It’s May, the final game of the season has passed and I’ve had enough of Arsene Wenger.
No longer can I stand by a manager I once regarded as the greatest in the world.
Yesterday kind of summed up our squad, our club and our p*ss poor mentality.
The players had one final chance to prove to the fans they were worthy of wearing the red and white of Arsenal and once again they blew it in unspectacular fashion.
Arsene Wenger opted to field Squillaci, his bargain basement signing from Sevilla… once again, the Frenchman showcased why he’s never attracted the cream of Europe with his defensive skills.
Arsenal were a Darren Bent goal down very early on… the crowd groaned.
Four minutes later we were a 2nd goal down… a slow crescendo of boo’s erupted around the ground…
No response later and the crowd began to sing…
‘6 percent, you’re avin a laugh, 6 percent you’re avin a laugh’
What a fu*king embarrassment. The fans, who’ve stood by Wenger through thick and thin finally snapped and they’d had enough of the utter dross.
The players picked up their game, but it was too little, too late. They should have played with the right attitude from the start.
Half time came, the crowd jeered the team off. It was a horrible atmosphere on a day that usually feels like a carnival.
The second half wasn’t much better. Robin Van Persie had a goal disallowed unfairly then he pulled on back, but overall we didn’t deserve a victory. Probably the most memorable moment was when the dopey MC announced a capacity crowd of 60,240… the crowd jeered and booed. They could see the stadium was probably the emptiest it had been since it had opened (10,000 down at the least). The youth cup kids probably had more of an attendance.
The paying public have had enough.I’ve been going to Arsenal for 20 years, I’ve never booed in my life, but yesterday, I wondered to myself what the point of me not booing was? I’m not happy with the players, I’m not happy with the manager and I’m not happy that once again I’ve made a massive effort to go to Arsenal and I’ve been let down. Why should I sit there in silence and applaud of a group of players who are more interested in their twitter followings than they are in winning games?
Abou Diaby said the crowd are too nice to the players, I hope he was listening yesterday.
We’ve gone from potential quadruple winners, to handing Manchester City our pass into the 2nd phase of the Champions League (possible opponents include Villareal, Bayern, Rubin Kazan, Twente and Udinese). You know what? I’m glad it’s come to this. I’m glad we haven’t progressed because we haven’t deserved to based on what has been served up this season. Sure I always want what’s best for my club, for me, Arsene Wenger finishing second with this shower of dross was not what the club needed this year.
Progression would have been undeserved vindication of a squad that was getting by on sub-standard competition.
Perhaps the embarrassment of qualifying for the Champions League will be the kick up the backside the BOARD need to start holding Wenger accountable for his decisions. Perhaps Ivan Gazidis will man up now he has the backing of the majority shareholder, perhaps he’ll set some targets for Wenger. He’s not going to sack him now, but if Wenger decides he wants to play silly buggers again this summer, maybe there will be actual consequences next season. I’ve no doubt Ivan is aware that a number of supporters protested yesterday. There weren’t the droves predicted, but it was a start. It was a warning and it’ll worry the board.
The BSM crowd on Blackstock Rd prior to march
The playing side of the club is in a mess, back room and front room. All of the problems stem from one man… the manager.
Do I think he’s going to change his ways this summer? Absolutely no chance…
Wenger has said for the last 3 years there is a problem with the defence, we’re on to concede our worst total under Wenger this Saturday. We’ve conceded 41, the same as Fulham, the same as we did last year. If we lose against an in form Fulham which is highly possible, our points total will be as awful as the total when Spurs nearly pipped us to 4th on the last game of the season at the start of project youth… all this with £35million sitting in a dorment bank account.
Wenger re-signed Pat Rice which suits him down to the ground, he knows he has Cesc tied to the club indefinitly, he knows that the chances of a team willing to offer end of season choker Nasri £120k a week are slim and he knows the rest of his children are fiercely loyal to the man who dishes out the careers and the mega youth contracts.
My guess is that the only players who will leave will be the players who either want to go… ala Nik B, Carlos Vela and Traore… and the players who will be forced out of the club because they won’t sign new deals… ala Gael Clichy.
Wenger might sign a crowd pleaser early on in the summer that will convince us he’s changing… but at the most, that’ll be Scott Parker. Don’t believe the hype that he’s going for an 8 in 8 out… it simply won’t happen. Arsene Wenger is delusional these days, he’s obsessed with doing things his way and the only way we’ll break this cycle is if next season ends in disaster or the press uncover something else about his private life.
Yesterday, many people said to me, ‘be careful what you wish for’… well, in response, I’d say, ‘be careful what you settle for.’
You can spend your whole life worrying about the impact of removing an institution of a manager and you could end up like Nottingham Forrest did when they held onto Brian Clough for a few seasons longer than his sell by date. Or you could make a positive change now based on the evidence that your manager isn’t dynamic anymore and you could reap the rewards.
Remember, our manager is holding onto his job purely based on past glories. In fact, he’s only being indulged in a project everyone can see is failing because the club and the fans feel they owe him an enormous debt.
Inter Milan were Italian Champions but they were struggling to make it out of the last 16 in the Champions League. Did Morratti settle for just domestic honours or did he make a bold move? Well, he sacked Mancini, brought in Mourinho on a 3 year business plan and ended up winning countless trophies culminating in European glory.
How about Barcelona? Frank Rijkaard returned Barcelona to the glory days with La Liga wins, a Champions League victory against Arsenal and the fostering of Ronaldinho as one of the greatest players of a generation. He had one bad year and the rumblings began. Joan Laporta began sniffing round Europe’s finest managers, he spoke with Pep Guardiola about the role and the Spaniard said,
‘Joan, you don’t have the cojones to appoint me’
He was duly appointed and the rest is history.
My fear for Arsenal? This goes the way of Rafa Benitez and Liverpool… A manager who brought back the glory days to Liverpool, found himself caught up in his own stubborness and self belief, a man who took Liverpool out of the Champions League into a world of turmoil.
I think it’s time for a change. Arsenal aren’t a couple of players away from conquering, we’re a complete change of mindset away. In one summer, someone is going to have to alter the way we train to avoid niggly injuries, prepare the squad sufficiently enough so they know what they’re expecting each week, train the defence, flush out the dead wood and instill a bit of Arsenal pride into the squad.
Arsene Wenger is too stubborn and too old to make those changes. He needs to move on and we need a fresh approach. Everyone can see the problem at Arsenal. It’s not a manager slightly lost along the way, it’s a manager trying to flog an outdated method of winning 7 years after the rest of the world learnt how to play against it.
It’s May, Arsene asked us to judge him now… and I’m through with him.
Sacrificing 3rd place from the position of strength we were in has been the final straw… we’re stuck in a perpetual loop of scraping into the Champions League every season. For a club as big as Arsenal, that doesn’t count as a trophy, that doesn’t merit £7million a year and it doesn’t satisfy the fanbase.
Time to align the managers ambitions with the price of the most expensive season ticket in the world.
Time for a change…
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60,240… you’re avin’ a laugh
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