This is the end of Wenger’s Arsenal: Ego, a lost dressing room and change

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Hello everyone, Alex here, coming out of mini exile to deliver some new words on Arsenal Football Club.

In recent months I have not had the time nor the inclination to put any thoughts to the keyboard, mainly because so much of the joy of watching Arsenal has left me that nowadays our bad performances pass me by like a fart in a wind tunnel.

But I wanted to pull out a couple of themes following the latest shitshow at Anfield. This is not a blow by blow report of that game but rather a suicide note for the end of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger is putting his ego before the club

There is no tactical reason on earth to drop your best player for one of your biggest games. The whole point of your best players is that they can deliver on the big occasions. Whether through a sincere but misguided tactical insight or, as it has now emerged, a desire to show Sanchez who’s boss, the manager’s little folly cost us the game and put even further distance between us and the league leaders.

Arsenal’s spinners are now putting out that Sanchez was dropped because of a training ground bust up with the manager and some of his teammates. It would take less of a cynic than me to note that the club really is in a parlous state when it is briefing against its star players in order to protect its underachieving manager.

However, putting that aside for one second, this resolve by the manager to send a message to players through his team selection is all the more galling because it is not applied evenly. More obvious candidates for tactical rotation were Arsenal’s first choice “defensive midfielder” Francis Coquelin – the Justin Lee Collins of professional footballers, instantly detestable and with so little talent you wonder how he got there in the first place; or Alex Iwobi whose breakthrough season has been tarnished by the fact he has been played into the ground.

The team is crying out for bold tactical variation and for underperforming players to be given a boot up the jaxie. To see it applied so erroneously is why Sanchez and Perez will be off this summer, why Coquelin and Gibbs won’t be, and why Iwobi will only go from a kid with great potential to an overpaid bottlejob under Arsene Wenger.

People were pointing out on Saturday that Arsene had 12 days to prepare for the Liverpool game. What data or tactical insight from his coaching team led to a recommendation to keep Coquelin on the pitch and start Iwobi again ahead of Perez?

The reality is, and everyone can see it, these are the last days of the dictator. I don’t mean that literally, Arsene Wenger is obviously not a dictator – this is just football after all.

But in the same way Richard III’s tenure ended with him offering up his kingdom in return for a horse, Arsene Wenger’s increasingly bizarre decisions (which let’s be honest started a few years ago when he refused to upgrade on the likes of Almunia and Sanogo) are nothing to do with the welfare of the club and all about the demonstration of power and control as it ebbs away from him.

Don’t blame the talent, they want to win

The difference this year is that he has lost the dressing room. The club can brief that the other players were happy Alexis was dropped but the reality is he is our best player for now. And he has no faith in the manager, just like Van Persie and Fabregas who came before him.

The news that Ozil has also given up and will quit this summer should pile worry on top of worry. Yes these are egos, and their contract demands may be a bridge too far, but what we are seeing play out in Arsenal team after Arsenal team is the best players losing faith in the manager and wanting out. These guys have performed, and won, at the highest level elsewhere and they know Arsene Wenger does not have what it takes. Why shouldn’t they throw a tantrum when the team gets beaten 5-1? What is the mentality running through the team, when that is considered the exception and not the rule?

The more Wenger loses his grip, the more we can expect to see this kind of behaviour but it cannot go on forever. Even if the board and Stan Kroenke want him to stay, at some point reality will overcome the fantasy he has constructed in his mind that only he can take this club forward. I genuinely hope it is sooner rather than later. I’m with the majority of people who want him to go out on a high with fans and players alike grateful for the way he has enriched both the club and our lives. But the longer he holds out, the less likely that is to happen. At this point, it’s entirely up to him.

Our performance was terrible but it wasn’t even in the top 5 worst performances this season

One of Arsene’s favourite straw man arguments is to say there is no guarantee that we would win every game with a new manager. I don’t remember ever asking for that. All I want is for us to compete again. That means doing something better than last 16 glorious failure in the Champions League and coming within 10 points of the league winners year in year out.

However it also means keeping the number of “what the fuck was that?” performances to 1 or 2 per season. You can expect most top clubs to have a rainy day here or there. Sometimes things don’t click or the opposition sets up in a way that takes you by surprise.

But Everton away, Manchester City away, Watford at home, Chelsea away and Bayern Munich are all performances that were worse than the Liverpool game and have all taken place in the last six months. It’s incredible really that a team that can point to six performances as underwhelming as a Robbie Williams comeback tour can still be in contention for a Champion’s League place.

But here’s the rub, fans can accept defeats, what they will not tolerate is paying the highest ticket prices in the land for performances as insipid as those we have seen this season.

Change starts with the manager

The malaise that has been around the club really began when Stan Kroenke took over. Distant, dispassionate and only concerned with the bottom line, he is the very antithesis of a sports fan.

Our board is about as dynamic as the English Indoor Bowling Association’s lifetime members’ club. Their slavish devotion to Wenger in recent months has shown them to be both cuckolded and completely at odds with the fanbase.

However, beyond trying to move the stadium to Wigan, the reality is no one would care about Stan or Ivan Gazidis or the board if the performances were right.

There are deep-seated issues at Arsenal that will take years to resolve but the first, essential step is to change the manager.

Its cliché but fans really are the lifeblood of a club and you can only take their support for granted for so long. At some point someone in a position of authority at Arsenal is going to need to start listening to fans because the unrest runs much deeper than they realise.

The offer of a 2 year contract, which is reportedly on the table for Arsene, may be the proverbial straw. If it is accepted, I imagine the next two seasons would start to see the club getting hit where it really hurts – declining gate receipts and season ticket sales.

There are no more excuses to hold on to. The money is there, he has spent it and still been found wanting. This is the fourth iteration of a team the manager has had since 2007. The players are different, the opposition is different, their managers are, the kits, balls and even the referees are different.

And yet the performances and outcomes are identical.

The one constant is the manager. Only when he leaves, can Arsenal begin its road to recovery.

67 Responses to “This is the end of Wenger’s Arsenal: Ego, a lost dressing room and change”

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  1. David Smith

    A road to recovery, unless Kroenke gets a Wenger clone like Martinez, this is not a be careful what you wish for thing, but a genuine concern.
    To contradict that, What will hurt the club will be a lack of ECL money, and sponsorship penalty clauses that will result in. The TV money means we can easily withstand that, but Kroenke is not the sort of guy to say….whatever…..to a loss of fifty million plus.
    If that comes to pass, less money will be made available for the team and infrastructure, risking more losses. Then, investment will need to be even higher to recoup this lost revenue, if not lost profit.
    At that point, the penny may drop, and we may be rid of this leech

  2. rollen

    Once labelled a “specialist in failure” by Jose Mourinho, Wenger yesterday rebranded himself as a “specialist in masochism” – pointing to his years of “sacrifice” as Arsenal coach.

    Judging by Wenger’s latest round of ludicrous comments, I can only conclude that he is not a specialist in masochism but a specialist in narcissism. On the subject of management, he remarked, “Basically you get 90 per-cent aggravation and 10 per-cent job satisfaction and you have to give everything in your life for that. I believe as well it allowed me to get to the next level as a human being, to develop my strengths in what makes a human being great as well.”

    Next-level human? Seems strange coming from an (alleged) adulterer who physically manhandles match officials and other managers, and has been repeatedly banned by the FA and UEFA for verbal abuse.

    The only thing that’s next-level is Wenger’s narcissism. The man’s delusion knows no bounds: “To get the best out of people, that is absolutely fantastic. And of course you have disappointments, with people, with results. But it is as well a fantastic opportunity in life to go for what is really great in human beings, to get yourself to the next level always, to improve, to invent yourself, to push your limits further up and not to have an average life.”

    How many players has Wenger improved in the last decade to justify that absurd claim? What is this mythical “next level” he keeps speaking of? Where’s the personal improvement – the reinvention? What limits has he surpassed recently?

    These comments epitomise Wenger’s delusions of grandeur. A legend in his own mind, he is also a classic manipulative narcissist.

    Author Shahida Arabi goes into some depth on what she calls the “malignant narcissist” in her book POWER: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse. The following extracts appear to be a frighteningly accurate portrayal of Wenger, and how Arsenal fans have become the victims of his personality disorder:

    Projection: “One sure sign of toxicity is when a person is chronically unwilling to see his or her own shortcomings and uses everything in their power to avoid being held accountable for them. This is known as projection. Projection is a defense mechanism used to displace responsibility of one’s negative behavior and traits by attributing them to someone else. It ultimately acts as a digression that avoids ownership and accountability. Rather than acknowledge their own flaws, imperfections and wrongdoings, malignant narcissists prefer that their victims take responsibility for their behavior and feel ashamed of themselves. Narcissistic abusers love to play the “blameshifting game.” Objectives of the game: they win, you lose, and you or the world at large is blamed for everything that’s wrong with them.”

    Blanket statements and generalizations: “Malignant narcissists aren’t always intellectual masterminds – many of them are intellectually lazy. Rather than taking the time to carefully consider a different perspective, they generalize anything and everything you say, making blanket statements that don’t acknowledge the nuances in your argument or take into account the multiple perspectives you’ve paid homage to. If you bring up to a narcissistic abuser that their behavior is unacceptable for example, they will often make blanket generalizations about your hypersensitivity or make a generalization such as, “You are never satisfied,” rather than addressing the real issues at hand.”

    Changing the subject to evade accountability: “This type of tactic is what I like to call the “What about me?” syndrome. It is a literal digression from the actual topic that works to redirect attention to a different issue altogether. Narcissists don’t want you to be on the topic of holding them accountable for anything, so they will reroute discussions to benefit them.”

    Covert and overt threats: “Narcissistic abusers and otherwise toxic people feel very threatened when their excessive sense of entitlement, false sense of superiority and grandiose sense of self are challenged in any way. Rather than tackle disagreements or compromises maturely, they set out to divert you from your right to have your own identity and perspective by attempting to instil fear in you about the consequences of disagreeing or complying with their demands. To them, any challenge results in an ultimatum and “do this or I’ll do that” becomes their daily mantra.”

    Condescending sarcasm and patronizing tone: “Sarcasm can be a fun mode of communication when both parties are engaged, but narcissists use it chronically as a way to manipulate you and degrade you. Forget that the toxic person constantly has temper tantrums every time their big bad ego is faced with realistic feedback – the victim is the hypersensitive one, apparently.”

    In an attempt to end the living nightmare that any normal, sane and rational Arsenal fan is going through at present, the Online Gooner has organised an anti-Wenger protest. You can join them just after 6pm on 7th March 2017 outside Highbury’s old East Stand, from where they “intend to walk together to the Armoury at the new stadium and make the point, as loudly as possible, that Arsène Wenger should not be offered a new contract and that he should leave at the end of this season.”

  3. David Smith

    I don’t think Wenger is a narcissist, just a man far too loyal to those above, equal to and below him.he is certainly an idealist, and delusional, but those are different.
    Let’s give the man some credit…..deep breath required…..he could have signed on when presented with a new contract in Oct, all was going pretty well then. If he was ego driven, money driven, he would have signed. He didn’t…..at least as far as we know.
    Let’s stop painting Wenger as something he isn’t. A narcissist would use everything at his disposal for personal glory, Wenger seems to have done the opposite. He wrecked a league title by signing no outfield players last season. A narcissist will stop at nothing succeed….Wenger puts in barriers to personal success.
    Wenger is no narcissist, he is a willing worker given too much power , way too much power.
    And, please, leave adultery out of the equation, we live in a free country in the twenty first century, what a man does with his dick with consenting adults has no relevance at all to this debate. As for manhandling officials…Taylor….can you blame him, many would like to do more than Wenger did. Those two are non arguements, the concern should be what Wenger is doing to the team.

  4. Adam A. Carbarundum

    Your opinion is yours David Smith, but you have completely misidentified who and what Wenger truly is. Take a real hard look at what Rollen has written. Pinpoints many well known psychological traits that Wenger classically portrays.

  5. Mick Kartun

    Good read, Rollen.

    This is a simple example of a narcissist attitude:

    Pedro: “Arsene Wenger, if you love Arsenal, tell the world it’s over. (His previous touching post that almost brought tears to my eyes).”

    Arsene: “Who the fuck are you?”

  6. Mick Kartun

    Mirror UK: “Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez set for summer transfer after series of rows saw him dropped against Liverpool. Star who showed a bad attitude during and since Bayern thrashing has made it clear he wants to go — and boss Arsene Wenger felt weekend axe was best for the squad. JOHN ” the old useless cunt “CROSS even said that the fans love his will to win, but it’s become like managing a spoilt child with Sanchez.”

    This fucking Arsene PR machine embarrassing story is put out by the club through their mouthpiece John ” useless cunt” Cross to turn the fans against Alexis but it is already backfiring and the fans is behind him just as they sang his name yesterday as he is the only person who has backbone and winning mentality in the club from the board to the rest of the players. If he leave it’s just another nail in the deluded managers coffin. And never been Arsene the useless cunt’s faults.

  7. Sky

    Wenger has said it clearly to the discerning ears that he will still be managing next season and his preference is Arsenal. You can only draw one conclusion which is Wenger signing an extended contract with the club. I have resigned from putting my all in the club, happiness and supporting a Wenger led Arsenal are mutually exclusive.

    Don’t be surprised if Wenger stays for another 4 years.

  8. mikem

    Good post
    I’d take exception, however, to wanting him to go out on a high!
    For me, he’s been all about his share of the loot to the power of 10 for many a long year.
    Previous to that he was all about proving he was a football genius, refusing to sign the obviously beneficial player more than once,(Given, Alonso etc), simply because they WERE obvious . We would probably keep cesc if alonso had come and won plenty, but that wouldn’t make wenger a genius and so he chose another path.
    Previous to that, well even those years are now disputed as to how much they were down to good fortune.
    If wenger had left after the eduardo season then he’d have been lauded as a great by me. Now that he’s had enough time to reveal his true capabilities and much more of his character, I’d be appalled at the prospect of a guard of honour, statue etc.

  9. rollen

    David Smith
    March 6, 2017 00:29:26

    You are clearly wrong.
    Wenger knows he is lucky limited manager.
    He know he could spend all AFC money and still come 4th.
    He would do anything for personal glory/££££££.
    I also do not think he loves Arsenal, he clearly hates fans.

  10. SpanishDave

    Never in the history of our club have we come to this.
    A manager who is an employeee of the club holding the fans and the board to ransom.
    He does not live the club he lives himself and the club are to blame as the board and owner have brought into the Wenger love in.
    He is an average joe who got lucky, if he was good he would have won the league and European cup over the last ten years.
    He is a fraud and the club should be ashamed that they have been drawn into this shambolic situation

  11. Dissenter

    Arsenal PR machine is in full gear to damage the best Arsenal player.
    They are preparing Sanchez already for the auction.

  12. izzo

    Without Sanchez next season if Wenger signs on Arsenal will be battling it out with Bournemouth and Watford in midtable. FACT. AKBs and Fence Sitters who refuse to protest and drive Wenger out the club deserve all the pain that will bring.

  13. Dan

    if Sanchez thinks he’s bigger than Arsenal let him piss off then, he has no love for Arsenal anyway, don’t see the big deal about selling him if he won’t sign and is undermining the team and manager he’s got to go, simple as that. same applies to that lazy prick Ozil as well.

  14. izzo

    I’m being generous by saying midtable it would actually be worse that’s how bad the drop in quality will be.

  15. mano'gunner

    What’s scary is it might take a while before we get another player of that class once we lose Sanchez. That Liverpool first team is sign of things to come if Wenger stays.

  16. Pendrey

    Your Comment HereAccurate and thoughtful article. It’s sad to see a man like Wenger in decline and pathetically clinging to delusions. Would have been much better off quiting a few years ago.

  17. Emiratesstroller

    I think that everyone knew long ago that Sanchez would be leaving the club. His body language at the end of last season was not great and the only real surprise was that he was still here at start of this season.

    Ozil’s performances of late have also been dire and that suggests to me that he could also be on the way out as well. Clearly this is a player who needs to be
    “loved” to perform well.

    The bottom line is that there are no strong characters at the club who can pull
    the team together. The club is on the point of “implosion” this season and it has
    been clear for all to see.

    I made the case on Saturday that this was the poorest team, which has played under Wenger and that should be a clear signal to the major shareholder and
    Board that it is time for him to go.

    This is a “mid table” side at best on the evidence of how they have been playing
    in recent weeks. There is absolutely no discipline or CONTROL now in most
    games and virtually every opponent has worked out how to play against us.

    Pedro has made the point about ticket prices. I pay over £4,000 for two tickets
    and I for one will now make a decision at end of season whether to renew.

    That is not a decision I want to make or under pressure from the like of RT
    who have absolutely nothing really to contribute to the debate, but rather because the football [entertainment] has been awful this season and the people
    running the club seem incapable or unwilling to do anything about it.

    I have been supporting and watching Arsenal including as a season ticket holder for over 60 years and the way the team plays now is probably at its
    lowest point. There is no spirit, teamwork or for that matter a game plan.

    The idea that there is any possibility that Wenger continues as manager is a
    complete joke. No other club with Arsenal’s financial resources would tolerate
    what has been going on. He should have gone at least 6 years ago.

  18. grooveydaddy

    Aren’t we shooting ourselves in the foot by disparaging Alexis? It’s only gonna drove his price down…

  19. Ishola70

    grooveydaddy:
    “Aren’t we shooting ourselves in the foot by disparaging Alexis? It’s only gonna drove his price down…”

    How much do you think he will go for in the summer? It doesn’t matter to the Arsenal PR machine that they disparage Sanchez as the club know they are in weakened position as far as price goes anyway with the player going into his last year of contract.

    Clubs will not put in absolute derisory bids just because Arsenal want to paint Alexis Sanchez as a a naughty character. Juventus are probably delighted at proceedings and the 30m they have been willing to pay previously will most likely be around the price he goes for.

  20. Charlie Nick

    Unfavourable pieces in the Guardian, Independent and ESPN today. The narrative is slowly turning. Soon, hopefully it will have the momentum to carry him out of of the club.

  21. grooveydaddy

    Ishola

    transfermarkt has him valued at €65 mill

    I know it’s not the norm, but Hummels still went for a packet in the last year of his contract.

    Juve also tried lowballing us with RVP… 30 mill is well low I reckon

  22. Elmo

    “7 of Arsenal’s remaining 12 games are against top 10 opposition.

    Can you see Arsenal winning any of West Brom (A), City, Southampton (A), Spurs (A), United, Stoke (A), Everton? Over half of the remaining games Arsenal would be happy with a point each from.

    Arsenal can’t beat teams in the top 7 (P8 W1 D2 L5 = 0.6PPG) and routinely lose away to Stoke (last Arsenal win at Stoke was February 2010: P6 W0 D3 L3) and Southampton (last Arsenal win at Southampton in the PL was December 2003: P5 W0 D3 L2).

    Wenger has been king of the great escape act but his team will have to start getting results against teams they have no pedigree against just to have a chance at making the top 4.”

  23. Alexanderhenry

    David smith

    I really don’t think we’re going to make it. Being out of the CL willl be a big blow and a decent owner would invest more to make sure we get right back in it. Kroenke dosen’t think that way though.
    His response will probably be to spend less.

  24. Ishola70

    grooveydaddy:
    “transfermarkt has him valued at €65 millI know it’s not the norm, but Hummels still went for a packet in the last year of his contract.Juve also tried lowballing us with RVP… 30 mill is well low I reckon”

    Didn’t Hummels go for around 30m? I know that is a lot for a defender but around 30m looks like the tops you will get for a player in any position in the last year of his contract who makes it plain he wants to leave. The Armenian from Dortmund went to Man United for around the same price as well. Arsenal are not in a position unfortunately to be expecting over 60m for Sanchez. It is not feasible.

  25. Golikethis

    Guardians Jonathan Wilson:
    “Even the story that it is the same old story is becoming old hat. It is the same problems, the same non-solutions over and over again.”

  26. Ishola70

    So Allegri looks out of the running if we can dream of a change of manager.

    He has now himself denied the rumours personally. Said it is not true.

    Koeman is now the one talked about.

  27. Roaaary

    The PR team calling out sanchez is beyond ridiculous. Wenger always proclaims to manage issues internally. I wonder how he would react if sanchez came out and said i dont train because his ideas are stuck in the 90s. WENGER OUT

  28. Shaun

    Wenger clearly displays narsistic behaviour when interviewed but not in his management of the team and it’s not what he is doing to the team that is the problem ,it’s what he is not doing to the team ……not buying the players we need,not playing the players in the correct position,not motivating the team ,not making the team defensively aware of the oppositions offensive tactics and save the best till last …..not telling the fans if they are going to have to suffer another two years or not.It is absolutlty criminal he is being paid 8+ million and what is more criminal is that people are still considering or even thinking of renewing season tickets if the man is still in charge ha ha it all then becomes clear why we are in this situation ,the wenger dilemma with sol Campbell is a good Liston although depressingly true , kinda makes you realise how much damage has been done and over such a long period

  29. Guns of Hackney

    Good post.

    One thing though…gate receipts won’t be hit and neither will the support. I’ll be careful how I word this but, have a look at the crowds at most of the top football clubs…one wouldn’t call the support ‘local’. It sometimes looks as if most of the front three rows are made up of day trippers and tourists, straining to get photographs of their favourite players. These aren’t football fans, but merely seat fillers who pay through the nose for the privilege of seeing a premier league game.

    The last time I went to the soul sucking bowl known as the Emirates, I watched around 15-20 season ticket holders either turn up 15 mins late, chatting on their phones, taking selfies and talking about work. Modern fans just don’t give a shit about the team, who’s in it and what the result is. A football season ticket for Arsenal fans is a bit like a golf club membership: expensive to join, play twice a year and spend most of the time in the bar. It’s a luxury item that no one needs but is too scared to be without.

    If all the current fan base stopped going to Arsenal tomorrow, within a week, another flock of ‘wengerites’ would walk straight through the door. As long as the modern football fan has around £5,000 spare every season (ticket plus extras), clubs just don’t give a fuck whose bum is on the seat.

    As long as the millions keep coming in, Arsene stays. Arsenal stopped caring about winning years ago, so why change now? Everything is sweet in the Emirate towers.

  30. Emiratesstroller

    I don’t think that the story about Sanchez comes from Arsenal’s PR and Management.

    This type of story will have been leaked elsewhere, but everyone bar the kitchen sink who has been going to watch matches has seen first hand what has been going on.

    I don’t think that the problem is just about how poorly Arsenal has played. I
    think that Sanchez is an exceptionally selfish player as indeed are many of
    the best players and that has contributed to Arsenal’s problems.

    The bottom line is that if Wenger stays and we are not playing Champions
    League next season Arsenal will not be spending anything like £100M in transfer market. More likely than not the club will be spending only what they
    receive from outgoings.

    Our revenues are going to be at least £20 million less than this season and the club will want to balance books in contrast to clubs like Chelsea and Man Utd
    who would throw money at the problem in a similar situation.

  31. James wood

    Emirates stroller.
    Yes Sanchez is a selfish player ,Because of the dross around him.
    Imagine trying to play with players like Walcott & Giroud any half decent
    player would become selfish.

  32. TheBlaster

    When even religious sites like Untold are publishing articles discussing post-Wenger scenarios the writing is on the wall. It would be nice if the team pulled together for one more FA cup to give the guy a record number of wins to hold on to and some reason to hold his head up, but beyond that the whole fanbase does appear to be done with this phase. Ironically we now mirror Chelsea pre-Mourinho. Nice footballing team who always fall apart at the final hurdles but pick up a cup now and again. A lot of people’s second choice team.

  33. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Blaster

    What untold talking about Wenger in past sense ?

    The world is flat brigade finally realising it’s round eh ?

  34. James wood

    If Wengers main concern in life is Arsenal then he should go .
    At the moment I’m sure he has put our club back 10 years
    The longer he stay’s the further back we go.
    Empty seats and the PRESS emphasising those empty seats
    will not please the Directors.?

  35. Craigy

    Missed this place, haven’t been here in 2 years… I’ve cancelled sky sports and don’t even watch the team I love anymore, or very rarely to say the least, wenger has completely destroyed my love for football, he ignited back in the day but now has completely killed it, what used to give me such pride and joy watching my team, has now switched to anger and anxiety and it’s tireing, I want to get behind my team but can’t when this monkey is in charge it’s the same every year!!! Love this blog an the people here, fuck my life haha

  36. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Wenger won’t go cos…

    All the jobs that were once interested in him are filled with good managers ..

    Bankers Psg an Monaco have shoos managers taking them forward …

    Only chance for him is the east am hope of a role as an interim manager in the future .

    His outburst of more years in him kills off an hope the board had of him being dof

    Ta ra Wenger …

  37. Leedsgunner

    How is it that in every other top club they try their best to keep their best players but at Arsenal the club hounds them out once there’s a rift with the manager?

    Man City kept Aguero
    Tottenham kept Kane and Lloris
    Man United kept De Gea
    Chelsea kept Costa Willian and Hazard

    Even Liverpool kept Suarez until they sold him for a market leading price to Barcelona…

    Sure we’ve kept a settled squad for a couple of seasons but where has that got us? In the 2015-2016 season this settled squad was supposed to be our super weapon against the other top sides — remember project cohesion — only for that excuse to fall away as Leicester grab the title.

    If Suarez must go, if Arsenal has any pride left we have to sell him for more than Suarez was sold for…. that’s how he is important to us.

    Then all that money from the Sanchez sale should be given to a new manager to spend. Wenger had his chance and he has blown it for 13 seasons. Champions League qualification is irrelevant. As long as Wenger is here, no real player with heart and fight will touch us. For goodness sake he spent £90m this summer and this is the best he can do? He should not get one more penny of our club’s money.

    After all look how the club has treated Sanchez? He’s been hung out to dry… like they did with RvP.

    Sanchez gives 100% every time he plays and he demanded that of others. So what did Wenger do? Did he congratulate Sanchez for his leadership bravery and fight?

    He punished him for hurting his darlings feelings.

    He wants yes men around him more than winners.

    I for one will be very sad to see Sanchez go. We need more like him not less. He is the closest thing to an Invicible that we have in the present squad and I cannot believe the club is busy attempting to tarnish his name.

    While Wenger gives excuses Sanchez leaves everything on the pitch.

    The conduct of the club in pitting fans against Sanchez is completely uncalled for and disgusting.

  38. GOONER4EVER

    Only a few words.I have been an Arsenal supporter for more than 60 years..yes 60 years and my Only regret is that we are in a very precarious situation.I agree 100 % that if a player however good he is,will be GIVEN MARCHING OREDERS IF HE THINK HE IS BIGGER THAN THE CLUB.In this case I like Alex very much but if the rumours are to be beleived that is he is demanding 250k.then he is mafter money,although sill our best player.On the other hand i admired Arsene since he joined in1996 and I think if what is being said he left Alexis from the staring line-up to show who is the BOSS,then Arsene should be sacked right-away
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  39. gonsterous

    Emirates

    I would ask u to Renew your season ticket( apologies for that ).. but boycott the games. if every WOB season ticket holders agreed to boycott home games then I think the club would take notice. forget the money, empty seats always look bad in terms of merchandising and advertising. but then again too many nice people support arsenal ( something we learnt from Wenger, I take )

  40. gonsterous

    also I know how hard it is to give up a season ticket. the waiting list is hell and there’s always someone willing to take ur ticket…