Apologies straight away as this post will lack what is my customary format. At present I’m scandalously ignoring tasks at work I ought not be to bring you today’s entry from my iPhone – a pursuit which is an abominable pain in my arse, I might add.
Thinking. That’s what I’ve been doing a great deal of since Saturday’s hapless capitulation and resulting farrago of rage and bitterness. Making sense of the whole epic mess isn’t especially easy. In fact, it’s impossible. I challenge anyone to process the events and come up with a list of rational explanations for what our eyes witnessed. I sure as hell can’t.
The interesting thing for me, at least, is the quickness in which opinion of Arsene Wenger can change, almost instantaneously in some cases. With news circulating about him intending to step down in the summer, it would appear those with hatred towards the man will get what they want. If you believe such things, that is.
Before continuing, I feel I should make it clear I am neither AKB, WOB or any of the ridiculous acronym/initialism monikers people are classed under. I revere Arsene Wenger unabashedly for all his work at Arsenal, for the greatness he has given our Club, but I don’t dispute that he is as accountable for some of the bad things. I’m somewhere between the two extremes.
What I find baffling is the hatred, almost as if an air of petulant entitlement overwhelms certain Arsenal fans into thinking we are owed everything. I can understand frustration towards the team and Arsene Wenger because how could you not be upset at losing 6-0 in arguably the most important match of the season.
Hating the man, though? That’s plain ridiculous – and I’m not exaggerating what I’ve seen folks; you need only look around the internet briefly to see some of the poisonous bile spat out. The questioning of his actions, however, I feel is valid. 3 times we’ve watched the team fall apart away from home and ship a combined 17 goals. That is beyond appalling and the buck stops with Arsene Wenger.
Are his methods and preparations costing us? Do we need to consider a new approach to the management of the Club? I don’t know. I’m a blogger and my managerial experience is nothing more than simulations on my PC, and I was pretty bloody hopeless at them.
All I know is something had to be done. If Arsene steps down – not improbable – is there a realistic choice to fill his shoes and take the Club forward? Again, I’m unsure. Most names mentioned with that discussion don’t fill me with confidence, even Jurgen Klopp had suffered similar troubles with Dortmund. David Moyes’ tenure at Old Trafford is a fine example of the impact change can have. As the say goes; it’s often better the devil you know…
To summarise folks. All the talk of Arsene leaving worries me. Not because I’m his most ardent supporter but because I see his departure having an averse effect on the team and the Club as a whole. However, something needs to be done to address the problems that repeat themselves ad nauseam. What that solution may be remains unclear, but I wouldn’t rule anything out at this stage. The summer may well be very interesting for an Arsenal fan.
That’s all for today, folks. The comments eagerly await you below. Let me know your thoughts on Arsene Wenger leaving? Good or bad?
I’ll return tomorrow with more. Until then, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.