Sunday 21 January 2018

James Lawton: The sad decline of Arsene Wenger since the days of Fabregas-inspired San Siro glory?

Arsène Wenger should really have consigned to history the brilliant victory scored in San Siro back when Cesc Fabregas was still the young presiding genius.

So much has happened since then – but sadly not much of it at Arsenal. Not, anyway, as far as competing seriously with a Milan side who seemed as though they were about to fall from the vine through sheer old age in 2008.

The reigning champions of Italy, and leaders of Serie A, still have some notable ancients about the place, as we saw when Clarence Seedorf, four times European champion, had a brief amble before returning to the bench, where he joined the illustrious Alessandro Nesta. But soon enough a terrible reality returned to any consideration of the strength of Arsenal's rehabilitation since the implosion of last season and the catastrophic start to this one. It was that, under coach Massimiliano Allegri, Milan have moved on. Arsenal have not – at least to any significant degree.

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