Ex Spur in Arsenal blast: Not capable, no power, Wenger is cheap

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Former Tottenham Hotspur pro has criticised Arsene Wenger's Gunners for many things ahead of Manchester City examination.

Following Arsenal's Premier League capitulation, during a season when they had led for so long, only to loosen their stranglehold on the head of the division and free-fall to their current standing - fourth - former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and Sky Sports analyst Jamie Redknapp has lambasted a variety of Arsene Wenger's methods, implying that he may be holding back the Gunners' ability to fire on all cylinders.

Arsenal have suffered mighty losses in 2014 - including a 5-1 abomination at Liverpool, a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City, a 6-0 humiliation against Chelsea and recently surrendered a leading position versus Swansea City to well and truly bury their Premier League ambitions.

Redknapp, writing in his Sky Sports column, believes Wenger sets Arsenal up "too open", that he fields an 11-man selection that "lacks power" and that the team do not know how to "win ugly" unlike the three main title challengers - Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, all three of whom have convincingly slayed the North Londoners this season.

"As much as I like football being played in the right way, a lot of it is about power and being able to stop the other team – and Arsenal just don’t seem to have that. It’s fine blowing away lesser teams but against bigger teams, when you need to dig in, they just don’t seem capable," commented Redknapp, 40.

"Arsenal don’t seize the big moments either. [Moments like Olivier Giroud's chance early on versus Chelsea] decide titles and times when you need your forwards to make the difference. Game changing strikers, like Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero, though, cost money."

Redknapp then intimates that Arsenal's season could have gone so differently had they bid sensibly for Liverpool asset Luis Suarez, rather than low-balling the Reds with two offers immediately rejected.

"If Arsenal had put their hands in their pocket and put £50m or £60m on the table in the summer for Luis Suarez they would have signed him – and probably won the title. Wenger always wants to do things on the cheap, though."

Redknapp, like Here Is The City recently pointed out here, also implied that Wenger is tactically inept when facing the country's elite teams. The Arsenal boss gets away with outclassing the mid-table sides based on the individual quality of each Gun, however, against the Chelsea's, City's and Liverpool's the division has to offer, as a unit, they are found out due to a lack of discipline in both formation and player selection.

"In the big games the back four need protection," Redknapp began. "Chelsea don’t play one defensive midfielder in those big games, they play two.

"And that’s the difference between the two managers: Wenger doesn’t win big games and Mourinho does. Football isn’t all about playing beautiful football, it’s about winning ugly at times. Arsenal don’t seem capable of doing that and their midweek draw with struggling Swansea was the perfect example."

Arsenal host City on Saturday afternoon and the Emirates Stadium encounter against a side who ravaged them 6-3 at the Etihad earlier in the season will demonstrate whether Wenger really has learned anything from this campaign…

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