When it rains it pours and on Sunday the heavens opened on Arsenal FC creating a downpour many have never felt before.
Dev has already covered off the events of Sunday but the aftermath of THAT substitution still rumbles on.
Many of the players have leapt to the defence of our manager, RVP has gone as far as releasing a statement after camera’s caught him expressing himself in a similar fashion to us at that substitution;
“I was not having a go at the boss on Sunday — I was just sad to see Alex leave the pitch as he just gave the assist for our only goal.
“I was not questioning his judgement — I know it’s not my place to challenge what Arsene Wenger does…
“Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain had a calf injury. We did not know that but the boss did and brought Andrey Arshavin on.”
“The manager and I are fine and my relationship with the club is good.
“There is no problem, there is no conflict and there is no controversy.
“The boss knows that, I know that and the players know that.”
It says something about the severity of the incident when the club captain has to make a public statement defending his actions and backing his manager’s decisions.
Personally I don’t think I’ll ever forget the substitution. The noise and reaction was deafening, you couldn’t have been blamed for thinking we were taking off RVP and bringing on Teddy Sheringham (the c*nt). And no, I didn’t boo or give the boss stick. I’ll never boo my team cause it’s the team I love and pay money to support every week. If I ever felt the need to boo, I just would stop going and to be honest I rather the people who want to boo and give the team sh*t during the 90mins just didn’t turn up. Yes , I know everyone has a right to their opinion and the fans have a voice too, but for the 90mins respect the players and get behind them. Arsenal fans pride themselves of doing things ‘the Arsenal way’ with a touch of class and respect, events on Sunday have greatly damaged our reputation
So what now?
Well we fight on. Remember outplayed but never outgunned. We pray for the quick return of Arteta, Wilshere, Sagna and Gibbs. We need our players back in order to restore the much needed balance to the team. As for the great subject on peoples lips, Mr Wenger, I urge you to be careful for what you wish for.
Last week a comment on the WOA’s stated he wanted Wenger out and would take anyone to replace him as he’d had enough. Really? Is that the answer? Anyone. Is that what it’s now come down to? I doubt that person spoke for the masses but if the majority reading this agree then we’re set for some tough years.
I completely agree that Wenger has made a rod for his own back and his stubbornness in the market and on the pitch has created part of this mess but let’s not force the man out and then realise what we had when it’s gone.
I’m not going get the violins out and talk through his roll of honour because we all know how much the man has achieved with our club. I grew up and fell in love with Arsenal watching Graham’s team but I became an Arsenal fanatic watching the teams put together by Wenger.
The man has single handedly revolutionised our club from mid table obscurity to a world respected powerhouse in a stadium to be envied and facilities you would dedicate your career to.
However, everything and everyone has their sell by date and if Wenger continues down this path of stubbornness and on pitch naivety, he will destroy his own proud legacy. Wenger has himself said it is a short term project now so why go out in a frustrated manner? Build the squad up to handle injuries, create a true competitive spirit and go out in a blaze of glory.
The buck will always stop with the manager at any club but I strongly believe the board have more to answer for than Wenger. They’re letting him take all the flack and are non existent in the fight to keep the club competitive.
The next few weeks will determine not only the outcome of the season but potentially the future of Arsene Wenger. Come what May, the team need our support.
Remember; Victoria Concordia Crescit.
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