I was so upset with our result on Tuesday that I cannot even eat. It has hit me hard and if anyone has been reading my posts over the last month will have read that I knew this was coming.. It is not something that I want to gloat over it gives me no satisfaction whatsoever.
I don’t want Mr Wenger OBE gone, but I want THIS Arsene Wenger gone, the one who after an embarrassing defeat says.
“It’s easy to say that we need a bit of experience but I am convinced that we have the quality and we’ll continue to develop. If you look at the average age of the team it is still very young. To reach that level deserves a lot of credit but tonight we were caught by a team who has the art to kill and take advantage of mistakes. I believe Cristiano Ronaldo today gave us a tough time.”
We need a manager who can see and address the problems, we need a manager who says it like it is…
“We were not good enough and we will have a bit of a shake up in the summer”
I am hoping Arsene is going to take some action and he isn’t convinced that what he is saying is accurate and it is PR spin. But if he is saying what he means then he is out of touch with how the supporters feel and we need more honesty.
He also heaped more pressure on himself by playing a FA cup semi final without arguably our best player who never needed to be rested, Everton and David Moyes showed us that Man U can be dumped out of a cup in the semi’s.. This may turn into a good thing long term because winning the FA cup would be papering over the cracks of this youth system.
I am also hoping that this board shake up that has just taken place will have a positive effect and take Arsene out of his comfort zone, I also feel that joint ownership is not working.. Why would Kroenke want to invest money into Arsenal from an outside source to make us more successful if it increases the value of shares that he wants to purchase??
Why not wait and wait, then when we are on a downhill slide the share price will go down and then snap up the less wanted and cheaper shares?? Then invest!!!
The fans need to know where this is going!!!!
Onto the fans, like someone said on the blog the other day the ones that left early should hang their heads in shame, they don’t support Arsenal they support winning teams.. you support through good times and bad.. These new wave of supporters are a blight to the modern game and is something that the club needs and seeks, but true fans detest and It would not surprise me if they went and supported Chelsea, I had and I say “had” in the past tense a ‘mate’ who was a Arsenal season ticket holder in the eighties I even bought his 89’ shirt off him because it no longer fitted when he took up bodybuilding, anyway the last I heard of him he started to support Chelsea because they were winners, this is the same bloke that cheats at golf… sums him up to me…
We have to be very careful what we want as supporters collectively, their are two radical ends of the spectrum and I suggest they are as dangerous as each other.. We have the impatient “I want a trophy and I want it now” ones. They are like the Geordies, the Spuds and Real (Spanish government) Madrid. Sack the manager , sack the players mentality.. On the other end of the divide is the “ If he wears an Arsenal shirt I will support him” fan this is very commendable but we are not the Samaritans or the welfare state, they will keep flogging a dead horse and won’t admit things are wrong… Arsenal are in business to win things.. If we don’t the support will drop off and we will not get the prize money from winning these tournaments or the worldwide recognition that we need to grow.. A viscous circle that Man U although in debt are showing the world how to do that.
I don’t think we need to go as far as to buy big like Man U, our manager is the best in the world , but he has gone off course, he has gone too far down the youth development route. It is a good idea if we don’t depend on it and it is self sufficient financially, but Arsene believes in it a bit too much and seems to grow attached to those players because they look good in training every day.. Well looking good in training and looking good in Semi finals of big tournaments are two different things as we learned Tuesday night..
Ajax are another club that has gone down this route and have now dropped out of being one of the best in Europe to a feeder club to the big boys, I know this is also partly down to the demise of the Dutch League.
What I do know is that evolution is better than revolution, also unless you have an endless budget to cherry pick the very best players we have to be very careful who we buy for every Arshavin their is a Jeffers around the corner for the same price..
Let’s think about Arsenal as if we was running that business and think as if we were managing it and push towards what is for the best… the best for Arsenal..