Arsenal have been hanging on desperately to their top 4 status for a while now. It was inevitable that with them continually selling their best players and Wenger being stuck in the late 90s/early 00s, they would drop out of there sooner or later. I don't see how anyone could think that he is the man to take them forward.
Hopefully Spurs can finish as the top London club ahead of Chelsea and grab 3rd place/automatic qualification for the CL group stages. I've always considered Lennon to be one of the most underrated players in the EPL. He has consistently been excellent for Spurs, and has terrorised Evra time after time.
If finishing in the Europa League spots rather than Champions League spots means Wenger walks, then I'm probably for it. I remember as a really young kid, I could rely on Arsenal to win these kinds of games consistently, and I would have been so bitterly disappointed at a defeat like this. Times have now changed in so much as I'm not surprised that we lost the North London derby, and only a little bit sad about it.
Time for a new manager, but let's not forget what Arsene Wenger has done.
AVB is underrated IMO. A poor string at Chelsea doesn't really prove anything, he never had the control there. He did a great job in Portugal and he's been learning a lot from Mourinho. I think he'll be a great manager.
__________________ June 22nd 2012
Originally Posted by Lopez
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June 29th 2012
Wimbledon R2: Rosol def. Nadal 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4
Quite a few Chelsea fans I know were predicting at the start of the season that AVB would be a success at Spurs, with more control and support from the board than he had at the Bridge.
Redknapp obviously did a great job there with 2 top 4 finishes and a champions QF adventure. His tactics and signings left a lot to be desired near the end of his time there though. He has never been a great tactician and switching Bale and Lennon around on the wings nullified both players. Plus surely he could have signed better and younger players than Saha and Nelson to bolster their push for a champions league place last season.
I think his FA Cup win with Portsmouth is tainted given that the club had to spend so drastically beyond their means to achieve it.
If QPR get relegated this season, his mates in the media will try to absolve him of any blame, like they did when he got Southampton relegated in 2005. His sky sports news car window interviews to explain his dodgy dealings carry a lot of weight.
This was the guy who was airing his grievances about his Spurs contract negotiations in a public interview on a golf course, around the same time that Levy's mom was being buried.