The better team won. Simply looking at the statistics illustrates Barcelona’s domination of Arsenal during last night’s Champions League match. Barca had the look of the best team in the world and proved it against one of the best teams in all of England. They held possession for about 70% of the time. Arsenal did not have ONE SHOT on goal. Not one.
In fact, when asked what Arsenal could do at halftime to get back into the game, Graeme Souness was dumbfounded. He did not have an answer for Arsenal.
Now most people would point the finger at Wenger and claim he has no idea what he is doing post the ‘Invincible’ era. However, I would argue that although Wenger has yet to win a trophy in six years, he is still one of the only managers to consistently remain at the top of the Premier league and participate in the Champions League (Ferguson, Mourinho are the few others). Moreover, when you play the best team in the world at their own game (let’s face it, Arsenal plays the same style as Barca at a B level), you are facing an uphill battle.
This latest match should not be the turning point against Wenger, and, although many analysts argue that his ways are historic, his methodologies are still winning.
Yet, as a coach, Wenger does need to evaluate his bench. Bendtner is not a solid replacement to the common injured Van Persie. Clearly, Rosicky can not hold his own as well as Walcott. In fact during this game, only Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri really looked like they knew what they were doing.
So although he has not won many trophies in the past few years, he has consistently created opportunities for cup titles.
And if I was an owner/player/fan, I would rather have a multitude of chances than no chances at all.