrong when he finally takes on a demanding job). David Moyes ? Yep, now what could he do given the resources available at Arsenal ? But there aren't too many more.

Witness what's going on over at Real Madrid and Manchester City (where both Mourinho and Mancini delivered silverware last season). And Di Matteo bagged two trophies last term - including the Champions League - and still got the boot less then 6 months later.

Then there's Rafa, whose trophy cabinet and illustrious past mean nothing now. And World Cup winner Phil Scolari - he didn't find much respect during his brief stint with Chelsea in the Premier League, did he ? 

And how about Southampton's Nigel Adkins. Respect ? No sir - he's forgotten already! And the list is endless.

Sure, Wenger has achieved some special things in his career at Arsenal, but the fact is we are now looking at his achievements through the rear-view mirror. Football (and the respect that goes with managing a  successful English team) is a fickle game. If you want respect Arsene, you are probably in the wrong place (in Japan you'll no doubt remain respected forever).

The football fans of today, and the armchair critics and journalists, respect only one thing - winning. And Arsenal under Wenger don't win much these days - in fact, Wenger's team have the habit of losing a lot of very important games.

Respect is an outdated concept in today's world anyway (exactly who does anyone respect anymore ?). And the fact that Wenger clearly thinks he deserves respect just shows how out of touch he truly is.

A decent, honest man, Wenger is a relic of days gone by - and that increasingly shows in the way he manages club Arsenal.

More trophies at the Emirates ? Unfortunately not while Wenger is manager there.

Maybe it is Wenger who should respectfully move on - after all, even the Pope knew when to quit.

image: © Paolo Camera

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