Giving up the league Wenger’s master strategy for toppling Atletico

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Once again, Arsene Wenger finds himself in a situation where he can excuse the rapid decline of the club. His team tanked in blue again, losing 2-1 to a very average Newcastle side, but somehow, the press has brushed this off as a byproduct of searching for Europa League glory.

Partly, that could be seen as true. However, as is everything with Arsene Wenger, you need to have context. If this were off the back of a scintillating season, you could perhaps acknowledge the changing shape of our form. That’s not the case though. Our form is an illness that’s plagued the club for years now.

This season’s particular ailment happens to be away form. We just lost our 5th away game in a row this season, we’re the only club in the league to not have registered a single point away from home in 2018. In the home league table, we’d be third, in the away league table we’re bottom half. It’s staggering how damaged we are once we step off the away day bus. What makes this problem even worse, is Wenger has teed up the atmosphere at home as a reason for poor form in the past. Maybe the lack of fans > the lack of venom is our secret sauce for away games? Maybe away fans are the problem?

The game wasn’t much to write home about. Lacazette and Auba combined nicely inside the opening 15 minutes, Lacazette reaching a teasing cross at the back post. Then it all collapsed in a combination of low energy and silly defensive mistakes. The whole defense was beaten route one from a Shelvey hoof to Gayle, he held onto it, laid the ball off for a tidy front post cross finish by Perez. The second time Mustafi has been caught napping in a week, in exactly the same move.

Who spoke to him after he made the same mistake against Southampton?

The second came from a throw. Mustafi made a hash of it, Monreal made a double hash of it, Slimani nodded to Perez, who laid it into Ritchie, with the finish inevitable.

Losing 2-1 to Newcastle is shabby, they are Championship level. It does show you how good Rafa is as a coach. He’s taken a very poor group of players and crafted a masterful season, hats off to those boys.

But what does it say about Arsenal? Wenger has let the concentration handbrake off on the season. Burnley are closing in on us, terrible records are closing in on Arsenal. It’s really not looking good. Mourinho pulled this stunt towards the end of the last season, but his path to Europa glory was easy… but it was still a gamble.

Wenger now has Atleti in the semi-final. I’m not sure bombing the league is in his interest, because if he gets beaten, which seems likely, all he has to fall back on are the facts from the season.

> You spent a load of money

> You didn’t improve the team in any way

> We didn’t make Champions League again

> You didn’t win anything

How can the club possibly back him for another season like this?

Also, there’s an argument to say that when you’re still playing for something, as a player, you should be fighting for your place. Keeping your game sharp. It’s hardly helpful that Mustafi and Chambers are recording disaster classes on the regular. It’s not a positive to keep getting your ass handed to you. I think it’s arrogant. Sure, we’ve had an extra gear in the Europa League this season, but that’s only because the competition has been absolutely dross. The idea that we can switch off in the league in prep for playing one of the best teams in Europe is quite horrifying.

What all this shows is that Wenger doesn’t care about winning. He doesn’t know how to motivate players. He is utterly lost as an elite manager.

Worth noting that Atletico won 3-0 vs Levante as they cement 2nd place in La Liga. They’re up to 71 points, still pushing for a league they have next to no chance of winning. That’s proper coaching.

I guess if Wenger shows Simeone how it’s done over 2 legs, we really will have no argument over this season.

There’s also an ugly rumour doing the rounds that Wenger reckons he’s going nowhere, goading the club into trying to fire him.

Can you imagine being that arrogant about your future? Only Arsenal would be meek enough to have their next seasons plan geared around the hope their manager is self-aware enough to fire himself.

Pathetic.

Right, see you in the comments. I’m back in England this week. Also, I have a treat coming up for you in a few weeks. I have a bonified expert in fitness, and he’s going to talk to us about red zones, player loads, j-curves and a host of other shit you had no idea about that goes into keeping players fit.

I am VERY excited about that.

Also, moving forward, no more drunk podcasts. I apologise for that.

234 Responses to “Giving up the league Wenger’s master strategy for toppling Atletico”

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  1. DM

    Bankz, hope you got the winning out your system!

    Though tbh if Pedro keeps posting at 10am (I know this one wasn’t) then I can’t compete. I’m out of the office at 10 so nothing I can do if they go up then.

  2. HighburyLegend

    “How can the club possibly back him for another season like this?”

    The board is filled with men like wenger, and their only interest is money, so I really can’t see why it’s so hard to admit that they will keep him in charge until he dies.

  3. Bamford10

    Highbury

    Except that Wenger is COSTING them money, a lot of money. Missing out on the CL is an opportunity cost of £40m a year. Thus that’s £80m he’s cost them thus far — I don’t see us beating Atletico — and £120m if they were to allow him to continue for another season. I’m hoping they see reason.

  4. Ukesox

    “Judge me at the end of the season” has been Wenger robust response to poor performances and the teams usual post Xmas melt-down in seasons past.
    I bet he’s not going to be trotting that one out this year!!!

  5. Leedsgunner

    Wenger will point to the Europa league run as a symbol of progress… whether we win or not.

    When he does, someone should ask him why we had to play in that competition in the first place.

  6. Elmo

    You can’t look beyond the league form for a barometer of what is really happening at the club.

    Step back and assess who we’ve had to overcome to reach the EL semi:
    – the 4th best team in Russia
    – the 6th best team in Italy
    – the 5th best team in Sweden
    – the 18th best team in Germany
    – the best team in Serbia
    – the best team in Belarus

    Of course you can only beat what’s in front of you, but it’s fair to say we haven’t faced a single team in the EL who we shouldn’t be comfortably out-classing, even as only the 6th best team in England.

    That Wenger may well be allowed to remain purely on the back of a LC final and a EL semi shows how low standards are at the club.

  7. Bamford10

    Yesterday’s tawdry performance and result is the direct result of two of Wenger’s more glaring deficiencies: his inability to build a proper squad (one with balance & depth,) and his inability to teach proper defending.

    Wenger out.

  8. Bamford10

    Yeah, we’ve beaten a bunch of mediocrities in the EL. That we’ve reached the semi’s there is a sign of nothing other than the low level of competition thus far.

    Oh, and I read that Atletico’s doctors expect Diego Costa to be back for the first leg in London.

    I will ask again: does anyone think there is any chance of empty seats next Thursday? Or is the moment big enough that all will return to their seats?

  9. Carts

    Again, didn’t watch the game, but I saw both Ritchie and Perez’s goal this mornign. Oh and I read Wenger’s post match bollocks. Same shit, different day.

    “Wenger said his players “physically suffered” in the second half after a three-day turn around and the trip to Russia had been a “weight” on his team.”

    What I’m struggling to understand is why Wenger is so disingenuous with the current situation. It kind of goes back to the other day where a few posters were debating over his mental state of mind.

    Fuck our away leg in Russia, last week. How about Wenger tells it as it is. We’ve only won 3 away games this year, ffs. The sailent point, here, is Wenger lack of influence on these players, more so away from home.

    All away fixtures are ominous.

  10. Champagne charlie

    The board are an irrelevance at Arsenal, unlike other clubs. Which makes our gormless owner all the more detrimental.

    There’s seemingly no accountability. Though that’s no just with Wenger, where is the accountability for having Ozil, Alexis, Ramsey all entering final stages of their contracts and leaving us pants down?

    There’s a lot of people dragging their feet at Arsenal it would appear, nobody is there to crack a whip and demand progress.

  11. HighburyLegend

    “No CL or ELC to play this season, so we can focus totally on the PL title.”
    (Arsène Wenger, August 2018)

  12. Michael24

    If Wenger stays, that would be it for me.

    I’ll go and watch Fulham, even if they don’t make it to the EPL, and comfort myself in the knowledge that Wenger’s legacy will be officially null and void.

  13. Champagne charlie

    Michael24

    You wouldn’t be missed amongst Arsenal fans. Wear your flip flops on the way to Craven Cottage

  14. Bamford10

    “Enough about Wenger, guys; let’s talk about the board or ownership or the lack of accountability or about anyone or anything other than the manager (whose reputation and legacy I am a staunch defender of). To this end, in fact, I am going to avoid even mentioning the manager’s name in my posts.”

  15. Michael24

    HL

    Surely you still believe in, or listen to, the garbage he comes out with?

    Can get more common sense from mother in law and she knows nothing about football.

    Wenger will never say it as it is, because he doesn’t have the cojones.

  16. James wood

    Not quite getting your comment there Michael.
    Re supporting Fulham.?
    We have all had to wait for Wengers final game.
    If you are a true supporter then Fulham would not come into the argument.

  17. Michael24

    CC

    I feel you’re talking for the minority.

    In any case, who cares that I wouldn’t be missed by Arsenal fans.

    I don’t come on here to make friends, unlike others I could name.

  18. Bamford10

    Michael

    Highbury is imagining the kind of nonsense Wenger will treat Arsenal fans to next summer (if he continues at the helm).

    Champagne is trying to steer people onto any topic other than Wenger and his failures.

    You are saying silly things (“will watch Fulham”) that only leave you open to critics of “WOBs”.

    James Wood is pointing out the silliness of your remark.

    Got it?

  19. Champagne charlie

    Banford

    My comment was a follow up to Highburylegends one about the board being full of moneygrabbers. Keep up you fucking mong

    Michael24

    Minority about what? Your talk of going to Fulham is pathetic. You’re an Arsene F.C. type, the majority will still be here supporting Arsenal whilst you’re pouting about Wenger should he stay.

  20. Michael24

    B10

    I know!

    Anything to ruffle a few feathers.

    Who’s your nearest option?

    @ James Wood

    Lighten up and don’t take it too seriously.

    Define a “true supporter.”

    I’m all ears.

  21. gonsterous

    well according to the juve manager, he’s not going anywhere.. so another season with wenger it is… also what makes any one think wenger is going to leave at the end of the season ?? don’t bring up can pressure cause our fans are more fickle than the Roman people…

  22. HighburyLegend

    “Highbury is imagining the kind of nonsense Wenger will treat Arsenal fans to next summer (if he continues at the helm).”

    I don’t imagine anything, it’s a prediction lol

  23. steve

    “Minority about what? Your talk of going to Fulham is pathetic. You’re an Arsene F.C. type, the majority will still be here supporting Arsenal whilst you’re pouting about Wenger should he stay.”

    Lololol “supporting Arsenal”. If Wenger stays they’ll be supporting him as well dumbo.

  24. mysticleaves

    Allegri and Simeone all attainable this summer if we want them. Allegri cant win the UCL with Juve and AtM won’t unseat Barca or Madrid again. Both wouldn’t mind a fresh challenge. Tuchel is free.

  25. Michael24

    steve

    Don’t show your intelligence Steve, they don’t like it.

    Lol!

    Still no definition of a true supporter.

    Lol, even more.

  26. Ishola70

    Bamford10
    “Yesterday’s tawdry performance and result is the direct result of two of Wenger’s more glaring deficiencies: his inability to build a proper squad (one with balance & depth,) and his inability to teach proper defending.”

    And some shit purchases. Don’t forget those.

    I still see on the other thread some posters wanting to paint the picture that the players are fine.

    Giving free passes continually to Mustafi and Xhaka.

    They are both over-rated poor purchases.

    Some seem to think that pointing out that Wenger not only is not up to it in general aspects of management but also in some cases in recruiting players is to somehow absolve him of all the blame. It doesn’t. Bringing in poor purchases as well only adds to his crimes.

    Another reason some fans do not want to entertain that as well as a dud manager Arsenal also has some dud players is because that is a less painful thought. Much easier to digest that the players are dandy just the manager is off.

  27. Champagne charlie

    Steve/Michael24

    Still no comprehension of fans that want the best for the team, but also want to see changes in technical staff?

    I hate Mourinho,I’d still support Arsenal if he was manager. Evolve your understanding just a touch maybe.

    Banford

    That’s all you’ve got isn’t it?

    Make a stupid comment, proclaim someone is doing/sayig something else entirely and then you’ve no follow up to bein challenges on it.

    You’re impressively stupid. The faux intellectual stuff is cringeworthy. The absolute state you must be out in the real world haha :)

  28. OleGunner

    “There’s also an ugly rumour doing the rounds that Wenger reckons he’s going nowhere, goading the club into trying to fire him.”

    Sickening to read but there it is.
    The arrogant old man is not going anywhere.

    Contract extension into 2021 is a lock.

  29. Emiratesstroller

    Earlier today I pointed out that there had been a lack of investment in our defence going back several years. There has been an overemphasis on bringing
    in bargains.

    I made also a comparison between Arsenal’s defensive investment in last two
    transfer windows where we spent under £2 million on an unknown centre
    back [Mavropanos] who has yet to play with first team and that of the other
    5 clubs who are currently above us.

    The obvious demise of Arsenal from a defensive perspective started last season when we conceded 44 goals in EPL i.e. an average of more than one per
    game and that resulted in our failure to qualify in top 4 for first time in more
    than 20 years. Also we conceded 10 goals in 2 legs against Bayern in CL.

    That in itself should have sent out a clear warning to the club and manager
    that our defence was not in great shape and required investment.

    Yet the lesson was not learned and our sole defensive recruit was Kolasinac
    who came on a Bosman. There was no investment in CBs despite the report
    that Koscielny had an ongoing injury problem which precluded him in playing
    more than one game a week, Mertesacker no longer good enough to play for
    club in EPL AND the departure of Gabriel to Valencia.

    The problem was further compounded by selling Szczesny a 27 year old goalkeeper now in his prime for peanuts to Juventus even though Cech was 35 and
    showing signs of decline.

    This season we have already conceded 45 goals in EPL with 5 games still to play and won just 3 away games. Also we lost a FA Cup game to Nottingham
    Forest 4-2.

    So the question, which someone needs to ask is what exactly are the club’s plans to solve the problem?

    The problem is not just about spending money, because frankly if Wenger and
    his coaching team are still running the show I doubt that anything will change
    in the way we play games. Wenger is one leopard who will not change his spots.

    Last week I made the case that some of the younger players in the squad could
    improve with better tutelage and leadership off the field. When you look around the EPL you see what can be achieved with even more limited resources than we have got.

    Players like Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac and even perhaps Mustafi might improve under a better coaching system. However, I doubt realistically
    that Cech or Koscielny will improve and personally I don’t think Chambers
    and Holding are good enough to sit on bench.

  30. Champagne charlie

    Phd07

    Seems that way. Thing that always strikes me about a few on here is how forthcoming they are with tales of their everyday life.

    ‘Turn a deaf ear to those who shout loudest, for an honest man need not raise his voice’

  31. Pedro

    PHD, one more comment against Bamford and you’re blocked.

    This is an arsenal blog not a commentate on other posters blog. Grow up

  32. OleGunner

    Pedders,

    Sorry if asking this is a problem but are you able to elaborate on Wenger goading the club into firing him?

  33. Aubergine14

    The intensity just isn’t there in the team and AW is giving the players all the encouragement to switch off in the remaining league fixtures.

    Can’t turn form on and off like a switch.

  34. TheBayingMob

    I watched the game yesterday with the same apathy and lack of interest that has plagued me for a few seasons now; it’s like a slow debilitating disease and I’m not sure there’s any way back from it. Seeing the glaring defensive mistakes didn’t rile me up anymore, just a shrug, typical AFC these days.

    Knowing the club as a whole are complicit in marketing and embracing mediocrity, even sacking the clueless clown from Alsace wouldn’t have much bearing at the moment, his incompetence has been going on so long I’m not sure what I’d think of it if Ivan suddenly showed him the door, I just can’t imagine that happening.

    I’ve always said that Arsene is a terrible gambler; he always has been, only difference at Arsenal he’s actually had a fortune to gamble with, for the most part he’s been a rich man at a poor mans table until the PL money got silly and the smaller clubs started to get smarter in recent years. Now it’s everything on the EL, but you know, you just know that he is a clueless gambler. He doesn’t understand the odds. He’s just hoping that somehow his team pull it out of the bag for him against the Spaniards over two legs … if they don’t he’s already lined up a string of excuses.

  35. TheBayingMob

    “It doesn’t. Bringing in poor purchases as well only adds to his crimes.”

    Makes it more surprising that he never wanted to work with DoF, if you were bad at something in your job wouldn’t you want to share the shit sandwich around a little bit? Spread the blame so the shit sandwich filling isn’t so meaty1?

    No, such is his narcissism he wants it all to himself in case he manages another Anelka, he couldn’t possibly have someone else sharing in the adulation, but he is so blind to how bad he has become all round that he doesn’t see that it’s mostly terrible now, the good days are gone and they are not coming back.

  36. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Its quite obvious that Wenger is going to stay on, even if they fail to win the EL. Not sure that i support let alone see what you reference Pedro on Wenger taunting them to fire him. I see it more as business as usual, the way it always has been and will continue.

    And lets think about this, Wenger is gone and do you really see any real change on the horizon? Its still the same board, same CEO, pretty much only a couple of new faces have come on board and to be honest, the team is currently worse on their arrival. Could be down to many factors, but optically Arsenal look and are a mess. Its going to take some time to right what is very wrong, and it only starts with Wenger.

  37. Pedro

    Ole, there’s a guy called Chris Mularr on twitter who seems to be the latest ITK. Says Wenger is telling people at the training ground he won’t leave … the club have to fire him

  38. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Knowing that they wont fire him, Pedro. The PR fallout from doing that would be fabulous for those like us, but the reality is that a strong majority still see Wenger as a deity. Wenger is a piece of work without doubt, but its clearly those above him who have fed this particular beast to make him stronger than the whole.

    Arsenal are an outright unmitigated mess.

  39. OleGunner

    Pedro,

    I see. His arrogance is in full peacock display mode eh?
    Thanks very much for the response man (albeit an extremely depressing one)

  40. Champagne charlie

    Pedro

    That knobber is a contradiction, clawing at the ITK crown.

    He’s stated the board WILL fire Wenger in the summer regardless, then days later claims Wenger will stay if we win the Europa. He’s popping out all scenarios so he can do the old “told you so (screenshot)”.

    If the board will fire Wenger, but Europa is the saving grace in their eyes, then I find it hard to fathom how anyone can avoid pointing the finger squarely at them to get ejected.

  41. JAMES WOOD

    Michael.
    You asked what defines a true supporter.
    Well i can only answer for myself.
    Over 55 YEARS.Support my dad supported the club previously
    and my sons a season ticket holder.
    That’s just me being a one club man.
    I also support local junior football and watch my local side
    Folkestone.
    Started attending games at all levels Arsenal played in 59/60
    Combination/Se counties/Metropolitan league/first team.

  42. TheBayingMob

    “Says Wenger is telling people at the training ground he won’t leave … the club have to fire him”

    That will be the case in the last tortuous throws of his dictatorship, either that (fire him) or they’ll just have to make his life difficult by withholding funds and letting him see out his contract and fade away in disgrace. He will never leave willingly, like every other dictatorship this is how it will have to finish. The only question left is how bad / low will it actually get if Wenger becomes completely isolated at the club? The players have all but switched off from him already, our form is getting dangerously bad …

  43. Bob N16

    It doesn’t sound right to me that Wenger is putting it out that he won’t resign. Don’t see what he’d be achieving by saying that. If he’s fallen out that badly with IG that he can’t discuss his intentions then things have really broken down in the hierarchy.

    Think CC may be right, say every scenario and then say ‘I told you so’.

  44. Zfree

    Maybe they are downing tools to get rid of Arsene. Glass half full way to view how shitty that performance was…

  45. Carts

    Wenger will want assurances if he’s forced to step down. He will want to pull string from above. Wenger genuinely feels that he has a lot to offer Arsenal. He’s stinking the place out, and he can’t even smell it.

    This is what happens when people are lulled in by his rhetoric. Sentimentality was clouding so many people’s judgement, that by the time the people realised what was happening, their tone changed about the same time as the media’s. Meaning Wenger was able to blame the media for the anti-Wenger camp, growing.

    He’s a master manipulator; I hope to God Josh force his Stan’s hand.

    Wenger is banking on the Europa league as an indication of progression, but for the life of me, I don’t think winning that will suffice. A noble man would actually tap out after winning that trophy. Not Wenger, though.

  46. jasongms

    Man City have won three league titles in 7 seasons and peeps here still go on about winning the FA cup 3 out of four or is that five seasons now… Second-tier club with a defeatist mentally fragile fanbase.

  47. PhD07

    Frankie Coffeecakes April 16, 2018 13:32:13 & CC
    Knowing that they wont fire him, Pedro. The PR fallout from doing that would be fabulous for those like us, but the reality is that a strong majority still see Wenger as a deity. Wenger is a piece of work without doubt, but its clearly those above him who have fed this particular beast to make him stronger than the whole.Arsenal are an outright unmitigated mess.
    ——————
    So why,Arsene is the sole focus for the firing squad till now beats me.

    Yes,the whole world knows he is a busted flush.The media knows.
    The ambitious players that jump ship knows.
    The fans even knows(albeit those in denial).

    So,why does the owner keep extending his contract-2x 2 year contracts?
    Given,he is the majority owner?

    I ask you this..
    The Mansours,probably didn’t have much footballing knowledge when first investing in Man City.

    But they invested,sought out over time,qualified people to achieve their ambitions.

    Brought in Mark Hughes-fired him
    Brought in Pelligrini-fired him
    Brought in guys from Barca to overall see their blue print plan implemented.
    Next-brought in Pep.

    But what the owners were showing,despite their lack of football know how,was ambition.

    Chelsea when RA rocked up,were spending money like it was confetti.
    The aim to dominate and be like the Barca’s/RM’s of this world.
    What followed was the poaching of Peter Kenyon from Manure.Tapping into his experience and contacts as CEO.

    Yes,managers came through the managerial revolving door.
    Mourinho,Scolaris,Hindiick,Avram,Boas,Matteo,Ancelloti,Benitez,Conte et al
    But over that decade and a half,they literally won everything.

    EPL,FAC,CL,UEFA.
    Again,the ambition,blueprint came from the owner.

    Liverpool-after the Hicks&Gillet saga,got in FSG.
    They went through various managers-Roy Hodgson,Brendan Rodgers,(not sure about KD)and now Klopp.
    And now they seem to be on the up..

    Why?
    Owners setting out their ambitious goals and blueprint.

    At Arsenal,for the last decade under this owner,we have continued to stick with Arsene.Given the gradual deterioration and dumbing down of quality and what constitutes success.

    Why?
    Why is Arsene the only one getting the full frontal assault?
    Why is the owner,somewhat blameless,or given a somewhat easy ride?
    He’s the owner,a billionaire and owner of a sports portfolio.
    Why is he exempt from major criticism?
    It’s not about how much money,he’s given Arsene.It’s why he continues to exercise the option to extend Arsene’s contract-not once,but twice.

    Where’s the accountability and ambition across the board?

    It simply can’t be,everyday for a decade-“Wenger Out”.
    It goes deeper than that,that’s all.

  48. Ishola70

    TheBayingMob
    ”Makes it more surprising that he never wanted to work with DoF”

    I’m sure as others have said that the team would improve when a new manager comes in with the existing squad and no great amount of new additions. But I very much doubt that the team would improve to the extent some want to portray.

    I have seen enough of certain players to know that they are not up to it on an individual basis. The problem with Arsenal of course is that these certain players are made to look even worse than they are because of a lack of an overall team system. But that still doesn’t get away from the fact that these players are still not of the real required level. I see these players messing up and losing out on one-on-one situations on the field. That is not just about a lack of an overall system. This is also about not having the required individual ability that is required.

  49. PhD07

    Champagne charlieApril 16, 2018 13:06:07

    Obviously for the discerning eye,a nerve has been touched.Hence the intervention.
    But your comment was pretty apt. :-)

  50. PhD07

    Ishola70April 16, 2018 14:16:54

    Under a great coach.Some of those players could improve dramatically.
    Whether to a level,where we challenge for major honours,remains to be seen.

    But look at how Pepe,has transformed Sterling,Kyle Walker as an example.

  51. Vintage Gun

    I think it’s clear that Wenger won’t leave on his own accord come may . It’s a clear “SOS” (Sack or Stay) situation, and there’s not one man in the club, Country or Continent who can sack him.
    Arsene knows this. He only humbles himself to the absent “Dark Lord” whom couldn’t care less about Arsenals ills as long as he gets his fill of blood.

    But here’s the thing…

    The stadiums getting more and more sparse by the forknight and there’s no way to cover or spin it away. Excuses like “It’s Easter” or “It’s valentines day” just don’t cut it. So that puts the club in a real situation.
    As we traditionally have full(ish) houses at home games. Wenger and the board simply took liberties with fan loyalty and assumed we’d all turn up no matter what to the point that 12 months prior Wenger had the nerve to blame us fans for our poor home form!

    They can laugh off protesters as an “aggressive minority” but a half empty club ain’t no joke especially when there’s no excitement and entrance fees are the highest on Earth.

  52. JAMES WOOD

    ph D07.
    Yes obviously the transatlantic wires have been running hot.?
    You should always have the right of reply.?
    Providing it’s not the C word which seems common with some posters.?
    And it’s not as if said poster has not riled other posters.

  53. jasongms

    @PhD07

    great post, but you’re slightly missing the point. Arsene has to be seen in context with what he had achieved in his first say 10 years at the club, which includes the move to the Emirates.

    In that regard there was and still is a great deal of sentimentality with Arsene, fans singing his name etc etc still as of this season, and when you take a closer look at our linear history, you realise that winning the FA cup or securing 4th place (which seemed at times against all odds) has allowed Arsene to prolong a career more by chance than deed.

    Having an absentee owner that is only concerned with the bottom line hasn’t served us well but I can understand from the owners perspective why he hasn’t removed Arsene as all looked to be going to plan only a few seasons ago.

    If Arsene survives this season without winning the Europa league then the man truly is golden and the ridiculing of the Kroenkes should start in earnest.

  54. PhD07

    JAMES WOODApril 16, 2018 14:35:06
    ph D07.
    Yes obviously the transatlantic wires have been running hot.?
    ———–
    Yep,through the back door channels.Certainly touched some home truths.
    And here we are.

    You seem to be a long life Arsenal fan.Do you remember at Highbury,they used to have an indoor tennis court(s)?Or well turn it into one?
    I used to get invited to play there sometimes..
    Used to go..Remember sometimes bumping into Michael Thomas and Rocastle during my formative years.

  55. jasongms

    if we do manage to win the Europa league and have the ubiquitous open bus parade, then expect the average fan (which is most of the fanbase) to fall into line once more, which would again allow Arsene to prolong his career and give the Kroenkes no reason to fire him.
    Point is you can’t blueprint/plan ahead for a scenario like that.

  56. Pedro

    CC, you think he’s just another fake account?

    I was told earlier in the season that Wenger is staying by my contact, who is close to the action.

    Wenger has also said he’s not leaving, so it adds up.

  57. Carts

    Pedro

    As in he won’t be leaving even if we fail to get past Atletico, as well as missing out on the top 4, again?

  58. JAMES WOOD

    phD07.
    I can’t remember the tennis court.
    I kept to the North Bank only – a program
    & a bag of Percy Daltons peanuts (tanner a bag
    was the chant).
    Went to the same school as Charlie George and
    new him well as a youngster.
    He had a paper stool job at the old named Brecknock rd pub/York Way.
    Good day’s at Highbury and consistent home fans.

    7Percy Daltons
    Peanuts tanner a bag.

  59. PhD07

    jasongmsApril 16, 2018 14:44:55
    Having an absentee owner that is only concerned with the bottom line hasn’t served us well but I can understand from the owners perspective why he hasn’t removed Arsene as all looked to be going to plan only a few seasons ago.

    If Arsene survives this season without winning the Europa league then the man truly is golden and the ridiculing of the Kroenkes should start in earnest.
    ———————–
    I understand your point to a certain degree.

    But Kroenke has been a majority owner for how long-off the top of my head -a decade.

    So,if Kroenke has enjoyed 8/10 years under Arsene,maybe in his head ,given how much his shares have appreciated in that time,I think he’s happy to weather this storm.

    For sure,there is a cutting off point from the Billionaire Silent Stan.
    But we are not privy to what his bottom line threshold is.

    I just don’t think you become a billionaire,and suddenly become somewhat naive about an industry you invest in,especially in a (sports)industry that makes up a significant portion of your portfolio(NFL,NHL,NBA,NLLMLS and EPL).

    He’s a sports mogul for crying out loud.How anyone can reduce his complicity,to simply one of granting a busted flush of a manager- 2×2 year contracts as a simple mishap,or a naive mistake is beyond preposterous.

    Time will tell.But what is abundantly clear-his ambition is not on the same lines as those of the FSG’s of this world as a citing example.More in line with the midtable clubs it currently appears.But that’s just might opinion.

  60. Vintage Gun

    “As in he won’t be leaving even if we fail to get past Atletico, as well as missing out on the top 4, again?”

    Sorry to interject but surely not. I mean even if we turn super saiyan on Athletico and win the final it still wouln’t make sense to keep him on (to me anyway).

    From summer he will have one year left on his deal and Wenger himself said that last seasons struggles were partly down to the uncertainty surrounding his dwindling contract.
    So for him to stay he’d have to sign a new deal (which is unfeasible given where we stand currently) or we’re back in the same scenario that he himself said adversely affects our “Mentally strong team”.

    He’s gotta go.

  61. PhD07

    I think it’s quite simple.

    Arsene’s goals aligned with SK’s goals>Arseanl fans ambitions=Arsene new contract.

    What those goals are ,under Arsene & SK(bottom line threshold) is unknown.

  62. Frankie Coffeecakes

    This Arsenal team away from home are an emulation of its manager, bereft of ideas and absent in tactics. Wenger should be out of a job come June, regardless of what happens in Europe.

    But this is Arsenal – where the streets are paved with gold and no one ever grows old…

  63. azed

    Wenger would NEVER leave on his own, he needs to be thrown out. You all remember the statement “I always honour my contract”?

  64. Frankie Coffeecakes

    One more year to go Azed. Its obvious that ownership and the board have the same set of balls that the players have when it comes to dealing with Wenger, so really the only real hope now is that they dont extend his contract again – that would prove disastrous on so many fronts, both financially and on the pitch.

  65. PhD07

    Vintage GunApril 16, 2018 15:20:56
    He’s gotta go.
    —————
    He won’t.

    I mentioned quite a few years ago,probably back in 2011,when Rick Parry of Liverpool tried to remove Gerrard Houllier.Remember this was a manager that had a heart attack on the job.

    Anyway,the L’pool hiearchy felt he couldn’t take the club further.So,they offered him a position upstairs in the boardroom.
    Houllier-refused.He said,”you will have to carry me out of Anfiled in a coffin.”
    Eventually-Rick Parry had to literally frogmarch Houllier out of the Anfield gates and thank him for his services.

    True story.
    I said the same thing needs to happen to Arsense.

    Unfortunately it won’t happen.Why?
    Arsene has been here for 22 years and developed a strong power base.Unfortunately Houllier did not have that luxury of a power base to stave of being thrown out.

    As long as Arsene’s KPI’s align with Silent Stan’s…Enjoy the ride!!

  66. Champagne charlie

    PhD @ 14:14

    Nail on the head. Arsene has become a pantomime villain, and a lot of daft people have fallen for that.

    Fans of other clubs say he’s past it, but the first thing people disassociated with Arsenal ask me is HOW is Wenger still in the job?

    I tell them: Stan Kroenke doesn’t give a fuck or is incompetent, take your pick. Oh, and there’s absolutely no one between manager and owner that is operating with Arsenal FC’s best interests in mind. The board are title holding, pension sapping cunts – nothing more.

  67. Champagne charlie

    Pedro

    Nah not so much a fake account, more a guy with relative intel that he’s promoting to jump aboard the ITK train.

    The prominent two have been Moleyfootball and Theplugafc this past year with transfer leaks et al.

    Listen I don’t see, or expect, Wenger to walk. I think he wholly believes in his ability to achieve things with Arsenal still. For me the burden lies away from Wenger as far as his position is concerned. I’m not a fan of ideas that managers should “walk if they lie the club” type rhetoric. It’s nonsense.

    Wenger cares about Arsenal, and he’s entrenched in the idea he’s capable of delivering. Someone above him needs to make the ‘hard’ decision and confront those ideas with Wenger himself. He won’t like it, but that’s how it is at this point.

    So yea, totally get him saying or suggesting he won’t go of his own accord. But that’s an irrelevance frankly if we have the righ setup in place behind the scenes. We’re due to witness this summer if things have taken a turn in that regard. Confident? Not really.

  68. LINP

    I just read what Josh Kroenke said in an article. ” You got to have open and honest dialogue about the reality that we are on because if we are sugar coating anything about ourselves, about our team, about our direction, we’re only kidding ourselves and we’re only going to be worse off for it in the long run.”

    Hearing what Wenger said after last game ” We have 70% possession like many games that we lost in this season”. He is again sugar coating what is bad with the way his team plays. He is now too old to realize how boring and inefficient the team has become. I read some comments from Manu fans after their loss yesterday. Their team played like Arsenal, slow and boring.

  69. David Smith

    Mular does say that he will stay if he wins the Europa League, but lets face it, that is not going to happen. He also seems to think Arteta may feature in the event of wenger going
    Maybe there were plans to keep wenger until the end earlier in the year, but surely his abysmal form this season will put pay to that.
    Wenger may well think he is going nowhere, but he would wouldn’t he, thats his default demeanor
    He might get a stay if he wins in Europe, but if kept on regardless, there will be empty seats galore, and the club will lose forever any claim of any level of ambition.

  70. Bob N16

    ‘We want you to stay’ has become the chant sung by our opposition fans- says it all really.

    Still feel the season tkt renewals could be the moment when Kroenke’s accountants get nervous. Apathy is so apparent at home games.

    ‘Judge me at the end of the season’…..please judge your investment Stan. If you want more money you know you should sack him – Josh, tell him!

  71. HighburyLegend

    “Wenger cares about Arsenal,”

    No he isn’t. He’s just terrified by the idea of being retired.

  72. PhD07

    Champagne charlieApril 16, 2018 15:46:29

    Nail on the head. Arsene has become a pantomime villain, and a lot of daft people have fallen for that. Fans of other clubs say he’s past it, but the first thing people disassociated with Arsenal ask me is HOW is Wenger still in the job? I tell them: Stan Kroenke doesn’t give a fuck or is incompetent, take your pick. Oh, and there’s absolutely no one between manager and owner that is operating with Arsenal FC’s best interests in mind. The board are title holding, pension sapping cunts – nothing more.
    ————

    Yep.he’s the frontline prepared to take the hits.But I’ll tell you.Come summer,
    Arsene’s relaxes,laughs,shrugs it off and says on some boat moored off the French Riviera-” How many millions have I amassed over the last 10 years for doing the bare minimum.,for taking the bullets for the BoD and owner..”
    (£100 million +bonuses)

    PS
    Funny how that self reflecting post just disappeared earlier.Hotline through the back door.
    Be fair in equal measure.If you give it in spades,be prepared to take it in spades.
    He’s one slippery eel.Hence the silence.Obviously-cowardly actions.
    Man’s all bark and no bite.
    We are creatures of habit..

  73. PhD07

    HighburyLegendApril 16, 2018 16:08:56
    “Wenger cares about Arsenal,”No he isn’t. He’s just terrified by the idea of being retired.
    ———–

    Plus power and money

  74. PhD07

    JAMES WOODApril 16, 2018 15:03:55

    Went to the same school as Charlie George and
    new him well as a youngster.
    He had a paper stool job at the old named Brecknock rd pub/York Way.
    ——————
    Oohh..way before my time James.Charlie George.

    What was he like?

    Was he the type in school when playing football,you would know,he’d go on to bigger things?

  75. Vintage Gun

    “PhD07″

    I agree with what your saying and i also agree that Wenger meets Stans KPI’S on a yearly basis. What are those KPI’s? A minimum set amount of millions per season.

    I think this because despite finishing out of the top 4 last season and being beaten down to our essence against Bayern, we started the season with two new players (One a free transfer) and a profit in net spend.
    Basically i think Wenger sacrificed our summer budget to cover costs of missing out on Champions League football and thus meeting his KPI.

    It’s why almost all our players were available for transfer last summer.

  76. Champagne charlie

    Highburylegend

    Stole it? Lol he’s offered that much money you melt, he doesn’t choose his salary anymore than you or I.

    What is it you do? Could say you’ve stolen what you’ve earned by the same token.

  77. PhD07

    PedroApril 16, 2018 13:06:34
    PHD, one more comment against Bamford and you’re blocked.This is an arsenal blog not a commentate on other posters blog. Grow up
    ————–
    In the interests of fairness,would you have applied this same reasoning to Bamford,when he continuously hounded Alexander Henry for his thoughts/opinions ,over the years and then subsequently, actively B10 campaigned to get him banned?
    Given the fact,the amount of abuse and ridicule Alex was subjected to?

    Just asking?

  78. PhD07

    Vintage GunApril 16, 2018 16:18:15
    “PhD07″

    I think this because despite finishing out of the top 4 last season and being beaten down to our essence against Bayern, we started the season with two new players (One a free transfer) and a profit in net spend.
    Basically i think Wenger sacrificed our summer budget to cover costs of missing out on Champions League football and thus meeting his KPI.
    ————-
    Yes,thatalso.
    Don’t forget also.”Mr Ivan Lazidis” some years back,when top four was in jeopardy stated ,that they have budgeted for such a scenario.

    I’ll find you the quote,not so much for you,but for others,that have tried to give him a free pass..

    All,I’m saying is that they all are pigs with their snouts in the trough enjoying.
    KPI’s are only known to those in question.

  79. James wood

    phD07.
    Yes it was very obvious Charlie was a very real
    talent at a very early age.
    Charlie a wisp of a lad but an underlying strength
    would regularly score for the school the majority
    of the goals in any one game and keen anticipation
    at Monday assembly was maintained when the sometimes cricket scores
    results where read out and Charlie’s sometimes huge tally was revealed.
    Because of C’s talent he was allowed to play above his age group.

  80. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @PHD – Gazidis, i believe you may find that Pedro has bigged himself up on the guy too many times to keep track of any longer. Fact remains, Gazidis has effectively been in charge during Arsenal’s decline. By that very association one would be fair to wonder whether Gazidis, much like Wenger, is safe from dismissal?. I would argue that he most certainly is and it would not surprise to see him dismissed before Wenger.

  81. Danny

    I guess if Wenger shows Simeone how it’s done over 2 legs, we really will have no argument over this season.
    ———————————————————-
    Pedro – that will put us in the final, we still wouldn’t have won it!
    Beat Madrid and lose in the final ain’t worth shit.

  82. Champagne charlie

    You really do wonder the direction Arsenal are headed in, its hard to believe there’s much of a plan in place for this summer. Has a very familiar ‘let’s see’ feeling about it.

    Hope I’m very wrong about that, but not very inspiring stuff. I mean Allegri, Simeone, Klopp, Pep, have all been there ripe for the picking yet you don’t get a sense we’re genuinely going to pursue one of that ilk.

    I can’t get my head around the Henry, Vieira, Arteta talk as this stage – so so green to be taking over a club like ours.

    I’ve wanted Allegri for s long time, but I must say I’ve been totally impressed with Benítez at Newcastle. He’s done it and handled it at big clubs, but to do what he’s done with that lot the past two years is testament to his character and nous in the hot seat. Would be entirely open to him as a dark horse for this summer to take over (provided the obvious…).

  83. PhilF

    Wenger will be at Arsenal next season, what ever happens. He has always honoured his contracts and the board will let him stay on out of loyalty . What happens after that is anyone’s guess

  84. Marko

    We’ve been losing in embarrassing fashion for years now it has nothing to do with a Europa league semi-final

  85. alexanderhenry

    PhD

    Thanks for the support but I feel I gave as good as I got from Bamford.

    Then I got bored and just ignored him.

    Also, I’m not exactly on Pedro’s Christmas card list.

  86. PhD07

    James woodApril 16, 2018 16:49:22
    phD07.
    Yes it was very obvious Charlie was a very real
    talent at a very early age

    “but an underlying strength
    would regularly score for the school the majority
    of the goals in any one game and keen anticipation
    at Monday assembly was maintained when the sometimes cricket scores
    results where read out and Charlie’s sometimes huge tally was revealed.
    Because of C’s talent he was allowed to play above his age group.
    —————-
    Oh cool

    You tended to find that about similar athletes in my school.
    A few went on to ply their trade in the premiership from my school mind you.But were on the periphery,or were first teamers in the not so fancy premiership club’s .But seriously they were unbelievably talented.Could not get near them in school on the field.

    Yet,when they made it into the Premiership,they were either subs,or not main figures in the team.Same for a tennis player and some athletes I knew.Tremendous talents,but going up another level.Wow-a different level.

    Sort of you tells you the levels,one has to reach.
    In a way ,you have got to respect not only the talents of CR7 & Messi,but sports players that make it to the first team-in this case football across all continents,and other top level sports.

  87. Vintage Gun

    “I guess if Wenger shows Simeone how it’s done over 2 legs, we really will have no argument over this season.”

    I will, for the simple fact that we’re guaranteed to finish in our worst league position in 20 odd years (breaking last seasons low).
    We’re the only Professional club in English football to have Zero away pts this year and we’re currently going though our worst away form this season since the 1920’s! Thats damn near 100 years for fucks sake.

    All a potential EL cup win should mean is a route back to the CL and a great send off in France for our French Boss.

    If winning the EL means he’s staying then i hope Athletico chin us quick and early.

  88. Guns of Hackney

    Well, that’s Tuchel gone.

    Regardless if he’s a success at PSG or not, that’s one less top manager we won’t have a chance to get.

    Wenger is essentially holding on long enough for the talent to be snapped up, leaving himself as the only ‘viable candidate’.

    This club we follow is trash. There are worst teams, but as a club, we are a disgusting little outfit.

  89. JAMES WOOD

    phD07.
    Your exactly right the next level finds out so many Athletes in all sports.
    But Holloway school had a history of being a footballing school.
    Tommy Youlden was another Arsenal product from HS ,a lot of boys went on to clubs but as you say not many made it to the very top.
    Bob Wilson went on to be a sports teacher at Holloway and no doubt
    unofficial scout..:)

  90. Moe

    “Arsene cares about Arsenal”…….can someone pls just shoot me once and for all. He cares only about his narcissistic loathsome self. He’s been trying to use arsenal to proof his narcissism all these years, but keeps failing. Socialist wage structure, relying on FFP for salvation rather than investing in true talent, always trying to proof that he’s the smartest one……..Give us a break with this Wenger cares about Arsenal nonsense.

  91. Pierre

    Personally, I think the Wenger out brigade started way too early after the invincibles and ces/ rvp era so they lost any credibility.

    They were open to criticism of being disloyal and ungrateful for the trophies and style of football that Wenger produced. They were regarded as plastic fans.

    What it has meant ,is that for the last ten years the players have been one bad performance or defeat away from a media and fan (WOB) backlash which in turn creates an element of negativity around the club including players wanting to leave and for players wanting to join the club.

    If the Wenger out brigade had formed a year ago their credibility would be sky high now and I believe the owners would have acted on the sudden change of mood in the fan base but the wobs have shot themselves in the foot really as they have constantly put the club down despite winning trophies so their views are basically looked at as worthless even if in the long run their fears have been warranted.

  92. PhD07

    alexanderhenryApril 16, 2018 17:15:38
    PhD
    Thanks for the support
    —————————–
    No worries Alex.Just don’t like bullies and cowards,especially slippery cowards that run off behind the scenes-seeking a ban.Then waiting to re-enter to continue their usual mantra.

    I hope you know what’s happened.

  93. PhD07

    AMES WOODApril 16, 2018 17:40:57
    phD07.
    Your exactly right the next level finds out so many Athletes in all sports.
    But Holloway school had a history of being a footballing school.
    Tommy Youlden was another Arsenal product from HS ,a lot of boys went on to clubs but as you say not many made it to the very top.
    Bob Wilson went on to be a sports teacher at Holloway and no doubt
    unofficial scout..:)
    ——–
    So did HS churn out a lot of athletes?

  94. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @CC – “I mean Allegri, Simeone, Klopp, Pep, have all been there ripe for the picking yet you don’t get a sense we’re genuinely going to pursue one of that ilk.”

    No, according to Ivan and Stan we already have an elite manager. They have a lack of vision that would make a blind man weep.

  95. Troy McClure

    Josh Kroenke is our only savior, our white knight. If he has the power and no emotional connection to Wenger, he is the best hope to be the one who pulls the plug. When AW makes the call to save his job before the board meeting, the “meeting before the meeting”, hopefully the phone rings to Josh and he makes an objective decision based on football results vs. expectations.

    If AW could manage football as well as he manages corporate politics, we would be world beaters every year.

  96. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @GOH, all part of Wenger’s master plan. He may be many things but devious he will always be.

  97. Vintage Gun

    “Personally, I think the Wenger out brigade started way too early after the invincibles and ces/ rvp era so they lost any credibility.”

    Peirre

    I get what your saying, but it’s never too early to tell the truth.

  98. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Not really Pierre, many over the years have seen Wenger for what he truly is -an inept manager. Does not matter if it was a decade ago or ten days ago, more and more are seeing it and reacting accordingly. No,different than a dictators reign, eventually even their most ardent supporters grow tired and want them gone. All part of the natural order of things. The longer he stays the worse it will get. There is no good ending in store for Wenger, he chose that for himself.

  99. Vintage Gun

    And realistically speaking, fans shouldn’t even need to protest anymore.

    2pts and one place above a steady but unspectacular Burnley with some 5 games left speaks for itself really.

    #the next level is the next level is nonsense

  100. Moe

    Alexander Henry’s beef is with Kroenke owning Arsenal. From his comments it’s clear he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Wenger’s incompetence. Has zero credibility.

  101. Pierre

    FC
    I do agree that it will only get worse but he’s a stubborn old sod and for a man of his supposed intelligence, he is being incredibly stupid by overstaying his welcome …he could have quite easily left the club on good terms at any time after one of the FA cup wins but it could end up very messy,

  102. Pierre

    James wood
    I am probably 5/10 years younger than you and Charlie George was and still is my all time idol …

    He came into his own in the FA cup in the 70/71 double season after breaking his leg at Everton in I think it was the first game of the season and returned to the side in January and scored a fantastic goal in the 3rd round replay v Portsmouth then went on to score a couple away to man city a superb header v Leicester in the quarter finals and scored the winner in the final v Liverpool, great days.

    Was a pity that he was injury prone and I feel he left the club way to soon .

  103. Frankie Coffeecakes

    He’s overstaying his welcome Pierre, because he has absolutely no life outside of football. Equally, who in their right mind would ever give Wenger this opportunity and with this much power, ever again?

    Wenger has chosen his path and his sense of self-entitlement will be his undoing. No one in their right mind relishes, let alone thrives in their own self made misery. Thats what is the most puzzling aspect of this all, he’s done it to himself.

  104. Michael24

    CC and BobN16

    Agree, 100%.

    A true supporter is someone who passionately follows the team, through thick and thin, commits their life and soul to the club and has a pride in and attachment for their team, that is unbreakable.

    Whether it’s 5, 20 or 50 years, there is no set time scale for this allegiance and commitment to your club. As stated, this bond should be unbreakable and yet, under exceptional circumstances, this connection can be tarnished or even severed if and when the club distances itself from its fanbase by – disrespecting them, showing contempt towards them and, most significantly, patronises them week in week out, without an ounce of remorse.

    I love my club and will always love my club, but I will not tolerate anyone or something that systematically destroys everything I uphold. Wenger has become the ultimate parasite over these past few years, showing distain and an intolerance to us all

    In addition we have a weak and feeble owner/board, more concerned with financial gain than the footballing progression of the club. As a fan, I’ve had enough. In fact, I find everything about the club totally cringe worthy. I cannot stand and shout for something that I no longer trust in, believe in and have respect for.

    Arsenal has been my life for many years and I wouldn’t be on this blog if I didn’t love and care for my club. However, there is a limit to what I can take and accept. Wenger has allowed this situation to manifest, without the slightest care and respect for those fans who deserve far far better.

    My earlier posts in which I said I would consider a temporary sabbatical( to Fulham) are born out of anger and frustration. However, if Wenger remains, I will detach myself from the club totally and seriously contemplate an alternative means of entertainment until he leaves. Be it Fulham FC, so be it.

    Why should I champion something, or should I say, someone, that doesn’t give a shite?

  105. HillWood

    Wenger says it’s “baffling “ how they lost to Newcastle
    If he doesn’t know why he keeps losing away matches there is no chance he can see how to win them

  106. Aubergine14

    M24

    ‘I find everything about the club totally cringe worthy’

    I find our ‘supporters’ totally cringeworthy when threatening to withdraw their ‘support’ and go watch another team.

    The club doesn’t need people like you.

  107. Pierre

    FC
    I agree that he has no life outside of football but I’m sure if he said he was leaving today there would be a stream of clubs( probably not elite ) after him including national teams so he could easily stay within football .

    He is probably still clinging on to the belief that he can turn it around and make us into a title winning/ chasing side again . .but as I write that I think to myself “then why doesn’t he sort centre mid and defence out” ….

  108. Bob N16

    ‘No set timescale’ Michael….you’re slightly contradicting yourself with a ‘temporary sabbatical’. I don’t really believe you can suspend your passion for Arsenal, I know I can’t.
    Remind yourself that Wenger will leave, sooner rather than later.

  109. PhD07

    JAMES WOODApril 16, 2018 18:03:53
    phD07
    Only Miss Martin the art teacher she was quite active.:)
    ———
    That said,I do remember my hot English teacher.A wonderful teacher at that.
    She was a throwback(to the Audrey Hepburn) in time.Oozed class,without effort.

    Then we had the French teacher-she was just something else.

    Yeah, we were spoilt,but in a nice beautiful way.

    Now,we have arseholes,that want to dominate,or seek pure revisionist theories.

    Sigh!!!

  110. Bob N16

    Pierre, that’s what I can’t get my head around. If he’s so desperate to succeed at Arsenal why doesn’t he address the obvious failings of the team, it’s mystifying.

  111. Pierre

    aubergine14
    I agree , all those season ticket holders who refuse to go to the games and withdraw their support like Ufraud should have their tickets revoked and let genuine supporters have the chance to see The Arsenal every week .

  112. HillWood

    Pierre
    Charlie George conducted my tour of Highbury
    He was very knowledgeable and pleasant
    It was a memorable few hours inside The Marble Halls

  113. Alex Cutter

    Pedro.

    Your parents must be so proud. Do you think that when they were writing checks for your expensive education they ever dreamt that you’d end up doing social media marketing for a living and hosting a blog populated by half-wits, MRAs, racists and whatever you call the brit versions of alt-right fuckheads?

    When you hit 30 you’re going to wake up to an ugly realization about how you’ve spent the past decade, and what you can look forward to in the next. Get out while you can.

  114. Frankie Coffeecakes

    Im not so certain of that, Pierre. With each passing day and with Arsenal in further decline opportunities , as you mention, may have already begun to dry up. Arsenal is a plum job for certain, equally not sure if Wenger would be interested in starting over, so to say.

  115. Pierre

    Anyone who ridicules the club the way michael24 does shouldn’t be given the time of day …

    We all have our moan and wish for better but to wish Arsenal to lose in a semi or a final then I’m sorry but they are not a supporter of the club and should take their whinging elsewhere.

  116. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Pierre – “but as I write that I think to myself “then why doesn’t he sort centre mid and defence out” ….”

    And therein lies the real question. Surely he must see it? Surely he must know? Then why does he so steadfastly refuse to address the issues?

  117. englandsbest

    I know it’s tongue-in-cheek that away fans should stay away, but if we are deadly serious about persuading Wenger to go (and even better, getting the owner to take us seriously) then we should ALL stay away. The likelihood is that this will happen anyway, given time, turning up is no longer a joyous occasion, it’s a painful duty.

    Any other owner of a top Club would have fired Wenger years ago. So why hasn’t Kroenke? The answer seems obvious to me: he is happy with him. Or at any rate, happy enough to keep him. Look no further than Sam Walton, Stan’s mentor. It was a matter of bad principle, a sign of defeat, to give up on a store. If he did, it was to build a bigger one close by. Only the German public got the better of the clan, you won’t find anything owned by Walmart over there.

    So Stanley leaves St Louis – but he builds a bigger stadium for the Rams in LA.

    The question to ask is: what happens when Wenger finally goes? The squad is so poor and unbalanced that no incoming manager of note will take on the task without a big (very big!) transfer pot. At the very least, five OUTSTANDING players are needed, just to keep in touch with best, let alone win a major title. In today’s market, that’s £200 million. And with nobody much left in the squad to sell.

    Will Kroenke come through with the cash? Not if he’s true to form. Another good reason to keep Wenger.

    Lastly, by his own admission, the majority owner takes the long view. His investment in AFC is doing well. Exceedingly well. The value of his shares has tripled.

  118. James wood

    Pierre
    Not forgetting Charlie had two spells at Derby
    and actually scored a hat trick against Real Madrid
    in the European cup.
    He scored more goals for Derby than Arsenal.
    A legend in my eyes.