There has been a lot of animosity aimed at Arsene Wenger over the last few years, with Arsenal fans protesting more and more every season when it is obvious that we are going to go another campaign without winning the title. A lot of these #WengerOut protests are obviously directly aimed at the Frenchman, but Arsene himself doesn’t believe that these fans hate him personally.
“I am like everybody – I prefer to be loved than hated but I can take a distance with that. I know it is not the person itself, it is the fact the manager does not win the games.” Le Prof was quoted as saying on Norwegian TV.
“They [the fans] want to win and I can make a difference in that. I don’t take it too personally. I hate myself – the manager – more than anybody if I don’t win. I’m a very bad loser.”
“People want to win. If you don’t win the championship, the FA Cup, the Champions League, it is disastrous. But in the last three years, we won the FA Cup twice and finished second, third and fourth.
“We are in the FA Cup Final again. Overall, we are not happy because you want to win everything but Real Madrid have not won the championship [La Liga] for five years. Liverpool haven’t won it [the title] for over 20. They are big clubs — it is difficult. Just because you turn up, it doesn’t mean you win.”
He is absolutely right of course. It is not easy at all to win the Premier League, in fact it is probably the hardest League in the world, and the amounts of money some teams spend in an effort to win it is incredible. Surely it is an achievement to finish in the Top Four for 20 years, and he should be allowed ONE bad year out of every 20 surely?