Wenger’s rep­u­ta­tion suf­fer­ing as Arse­nal fail to de­liver sil­ver­ware

Bray People - - SPORT -

WATCH­ING ARSE­NAL fail in their bid to end their tro­phy drought in the Car­ling Cup fi­nal on Sun­day, you re­ally had to won­der when their much-her­alded squad of young stars will ever come of age.

They’ll surely never get a bet­ter chance of stop­ping the rot than against a Birm­ing­ham side that are stub­bornly try­ing to shake off the threat of rel­e­ga­tion and are definitlely no world beat­ers.

Ad­mit­tedly in­jury robbed the Gun- ners of Theo Wal­cott, and more im­por­tantly Cesc Fabre­gas, but nev­er­the­less they should still have had enough to com­fort­ably ac­count for a team of the stature of Birm­ing­ham.

It again looks likely that Arse­nal will suf­fer an­other sea­son with­out claim­ing any sil­ver­ware.

Al­though they’re Man United’s only real chal­lengers in a two-horse race for the Premier League, chances are they’ll come up just short in that battle.

They may be head­ing to the Camp Nou with a 2-1 lead to pro­tect in the Cham­pi­ons League but it’s still a tall or­der to ex­pect them to progress and Barcelona are favourites to come through the tie.

Beau­ti­ful foot­ball is one thing but it counts for very lit­tle when there’s no tro­phies to back it up.

Arsene Wenger’s rep­u­ta­tion is sky high within the game but if he can’t de­liver a tro­phy soon his glowing CV could be slightly tar­nished.

Birm­ing­ham man­ager Alex McLeish got the bet­ter of Arsene Wenger on Sun­day.

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