There’s a rule in football management. It goes something like: ‘Don’t say mean things about other managers, because…’
Wenger, a man who has garnered more undeserved compliments over the years than Donald Trump in a cabinet meeting, decided to state that Pep G hadn’t made an impact on the game.
“Because you look at Barcelona, they are still the best team in Europe. I think you have to accept that the modern game has changed, because there is a re-groupment of the best players in a small number of clubs. And as managers, we impulse our philosophy. But I think this game belongs to the players, because the importance of the players has become bigger than ever before, because the re-groupment of the best players in very small numbers of teams.”
Not the smartest thing to say at the best of times when you’re rocking Wenger’s record of averageness, but particularly dim to take credit away from the best manager in the world mid-season when you’re struggling just before you play him twice in a week
Those comments didn’t age well. Pep pulled Wenger’s tracky-b’s down at Wembley and spanked his bottom, then did the same thing again last night, this time in front of his girlfriend at the school disco. It was unsettling how easily Arsenal were taken apart on both occasions. It’s difficult now to see how Wenger can come back from such a fucking disaster.
One of the NBC guys captured the mood perfectly, ‘my biggest issue is coming up with new ways to talk about the same problems’… amen to that brother, that’s been my life for 10 years.
I will say though, things feel very different this year.
We have a team in place behind the scenes that can look after transfers, contracts and player identification and recruitment.
Arsene’s blip last season is now a pattern.
He’s damaging the business. Sponsorship deals are average, Champions League money is missing. Tickets against Champions elect are going on general sale and not selling. He’s spending the cash reserves. Wasting money on shite players. Wasting wages on a socialist wage structure. Costing the club a fortune with his own salary.
Fan apathy has reached new levels of depressing. It’s February and half the Arsenal end at the cup final left before the game finished. Last night, I’ve never seen more empty seats at an important home game in my life. Shocking. The aftermath of the game looked like the folk watching the coffin of a popular Royal rolling down the street after an untimely death.
The players are on their summer holidays and March 2nd just landed today. They don’t care. Jack Wilshere apparently involved in a prematch bust-up. Players on the pitch mooching about like they’re waiting for a shift at Maccy D’s to finish.
Wenger furious on the bench cursing like an old drunk.
John Cross telling everyone it’s over for Wenger. A man who was telling fans last year they should be ‘careful what they wish for.’ The regime’s most willingly subversive/obedient journalist. If he’s saying it’s over, it’s really over.
Josh Kroenke moving into the club to investigate a shite manager. Slipping into the abattoir, bolt gun in hand, because Dad doesn’t have the guts to pull the trigger.
It’s over. This is the end. Wenger is finished.
Don’t be sad about it. Ignore the bed wetters who’ve only just realised it’s over. It’s been over for 10 years. If you were reading content from people that said ‘careful what you wish for’, do the right thing and unfollow them right now. Remember the intellectual high ground they tried to command? Embarrassing. They’ve been enablers for a force that’s been clearly declining since he fucked the 2008 campaign.
Move on. Get excited about the next chapter. Pray that Ivan Gazidis is seriously considering Leonardo Jardim this summer, because that guy is one of the most exciting managers in the world and one of the few that could replace Wenger, and build a team for the future.
Don’t be sad about the City games. Be thankful that the opportunities for Wenger to reclaim a narrative from this awful wreckage of a season are drying up quicker than a cup of water spilt in a Kleenex factory. Damn, that was so bad, I feel like I have to apologise.
Right, listen to Dan (from the Le Grove comments @Topical_Storm) and me talk on this fine podcast (It’s a good one):
- We talk about City
- We talk about what’s changed this year
- Dan goes into depth about some VERY interesting Josh Kroenke quotes
- WE talk about our 10 favourite managers (not even sure it’s ten, but there’s a lot)