After Arsenal’s surprising win over AC Milan on Thursday night, Arsene Wenger delivered his expected soundbites but his comments about people forgetting Arsenal’s quality because of a bad week show where part of the problem lies.
“When you have big disappointments you forget quickly that you have some qualities,” Wenger said after the game. “In one week, you do not become a bad team or a bad player. Nothing is permanent in life.”
He seems to think that the results last week, which saw Arsenal lose a cup final, to City twice, and Brighton away, are the only blips on this season.
That’s a problem with Arsene Wenger – a big one. He always thinks that the most recent poor result stands in isolation and one good result means that the bad is behind us. It was clear when I rounded up all his post-defeat comments from this season that he doesn’t seem to bundle them together to form a larger picture.
Arsenal have not had only a ‘bad week’ although the week prior to the San Siro was probably the worst of what we’ve experienced all season.
Before Arsenal went to Wembley to play Manchester City they had just lost to Ostersund. And Spurs. And Swansea. And Bournemouth. And Forest. Those are only the bad results from 2018.
Wenger is absolutely right – you do not become a bad team or player (or manager) over the course of one week.
But this slide has not been one week in the making, it has been many years and if Wenger cannot see that, he can never hope to fix it