On the Ball

With Richard Langley SITTING in my car over the weekend, I happened to be listening to the radio and a barrage of unhappy Arsenal supporters calling up to complain about the so-called has-been Arsene Wenger. The man, in my opinion, has single-handedly t

With Richard Langley

SITTING in my car over the weekend, I happened to be listening to the radio and a barrage of unhappy Arsenal supporters calling up to complain about the so-called 'has-been' Arsene Wenger.

The man, in my opinion, has single-handedly transformed Arsenal.

Not only has he won the double twice and got them to the Champions League final, along with many other achievements, he has also introduced some of the Premier League's best ever players - who were relatively unknown before their arrival at Highbury.


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If you watch any game from the youth team through to the first team, you will notice Wenger's DNA running through them, all playing with the same fluent passing game that true football fans have come to love. This didn't happen overnight - it was an extremely long transition.

When thinking about this, I couldn't help but liken it to the current situation at QPR, where pressure seems to be mounting on the manager. He has a team that on recent form are under-performing.

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We as Rangers fans have to be realistic. We are currently in a good position to improve on last year's standing and it is this improvement we should be grateful for.

I know results in this day and age seem to be paramount but, if we look at the bigger picture, managers need time to build something special.

Speaking to some of the players down at QPR, I know they regard Paulo Sousa as a special manager who has his own ideas on playing football.

He's not rigid in his thoughts but up to date with what is required to be successful in today's game.

It may take another season for his ambitions to be realised and for his print to be stamped all over QPR.

I sincerely hope that the board and fans will give him time and put their trust in his hopes of building a solid foundation, not just for now but for the future.

For me, this is the way to progress. There isn't a quick fix to the situation at QPR, but being loyal to this manager could prove to be Rangers' most likely chance of long- term happiness.

IF you have any questions or comments to put to Richard, you can email us at nwl.sport@archant.co.uk

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