Well, we’re heading into the international break, it’s pretty clear that the tide has turned and the vibe around the club is incredulity and shock. Arsene Wenger did what most of us expected he’d do, and indicated to the ‘board’ that he would indeed stay on. He’s planning to announce it this week, because he know it’s a disgusting decision and he’d rather sweep it under the carpet and give us a bit of time to digest and roll over.
I mean, that’s his plan anyway. I just simply refuse to believe the fans are going to take this one lying down, because Wenger is irredeemable now. As Henry Winter put it, this is not longer a parting of the ways, it’s a messy divorce and the fans are a partner scorned.
With success comes respect. With unbelievable respect comes great power. With great power, in Arsene’s case, came incredible patience and love from – an at times – sychophantic fanbase. We’ve given him more space to make things ‘next level’ than would be tolerated at any other club. We had to, we’d signed a contract of guilt when he gave up what were probably his most relevant years to manage for us. However, it’s been clear since 2010 that Wenger has been in painful decay. But we soldiered on, knowing it’d come to an end one day.
Many hoped that day was after the FA Cup final against Hull, but he soldiered on for 3 years he didn’t deserve. This time though, after proving that his version of stability was the equivalent of watching a bottle of creamy milk sit in a broken fridge for three years, we hoped he’d finally call it a day.
But no… he used the power he’d banked at the club to sign a deal that he had no right to sign. He used his executive order privilege to bypass government, the people and the footballing performance constitution of the world… and sadly, there’s no mediator sitting in Hawaii to provide a 56-page reading as to why this is an insane move.
So what can the fans do?
Well, not a lot. Let’s be fair, the supporter groups blew a massive opportunity to make a move and strike before the ink was dry. They could have added a layer of pressure and chose not to, fair enough. But a grassroots without them occurred. A bit ragtag at times, but hearts in the right place for sure, and some great media coverage. So the question now, is how do we build on that?
Well, I’m in New York, so I can’t really. But we can suggest ideas. The one we thought might be interesting on the podcast was a boycott of the home shirt.
— Will (@ConvertedWinger) March 20, 2017
Now firstly, that might be smart, because, at a glance, it’s hard to see that much has changed. Secondly, it’s an easy way to show your support for a more progressive Arsenal without doing something draconian, like boycott a match or eat your block 19 seat. Could be our version of Green & Gold… you know, when United fans thought their owners were anti-sport or some shite.
Anyway, worth thinking about. If Stan only cares about the money, you either throw away your season ticket like an idiot… or you do something small that’ll affect negotiations for more money. I appreciate it’d take a global effort to do something like that, but at the very least, if there were visibly less red shirts at the ground, it might be interesting. Maybe fans just wear the 3rd kit that’ll no doubt be pink and bright orange.
Anyway, don’t give up. Stay focused. Make it uncomfortable for the squatter that is Mr Wenger.
In other news, the PR team is desperately leaking anything they can find in Steve Rowley’s 2012 notepad to make it feel like Wenger is trying to make something happen this summer. It’s embarrassing because the club are now the boy that cried wolf, because they’ve been using this strategy for the last 7 years, so the fans are totally numb to it. Wenger already dropped a near £100m summer last year and the result was pony.
He bought Xhaka as a box to box not realising he wasn’t exactly physical or mobile, he bought Mustafi because he’d seen him play in the Euros and he couldn’t land Manolas, and he bought Perez because he was getting absolutely destroyed by the media for not addressing the striker problem he’d f*cked 4 years in a row. You can see he was pushed into that because poor old Lucas is getting the Andre Arshavin treatment big time.
There is almost nothing the club can do this summer to halt the continuation of regressive actions by Wenger. We’ve already told him he’s bigger than the CEO, we’ve given him a pay rise for being shite, and there has to be next to zero chance of the club doing anything to his backroom team because he’ll just go and cry to Stan K.
We actually have to go through the process of Wenger failing next season before we’ll see any progress. You couldn’t bring a Sporting Director in quick enough to make an impact on transfer plans Wenger is likely rushing through now to avoid his power structure crumbling.
It’s a pitiful mess, but like I said earlier, this is all his doing… and it’s his choice to spit on the fans by signing on again.
We’re going to have a terrible run in and I hope the reception he receives from the fans is venomous.
Man just signed on to give us 14 years of bad for 8 years of good. Forevermore, his memory will be…
‘Good at the start, such a shame he…’,
Power blinds even the greatest. Money and access will always be used as a carrot to maintain status-quo, and a stick to stifle progress. How utterly depressing on every level.
P.S. God bless the brilliant team over at F365 and this epic dissection of the #CircleofAcesss President.
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Vive la révolution!