Brighton And Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal
First of all – apologies for the brief hiatus. I’m trying to blog everyday, but often the elements conspire against me. But, I’m here now – I can hear you all collectively omit a sigh of relief – and It’s a shame it isn’t under better circumstances.
At present, being an Arsenal fan seems to be following a very painful trend. It’s almost, eat, sleep defeat, repeat. And it’s getting f*cking boring.
You can predict exactly how it’ll go:
- Arsenal lose away from home (or at home) and do so looking like a team bereft of inspiration and ideas.
- Pundits label Arsenal as a “disgrace” or something equally hyperbolic. Jamie Redknapp uses his big voice.
- Those with YouTube channels p*ss out hateful, angry dross to get noticed – often filmed in cars by very strange and unhinged creatures.
- It’s universally considered time for Arsene to leave.
- Speculation about successor.
- The minority that still see Arsene as the right man go about winding up everyone else on purpose.
- Fans bicker and make accusations about the sexual practices of each’s parents. Usually mothers.
- Momentarily things calm down and a glimmer of light flickers in the distance.
- And repeat…
Yesterday at Brighton was another game which was the last straw. Another poor away defeat that would surely spell the end of Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal. Another example of how much distance there appears to be between the players and their coaching staff. I’d discuss the game but it’s both mind-numbingly familiar and annoying as all Hell.
It’s seems to go from bad to bad to worse at the moment. We’ve had stories leaked about team meetings and fits of sobbing from Laurent Koscielny – allegedly, his kids ask him why Arsenal are so bad. We’ve had stories of Aaron Ramsey being dropped – most likely utter bollocks – because he leaked the aforementioned story in the first place. We’ve had just about all the negative, spiralling press and atmosphere that you could ask for in recent weeks.
A lot of people direct their chagrin towards Arsene Wenger. I wouldn’t dispute his time has come, but I do understand his reluctance to let go. He obviously still believes he can turn things around and whilst some call that belief arrogant or detrimental to Arsenal, I find it quite admirable. I don’t think he’s right, but I know nothing of professional football management. I think that’s a fact lost on many people who comment on the situation. Opinions are part of football, but there has to be an awareness of those expressing their thoughts that they – the majority – have little or no experience to back anything up.
I think Arsene Wenger has run his course as manger at Arsenal. I love the man, he’s given me the some of the best moments in my tenure as a Gooner. He’s not the only manager to provide silverware in my time, but he’s certainly provided the most consistent period of success and, undoubtedly, he did that assembling some of the finest footballing teams the Premiership has seen. Those facts shouldn’t be forgotten.
But those facts are also in the past, and aren’t reasons for his position to be unchallenged. And I that is the real problem at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger isn’t the definitive voice. We have a board of directors that employ him, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that they aren’t taking any action in the face of an obvious decline in fortunes. He remains in a position of power unchallenged by his peers.
Our decline is not a flash in the pan or a unexpected blotch on an otherwise unsullied copybook; it’s a downward spiral that he been gradually becoming more evident and has recently begun to gather significant pace. As Arsene Wenger stubbornly defends his position and refuses to go into the night gracefully – it’s silly to expect him to just walk away – our board remain unaffected by what’s happening, and, more importantly, they appear unwilling to make a change when it’s the obvious thing to do. Well, to the untrained eyes of a mere supporter who has no experience of professional football management, that is.
But hey- like I said, folks; I don’t really know what I’m talking about. I’m just expressing how I feel on the situation. I don’t believe Arsene Wenger can take Arsenal forward at this point, and I’m in a majority of fans who share the same sentiment. It wasn’t always a majority. It is now. And that certainly spells the end of time for a great, great man who has lost his touch. It’s a crying shame, but it happens to every great sportsman/coach at some point.
We have a trip to AC Milan on Thursday, and I have zero confidence in our ability to get a result out there. Before, I’ve hoped we’d sneak a favourable outcome and pull out a decent performance. Right now, I can’t see anything other than a loss. That’s the greatest shame of all; I find myself losing hope and optimism for the Club I love. I’ll always support them, but it’s becoming increasingly tough to have any expectations of them.
That’s all for today, folks. Leave me your thoughts in the comments.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more. Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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