Well guys if you were expecting to come here for good news…
Just kidding, you’re here for the misery, no one comes here for good news.
I spoke to some people in and around the club yesterday and the sad reality is sinking in… Wenger is here, no matter what.
We literally have no escape from a man who has shaken free from the summer coup attempt on his power grip.
Wenger’s not going anywhere. He’s Justin Belfort in Wolf on Wallstreet. He gives zero fucks about you, the press, and his players. This is the Arsene Wenger show and you’re all buckled in until he mortality catches up with him in 30 years.
Ivan Gazidis thought he was being a smart arse last season, dropping the catalyst for change comment before Arsenal beat City and went on a run that culminated in a beautiful victory in the FA Cup final.
He had his wings clipped by Stan K after that when the owner went over his subordinate to give Wenger a new deal AND a £2m payrise despite delivering next to nothing in terms of elite progress.
Basically, there’s no way he’s going to do that again. He’d have to quit if he landed an arse spanking that embarrassing again.
Then you have the realities of the league.
Chelsea are having big problems with Conte falling out with people behind the scenes.
Ronald Koeman is predictably out of his depth, with no one enjoying his methods or arrogance
Liverpool are bang average and Klopp is going to stutter all year
United, City and Spurs are the league standouts, the rest will just have to play catch up.
… and look, we’re 2 points off 4th. That place being occupied by a Watford that’ll tank at some point.
Here’s the sad reality, we’ll get destroyed by City in a few weeks, we’ll have a rough couple of months, but come March next year, you just know we’ll be within striking distance of 4th, and we’ll most certainly qualify for some sort of Europe again.
Arsenal are bad, but we’re not bad enough for the board to enact change.
We are not a sporting entity that wants an expensive manager. We’re not into ambition. We’re here for the media payday, and Wenger can keep us ticking along just fine.
Next season will be carnage though. The players we have now don’t believe they can win. Imagine how that’s going to look when we lose our two best players and replace them with substandard players? Imagine how it’s going to look when the rest of our ‘big names’ go into the final year of their deal? Imagine the banter when a 27-year-old Aaron Ramsey lands a 4 year deal on 250k a week! Imagine how bad it was last time we went into the last year of a Wenger deals… now multiply that with worse players.
Wenger is the never-ending story.
I cannot tell you how depressing that is. I don’t need to, because you’re all now living this.
We are not doing a podcast this week because I am deep in pitch mode. We’ll return the week after.