Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes manager Arsene Wenger is losing touch with the desires and ambitions of the Gunners' support. The Emirates Stadium side have endured another frustrating season in 2008/09, compounded in the last seven days by emphatic home defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea. They have now completed four campaigns without picking up a trophy since their 2005 FA Cup triumph at the Millennium Stadium, with fans and former Arsenal players pleading for the Frenchman to sign several experienced heads to compliment his armoury of talented youngsters. Wright believes the North London club are still to fill the voids left by imposing figures Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and David Seaman, And the iconic front-man, who scored 185 goals in seven seasons for the Gunners, has also questioned Wenger's tactics, insisting speedster Theo Walcott would be far more effective fielded through the middle of the pitch rather than out wide. "The Gunners manager is without doubt one of the best of all time but I am now beginning to wonder whether he is still in tune with the Arsenal fans," Wright told The Sun. "Why hasn't he replaced Thierry Henry? Why hasn't he found someone to fill the huge gap left by Patrick Vieira? Why haven't Arsenal had a top-quality keeper since David Seaman hung up his gloves? "And why doesn't he play Theo Walcott straight down the middle as the natural goal-scorer Arsenal desperately need? "Using Walcott as your main striker won't cure all the wrong at the Emirates, but it will be a damn fine place to start. "It all adds up to yet another season of huge disappointment, a fourth consecutive campaign without a trophy. You have to go back to 1982-86 to equal that frightening sequence." NEWS: Lee Dixon: Arsenal should ditch Adebayor ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter
12 May 2009
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