A letter to Arsene Wenger by John Legend
On behalf of Arsenal Fans all around the world, irrespective of their various opinions about you, I would love to make a number of appeals to you.
We are sorry to have expected more from you this summer. We really should have known you by now. However, winter will come around in a couple of months. Now, here is the deal. You have to bolster our squad. “We need cover at the back” were your words but they seemed to be empty words. By then, you can be sure our back line would have been stretched. Either we are in a great position or we are struggling, we will need cover. We implore that you duly oblige to our needs come January.
On some occassions when we have to chase a game, you are of the habit of panicking. Whether or not you dont trust your players to deliver and grind out a result, show some level of leadership and believe. Give instructions, twist tactics, fire them up, do anything. Squatting, kicking bottles, zipping and unzipping your coat, complaining to fourth officials and the rest will never help.
We know you are a master at what you do and probably know better than about 99.9% of us, no dispute. However, when you make mistakes or you are not proactive enough, we can tell. When a player is not in the best frame to affect a game, he probably should be substituted, not that personnel who is trying to fashion out something. Being one of the highest paid does not mean playing all the minutes of a game, irrespective of contribution. Early substitutions like at Everton is not a crime, is it? I dont think so. I also wonder, do you just want some players in the team just as part of the spectators? They dont get enough playing time as expected. Please, address these issues.
We know your abilities, we know you can pull off streaks of wins, even up to the tune of 12. It really gets bad when we have a bad showing or result or we get disqualified from a Cup competition. These things should never affect our progress and success on other fronts. Kindly look into this and make necessary adjustments.
Finally, over time, pundits, counterpart managers, opposition players and the rest of Arsenal haters have always said lots of crap about us – and we seem to prove them right every now and then. We hear every season “oh, they will fizzle out”, “no chance, they always crumble”, “they can’t sustain a title challenge” and all that. Do you mind proving these people wrong as from now?
We need your hunger to win again. Stating that a draw at a just promoted club is a fair result is not acceptable. Make us winners and champions again.