Liam Brady: Lack of clarity is affecting the team

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Liam Brady says that the lack of clarity over Arsene Wenger’s future is having an effect on the team, and says that an announcement about whether he is staying or going should be made before the next game – against Man City on April 2nd.

Speaking on The Stand podcast with Eamon Dunphy, the Arsenal legend backed the Frenchman to continue if he decided to sign a new deal, but insisted it was important that the club showed some decisiveness as the team goes through a difficult period.

“What I would say, and this from an Arsenal supporter point of view, I want the team to do well, is that the uncertainty surrounding Arsene has not been good for the team,” he said.

“I think it’s come to a point now, we’ve got the international break, we’ve got no game next week because of the international matches, I think the club, by the time we play Manchester City, could do with a statement saying whether Arsene’s going to stay or going to go.

“I don’t it’s helping the team. Really, Arsene and the owner and Chief Executive have to make that decision to tell the fans what’s going to happen at the end of the season.

“If it’s Wenger to stay, I have no problem with that. A lot of fans would, but I think he’s been a terrific manager over his tenure.

“Ok, his first ten years were better than his second ten years, but I think he’s done a very good job.

“He took them to the cup in 2014, he took them to the cup in 2015 he’s had 20 years of qualifying for the Champions League.

“But we could do with a bit of clarity about his future before we play Manchester City in ten days time. We need to know what his decision is, I think that’s the key point to how the team is performing at the moment.

“Arsene must know that and the board must know that, so I’m hoping that by the time we play Man City on April 2nd that we’ll know what’s going to happen.”

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Public Elneny Number One
Public Elneny Number One

First it was a lack of a plan B and now it’s a lack of clarity…. we’re all doomed i tell yee………. DOOMED!

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

“He took them to the cup in 2014, he took them to the cup in 2015 he’s had 20 years of qualifying for the Champions League.” – Brady

The FA Cups, that too back to back, were great and well done on that. Hopefully, the club will add another this season.

However the club needs to realise that decades of making up the numbers in UCL is not an achievement. If that is an achievement then may as well start giving Wenger credit for ensuring two decades of EPL football and avoiding relegation.

Since when has merely participating in a competition come to count as an achievement. This mindset is fit for clubs who aim to just stay up and EPL stay for another year is achievement. Arsenal have this ‘relegation’ mindset in Europe.

As long as the club gets to make up the numbers the following season, its all okay!

Penfield

Right, because being constantly present in the Champions League is a given that all the other top 6 clubs in England achieve.

Wenger has done well getting our boys to qualify Year in and year out, and while I agree we should be pushing on past the group stage I think that’s a weak critique against Le Boss.

Anthony

Agreed. There are 16 other clubs who would love to have his record on their books over the last 20 years, so while we could have won more in the last ten years, league cup and 2 EPL which we were close to, qualifying in Europe has been important.

Like everyone, I’m disappointed that for 7 years we’ve not gone beyond the group stage. But equally, it’s not like we’ve never made the final (why Jens? Why)

I do think the boss can still deliver the EPL, and of course I’d love us to really challenge for the UCL.

I do want him to sign on for atleast another 2 years, so we can begin the transition for life post-Wenger.i don’t mind especially if the transition takes longer, but let’s not do it the united way. That was a mess

Various_Hits

It is an interesting perspective about CL to say the least, and I am inclined to agree with you after having given it a thought.

CL just to make up the numbers in itself doesn’t matter all that much. Players want to play for clubs in the CL, but even they know the difference between clubs who can win the Champions’ League and those who are making up just the numbers.

They would rather sign for a club that is not in the CL but which is likely to be there in a season or two, and be there as contenders, instead of signing for a team like Wenger led Arsenal, who everyone knows will not go deep into the competition.

If CL is all that it is made out to be then how come Ibra went to United and Kante went to Chelsea, two teams who didn’t have CL this season.

Only because they feel that those clubs when they get there are going to be contenders. Its not a question of money atleast with Kante for sure. He is on the same wages as Xhaka!

Players look to be part of successful projects and Arsenal’s current project under Wenger, where Arsenal, as you said, to put it mildly, make up the numbers in CL at BEST, is not a very exciting project to undertake.

Sadly, as we have seen over so many years, its the BEST Wenger can deliver and therefore a change is important.

IamaGoober

Listen lads – Wenger’s time is up.

I used to be a huge Arsene fan up until about last season. There just aren’t any arguments for him to stay anymore. He’s spent close to £100M on players over the summer window and there has been no difference at all in our performances domestically or in Europe.

He is now getting the same results with squads made up of genuine top drawer players like Ozil, Sanchez, Cazorla, Cech; as he did when we had the ‘banter era’ squad made up of players like Eboue, Denilson, Chamakh, Almunia – there is no difference, which shouldn’t be the case.

My mind still ends up going back to last season, the league title was there for us to win. Chelsea, City, United, Spurs and Liverpool were nowhere, and we still didn’t have the bottle to go and do it. It was such an easy league title to go and win that Leicester City managed to win it, like how embarrassing is that? A team that had nearly been relegated the season before managed to win the league and we finished like 10 points behind them.

If Arsene Wenger couldn’t win it last year then he is never ever going to win a league title with Arsenal ever again. Its not going to happen. He is finished. I hate to say it, but if there are fans still out there that genuinely believe that Arsenal can win a league title with Arsene Wenger in charge, then they are deluded. I don’t agree with the lack of disrespect shown towards Arsene from sections of the fan base, but enough is enough, he has to go.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

“I don’t agree with the lack of disrespect shown towards Arsene from sections of the fan base” –

Lack of disrespect. You mean there should be more disrespect.

IamaGoober

‘Lack of respect – apologies I wake up at 5:30am every morning, it gets to me sometimes..

Dusko

And Liam is right. Ever since contract issue started with Sanchez and Ozil back in November, the team form has gone down, first gradually and in the last month or so more dramatically. The contract issues with Sanchez, Ozil and Wenger have very big impact on the other players. Every day we hear they go, then they stay, then other speculations etc. This must stop now. We were not spectacular in the last few years as well but this year is a complete meltdown.

YabaDabaDude

True, but I think it is more a case of Arsenal standing still and other teams improving. Look at teams like West Brom, Everton and Spurs for example. They have all improved while we have not. On paper the squad is stronger/deeper than recent seasons, but the results have been dismal lately. Agree with you that contract issues have played a big part. Sanchez is a wonderful player, but sometimes it seems that he is a team of one. Ozil is class, but a bit one dimensional and clearly not a leader.

What would it take to for Arsenal to compete at the highest level? Maybe $150M net spend for 2 or 3 years to bring in 5 or 6 world class players? Sorry, but it is never going to happen. The board and owner are simply not interested in competing at the highest level. They value financial stability over sporting glory. A new manager won’t change that. For that reason, I agree with LB, not too fussed if AW stays on so long as the club use that time to put structures in place for the next man to succeed.

Donald's Trumps

Arghhhhhhhh, how much has been invested over the last few years. Then how much was invested by Leicester? By Spurs?

Even by Bayern?

Clins

The mistake is believing that money is our problem. How many clubs in Europe can spend 100 million like we did in last transfer window. And even with all that talented squad Wenger managed to make Ramsey ox mustafi etc look mediocre. Ramsey and mustafi were two of the best players in last Euro.

In the hand of any other manager they will be world class players. Pochettino and klopp managed to transform mediocre looking squad to title challengers and Wenger never managed to do despite having one of the most talented squad in Europe. Its clear where our fault lies .

Anthony

This idea that Wenger has made these players look mediocre is an absolute fallacy.

Start of the campaign these players were performing week in week out and everyone was citing what a massive coup it was that we brought in Mustafi, how well the team was set up and how exciting we looked.

We had our best group stage in the UCL for years, in a pretty tough group.

The win over chelsea, the strong start and position!

So what’s different? We’ve had contract issues, doubt over Sanchez and Ozil and now Wenger which had bred into uncertainty into the group of players.

I ask what difference does they make? You are playing in the now, regardless of ‘who is going to be here/in charge’ that is not an excuse to forget about the now. Too many times do people will their lives away by thinking about the next x or y.

So for me, the blame for the poor results starts with the players. Off field concerns becoming more dominant that doing their job.

I’m happy we are in the semi final of the FA cup, I’d like us to win it for a third time in 4 years. But to do that we need to regroup, take stock of what’s important and life for the now.

If things change over the summer, they change. But what is important is that those who are employed by Arsenal FC do their all for Arsenal FC.

Clins

What you don’t understand is these are the same players that played well in international tournaments and clubs before arsenal . what changed when they are playing for arsenal .

You say about arsenal defeating Chelsea at the start of the season . but after that their manager realized that his tactics are all wrong and changed his team around to get the best out of his team , and that’s how they became such a good team. The players remained the same throughout the season. Never have I ever seen Wenger do something like that . guardiola changes formation of the team three or four times a week while Wenger has never changed his team in a decade.

Stillmatic

All this talk of millions to get “6-7 world class players” is such a red herring.
Messi, Suarez as Neymar wouldn’t have improved our zonal marking against West Brom over the weekend. Kos IS world class, but on many occasions doesn’t look it due to the team’s structure being such a mess.

In Europe, both Atletico and Dortmund are regular last 8s of the CL. They spend less than us, sell their top players like we did (and seems will start doing again), yet perform better than us. Heck we could argue squad wise we’re better than them both man for man, yet why do they perform better than we do? We do they show specific tactical plans and make variable tactical adjustments than we do?

How about we first build an actual cohesive and fluid team (notice for all the money we’ve spent and WC players we got, we STILL don’t have a cohesive midfield) and give them tactical instructions and flexibility much like Dortmund and Atletico do, before start throwing the classic red herring of “spend more money”.

I mean, it’s not a f*cking coincidence that Spurs have been doing so well in the league since the got Poc, spent less money than us and have less top quality players than we do.

Jokerekoj

Liam knows.

But unfortunately they wont sack him, oh no Liam. They don’t have the bottle it takes.

However they’ll regret it, Liam. If Venga ain’t sacked by end of season, the sky will fall – under the weight of the planes that we’ll fly in it. That’ll teach them Liam.

Hadvar

Number 7 is Liam Brady.

Public Elneny Number One
Public Elneny Number One

thats what we need right now, 10 clones of Perry Groves

Sheffield Goon

Friend of mine went to the Palace (that Giroud goal) game, and brought me back a programme signed by Perry. Love that guy.

midgunner

His left foot’s reason I became a gunner.

Obviously he’s right. We need some kind of stability, espeically with so many player contracts up in the air.

Liam Bradys left peg

The man was truly a joy to watch and his left foot, the reason for my name.

Liam Bradys left peg

THAT goal at the lane…aaahhhh the memories. What chance we beat em 5 nil there again?

Stringer Bell

Thanks for that, was trying to work out your name.

Liam Bradys left peg

When the king of highbury speaks we listen, but will the board or the man himself?

uncle D

His right! All the suspense is doing no one any good.

Liam Bradys left peg

When the king of Highbury speaks, we listen but will the board or wenger??

Liam Bradys left peg

Sorry for the near repeat but when i saw the article i got a bit excited, nostalgic then posted and for the first time in ages, even after all the shit on saturday, was awaiting moderation. But i couldnt.

SantCarzor

If they aren’t going to announce it publicly, at least tell the team what’s going to happen as the contract situation and media speculation on Alexis, Ozil and Arsene is clearly affecting them.

MTZ

Yes. Agreed. While I’d prefer everyone knowing, I still think it’s far more important for the players to know. It’s very clearly affecting them at this point.

MTZ

I agree with the posters before me: I think he’s right. All this uncertainty is affecting the club, the players and the fans. It’s a very unhealthy situation. Imagine what it’s like to be a player in all of this? Can’t be easy. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me if this sort of thing affects their performance. And yes, I know that football is their job and whatever else, but I can’t honestly say that my own performance at my own job is not affected when shit hits the fan around me. Of course it affects me. We’re all humans, we’re all affected by our surroundings, and the players are no different.

Laci

Liam has the point.
Even after I listened to the podcast and heard his opinions on other issues with modern football.

bdotm

Sometimes little stuff like this get blown out of proportion. Regardless of whether the manager is staying or not, bloody give 100% whenever you are on the pitch. You are wearing the Arsenal shirt ffs. It’s funny if contracts of players like Ozil and Alexis are blamed for the shambles we are experiencing presently. Crap. Just give 100% whenever you wear the shirt, push psychology aside and f*ckin win games

MTZ

It’s not that simple though. Humans are not robots. We’re affected by stuff. We all have good and bad days at work.

And no, being paid a lot doesn’t mean jack unless it’s a recent pay rise – once you’ve grown accustomed to a certain salary level, it stops being a motivating factor. Paying footballers a lot is simply something clubs do to keep them, not because it in any way improves their performance.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Dropping them to bench, them knowing the coach may sell them at end of season is a motivation. Keeping them in starting XI is not.

Stillmatic

Dropping them could work, if Wenger actually dropped them.

But as he made clear after the first Bayern mauling, he always wants to give those same players another chance.

Meanwhile guys like Perez, or previously Campbell, regardless of how well they performed, would still get benched.

Martin Levi

Liam, You put it so well. The dilema is seriously harming the team. Seriously what’s happening at Arsenal.It’s so easy to renew Oliviers Contract but when it comes key players (Ozil & Sanchez) the directors/ Board can’t convince them enough. It’s not always about what you pay a player but what kind of Players we buy. Arsenal needs to get into the market n get us more Quality players. We need production.
Arsenal is not a tv series where after every season we sing the same song “Waiting for next season”.

Bobby_Pires_Boots

The quality of signings has been so poor in recent years.
We missed out on Kante twice and surely not going for Fabregas has to look like a mistake too.
I know this doesn’t help as it’s all perceived as hindsight but the fact is that we’ve just not brought in enough quality. Sanchez and Ozil would be squad players at Arsenal 10 years ago and now we perceive them as the best, which drums home how poor the rest of the squad is vs those other clubs who are improving.

gloryhunter

what i dont get is its clear that Ozil and Sanchez are more than likely leaving, so why dont we compromise(agree a deal) with them giving them a bumper pay rise and a release clause of at least £50M and if a foreign club meets that valuation in the summer they can go.

Its a win win situation for both parties, right? give them what they want, extend their deals and sell them in the summer.

GunnerDareMACEDONIA

And you know this how ? Because the media are reporting every day that both of them are leaving ? And they bombarded us with the news in the past 2 days that ozil didn’t had and injury he was refusing to sing and told the club he is leaving and he is not injured and weger decided to drop him and made up that he is injure, you believe that shit media ?

Low had official statement today that ozils is injured and will miss the international games so is it still made up ?

I personally believe that if wenger extend, regardless on my opinion if it is right or not to get new contract that ozil will extend it too, I’m not sure for alexis he we wait in the summer for sure to see where we finish in the legaue and what is the transfer plans from the club, if we buy 2 class players and show him ambition I think he will extend it to because he know he is best player in arsenal and he is playing his best football but also knows he plays with some mediocre players that the club need to change and bring the players we need.

gloryhunter

so you disagree with my idea of extending their contracts now, bcos you believe they will extend their contracts later on!!!

GunnerDareMACEDONIA

And why woud they agree to extend and insert a 50mil clause that maybe someone will not agrre to pay and they will be forced to stay unwillingly, i’m sure the the profesional people and weger know best regarding their contracts is not that simple if that was the case we all now wenger will be first to agree on that to make as much money as he can from them he sold RVP because he didn’t want to lose him for free.
Any way 100% we will have clarity and statement on contract or no new contract for wenger and the club and i’m sure after the contract situation will be taken from there and we will start playing football because it is really really affect the team, i didn’t see players so much affected before like this time even when they know that rvp and cesc will be leaving.\

For sure we will know before man city game the decision from wenger, and I truly expect to see different mentality and game vs city and a win like we crushed chelsea you will see completely different team.

gloryhunter

So do you think my idea is something the club has or should have tried? i dont care about the players, im thinking of the club. And lets be honest £50M is cheap for both players so why would they be hesitant? Its actually more risky for the club, cos we could give them a bumper new contract and they could both play crap and then we are forced to sell them for peanuts.

Atom

If they get sold for a lower amount then they can ask for more salary and bonuses from their new clubs. Signing those deals only makes sense early in the year from a players perspective (see Suarez). Now they have all the leverage as they can sign a precontract in 6 months. They would be nuts to sign a new contract with this little left in the year if they want to leave

Runnings

I agree….sign that thing.

COYG

I don’t think it is a lack of clarity. It is a combination of a lack of toughness from the players mixed in with the presence of Kroenke and Wenger.

Goonersmurf

Leave. Just leave.

GunnerYY

The paper already started the war chest story. “We will spend big time this summer, Wenger will reinvent himself, yada yada” and when the summer almost over we end up by signing only 1 or 2 good but mediocre players, and the boards will tell us “No one(worldclass player) is available”, sounds like Arsenal, classic bullshit(needless to say probably we’ll losing Sanchez and Ozil, what a nightmare).
I mean if we want to sign more players make sure at first we can keep Ozil and Sanchez first, build the team around those two, so we don’t have to revert to square one again. It’s crazy to think that we have to build our team again from the scratch. It’s become a joke, the unfunny one.

DeeMan

Don’t think people are grasping that we won’t get champions league football next season
plus we don’t have the same pull as Chelsea,man u and city in terms of ambition.

Unfortunately Wenger himself is the only draw we have when getting theses
so called world class players LOL

Bad times our coming…

Ant

What we will confirm if Wenger signs this deal is that he’s truly selfish and does not care about the fans and how we feel.

Godfrey Twatschloch

One day, and I understand it’s not that obvious given the circumstances at the moment, we will all be back talking about football. I look forward to that.

santori

The weird fans who want Wenger sacked at all cost. They won’t be happy otherwise because they need a quick fix to make them feel better.

No attention to nuance or future or practicality.

We have to have ex United players like Neville remind them how foolish and ungrateful they sound.

As much as he has flattered to deceive in his second part of reign, this is no ordinary manager for the club.

He has built this club up from humble finances, re-branded the sort of boring footy we used to play and kept an incredibly high consistency in finishing at a MINIMUM standard of 4th or better for over 2 decades!

Lest some would prefer to increduly want out of CL so Wenger can be ‘sacked’, lets remember how difficult it will be to attract top players to a team outside the CL without excess spending to compensate for.

See United with Pogba (transfer) and Zlatan (salary), and a milk cup to show for. Yes their goal this season is 4th.

See Liverpool whom the media consistently say is a team in ‘transition’ for erm…a quarter of a century. Plenty of new hot shot managers who like 70 year old music and no title.

Liam Brady has been a round, is Arsenal, knows his shit.

As I mentioned, I’m not advocating Wenger stay or leave but I have no problem with him staying either.

…reality is the bloke is 67yrs and will leave likely sooner than later.

He will want to adopt the long term, ensure the club is left in good shape when he does.

If he needs a season to transition and wind down whilst ensuring we negotiate through what may be a difficult summer, to leave the club in good shape for the eventual annointed sucessor, I don’t see any problem.

This manager deserves a bit of respect. We are Arsenal and we are not represented by the louts that shout foul invictive at one of our most influential managers in our history.

Shit Arsenal has still meant qualifying for CL. Shit other clubs can’t even boast that.

A bit of perspective from a legend and a man who knows a wee bit more than some of the simpletons brandishing banners.

😉

GunnerYY

I can’t see him bring Arsenal further anymore, after all this years we made no progression(we are stale) and this year is the year when we are going backward, to make it worse, we are going backward after spent £90m. He seems lost, the players look unmotivated, toxic atmosphere around the fans, and there’s a big possibility we out from top 4. Rumors said he want to reinvent himself, why? Why does he want to reinvent himself now? Why not a year ago, 2 years ago, or 7 years ago? Doesn’t it just show us all this time he satisfies by finishing top 4 and there is no hunger for glory. Fans give him year after year for him to change and try to adapt with the current football, but he is too stubborn to leave his old uneffective recipe.

The man is stubborn, he believes he still can turn it around, he needs someone to tell him “enough, you’ve done a great job here, but it’s time to give Arsenal a new idea and fresh approach.” This is the boards job, but our boards are fuckin useless, the the only one i can think of is the fans, you, me and all the fans who love Arsenal.

DB10**

david ornstein of bbc said “new deal offered still on table but will be mutual decision in the summer”

can someone tell me what that means. deals are always mutually agreed. he tweeted this a month ago. the contract is probably signed by now. if so someone needs to have the balls to announce it asap.

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