Pundit uses Man United boss to make point about Arsenal
Graeme Souness says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could learn by following Jose Mourinho's lead
Graeme Souness has urged Arsene Wenger to take a leaf out of Jose Mourinho’s book and revert to a ‘Plan B’ when his initial approach isn’t working at Arsenal.
The Gunners boss has found himself under intense scrutiny in recent days in the wake of Arsenal’s humiliating 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
That result left Arsenal’s European hopes in tatters and facing elimination from the Champions League for the seventh straight year at the last 16 stage.
Wenger has often been criticised for failing to adapt his Arsenal team’s style to tackle their opponents.
And former Liverpool star Souness feels that Wenger’s failure to keep a back-up plan up his sleeve has cost him dear in recent campaigns.
Writing in his column for The Times, Souness said: After a poor opening 45 minutes in which they had less of the ball than in any game I can remember, Arsenal had little right to go into the interval level, but so what?
“The important point was that they were hanging on, albeit by their fingertips.
“Wenger then had the opportunity to make changes to stem the relentless Bayern tide that threatened to overwhelm his team.
“This is what the best managers, like Jose Mourinho, do when Plan A isn’t working: they revert to Plan B.
“It might not be pretty in the Portuguese’s case, but it is often effective.
“If Wenger had sent on Olivier Giroud he would have given his beleaguered defence a target upfield to aim at, bypassing Bayern’s pressing game which was stopping Arsenal getting out of their own half. Instead, we got more of the same from both sides.
“Bayern maintained their intensity and Arsenal folded quicker than deckchairs under a summer storm. It was all too predictable.”
Arsenal are currently gearing up for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Sutton United on Monday night as they bid to get back to winning ways.