That Tweet DID age well. I feel exactly the same way as I did 2 years ago. Very sad that the club are still bumbling their way around a decisive decision, but there you go.
There’s really not much rumbling in the news feeds, so you have to pick up little snippets where you can. Jezza Wilson is always a good place to look. Though he is Lord of the Yearly Warchest, he’s also a trusted sidekick of the establishment. He said this in an article yesterday.
No decision has yet been made on whether Wenger will continue as manager for what is the final year of his contract next season, but the pressure for change will become intense if they do not now win the Europa League.
The club’s board have not yet made a decision and, while performances and the failure again to mount a Premier League title challenge will be of greatest concern, the general apathy of supporters will also be considered.
Recent home Premier League games have been notable for the large numbers of empty seats and, while that is partly explained by how relatively little there is to play for in the league, directors will be anxious to see those fans return.
Interesting that fan apathy is coming into the equation. I mean, really, that should be last on the shopping list of Wenger-inflicted-horrors. The fact that we’re heading into season two of Europa League on a technicality tells you all you need to know about how poor we’ve been. Outside of that, poor squad management, lack of identity, weak grasp of tactics, failure to develop young kids, crimes against zippers, failure to make our senior players better and a wage bill that greatly outstrips talent are just a few I could mention.
It’s nice the board care about the fans, but we know that’s a big fat lie. They barely care about the club. The only person they seem to worry about is Arsene Wenger, likely because he fattened all of their wallets over the years. Grown men, in positions of power, more worried about the feelings of another grown man versus the health of a club loved by millions. Incredible. If one of them were my granddad, I’d be the one busting out the slipper.
You can say that’s harsh to tar servants of Arsenal that way, but look, all the facts point in that direction. We’re utterly rudderless and there’s apparently still a decision to make on his future. There should be no decision. There has been no decision to make for years. This whole charade is being dragged out by people who don’t seem to grasp the basics of running a modern football club, or worse, people who don’t care beyond their titles.
Interesting that Martial wanted to have a chat with Arsenal last transfer window before Mikki joined us.
‘It is understood that Martial was disappointed at not having the chance to discuss a move to Arsenal in January, when the London club raised the possibility of including the forward in the swap deal that led to Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving Old Trafford instead,’
Again, you always have to tally the excitement of a young prospect wanting in, with the reality of what Wenger would do to that talent. But great to read we’re still a draw. I know I keep banging on about it, but if we moved Wenger on, and brought in someone of Allegri’s stature, imagine what that would do to our reputation among players? We’d be an instant threat.
I really hope we’ve lined someone up already. We had done last summer and it didn’t leak, so it’s possible to keep big stories under wraps. I’m just not sure you can do that with a name as important as Allegri. Still, no one knows where Tuchel is going yet, so we can but dream.
What is apparent is there’s a big, fat, juicy excuse to keep Wenger…
‘We felt with the World Cup, shortened preseason, earlier transfer window and Europa Qualifiers, it was a bad time to introduce a new manager’
Oh man, when I wrote that it felt so real… like a Gazidis haunted ouija board just took over my soul and punched out those words.
Again, a large chunk of fans will fall for the logic, but the reality of that incoming statement is it’s a farce. It’d be the perfect time to chuck Wenger out. Bring in a new coach, give them a fluff season to experiment with the squad, build out the backroom team, work with Sven and Raul on a transfer plan, and implement ideas and a philosophy.
Next season, however it happens, is a write-off. If we win the Europa, we’ll fail because this squad finished 6th/7th with one game a week. If we finish in the Europa League positions, we’ll not be able to cope with zero prep time for the season ahead. If Wenger brings in new faces, they’ll be given the same old crappy ideas. Not just that, but remember, no one plays hard for a manager who is retiring at the end of the season.
Many joys await… the best solution? Rip that plaster/band-aid/prosthetic-leg/gangrenous-leg off and get on with making Arsenal great again (Actually #MAGA < should we not be taking over that hashtag?)
Right, see you in the comments.