Thanks for the memories Arsene but it’s time to say goodbye! by KM
I am so happy! And no, it’s not because we won 4:0, which would usually be quite nice, but because the Arsenal fans who attended the game made me proud. After the game, a banner which was last seen in an away game at WBA was span out, and it’s message is well known “Thanks for the memories Arsene, but it’s time to say goodbye”.
If you watch Arsenal Fan tv after the game, there was interview with the fan who brought up the banner and it was spot on. The guy spoke of the years of hurt, the false excuses, the fact that we’re not fighting oil money, but we’re 8 points behind Leicester who are “crisp” money as he described them.
Asked whether it was the right time to put it after a 4:0 win, and shouldn’t it have been be put out against Tottenham, the guy explained that it’d be difficult to get it there and he didn’t want their fans to get encouraged from the fact, there’s a growing force among Arsenal fans that are sick and tired of the excuses.
I really believe it’s worth checking out because it speaks of volumes of hurt. Finally the guy was asked the question if we do the double would he still want Wenger gone and the response was that it’s time for fresh ideas and he also spoke of the problems of getting another yes man. All things I’ve been banging the drums on for quite a while now.
Onto the game, there are a few key moments. Three injuries! All because we left it to a replay! We introduced Ramsey who is massively overplayed, and despite scoring a goal vs Spurs he’s been overall terrible this season. Then comes the two centre backs highlighting problems we should’ve addressed in the summer.
Now our defence has been pretty poor of late, but we could well be facing Barcelona with Chambers and Monreal as CB, despite the fact I’m not really sure if that’s worse than Mertesacker (speaks volumes of our defence) it’s still a major concern. We have Everton away after the European champions and their offence is pretty good, but our recent record at Goodison Park isn’t!
Finally I’ll finish with Theo and Giroud both scoring 2 goals, by noting that despite the fact this should boost their confidence, it’s Hull citys reserves with all my respect for them. Besides, our game plan didn’t really get going. We scored through a mistake they made. And the second mistake we converted made them abandon the game.
Steve Bruce cancelled his offensive sub, seeing that he’ll hardly take anything and we just rolled the clock. Theo scored a nice goal from a sublime Campbell pass and now that Ramsey is injured, maybe Joel will finally get a place he deserves in the squad. But I feel like those 2 goals each of our strikers scored might rob Joel and Welbeck of the starting places, which I still believe they deserve more.
And make no mistake, Theo, despite his one good and one lucky goal, was still really poor. Wins like that rejuvenate Wenger. They are his fountain of youth, because after them he comes out speaking about quality and spirit and how it’s the best he’s got since 2004 and so on, but I feel like this time the tide is finally turning.
Repeated failures against Chelsea, Man United, Stoke and Swansea no matter what the circumstances, the failures in the Champions League and the lack of transfers despite the huge funds available are taking their toll. The fans have a voice and it’s great for it to be heard. Wenger of course hears nothing, but you can only ignore the world for so long.
He’s just a bad manager and he is not even in disguise anymore. Look if we beat Watford, we’ll be in the semis of the FA cup but don’t be fooled. Arsene sacked the FA cup for so many years, because he himself knows which are the big prizes. Now he’s hanging on the FA cup, because it’s saving his job and settling the unrest.
This time though, the FA cup and 4th place won’t be good enough. Even a most unlikely double, wouldn’t be enough. It’s time to address the real problem at hand and as long as the fans have their voice heard, even if it’s by anybody but Wenger, it’s going to happen. Sooner or later.
Thanks for the memories Arsene, but it’s time to say goodbye!