It’s tough coming back to write every day when you’ve been so utterly beaten by a rigged system designed in the mind of a man who sees sporting entities through the filter of a property portfolio.
Arsenal announced the new deal for Wenger yesterday. Bluster, repetition, no sign of any real change.
The embarrassing video of Ivan Gazidis talking about Wenger being the ‘best candidate’ in the world, despite the mountain of evidence that would suggest otherwise.
Stan K putting out a press release carefully penned by someone within the club. No substance behind it. Just a big fat middle finger to the fans at the club.
Wenger speaking about his love for the club, his dedication and a patronising message to the fans to get behind his dictatorship.
“We are entering an exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. Hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.”
David Ornstein dropped this little pearler about how the deal went down.
“Wenger and club owner Stan Kroenke met on Monday to determine the Frenchman’s future, with the decision relayed to directors at a Tuesday board meeting.”
This whole line basically says, as we’ve suspected for years, that the clubs structure is merely for show. Like a sham election in a country run by an authoritarian leader. The board are merely ornaments on the table to show that we have ‘class and heritage’, the CEO is a puppet there to just ensure the money keeps rolling through the door. The real power, as I’ve said on here many times, lies with a manager who has a direct line to the owner of the club.
Wenger, for all his perceived class, morality and intelligence is just a mob boss towering over the family business. His respect for the institution doesn’t really exist. He has respect for his own self-preservation. Think about it, he’s bypassed the foundations of the football club designed to control a would be king, he’s glossed over his feeble performance on the field, he’s completely ignored that he is no longer held in the high esteem with the majority of fans, and he’s taken advantage of an owner who has zero interest in winning trophies by serving him just enough to keep him in a job.
I say this with an absolutely straight face here: Wenger is not interested in winning elite trophies
Wenger is Stan Kroenke.
Stan Kroenke wants to see his asset appreciate without investing in it.
Arsene Wenger wants to see his longevity and power preserved firstly, and secondly, he wants to see his gang survive.
For Wenger to survive, he has to keep the money rolling in. He can’t rock the boat. He can’t really shoot for the stars, because by doing that, he’d put himself in the firing line.
Wenger needs to deliver just enough to survive with Stan. As long as he’s not costing him money, he’ll always be in a job. He absolutely know this.
You really think Wenger is interested in winning? Where is the evidence to support it?
We have basically the same backroom structure we’ve had for twenty years. Per Mertesacker says we did a lot of video analysis for the Chelsea match, and we’ve been doing it all year. That’s an innovation that was in the works for Sam Allardyce when he was at Bolton.
Look at the rest of them. Steve Rowley, a relic in scouting terms, hasn’t developed his approach in years. Look at the Dortmund squad. Look at the youth they’re pulling through. Look at Monaco. Look at Juventus. What exactly is our strategy? How can Wenger, a manager who reckons he watches football 24/7, not be asking questions of our scouting network when he sees what those teams are bringing in?
Look at how tactically fluid Jardim and Allegri are. Look at how disciplined Chelsea have been this season. Look at how Pochettino can change a system on a sixpence, during a game or before it, and win. If Wenger wanted to win, would he not be baking this into his approach? Would he not be curious about why he gets tanked so often? Don’t give me the, ‘well he beat Chelsea’, because it’s true, but I’m rather inclined, based on evidence (one away win against at top 10 team this year), to think that this was a one off… versus a come to Jesus moment at the end of the season. Wenger is tied in now, he has nothing to prove for another year, we’ll be back on his train of consistent regressive thinking in the hope he can defy logic and win like he did in the old days.
My final issue comes with the squad. Wenger thinks we’re one or two players away from dominance, which is his way of making you think it’s a squad issue, not an incompetence issue. However you chop it, we do have a very good squad, but there are major questions over their motivation. Now, under a Klopp or a Simeone, you’d see a different output. But here’s the thing, the squad gave up when it mattered last season. It’s undeniable. What makes anyone think that Wenger is going to be able to get 9months of focus next season out of a team that will be Sanchezless… and pretty much the same?
Wenger keeps the squad weak, because it means he is the almighty power at the club. I also heard that when Wenger switched up to a flat back three, he didn’t really understand how to make it work, that was down to the players. Back to the squad, Wenger would not have won that FA Cup with Kos at the back, I’m convinced that the leadership and communication of Per made that happen. A masterclass. So how is Wenger going to address leadership without investing in the big characters he’s had a severe aversion to since he dismantled our invincibles squad?
Also, one final point, Arsenal had a manager lined up. Don’t worry about that. Do you really think we’d not prepare for all eventualities? Don’t be ridiculous. All this absolutely nonsensical, ‘we weren’t ready to move Wenger on’ chat is beyond the pale bullshit. An experienced manager would come in and made things happen straight away. Wenger is a dominant figure, but you’d be surprised with what people can do when they’re freed of the shackles of an overbearing boss. Empower talented people, and watch them go. The narrative that the club would be paralysed without Wenger is embarrassing and plays into his fake narrative… and it’s always repeated by people who don’t have a fucking clue about how business organisations work.
Anyway, that’s my rant over.
Wenger signing on is as close to purgatory as I’ll come in this world. I’m depressed, frustrated, and bored to tears. Worst thing is, unless he kicks the bucket, there’s pretty much zero chance this will be his last deal. He wants to drop in the trenches, so we could be having the conversation for another 10 years.
Utterly depressing we sold out to someone who doesn’t care for sport. Utterly depressing Wenger will be sat in that dugout making things worse for the next five years.
See you in the comments.