A wonderful evening to y’all. This is Sports Tackle on Danny world. Tonight, we’ve got two debaters [Dolapo Vs Christopher] going head to head on a quite interesting discourse. Our motion for today is, Arsenal or Liverpool, who are more of underachievers? There has been a lot of argument as regards who has been the better team in the last 10 seasons.
Is it Arsenal who always want to finish in top 4 just to qualify for the champions league? Or Liverpool, who has got a lot of quality but haven’t won the league in more than two decades? Follow our contestants today as they trade tackles on the discourse and drop your thoughts on the topic as well. Follow using the link
First, we have Dolapo.
Arsenal are more of underachievers than Liverpool are because:
1. They’ve stuck with the same manager who hasn’t moved the club forward within that period.
- We all say their players lack ambition and mental strength, but asides that, I still think that the players themselves are not good enough to play at a big club like Arsenal.
- Mediocre team with just 1 or 2 world class players in their team.
And now we have Christopher.
In the past 10 years, Liverpool have underachieved more than Arsenal..
Liverpool had the funds to be competitive, but they didn’t make adequate use of it. We have seen what “having a lot of funds” can do to a club e.g Manchester United, Manchester City etc even though Liverpool didn’t have funds like those two, but still the funds where sufficient enough to be competitive.
WHILE for Arsenal they had the task of paying for the “Emirates stadium” constructed in 2006/2007, this affected their spending power, and because they had to balance the books they had to sell some of their top players for huge sums of money which you can say contributed to some underachievement on their part.
Players like Thierry Henry, Hleb, etc were sold without a fight because Arsenal needed the money (as most people know Arsenal always celebrated finishing 4th in the League as this meant they were going to the UCL, Why? Because they needed the juicy cash from the UCL to aid in paying of the stadium debt.
Even with the funds Liverpool had they were only close to winning the EPL in the past 10 years on only two occasions (2009, & 2014)
Another aspect they have unachievable in the past 10 years is failure to win enough trophies, Arsenal were lacking also as they went 9 years without winning a trophy. But recently they have won the Fa cup 3 times in the past 4 years, Meanwhile Liverpool have won only 1 trophy in the last 10 years that is a solitary League cup won over Cardiff city in 2012 via penalty shootout. That’s a high level of underachievement for a big club with such history as Liverpool.
Another aspect Liverpool has underachieved is their failure to consistently qualify for the UCL competition, there are no excuses that’s the minimum achievement at least but they were found wanting. Meanwhile, Arsenal have qualified for every UCL competition only failing to qualify for the first time in 20 years this year (2017).
In summary, Liverpool had the funds, they were not restricted to spend, they were not under pressure to sell their players to garner funds, they had the players, but they still couldn’t win trophies, they couldn’t consistently qualify for the UCL, and also they didn’t compete adequately for the EPL title with all that funds.
Let the tackle begin!