Arsenal in existential crisis shocker!

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Hello chums, I’m Alex and I’m an Arsenal fan. Well sort of.

What’s it called when the thing you once loved starts to hurt you, then bore you? Then you kind of want to see it fail, just to see how far it can possibly fall. Like a pile up of cyclists at the Tour de France, there’s some residual concern for the well being of individual cyclists, but the dark part of your brain eggs for more twisted metal and grazed limbs. Something akin to pleasure in another’s failure, joy in their shame. There must be a word for it. No? Nevermind.

So let’s get on to the first existential question of the post – can you be a fan if you want your team to suffer in the short term in order for it to benefit in the long term? That’s pretty much where I am at the moment. Any decent result at this stage will be pounced on by the manager as an excuse to stick with him.

My hope, and I expect this is secretly true for quite a few others, is that the team will fail just enough to force the board into action. Cut the apron strings, remove the drip and push the ice floe off into the sunset. At this stage, I’d honestly prefer humiliation until the end of the season in the league and cup to two more seasons of Arsene Wenger, no matter what changes he promises not to make over the Summer.

Which leads on to our second question, can an organism truly change if its principal component does not? I understand what Ivan Gazidis is trying to do. Clear out the dross, build a proper infrastructure around the manager, force change on him from above.

But will that make the manager practice shooting in training, build defensive structure into the team or come up with tactical variations for different opponents? Will it stop him making substitutions on 70 minutes or running players into the ground or playing Francis Coquelin ever again?

And on a second question of change, will a new influx of players under the same manager make any difference at all? Mesut Ozil has gone from Zinedine Zidane to Marouane Chamakh in three years under Arsene Wenger.

Arguably four of the most talented British players in a generation – Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey – are derided as bums for being played to breaking point every season and not working out how to coach themselves better.

Let’s put all talk of new players on hold until the big piece of elephant poo in the room has been properly swept away. That is, as good a coach as Arsene used to be, not one player has progressed under him since Laurent Koscielny five years ago. Its a shocking record.

Managers across Europe look with envy at the young talent he hoards, overplays and leaves to flounder in a set up with no tactics. No true assessment can be made of the current squad’s capabilities and limitations until a new coach is installed (except Coquelin he really is trash).

Final question – what can anyone possibly write about Arsenal these days? If this carries on, pretty soon Arsenal bloggers are going to be unemployed. Which I’m sure we can all agree is the real tragedy here.

Reading round some of this site’s counterparts, its interesting how some people are a) looking for almost anything to write about other than expressing what may be an unfavourable view of the manager (yes he’s great but he’s not your dad) and b) are now saying stuff that Pedro was getting coated off for saying 5 years ago.

And look, I’m more than happy to call Pedro out for being a melt, or having terrible dress sense and a rubbish haircut and only having kissed one girl in his entire life. But its interesting that Ivan has been briefing Jeremy Wilson in the Telegraph that Colbert, Rowley and Peyton are going. Le Grove has been calling those guys guff for years.

People may not like the way the message was being expressed, but there can be no doubt that this blog was calling it right long before the others. Long may it continue.

Anyway those are some questions to get you thinking on a mild Wednesday afternoon.

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181 Responses to “Arsenal in existential crisis shocker!”

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  1. Shaun Wilson

    Agree with you that Ancellotti would be a perfect interim manager – we need someone with proven ‘big time’ experience to be able to steady the Titanic that Wengers good ship Arsenal has become. Make no mistake this is Wenger going under for the third time while the board play on.

  2. China

    What the fuck does a mutual decision in this case mean?

    Wenger wants to stay, if the board don’t want him, tell him and work on replacing him immediately. If they want him tell and make him sign today


  3. China

    Don’t buy this succession deal bs my friends. It’s the most transparent deferral of responsibility from the board to wenger by letting him handle replacing himself

    The board could not give any fewer fucks about this club if they tried

  4. Pierre

    1) China…. I talk to a lot of other fans about arsenal’s situation and they think the arsenal fans are an embarrassment… not wanting to recognise winning 2 F a cups says it all really..
    2) Bamford….. If Wenger leaves, you and all the other wobs will think you have achieved your goal but I disagree… I think that ultimately Wenger will leave because of the results and performance of the team… Wenger has never in the last 20 years not been able to stop the rot until now….
    3)rainman… Opposing Fans singing we want you to stay is just a wind up… I have no doubt that spurs fans will sing it and will you really believe that they mean it after 20 years of watching spurs failing to better arsenal and watch Wenger lift trophy after trophy during that time that

  5. Pierre

    . Wenger will leave and everything will be fine, right..
    Arsenal will go on and win the champions league and win title after title.. Ain’t gonna happen
    Kronke will give the new manager hundreds of millions to compete with city, Chelsea and united and barca, real, bayern…. Ain’t gonna happen
    We will pay astronomical wages to entice the world’s best to the club… Ain’t gonna happen
    Players will now want to come to Arsenal and not choose United, barca or real as we will now pay the highest wages and pay 100 million for players like pogba. … Ain’t gonna happen
    We will watch more exciting football than Wenger has produced for the last 20 years… Ain’t gonna happen ……
    Referees will suddenly start giving arsenal decisions………actually, That could happen…

    The best thing that could happen is for kronke to leave… If doesn’t leave then what will change…. Nothing…. The new manager will be expected to win titles and compete in Europe with one hand tied behind his back….
    Pochettino is having to do it at spurs and is receiving plaudits for doing well and deservedly so but he has won nothing and were dire in Europe and very soon the vultures will be circling and offering untold wealth to alli, kane etc and their heads will be turned just as that arsenal side with rvp, ces, ade, cliche, nasri etc and then Pochettino will leave just as Wenger should have done 5 or 6 years ago and go and manage real or barca and win titles and Europe, just like Wenger should have done.. Instead Wenger remained loyal to the club which was his biggest mistake…

  6. Rambo Ramsey

    Pierre, stop this pretentious bollocks, you are clearly a Wenger sympathizer, just man up and admit it instead of hiding behind wishy-washy sentiments.

    Fans should shut up and wait till the day Wenger comes to realize he’s finished? Seriously are you taking the piss are do you have not have much in terms of IQ? Its comical how us WOBs have come to understand Wenger better than his fanboys. Did you miss his little speech about his determination to put things right?

  7. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘Wenger should have done 5 or 6 years ago and go and manage real or barca and win titles and Europe, just like Wenger should have done.. Instead Wenger remained loyal to the club which was his biggest mistake…’

    That’s right Pierre, let the true colors come out. No more AKBs, is that right?

  8. Pierre

    Rambo Ramsey… Are you not embarrassed by naming yourself after the most overrated footballer in Britain… And yes he was bought by Wenger and Wenger still rates a player who is a show pony, who plays for himself and personal glory, who is so limited in his ability but Wenger still rates him highly.
    Surely that makes you the AKB as obviously you think that Wenger knows best about Ramsey and you think on the same level…..

  9. TitsMcGee

    ‘Wenger should have done 5 or 6 years ago and go and manage real or barca and win titles and Europe, just like Wenger should have done.. Instead Wenger remained loyal to the club which was his biggest mistake…’

    Jesus. Are you actually serious?

    Wenger wouldn’t last one season at any of the aforementioned clubs. You think his ‘winning doesn’t matter’ bollocks would fly at those clubs?

    There are proper fans over there that would have run him out about 8-9 years ago.

  10. TitsMcGee

    It’s really comical how the stadium changes, our players change, opponents change, opponents’ managers change and all the AKBs want to do is point fingers away from the common denominator. What has he been doing the past 13 seasons? Does Juve have more money than us?

    Wake up.

  11. Rambo Ramsey

    Another moron obsessed with monikers.

    If you must know, I chose this one years back and I can’t be arsed to change it seeing as its a random effing Internet moniker.

    ‘Surely that makes you the AKB as obviously you think that Wenger knows best about Ramsey and you think on the same level…..’

    Sweet God, you really have painfully low IQ.

  12. Pierre

    Rambo Ramsey
    Is it pretentious to suggest that, unless things change at the top, a new manager will struggle to meet the expectations of the fans without the necessary funds and backing of the owners…… I don’t think so…
    Wait and see how much city and united spend in the window to achieve success and whether we match it… Ain’t gonna happen

  13. Guns of Hackney

    As I have said before, Wenger should not be allowed to make a decision about his future.

    Wenger is quite demented. That has to be beyond doubt, now.

    He is continuing his scortched earth policy with relish.

    I would implore every single Arsenal fan to make a stand once and for all because there literally won’t be a club to support after Wenger is finished with it.

  14. Steveyg87


    Nobody on here is saying we will win the champions league, all we want is for this club to be run like an actual football club, not a business, dont you think we have been fed enough BS?

  15. Guns of Hackney

    Arsenal and Champions League should only be mentioned in the context of “former champions league entrants, Arsenal”…

    It would be a right laugh if Arsenal didn’t even qualify for the europa league.

  16. Rambo Ramsey

    Pretentious was what you were doing with your ‘There are no more AKBs, everyone wants Wenger gone’. If you wanted Wenger gone, you wouldn’t be blasting people who hold up the same message in matches or in the streets.

    Your ilk always amuse me. You claim you want change, but you aren’t prepared to work for it. As if this is not enough, you actively get in the way of people who are prepared to put in some effort.

    I guess you picked this up from your hero Arsene? He too pretends he wants to see a positive change in the club’s fortunes but isn’t ready to actually do something that may bring change, like letting go of his outdated methods, being more flexible with his principles and ideas, not blocking others who have ideas of their own.

  17. RJM

    Ramsay is not crap.

    The manager that coaches him is.

    One name. One fucking name you fucking French cunt. Name one fucking player Wenger has improved in the last 10 years – just one!

    DON’T waste your time… cause there isn’t one!

  18. Pierre

    “Nobody on here is saying we will win the champions league, all we want is for this club to be run like an actual football club, not a business, dont you think we have been fed enough BS?”
    Good sentiments but being run like an actual football club will not necessarily move us up to the elite….. We are, at the moment, on the 2nd rung at best and to move us up to the top level will take a massive investment to entice the very best players to the club…. Man u are throwing money at it to achieve success , city and Chelsea have spent enormous amounts of money and will spend more…. Leicester have been the exception and you could say that the invincible team was built relatively cheap but these are exceptions…… Only when Wenger leaves will we know who controls the purse strings… If the new manager goes out and spends 3/4 hundred million then we will know that it was Wenger who has held the club back

  19. Alexanderhenry


    Absolutely right on the post wenger scenario.

    I think he should go but I also think things will get worse for arsenal.

    Then, everyone will finally identify kroenke as the main problem, which he is.

  20. WestLondonGoon

    It’s time to call in United Airlines’ security and tell them that Wenger refuses to leave his seat.

  21. Ishola70

    Stop making excuses for Wenger.

    His team are letting in goals like a sieve.

    That’s nothing to do with Kroenke.

    All to do with Wenger.

    Ten over two legs against Bayern, three at Palace, three at West Brom , seven over two games against Liverpool, three at Chelsea, three at Bournemouth, four on the spin in combined games against Everton and Man City.

    It makes horrific reading.

    He’s a silly old man that doesn’t give a toss about his side defending.

  22. Guns of Hackney

    Look, hold on. Stan is a jerk but he has always put his money up for Arsenal. He is also under wengers spell…but

    He does not interfere with training
    Buying players
    The stadium move
    Health of players
    Etc etc

    Wengers fingerprints are all over this debacle. Please, please stop looking to blame a chairman who apart from being too loyal to Wenger, has never denied Arsenal anything.

  23. Ishola70

    All this talk of Kroenke is getting boring for the simple reason that those that go on about him so obviously have sympathies for Wenger.

    This current mess the club is in is down to Wenger. No-one else.

  24. andy1886

    Massive investment eh? That would be the ‘poor’ club that has a higher net spend than Chelsea over the last five years and a wage bill within 10% of theirs too? Yup, compared to a Chelsea that is going to win a second title in three years. Can’t compete financially my arse. Kroenke not letting Wenger spend my arse.

    By all means forward a genuine argument but most of the old ‘poor underfunded Arsenal’ myths were dispelled a long time ago, almost as far back as when Arsene really was competitive. Why not explain why he doesn’t seem able to motivate, organise or come up with a tactical answer to ‘inferior’ coaches and teams that worked him out years ago.

  25. Bankz


    Stop being stuck up like Wenger.
    Take some time out to loosen up, life isn’t that serious.
    My girl by the way loves my version of “boring”.