Well happy good morning to you my dear friends. A day ago, I noticed some rust on some new scissors I bought as part of a pretty good knife set (I buy stuff like that now) . I tried to rub it out with a tea towel. The tea towel shredded and I sliced my finger open. Typing is tough, but I do this for you. My sacrifice. I’m like a saint or something better. Bergkamp? Too far?
Right, let’s crack into some BLOGGING.
Some guys are throwing a protest at the next game. It might be a march. It might be a walk. It might be a naked dance. People online are losing their shit. I’m not. You know why? Because I’ve come to the realisation that in sport, you get what you deserve. Arsenal fans, god bless em’, are too fucking nice. Me included.
The only way you drive change with an owner who lives in America is to cause a scene. You don’t change if you’re comfortable. Our whole set up is comfortable at Arsenal. The cushioned chairs, the location of our place in the top four. If fans, at a grassroots level want to protest, why not. As long as it’s tasteful (bed sheet banners, bitch please). Because ultimately, it’s becoming a bit of a farce and our only solution is to hope someone will take action at the highest level. Which after Sir Chips nonchalant comments about basically not giving a damn about what Wenger gets up to, is unlikely.
Things aren’t going to get better either. I’ve stressed this to you for years. People take a real dislike to this site because of it (the vocal ill-informed). But ultimately, for all the positive fan sites out there, which one has called it time and time again? So understand this, Wenger is done at the highest level. We might gain entry to the top four again, but is that what you strive for every season?
Do you look at your £8m a year manager and think, you know what, it’s cool that he’s not doing the best he can for the club I love? I don’t.
We’re too good to fail hard, too weak to succeed big. That doesn’t work for me. I know it doesn’t work for most Arsenal fans I come into contact with. So if a protest is what wakes the board up. Then let the supporters do it. If that’s what makes Sir Chips take notice. Do it. If that’s what makes the board look at Arsene’s plan and say… ‘Arsene, there is no plan. What the hell are you doing?’… then do it. If a protest give Ivan permission to chop away the power Wenger has. Then god damn, I’m onboard.
The old boys club at the top needs to remember they are custodians of the club. Our club. Start behaving in a way befitting of that absolute honour.
‘The abuse is horrendous’
This is my favourite online deflection tactic.
‘I’m maybe thinking that Wenger might not be doing well. But the online abuse is disgusting’
Ok, this site knows more than most about online abuse. Online abuse for having an informed opinion on the club. I find any online abuse deplorable. I find saying mean things to people online so beyond pathetic and embarrassing it actually makes me laugh. There are a lot of idiots online. There are lots of
Know this though… Arsene Wenger isn’t reading your twitter feed that exalts love for him. He’s not reading a trolls twitter feed. He’s probably not reading a helluva lot at the moment.
Abuse of the manager online doesn’t impact the facts. He’s failing. He’s failing badly.
As someone said online yesterday, managers are like politicians… it’s often an undignified exit. It’s even worse with dictators, because they have to be forced from power.
When should he leave?
He’s started the season, so he should finish it. Then he should slink out the back door. There’s no point in moving him on now. But the management set up should be hunting around Europe and speaking to people about taking over after.
Don’t involve Arsene at all. A dated manager is not going to be able to recognise traits you need in a modern upgrade.
We can’t keep pining our hopes on a manager in his mid-sixties seeing the light and changing his ways. We need to rip that plaster on the last day of the season regardless of how many ten game winning streaks he goes on. We’ve seen enough history to know how the story starts at the end of the season (super quality) and how it ends each year (the players were not there).
There are plenty of managers who’d be up for taking on the Arsenal challenge. The names change as people do well and people do not do well. Brendan Rodgers was flavour of the month last season because he had better players. He’s bombed this season, so far, because it doesn’t look like his eye for a player is too sharp, he’s missing names and struggling with a more intense schedule.
Doesn’t mean he’s a bad manager. Football suffers with trajectory issues. If a manager falls off the wagon in business, they’re hoovered up by other brands where they can succeed. Football, one bad stint and you’re dead.
Who is doing well? Simeone. He knows great players. He knows how to manage the fitness of a small squad. He’s in his early forties. He has some quite spectacular experience of the highs and lows. And that’s important, he’s failed and he’s failed hard. You have Klopp who might be able to reinvigorate an ailing Arsenal set up. He’s taken a club down before as well. He’d bring in modern elements, he’d rip out the old guard and he’d refresh the footballing vision. Rudi Garcia of Roma is also an intriguing manager. Sure, he took a tanking from Bayern… but so did Barca in the same way. Point is, he knows how to work with talent, he’s tactically astute and he’s been around.
People have mentioned Martinez, but for me, as good as he is, I’m not sure he’s totally convincing at the highest level. He’s very nice. A little too nice for my liking, and Everton seem to have an injury pile up as bad as ours. I’d prefer that any manager we bring in has Champions League experience. Even if we went curve ball, at least Paul Clement knows his way around the rigours of big competitions.
Thing is, you have to write the season off. You have to write off the next 2.5 years, because we don’t have the right man in charge. However, don’t write the club off. Ivan Gazidis has waited around for 7 or so years to show he can make good on the CEO role. If he has a plan in place for the backroom, the structure and the manager. We’re winning.
We have an incredible club. We’re upgrading the training facilities to be even more impressive. Our stadium is spectacular. The philosophy Wenger put in place of attacking football has cemented our brand as ‘stylish football’ forever. For that, we must always be thankful. Having a club any manager would want to take charge of is also down to Wenger. The interesting part for me, Wenger’s failure over the last 5 years makes us even more appealing because the baseline is pretty low… a young coach, with loads of drive an ambition will eat this job for breakfast.
I’m positive inside, because I know how great Arsenal can be. I know with the right decisions, we can be a global colossus. I know that once Wenger goes, the talk stops and the action begins.
That new chapter… jeez, I can’t tell you how excited I am about it.