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Is Chelsea back in the Premier League title race?
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rYes Chelsea will take the Premier League title. Hajji Yasin Sulaiman, Arua rThere is no doubt that the introduction of both the Brazilian defender and midfielder, David Luiz and Raul Ramirez respectively, to play alongside each other, has rejuvenated the otherwise declining fighting and mental strength of the holding EPL champions. The input of Luiz in defeating Man City and Man Utd, both bitter title rivals, which enabled Chelsea to leapfrog the former into third position, is undisputable. Should Chelsea remain focussed to win the remaining nine matches, hoping that both Arsenal and M. Utd drop some points, then the title defence project is a viable possibility, Chelsea’s earlier woes, notwithstanding. NOWA rChelsea back. Monica rI am sure Chelsea will take the Premier League. Yassin Omar , Arua town rChelsea winning the Premiership is one of the biggest dreams. That is utopia. Martin rChelsea supporters should get ready for disappointment. They stand a better chance of winning the Champions League than the Premier League. Hellen

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By MOSES EKUNU

sports@newvision.co.ug Wenger is more sinned against Believe me AW will not be fired

The Letters Editor, The New Vision, P.O. Box 9815, Kampala

Saturday Vision, March 26, 2011

is admirers call him the professor; his owners know him as a shrewd businessman; historians remember him for spearheading the unbeaten Premiership run. Arsenal fans may not remember him for trophies but his role in the construction of the Emirates Stadium speaks volumes and does he have critics? Yes; they call him an economist, rigid and antiexperienced players! Arseneal’s manager Arsene Charles Ernest Wenger is the person I am talking about here. As a tactician of flair, free flowing samba soccer; Wenger has won Arsenal capacity crowds in the stadia consequently increasing the revenue for the club! His style of football has however come with costs as his players have had lengthy spells in the treatment room due to horrific and career threatening injuries like Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey. This is in addition to many other short term injuries which have dented the club’s quest for silverware. For a greater part of his stay at Arsenal; this 61 year-old has come under heavy criticism for his over reliance on kids. To many, a big team like Arsenal cannot compete for silverware with clubs like Chelsea, ManU, Barcelona and Real Madrid among others whose buying prowess is insurmountable! Jose Mourinho at one time assured Wenger that ‘the youth are youth-less (useless) in the title hunt’! An insight into how much of a devil Wenger is in this scenario, actually reveals that this Frenchman is being demonised for doing what is expected of every manager/coach. Granted, his sin is not buying expensive seasoned players but we all know that the future lies in the younger generation and what more can we do apart from giving them hope?

Jens Lehmann (left) may start ahead of Almunia in Arsenal’s next game

This has of course come with costs for example Arsenal have not won a trophy since the departure of Patrick Vieira in 2005! Worse still for Wenger, these same kids have betrayed him. A case in point is Fabregas who has pressurised the board to buy big name players as one of the conditions for him to stay. Mathieu Flamini, Aleksader Hleb etc earlier left on the same grounds in what I would call ‘biting the fingers which fed you’ or ‘stepping in the plate where you fed from’! Wenger has also proved to be a true French patriot as this is manifested in the fact that over half of his first team consists of Frenchmen from time memorial. In the long run, these same Frenchmen have deserted him when he needed them most. Patrick Vieira, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry and even Robert Pires (he turned down a one year contract extension and was instead demanding for two).

Henry was worse because just when Arsenal had reached the final of the Champions League with a majority of the kids constituting the starting 11, the belief had come to the team that they could do it and Wenger himself told the team they just needed to go a step further the following season to lift it; instead Henry moves to Barcelona. Talking about the Champions League, one can rightfully conclude that luck has been the biggest undoing of for the Frenchman. Wenger has just been unlucky because in particular against Barca, when it mattered most he loses his goalkeepers either to injury or red card and on two occasions completed the game with a man less. Clearly Wenger has been a man more sinned against than sinning and I am sure if William Shakespeare was still alive, he would see a ‘King Lear’ in Wenger!

Editor, After Arsenal was kicked out of three competitions in a space of two weeks, the way it was last season, many club supporters and fans across the world have started saying this is the time for Arsene Wenger to be shown the exit. After all for the last five seasons, the Gunners have failed to get silverware since 2005 when they beat Manchester United on penalties and lifted the FA Cup at Wembly. Since then, the club has only afforded to reach Champions League final of 2006 and two Carling Cup finals. For Wenger and the players, this was the season that many people thought the trophy drought was to end but to our surprise, the Gunners have now remained with one trophy to chase, that is the Premiership, which has now become even harder to win because they have failed to cover the point gap when leaders Manchester United lost points on some occasions. Despite all this I think we are all dreaming when we think Wenger will be sacked after more than 10 years in charge at the club. The Arsenal management thinks Wenger’s success at the club does not call for his sacking. First of all, he has made sure that the Gunners have remained in a strong financial position despite the debts the club accumulated when they borrowed money to build the current 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium. The stadium was built to make sure that the Gunners get more revenue through gate collections, which they have achieved. It also believed that Wenger is part of Arsenal’s future and after retirement, the club would give the French tactician another position at the club. Alfred Byenkya Kampala

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