As a manager, there’s one thing having belief and confidence in your squad of players. It’s part of the job to make the team think that they are world-beaters who can go out and win every game. However, when you make the following claim to the people of the press, it just leaves you looking a little silly.
We have a lot of respect for Arsene Wenger’s achievements with Arsenal, but surely he’s not fooling anyone with his claim that the current Gunners team are as good as any other team in England. The Times report that the Frenchman may or may not have lost the plot with his latest statement, where he compares his current batch of players to the ‘golden generation’ of Manchester United that came through the ranks in the 1990’s.
“I believe this team is as good as anything in England,” Wenger said. “We have to keep this team together. We played at start of season with Walcott, Diaby, Fàbregas, Nasri and Denilson and the oldest one is 21 years old. When they will all be 23 or 24, they will beat comfortably all the other teams, believe me.
“Manchester United had a golden generation with Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, the Nevilles and Butt. They won together because they stayed together. This team can have a similar success, I believe. If you can beat Manchester United at 20 and 21, why can you not beat them at 23 and 24?”
Is the Arsenal manager getting slightly desperate with the above claim, hoping that it will ensure that the likes of Walcott and Fabregas remain at the club, despite the obvious danger of missing out on Champions League football next season? While the above are all good players, the likes of Nasri and Denilson have hardly been part of a winning team recently, surely it’s an outlandish claim which will cause much hilarity among the current ‘Big Four’?