Arsenal fans have been getting more and more fed up and frustrated for years, as the lack of a trophy stretches ever onwards and we have had to stand and wave goodbye to our better players and captains year after year. It has got to the point where we dread the summer transfer window rather than anticipating what new players might come in.
Up until recently, Arsene Wenger seemed fairly bombproof in all of this, with a small minority of fans, including Adam Kemp, blaming Le Prof and calling for a change. Over the last few weeks and after some shocking performances and results, there has been a groundswell of support for the Wenger Out brigade, and I think we are missing a trick.
Wenger has been the buffer between the board and it’s refusal to spend a penny of it’s own cash. His ability to work miracles on a shoestring has allowed the board to massively increase the profitability of Arsenal while doing very nicely themselves, all at no risk to their own vast amounts of money.
Gazidis has been promising money, just around the corner, for years. Wenger is the one who has had to reshape his team every year, and has somehow managed to keep us in the Champions league every season as well. To me, he looks like he has had enough. After all he has done, to have the fans now blame him instead of the board must hurt him, personally.
So all the board have to do to absolve themselves is to sacrifice Wenger, install a new manager and give him some money, that they should have been giving to Wenger. It’s not right, but I can see it happening. Gazidis has been hinting that the board have been offering to back Wenger, but he has declined to spend. If you believe that you will believe anything.