So it’s a day later and I’m still basking in the glorious haze of an epic cup win. I’m glad my take on the event wasn’t as over the top as it felt when I wrote it. Lots of people saying it was one of the great FA Cup finals of recent times, and given the context, one of the greatest wins ever for the club.
Interesting reading around some of the journalists after the game. Amazing how quickly they turn on a sixpence. All of them predicted we’d be destroyed before the game, then after, they’re accusing the ‘ingrate’ fans of being stupid for ever doubting Wenger. Like they’ve been backing him all year.
I’m all game for Wenger reaping maximum kudos after that win, but the idea that it’s the lunatic fringe who have been outrageously critiquing the manager this season, and that it’s somehow been unfair is quite staggering.
I won’t jump into it today, but if you watched one game and you’re now a #WengerIn, then you have a very childish grasp on the realities of our last 10 years under Arsene and you certainly haven’t been paying attention to what’s gone on this season.
I found it a touch distasteful on Wenger’s part that he made the pregame all about him and his feelings, then in the post match, all he wanted to talk about was his feelings again. He’s trying to make this decision and emotional one, because that’s the only high ground he can take. If you hit him with the rational, he has very little to go on. Unless you think we moved stadium to compete better in the FA Cup?
He’s also playing with the numbers. Sure, we’ve been on a great run since Spurs, but we’ve also only played teams with nothing to play for in the league. Which is kind of a typcial ebb and flow of a Wenger season.
My only hope around this media drive was that he feels so betrayed by fans being disappointed in his consistently average performance, he might walk away. I mean, what better time? He can convince himself all he likes that actually, the true narrative of the season was that Cup Final, but let’s be real here, that was a beautiful one off in ten years of decline.
Speaking to people after the game, hardened season ticket holders, away fans… there was the bliss of glory, but the deep-seated frustration that Wenger can’t extract that sort of determination and grit from his players when it counts. Where was that drive against Watford? Palace? Spurs away?
Anyway, it goes without saying, I would still love to see him go. Head held high. Before shit hits the fan next season.
Most of the weight in the media seems to point to Sanchez moving onto pastures new. We simply don’t have the resources to replace a man of his extreme talent. I’d like to hope that cup win could galvanise him to stay on, like it did with Thierry after the CL final back in the day, but I have my doubts he’s going to want to play Thursday night football heading into his prime.
Things are looking good for Ozil, who might have to accept whatever we offer him, because he doesn’t exactly have the elite clubs knocking down walls to land him. Then we’ll see what happens with players like Ramsey and Chamberlain, who starred in the cup final.