Arsene hits back at the critics, ex-players know best, and The Dark Knight Rises.

Putting a parking ticket on Bane’s Fiat Uno had repercussions.

Morning folks.

I love Christopher Nolan. I love every movie he’s done. Last night I watched The Dark Knight Rises in its entirety for the 3rd time – it truly gets better every time I watch it. You might wonder why an Arsenal blogger is talking about this. The reason is; would my affection for Christopher Nolan’s movies stop me from saying if I thought he made a bad one? No – my views on Arsene Wenger are absolutely the same.

Whilst watching the movie, it struck me there are a quite a few similarities between TDKR and the current climate at our beloved Arsenal; structures as shackles, warring factions, the rich elite and their disregard for others, an 8-year absence of a mythical figure (or trophy…), and the passing of a mantle to another.

Granted, Arsene Wenger isn’t likely to fly a nuclear bomb out of London in the nick of time, and it would be a shame to see half the first team squad buried underneath an imploding pitch. Well, perhaps not Squillaci.

I think you get my drift, though – don’t you?

When interviewed after the Villa game, Arsene faced up to some of the critics – notably the away fans and their choice of song – and he had some strong words to say:

“I leave it to you to judge. I try to be as good as I can be. Is it hurtful? Look, I have managed for 30 years at the top level and I have to convince you I can manage the team?

“How many games have you managed? I promise you if you manage one I will sit in the stands and chant ‘you know what you are doing!’”

When asked about the Coquelin for Giroud change, something I thought was ridiculous, he added:

“You can discuss every substitution. You think what you want.

“I do my job and I let people judge it. I do that every day and I do my best every day. I know why I do it.

“What is the thinking behind the substitution? I will not explain every decision I make, you judge the game and I sit here and explain to you our game.

“You are all great managers! I read the newspapers every day and I can tell you that you are always great managers!”

Sounds to me very much like the words of a man tired of the constant questioning of his management. I can’t say I blame him, but I cant say he wasn’t asked questions that needed to be asked.

I’m just a blogger. My football experience is hardly top-notch, and I was never particularly adept on Championship Manager. I have my opinions on my team, and right or wrong, I’m entitled to them – just as all you good folks that comment are. I’d be an idiot to claim I know better than Arsene Wenger – I certainly don’t. However, as I’ve stated before, no one is beyond reproach, and no one is infallible. Arsene Wenger has made mistakes. He has to answer to those mistakes, and the away fans have every right to voice their concerns.

Most ex-players seem to agree. Today I watched a video in which David Seaman stated his belief that Arsenal need to spend – to lay down a marker and bring in some real quality. Could I disagree? Nope. We do need to improve the squad’s depth. Will we? That’s another matter entirely. Perhaps Wenger is restricted by the board, or perhaps his vanity prevents him from doing something that would appear to be concession of defeat.

It’s a odd atmosphere at the moment. Supporters are unsettled, bickering, and veering from one extreme to the other at the slightest of provocation. At the end of the day, we all want the same; a successful, financially stable club. I see the only way forward is to adopt a middle ground between the two. Perhaps too much is placed on the latter.

Thats all for today folks. Leave me a few of your own views in the coments. I look forward to reading them.

Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. I shall return tomorrow.

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  2. dboy

    I said it before i will say it again. there??s nothing wrong with the team it all comes down to poor management. Look at our poor team selections, lack of movement off the ball, motivation, passion, lack of depth in the squad. It doesn??t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. People who know football will tell you! I have a brain to disagree with David Seaman that Wenger is not to blame. Take into account what other legends like Ray Palour, Tony Adams, Ian Wright have been warning us about, and guess what as much as we didn??t like them saying these things, they were right!!!
    An Arsenal fan group, Where Has Our Arsenal Gone? are planning a demonstration before the Gunners?? clash with Swansea City on December 1, against a perceived lack of action from the club??s board.

    Supporters will demand that minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov be given a seat on the board and a change Arsenal??s ticketing policy which sees them offer the most expensive season ticket in the country at £1,955.
    Other issues to be raised include player wages and contracts, while they are also set to demand to know who decides which players are brought into the club. Why is Arsene Wenger not taken to task on poor performances etc. Why the poor team selection? Why the lack of depth in the squad? Fitness of players? The medical/fitness team: Why so much injuries and poor recovery of players compared to other teams?

    ??We??ve been sold the future for five years now, that tomorrow we??ll arrive at the promised land,? group spokesperson Marc Harold told The London Evening Standard.
    ??We aren??t labelling it as a protest march, although we are demanding changes at boardroom level. The board has lost focus, is complacent and insular, feeling all is rosy at Arsenal when it most certainly isn??t.

    ??We have done this before [in May 2011] and the turnout was a few hundred. I??d safely say that number will be quite a bit bigger this time.?

    A tense club AGM was held last month that saw manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis grilled on the club??s matchday pricing and lack of success on the pitch.

  3. para

    I can innerstand the fans who are wanting to see their team stand up and be counted, but to chant at AW is beyond sanity, even though i myself question his tactical ability.
    But i am beginning to see that AFC is on the road to becoming the greatest footbal team in the world.
    Phase 1 and 2 are now complete and phase 3 is about to start.
    I am starting to see a little of the planning that has gone on.
    Now for the first season we have money exclusively for buying players, and it looks like this will be the future process from now on.
    AW has done his job, to keep the club in the running while economically safe, and this base or foundation has succeeded.
    Now phase 3 begins and the building of a team to do more than stay in touch with the leaders.

    Funnily i have this feeling that Pep and Cesc will be at AFC this summer ready for the next phase of AFC. AW will move up and continue to economically run the club
    I may be wrong here, but who ever comes in will definately be aware of the vision AFC has and will be a long term partner, exactly as AFC wants.

    So all fans and supporters please get behind the team now, and save your disappointments for the pub and your friends. Any disappointments can be more elegantly put forward, more likely to get a proper answer, than shouting abuse at someone.

  4. Decent analogy with TDKR except for the fact in that movie there is a GOOD guy named Robin.

    When it comes to asking questions about substitutions, I see Wenger’s outburst at Saturday as more polite way to repeat Ferguson’s words when he was asked about Veron. Wenger is too stubborn to admit he was wrong and that would be justified if he had only win a single trophy in the last eight years. At certain point, I can understand that – if he admits he was wrong, he could lose some respect among players. Remember what happened last season when we lost to FAnchester United at home – he replaced our best player on the field Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with out-of-form Andrey Arshavin which caused even Van Pussy shaking his head like he doesn’t believe what his manager just did. He claimed he doesn’t need to justify his decision to replace inexperienced teenager with the captain of Russian national team.

    Regarding our legends, I have a feeling that – despite good intentions they have – they don’t understand financial moment in English football. For instance, Ian Wright, man that was main reason I started supporting Arsenal, urged Wenger to sign Kompany, Hart and Essien. That could hardly happen given our financial abilities and abilities of their current clubs. It’s not that we lose our player to the English or European rival clubs (since 2008-09: Toure, Adebawhore, Clichy, Nasri, Van Pussy, Song, Flamini, Fabregas) because they can offer more money to our players, it’s more that we fail to find proper replacements and players that will fill the gaps we have for a very long time because Wenger has been putting too much faith in health of Diaby and Rosicky or inconsistent young players like Djourou, Bendtner, Denilson and Fabianski.

  5. Will

    Is this comment a fucking joke? You think Pep and Cesc are coming to Arsenal… really? Pep will be in Brazil (maybe) or somewhere like AC. Cesc went away to his real home and though he will “always be a gunner” (which is bullshit) will never come back. You think Arsenal is now going to go out and buy a team that can stay in touch with the top squads? Based off of what knowledge? Your fucking gut? The group that currently runs this club (including AW) do not care about winning as much as they care about money, not only is everything you said wrong; it is the pathetic pipe dream that not everything has failed. Well it fucking has.

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