I’m engrossed in a project about fandom at work and I can’t stop referencing the immense hilarity of the #WengerOut meme that’s taken the stage in some quite incredible places. The latest in South Africa. Bravo. Just bravo.
ARE YOU WATCHING ARSENE?
Stories about Wenger and Ivan G having a ruck behind the scenes are gathering pace. I’m not sure if it’s being widely reported because I ran a story about it first and it sounded juicy, or if there really is substance beyond the obvious friction we’re reading about in the press.
Here’s the amazing thing here, the argument is this…
Our failing manager does not want to accept change as part of his new deal.
Think about that for a second. A manager who is 20 odd points off the top of the league, who dropped out of the last 16 for the 7th season running in a horrible 10-2 defeat to a Bayern who have battered us three times in the competition… doesn’t think he needs to change.
I find it unreal it’s even a debate. But that’s basically what the hold up is. I’d imagine Ivan G is insisting on a DoF. I’d imagine he’s telling Wenger that he has to lose Rowley, Peyton, Primorac, Banfield and Colbert. I’d imagine he is being told he won’t wield the same power as before.
… and Wenger, because he thinks he built Arsenal (he apportioned all our success down to his work), is pushing back.
Quite spectacular really. Is this honestly how the club want to be portrayed? Does Stan think this sort of behaviour is smart? Is he not looking at Spurs wage bill at 95m less than ours and wondering if he should be hiring a manager for half the money to gain the same success as we’re having?
Arsenal are a f*cking farce.
But, here’s the thing I am loving. Ivan G is having a pop. He’s telling the fans he’s batting for them.
‘If he had any balls’
John from Surrey, rocking an insurance admin job he hates because no one listens to him, reckons he’d give up £2.6m to make a point about Wenger. Seriously, you have to play the game if you want to win in the upper echelons of business. No f*cking way is he going to give up just before he can make a proper impact.
… at least we have someone fighting to do what’s right. Sounds like Sir Chips is game for change as well. The board are rounding on the squatter… finally.
Let’s see where it ends. I heard that Hendrick chap who went to Villa was moved on because of clashes with his highness. Hope Ivan doesn’t get the chop… because we don’t need another patsy.
That said, who’d come in as CEO and deal with Wenger ruling the show for another 10 years? Violent fans in the stadium, players ducking the sinking ship, and sponsors being harassed.
Not as plum as you might think.
Anyway, HEAR more about my view on what’s really going on. I was there first, because I have the club bugged and always have the best narrative.