Arsene Wenger. It is time to shut up.
Over the years, you have had the backing of the majority, including myself. You now have the backing of the minority. And the more you continue to have a go at the fans, the fans that have, in the many, backed you through star players leaving & trophyless years, the less there will be willing to stand with you.
Recent comments made in the media as recently as Monday highlight a delusion. A view point held that is a long way from the truth. A delusion which shows that you do not understand the frustrations within the fan base.
“I think after the Tottenham game where we played a very good game with 10 men against 11 and came back to 2-2, I couldn’t understand why – at the moment when you need everyone behind the team – we had to hit that storm. From the media, OK. From our fans? It is a bit more difficult to take.”
Yes, we drew 2-2 with Tottenham, after being down 10 men. It was an OK result. Not the brilliant result you might make it out to be. As we should have won had we kept 11 men on the field. But it was an OK result.
The lack of understanding as to why the fans are turning on mass is what worries. It has nothing to do with the Tottenham result.
Look at the 4 results previous to the Tottenham result…
- Losing at home to a Swansea team which was missing half it’s first 11.
- Failing to beat the worst Manchester United side in 3 decades
- Barcelona at home
- Drawing with a Hull City B team in the Cup
And the apathy began growing long before that run of 1 draw and 3 defeats.
Look at our form in all competitions between topping the table after victory against Newcastle and that draw against Spurs nearly 2 months to the day later.
If you believe that after that set of results, which saw us go from favourites to out of the running in the league, gives fans no right to get on your back, to question you, then you are deluded. 4 wins in 13.
And after the Spurs game, despite the fans backing the boys, things did not exactly improve.
Out of the FA Cup against Watford
Out the Champions League against Barcelona
And here is the frustrating thing Mr Wenger. Despite this form, the fans still turned up, still behind the team for 90 minutes.
Despite Hull being a midweek game, arranged at short notice, thousands travelled.
5,000 went to Barcelona. Despite being 2-0 down from the first leg. And stood in the cold, wind and rain for 90 minutes. Backing the team. Doing us proud.
At Everton, for 90 minutes, the sell out away crowd – and we always sell out, not matter what – backed the side for the 90 minutes. It was only in injury time, with the game won, did the tide turn. And we did not get on the players, or even your, back. It was aimed at Silent Stan. And at the final whistle, as we always do, the players got cheered off the pitch.
Arsene, you moan that we are not behind the team. Well I do not know what you are hearing are watching, but it is clear, we are behind the team. The sell out away crowds show that. We do back the team. It is you, and the board we no longer back.
If you honestly think we are not behind the team. If you do not think results this year gives fans the right to throw the odd dissenting voice your way, then you are clearly losing it.
Shut up and get on with your job. Which is winning football games.
You once said that you would listen to the fans. That if the fans wanted you gone, you would go. But now the fans are finding their voice, calling for you to go, you ignore it. You deride it. You say we should not have a voice.
It is time to walk Arsene. Leave a legacy of greatness. Not bitterness.
The loyal Arsenal fanbase deserves better.