Another week, another disappointment. We’ve gone from sad, to disappointing, to absolute ‘farce.’
Let’s cut to the chase here, Wenger has lost the dressing room. His players have given up on the season. They’ve entered an internal meltdown. It’s over.
Sure, we’re still in the race for the league, but it would take an effort of magnificent proportions to turn things around now. We have Barcelona on Wednesday, that could be an absolute car crash. Internally, the boys will know they have no chance. Then we face Everton at the weekend. Fresh off the back of them beating Chelsea… and to make matters worse, our first team will have just taken a Spanish spanking, Wenger will have them in training on Friday, they’ll be in hotels that night, whilst Everton will have been on easy street planning our demise.
This weekend could signal a new chapter in the growing screams for Wenger to move it on.
Really, when you think about it, Wenger has two choices now.
- He admits that his squad aren’t playing for him and he dismantles it and starts again. At 67, the chances of that are very slim.
- He resigns, accepting that he’s taken the club as far as he can and he moves upstairs.
Sad thing is, for me, I have my doubts he’ll do either. He’ll be praising the spirit and the mental strength of the squad long into the summer, he’ll not add anyone of note and we’ll be here cursing him again next season.
… bigger worry is Wenger is no longer a managerial force. If you’re coming over to this league, you’ll have Pochettino, Klopp, Mourinho and Guardiola to work for. Where are you going if you’re major talent? I’m not sure I’d want to play for a manager who doesn’t know how to win?
Things are also getting very worrying in the league. West Ham are 3 points behind us and in good form. United are within spitting distance. City are 2 points behind us and capable of a very good run in. We are in shocking form, 13th in the 2016 Premier League table. We’ve lost 3 home games on the bounce for the first time since the dinosaurs. We’ve won 4, lost 5 and drawn 5 out of our last batch of games.
People hitting me up with, ‘we should sign a 34 year old Zlatan because he’s a winner’ are totally deluded. Zlatan, is one of the greats, but he’s an aging force and here’s the thing… we have winners, all over the squad. World Cup winners, Euro Championship winners, Champions League winners, La Liga winners, Premier League legends… and we’re still not working out.
We don’t need more winners. We need a better manager. This whole set up stinks of a weak manager, why? Because it’s absolute fact Wenger isn’t a great manager now. You’re watching the culmination of 10 years of demise… the only reason it’s so obvious now is because the excuses have ebbed away. He’s been this bad for a while.
He’s not won or come close to the league in 12 years. He’s not made it past the last 16 in the Champions League in 6 attempts. He’s never won a European trophy. He’s tanked this season from an incredible position and he’s allowed Spurs and Leicester to run the show.
This is endgame territory. This is irrecoverable. He’s lost the fans, he’s lost the players… if he loses Champions League, he might have lost the board.
Wenger had waited for this season for ten years. That moment the rest of the league got shitter than Arsenal. It happened this year, a total fluke, Chelsea collapsed, so did City, so did United… and we had ALL the stability. All of the finances. All of the prestige.
Yet we still flunked. Our players couldn’t even motivate themselves to win a 3rd FA Cup in a row.
Glorious failure feels like a distant memory, this is raw, naked, unadulterated failure that sits with one man. Arsene Wenger. History is playing out, the question is how does he want it to go? With class and honour, like Fergie, Klopp or Pep. Or like a kicking and screaming dictator in the back of a pickup truck with people burning ‘Wenger Knows’ banners around him?
Wenger is an analogue guy in a digital age. He doesn’t want to accept that the internet is a thing. He doesn’t want buy a Netflix membership. He just wants to reminisce about the times when things were simpler.
It’s time for him to move on. It’s time for us to say goodbye. Because it’s coming, the only question now is how brutal does Wenger want it to be?
He’ll be thinking about his legacy. I just hope he’s not thinking of saving it by staying on for one more 3 year stint.
Let us know what you think in the comments.
P.S. A message to those idiot Arsenal fans fighting each other outside the ground. You’re an embarrassment. Even worse the people snapchatting it. This is football, not war… and if there’s a war, have it in the stadium against the opposition. It’s so embarrassing to watch that sort of eighties thug behaviour play out online. We’re better than that.