A win is a win is a win.
Well, if you were there to see it. Talk of the game was mostly about how many people decided to boycott the game. Real sad times. I saw someone online stating that the most packed section of the ground was in the West Brom bit that they’d sold back, the response was, ‘yeah, the bit where the tourists go. The hardcore defected.’
Now, I’ve seen people say they thought 5000 were missing, I think that’s a massive underestimate judging by the pictures. I mean, if it was 5000, we’ll hear it leaked in the press (becuase that’s not too bad). I’ve been at games where it’s 5k short, that looks more like 10 or 15k people not turning up. I’ve never seen the ground so empty.
I think what must make this all the harder for the club to stomach is that it’s not a protest. A protest would indicate that someone like the Redaction or Blackscarf instructed people not to show. This is worse, this is just people who were willing to throw away £30 because they couldn’t stomach a bland evening of football. This was a show of dissent. This was a middle finger up to a manager who said it was ok to finish behind Spurs and that we need to find some perspective because we’re overly emotional.
It should feel like end of days, the last hurrah, the goodbye tour, but we know it’s not.
Wenger will be there next season, with a few new players and a half-baked squad ready to battle it out for another year of miserable football.
I didn’t get to see much of the game, I was flying. But from all reports after, it was a pretty tame performance against a team so on the beach, sand was coming out the bottom of their shorts.
Our first goal was a lovely bit of movement from Sanchez on the edge of the box, followed by a low piledriver that slipped under Foster (he should have done better). Sanchez made it two in the second half when he slipped a free kick under the wall. Nice to see him coming alive when it doesn’t matter.
I’d say it’s too little too late, but then I’d be indicating a win against West Brom is something to savour in the good times.
This season is clugging to an undignified ending, but at least we might make 3rd and avoid the irritation of having to qualify for CL and suffer a stuttery summer because Wenger is financial planning with £100m in the bank.
I read with interest the Arsenal PR machine ramping up to placate the fans. A prominent Arsenal journo dropped the ‘careful what you wish for, Arsenal fans like Martinez and Wenger has seen him off’ line… it’s amusing, because you know that’s just part of the game of access, because any seasoned journalist (a Gooner as well) watching that bucket of bland this season (and all the others) will know it’s over for Wenger.
It’s also worth noting that yes, Wenger has seen off Martinez (a manager famed for playing stylish football that had his teams finish one place above the relegation zone each year), but it’s also worth noting that Wenger has also seen off Mourinho twice, Carlo Ancelotti twice (Chelsea and Madrid), he’s seen off Jurgen Klopp, Heycknes, Del Bosque, Benitez twice, Rijkaard and Tim Sherwood twice.
He’s not seen them off because he’s defied the odds. He’s seen them off because Arsenal won’t sack him. Does anyone think Wenger would have lasted ten years at Chelsea? Madrid? Barcelona?
It’s ok being careful what you wish for… the question for me is this, is the thing you’re wishing for, a manager that stays in the job forever? Or are you wishing for a club that recognises when change needs to occur and that the club makes that change?
Would I like Chelsea’s model of change? I mean, it’s extreme, but it wins trophies. What about Bayern Munich? Lots of change, but look at the trophies. In fact, tell me where stability is working? I think football changes so damn fast it’s almost impossible to stick with one person and succeed. I think we need to move away from the idea that we want a 20 year manager next time. Because that’s not going to happen, nor should it. Twenty years leads to too much power.
What I’m wishing for is success. If that comes with a managerial merry-go-round, who cares? It only impacts my life if we stop hiring great coaches to take us forward.
Right, that’s me done. Have a super day and have your fingers crossed for me winning this pitch today. #PrayforPete