Arsene Wenger is truly in a tailspin at the moment, he’s gone from being a little bit embarrassing to full on ‘WTF is happening someone restrain the man.’ His current line of fire is that in football, you can go from great to rubbish in a heartbeat.
“I watch many games,”
“For example on Friday night I watched the last 20 minutes of Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona again.
“It is interesting once you see all the conclusions that come out of the game. The same people that speak after the game said with 10 minutes to go that PSG were absolutely outstanding and 10 minutes later they were absolutely rubbish.”
First thing to note here, Wenger is bragging about having the deluxe BT Sport / Sky TV football package. I’m there with you bossman, when you have the freedom to roll between whatever game you want, it’s quite the power.
Secondly, he’s making a bit of a pointless argument here to augment the view that fans and pundits are fickle. PSG were incredible in the first leg of the tie and Barcelona looked old, tired and weak. The second leg was a different story. Despite what Wenger thinks he saw, PSG weren’t great after 80 minutes, they were 3-1 down and they looked well and truly on the edge. It was entirely predictable at that point Barca were on the rampage… you only had to look at Emery’s body language on the sidelines. He knew what was coming.
Thirdly, that is football, you do go from great to rubbish quite quickly, especially in cup games over two legs. I’m not sure that the pundits who lavished praise in the first leg were wrong. I’m not sure anyone is wrong in calling out PSG for the most humiliating capitulation of the round. I’m not sure Barcelona are wrong in moving on Luis Enrique, they lost yesterday to 15th placed Deportivo after taking the lead.
I think it might be early doors for PSG to do the same to Emery, but he was brought into a club who demanded CL success and he’s failed. He will likely take the bullet for not only failing against the brief, but also staining the club with a humiliation that will go down in history as one of the worst CL defeats. Losing badly, at most major clubs with ambition, is not something you brush to one side with a shrug of the shoulders, unless your name is Arsene.
Wenger then goes into full-on disgust mode at the people challenging his personal fiefdom.
“It is always interesting to take a distance, because people keep your eye and brainwash you with what you think is right.
“We are in the semi-final of the FA Cup. How many times have we been? You have to accept that nothing is good enough, you have to live with that.
“Get out of that heated atmosphere and look at things in an objective way. Sometimes it confirms what people say. Sometimes it doesn’t.
I’m not sure where he gets off saying things like the above. I’m not even particularly angry, because it’s his way, he’s a genuine dictator. Fans and pundits have him on the backfoot because that’s where he deserves to be. He’s stagnated as a manager and his team has slowly been going backwards for years. This is a lash out because he’s absolutely clueless how to take us to the next level and he probably knows his protestations are largely falling on desperately bored ears.
The brainwashing comment is particularly odd. Only yesterday Wenger went out of his way to say that the ref changed the Bayern game in which we lost 10-2. Did you hear him say his players had not let him down? I mean, come on Arsene, you’re the master of brainwashing.
Has the man ever taken responsibility for anything? He’s been getting out-thought by big name managers for over 12 years and he’s not addressed it. Even back in the day when blogs like Le Grove were blaming his training methods for the injury pile up, he was blaming hair pills and lady luck. He was insistent that his problems were down to money until Leicester embarrassed us last year off the back of sacking Pearson.
“It is down to me to take the right distance – people are right and people are wrong as well. I managed about 2,000 games and might know a little something about the game as well.
“No matter what happens in the future you will always lose games. I can’t guarantee we will win all the games.”
Now we’re at the crux of the matter. YOU the stupid fan have NEVER managed a game in your life, yet you have the temerity to judge a man of Arsene’s prestige?
I understand it. A man in his late sixties, accountable to no one, truly believes the game of football is so complex, only a genius can manage in it and only a genius can comment on it. Sorry Arsene, we’re not having that. Fans might not have experience of the day to day. We might not have had the breaks you had to get into the game. We might never have reached your level if we did. But here’s the rub, we have that deluxe Sky TV package. We sit in the ground and watch you do the same things over and over with expert consistency. We have access to huge swathes of information that tell us this ain’t right. We sift through the financial data. We can all see that you aren’t capable of taking Arsenal to the next level. You don’t need to be a genius to see that.
Here are some cold hard facts:
- No actual title challenge since 2004
- Never won the Champions League
- Haven’t qualified for the last 16 of the CL in 7 seasons
- Consistently destroyed in big games over the last 12 years
- Have never beaten Jose Mourinho in a competitive game
- Oversaw the biggest loss any British team has suffered in the CL against Bayern
- 16 points off the top of the league, currently sitting in 5th
- Best player being destroyed by Arsenal PR currently because YOU can’t manage him or help him win things
Semi final’s are nice. FA Cups are nice. But football has moved on. Importance has been reframed, really, by people like you who actually called the top 4 a trophy. Harping on about how people want instant success falls on unsympathetic ears when you haven’t delivered a major trophy in what will be 13 years when this season finished.
Here’s the thing Arsene. Arsenal fans are very smart. They’re also ridiculously forgiving. They’re also done with you. Sure some fans don’t want to see you bullied out, and that’s fair. But look at any of the counter argument going on at the moment, and none of it is about you staying on. It’s about you leaving with dignity.
You see, the argument isn’t clouded now. It’s so precise, clinical and clear cut, there isn’t a counter to it. You are finished Arsene. The big question now is how far will you take it? Because if this goes on much longer, history won’t be kind. We’re already approaching a situation where there have been more unsuccessful years than successful ones. The last 5 have been marred with heavy infighting people won’t quickly forget. How much more nastiness do you want to preside over? Because this is your doing now. You are making the Arsenal a toxic experience and it’s getting to the point where it’s unforgivable.
Give it up. Stop with the ranting in the press. Call it a day.
See you in the comments. x
P.S. Quick little anecdote because as you know, I’m reading Carlo A’s book which is ok, but not incredible. Anyway, one of his stories is about how data needs to be used wisely. One example he had is that when at Madrid. His scouts analysed Costa and basically worked out that Costa played his best when he ran 8km, if he ran less, Atleti were prone to losing. Carlo’s coaching staff had the view that if you stopped him running, his team were more likely to lose.
That’s what I’m talking about for context. Alexis Sanchez being lampooned for not running 10km per game was completely useless data, and as you know, a total hatchet job by the shameless PR machine of Arsenal.