Finally coming to the end of what seems like the never ending journey of United States of cray. To anyone wanting a really cool place to go in America outside the standard bits (UK standard bits), head into Austin. It’s such a great city full of people who are all about the craic!
Anyway, onto more serious things.
Arsene Wenger is worried that the negative atmosphere in the ground might be affecting his players.
Babies. Absolute babies.
Do you know what might affect your day job? Working in a hospital as a junior doctor and getting spat on for no reason other than wanting to help someone. Being a teacher in a low income area and having chairs thrown at you. Not having a job and worrying about how you’re going to feed your family. Being in advertising and getting last minute feedback that blows your cross platform idea apart.
That’s real talk there my friends.
The players might not feel good about the atmosphere?
Ok Arsene, feels like we’ve spent the last ten years talking about mental strength, and now we’re saying we’ve hired expensive talent from around the world and they can’t concentrate on the game without feeling love from the home fans?
Wenger fired a barb at Thierry last week saying he sits too far away from the fans to be able to make a judgement on anger, now he’s agreeing with Thierry and saying it’s affecting his players?
Have you seen what Barca fans do to their players if they drop their level? White hankies and loud condemnation. Same at Madrid. I think Barca fans did it to Enrique last season, then he went on to win the treble. Madrid fans do the same. So to Atleti fans. It’s expectation that makes you work harder. Also worth noting that Highbury was branded the library… hardly a cauldron, despite what the romantics will tell you.
Point here. Wenger shouldn’t be slagging the fans. The people who keep the party alive. The people who have been incredibly forgiving of his bullshit over the last 5 years. The people defend a man who is done.
The away fans are great. Sure, we get that. They are younger, more drunk and part of a smaller tribe. But a lot of them go to the home games as well. If the way the crowd are behaving is a problem, then the club should think about doing something to improve the atmosphere, rather than doing all they can to kill it.
Things you could do:
- You need a younger crowd, not a more working class crowd. Voice comes with youth and excitement. If the youth can’t afford tickets, they can’t go.
- Safe standing. It’s a real basic here, but there aren’t many rockstars who sing on chairs. You need to be on your feed. Also, safe-standing makes it cheaper to attend.
- Choreograph the noise. Dortmund have a soundtrack that goes on before the game. They have people on megaphones. They allow massive flags all around the ground. Noise is something that needs to be forced if it’s not their naturally.
Arsene shouldn’t be moaning about the noise. He should keep that to himself, especially as it’s come right out of the blue. If you have a problem, bring it up at the start of the season, otherwise it looks like another deflectionary excuse to cover up the fact he can’t motivate his players in the final stretch of the season.
Also, if you don’t go to games at the club, don’t jibe the people that do.
‘But I can’t make it because I have other priorities’
Good for you. The people that pay to go also have priorities but they put Arsenal first. I’m not saying people that don’t go are lesser fans, I am part of that crowd now and we start drinking at 7am to watch the arse, what I am saying is overseas fans need to show the home fans the same respect they expect. Being a season ticket holder is a slog and until you’ve experienced it, you really shouldn’t jump in and tell them how great you’d be.
Anyway, I’ve been a season ticket holder. Up your game home fans #SupportTheLADS #Slags #AwayDays #ChantLoud.
Back to Wenger… this made me laugh.
“What I find just boring is always sitting here after 19 years to face [the question]: ‘Do you think you are good enough?’” said Wenger. “I am not on Twitter. I don’t invite anybody to go out to dinner and be nice with them. I work and work and work and work. If it’s not good enough, someone will tell me one day. That’s all I can do. I do not worry what you [journalists] say about me or what fans say about me. I try to do my job in a proper way and with full commitment. After that everybody has the right to have an opinion.
“I cannot influence the behaviour of the fans. How can I do that? I don’t know. I am humble enough every day to question myself, to accept my mistakes and, believe me, I do that. After that there is no coincidence that the people who own the club tell me to be here for 19 years. Do you think they are more stupid than you or me? I feel privileged to have the confidence of the club for such a long time. I work seven days a week with full commitment. That’s all I can do.”
Arsene, Arsene, Arsene… you can influence the behaviour of the fans. You know, up your fu*king game and stop acting like you’re intellectually superior to the world. You manage 25 footballers who are about as culturally attuned as a can of spam. You’re being out smarted by managers like Alan Pardew who are regularly reduced to tears by heavy episodes of Scooby Doo.
Also, let’s not pretend you’re accountable to anyone. I mean, you’re not even accountable to your own previously high standards. You’re not humble, you’re a shambles. You only care about your own personal gain. Which is sad… so less of the, ‘I’m doing you all a favour’ nonsense, because you’re not… you’re doing your career a favour, your bank account a HUGE favour and you don’t give a rats arse about anyone else.
So, back to the season.
We have a pretty good run in now. We have to beat Hull in the FA Cup replay tonight, which should be fairly simple (LOL), then we have a good run in for the league.
West Brom at the weekend should be fairly straightforward, even though Rondon put paid to United at their top 4 hopes at the weekend.
Worrying thing for Arsenal now is that we’re in the battle for the top four. Not the league. However, there’s no team more experienced in the world at finishing top four than Arsenal. Maybe that’s what we needed all along. A threat to our Euro bonus!
The big game next week is Everton. We have to play Barcelona in between. A massive chance for Arsene to hash things up. We play Barca late on Wednesday. Then we play Everton very early on Saturday. Will Wenger do the right thing and drop his key players for a game that is dead… and shoot for glory at Everton?
We’ll see. My gut says he won’t because he’ll feel that he can still win the Champions League. If we go into Everton away tired, we could get a spanking. I really, really, really hope Wenger asks people around him what they think before he does something silly.
After Everton, it’s Watford, West Ham, Palace, Sunderland and Norwich that close out April. We need to hover around the top to have a chance. 76 points could win the league this year.
Spurs are going to drop points. Poch doesn’t rotate his team and you’ve seen how tired they’ve looked of late. They’re running out of steam at the wrong time. Leicester are also a team that haven’t had the luxury of rotation, so they’ll drop points. Big question is on Arsenal… can they make the right decisions in the run in? Because there will be opportunities to make a go of it…
But that’s a question of mental strength. We’ve seen a total lack of it lately… and Wenger going on the record calling his babies wimps doesn’t bode well.
P.S. I thought this quote from Wenger was great… when praise is at a low, create your own.
“Just to remind you, we have beaten Leicester twice so we have done our job against them. People have to look at other teams more, not just us on that front.
P.P.S. Steve Bruce needs to give it a rest. Give it up man, elite management is over for you.