Is about time we get back to supporting Arsene?? by RC
As we reach the end of another tortuous January transfer window with little action, but as ever much hope, I appreciate everyone including myself feels frustrated. It is what it is to be a Gooner. Unfortunately, we live in the shadows of several billionaire bank rolled clubs whose transfer budgets exceed that of small countries!
Clearly there is a universal view that we need some further talent. A top quality defensive midfielder with real power and grit would be great. A clinical striker come winger that could play across the front line, giving us more versatility as to how we play Giroud, Theo, Gervinho, the Ox and Podolski would not be missed. Will it happen?..It’s anyone’s guess, but we all live in hope. Not a wholesale overhaul, nor average players to appease the fans, just a couple of top quality signings to once again try to push right back to the very top.
However in the past few weeks I notice that everyone is getting increasingly angry with Arsene. I just don’t think it is right. Now I know this goes against either popular opinion (or the vocal minority – hard to tell which). Fan pressure is great. Continuing to let the club know we want results and trophies, not champions league qualification is good. No one improves without pressure to do so.
But let’s not forget who we are. We are Arsenal. We are one the biggest professional football clubs in the world. Our financial performance and fan base is consistently growing. Look at the stats, we consistently perform in the top 10 or better in Europe, in terms of shots on goal, passes, passing accuracy, possession….all the beautiful things. We are the only team to have ever taken on every team in the premier league and not been beaten. We are amongst an elite few in Europe, to consistently make it to the champions league. We have a stadium that is the envy of most other European teams, let alone premier league clubs. We have youth that is now turning into top top quality. Is there another team that make this claim without having a oligarch benefactor? Can any other team be spoken about in the same breath as Barcelona in terms of playing style? Not one.
These are truly immense achievements. This week, articles are arising saying Arsene is wanted by Perez at Real Madrid to replace Mourinho. PSG are making similar noises. He is recognised as top top quality. Arsene is not perfect. He may at times have too much sentiment towards players who don’t quite reach the potential he believes they have. He may not spend as we would like. He may follow a philosophy that at times would probably benefit from some outside coaching advice (omg I hate zonal marking!) and he may not communicate with us about his plans in a way many of us would like.
But he is responsible for so many truly great things about our club that I personally think, unless we really want to push the guy out (and there will be many takers), want to risk being left with someone who doesn’t have the ability to actually take us any further forward without a billionaire’s cheque book, or want to dismantle this potentially great team, we need to draw a line under our own frustrations and get back to the resounding sound of ‘c’mon Arsenal!’ and ‘there’s only one Arsene Wenger’ ringing out loud around the Emirates! The team will benefit, the opposition will suffer and all those who would love to see Arsene go (and I mean our opposition and their preferred hacks in the press, not our own frustrated fans) would be silenced. Come on guys get behind Arsene and the team and stop undermining it! It may just give us the edge we need!