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The Arsenal in Limbo

I write this, two days after Arsene Wenger informed us that he knows what he intends to do about his future, and that he will share this with us, very soon. Sadly, this leaves the football world in limbo as far as Arsenal are concerned. The press are having a field day. Fans are openly warring all over social media and radio phone ins shows are full of pundits and former players having their two-penneth worth.

I’m not sure what purpose a statement like this serves ? The only rational conclusion seems to be that it deflects from the dreadful performance, away to West Brom ? Or, perhaps it’s a cunning plan by Wenger to flush out the two sides and get a good handle on public opinion before committing himself to the new deal that’s, supposedly, on the table ?

Either way, we seem to fast approaching the end game. We are on a dreadful run and its going to be tough to get back into the top four. The FA Cup has three other strong sides left in it, so that’s another very difficult route. Even a cup win would only feel like small consolation this season.

The fanbase is very divided although the tide has definitely turned in favour of the out side. There has long been a very vocal out group, often undermining their own effectiveness with uncalled for personal abuse towards Wenger. But now we are seeing a more measured and moderate group asking for change. This isn’t the rantings of a few disgruntled fans but a ground swell of opinion.

Of those who want a new contract for Wenger, most accept that something isn’t quite right at the club and lay the blame at the door of Kroenke and the board. There is still a large number who believe Arsene’s hands have been tied and he has performed miracles on a limited budget.

There are also those who oppose the manager and the board and hold them jointly liable to what has happened to the club. They claim Kroenke is only in it for the money and that a top four finish guarantees to swell the coffers. They also insist that Wenger can do nothing to get the sack so long as the money keeps rolling in, and because of this he has taken his eye off the ball and is coasting.

I don’t want to debate the rights and wrongs and the merits of each camps arguments. I’m not sitting on the fence, my personal opinion just isn’t relevant to this article. But if everyone’s opinion has a modicum of truth the final outcome will be resolved before the end of the season.

If Wenger feels he has lost the fans and/or the dressing room he will announce his departure at the end of the season in the next week or so. If Kroenke is all about the money then he wont miss the fact that Champions League qualification is looking very dodgy. He will also be wary of rewarding an unpopular manager with a two year deal knowing that if form doesn’t turn round quickly he could be stuck with around a £20 million compensation package to fund. A hard headed businessman will be fully aware that a new manager will want to assess the current squad and bring in summer additions. He will also know that £20 million wasted on compensation could be well used in wages to tempt new blood.

It’s difficult to see any scenario where Wenger is able to sign a new deal without a backlash from the fans. Not impossible, but it’s looking less likely that Wenger will be in charge next season. One things for sure though, something has to give one way or another. I just hope the priority for everyone who loves Arsenal is the club and the whole thing doesn’t turn into a farce as its seems to be in danger of at the moment.

MD

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Revealed: Who paid for the “Respect Wenger” banner?

Throughout the last week, Arsenal Twitter was awash with talk of a fundraising campaign to raise money to fly a plane demanding “Wenger Out” and “No New Contract”.

Late on Friday, rumours circulated that due to weather conditions, the plane might not be able to circulate The Hawthornes.

During the first half of yesterday’s dismal display, the sound of a small aircraft above the ground seemed to go on forever. Unable to see the plane, I turned to a pal and said “they must have paid for a lot of flight time”. It was only at half time that we were aware that there were two banners. One proclaiming that Wenger should go, the second one declaring that we need to trust and respect Wenger.

With the secrecy and surprise of the second banner, there was only one conclusion to be made, that a single individual, or very small group of individuals, had paid for the second plane.

Hiring planes is not cheap. The Wenger Out one required a very public crowd funding campaign. The Respect Wenger one had zero publicity. No fundraising campaign. Clearly the actions of of a small group who people who worked in the background, silently, to organise and pay for it.

The company who flew the planes confirmed that the second plane was ordered by a company in Hong Kong. Not a surprise that it had been paid for by a couple of rich foreign fans. But further digging has potentially shown something beyond a rich fan wanting to publicaly back Arsenal Wenger.

A little research by some Arsenal fans have a uncovered Hong Kong firm called Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd.


A little Wikipedia search on this company shows that Jardine Matheson Holdings are a conglomerate based in, you guessed it, Hong Kong. Closely associated with this company for over 100 years are the Keswick family. Sir Henry Keswick is the chairman. The MD is Ben Keswick, son of Sir Henry’s brother, Simon.

The CEO (or DMD) is Adam Keswick. He is the son of Sir Henry’s other brother, Sir John Chippendale Lindley Keswick known as “Chips”.

Now the pieces are falling into place. We have a banner paid for in Hong Kong, a Hong Kong company run by the son, brother and nephew of the Chairman of Arsenal. A man who has reportedly previously paid for an anti-Usmanov banner within the Emirates.

The second banner and “banner wars” bought a bit of a smile to my face on a dark, dark day. But the fact the second banner could have been bought and paid for by a company with connections to the  Chairman of Arsenal Football Club leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

Keenos

Predictable, Sanchez & Ozil, Fans, Wenger Out Protest

Predictable, Predictable, Predictable

Is anyone surprised anymore?

What sums everything up is that when we went 1-0 down, there was no anger, there was no frustration, there was just a shrug of the shoulders. At 2-0 down fans steamed down to the bar to get a pint. When the third went in fans simply got up and left. No mass protest, no booing.

The only ones showing anger, and it was more a faux anger, are those who went to get on camera. Want to be famous. Everyone else just could not be bothered anymore.

A long journey to a top side, with no trains and a 4 hour drive home, people decided to get on the road early. What is the point in getting angry anymore when it happens all the time?

Since beating Manchester City away 2-0 on the 18th January 2015, our results against Man U, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea reads:

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Without bashing a dead horse, as we are all bored of it and negativity breeds negativity, it is just getting all a bit too predictable.

This predictability is the main reason it is time for Arsene Wenger to leave. The belief in the fans is gone, the belief in the players too. We go 1-0 down away from home in a big game, you just know we are not going to get back into it. Might as well leave the game and head home.

With a new manager will come a new belief. It will breath life back into the fans. Going 1-0 down will not mean the predictability of defeat. At least in the minds of the fans. We can get back to cheering the side on again, rather than shrugging those shoulders and wondering if getting home at midnight from Liverpool is really worth it.

Alex Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

One was “dropped” the other was “ill”. Plenty of rumours flying around about the reasons neither started on Saturday. To be honest, I do not care about the rumours, my opinion is simple.

They both have contract offers sitting on the table to be signed, they either sign it or they can f*** off.

Back in the day, the likes of Ian Wright, Tony Adams and Ray Parlour signed contracts without even reading it. We were The Arsenal.

We have lost better players than Sanchez and Ozil in the past and they can both be replaced. If they do not want to play for The Arsenal, just leave.

Fans

I used to be proud of our away support. The best in the land, I would say. But now they are no more than an embarrassment.

This has nothing to do with the infighting. Just a few years ago, when we went 1-0 down, a roar would go up. ARSENAL, ARSENAL, ARSENAL. Now it is silent as it is so predictable. But you can not blame the fans for this apathy.

The issue with the fan base is the fans actions. It is just embarrassing. This go’s beyond Lad Bible fans and Arsenal Fan TV.

As I was entering the stadium on Saturday, a lad was nearly in tears outside the stadium. He had been kicked out for throwing beer. He was crying, begging the police officer to let him back in. The officer was refusing. I laughed. Good. A lesson learnt. Do not act like a cock.

It happens every away game, you have 20 idiots throwing beer in the air whilst another 50 surround them videoing it. I would kick them all out.

Then in the stand things got worse.

Behind me was an Arsenal fan who seemed to be more of a Sadio Mane fan than an Arsenal fan. Everytime Mane got the ball, he screamed in excitement SADIOOOOO as if he was having an orgasm. “That’s why he got 4 star skills on FIFA” “He should get an inform, that card will be sick” “Monreal is an 81, he should be a 75”. An Arsenal fan more interested in FIFA than Arsenal. Willing on Mane so that he gets an inform card. The state of our fanbase.

As we went 3-1 down, fans begun to leave in disgust, and no one could really blame them. Except for the 3 lads standing infront of us. All on their phones taking selfies of them looking sad. They must have taken 3 or 4 pictures, all trying to pull the saddest face possible. More interested in letting the world know they were at football, and sad, rather than actually being at the football.

I love going football. I love the drink up with my mates. But a lot of our cringeworthy fanbase is ruining it. Making me wonder why I spend so much money going up and down the country to be surrounded by a bunch of knobs.

Wenger Out Protest

There is a Wenger Out protest before Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Plenty of details about it on Twitter. If you sit there all day on social media moaning about Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, get off your lazy backsides and turn up to the protest.

If you moan all day every day and enter the stadium on Tuesday quietly without joining the protest, it shows you are nothing but hot air. Someone who moans on social media for attention.

Turn up or shut up.

Keenos