Arsenal scrape past Norwich, but questions remained unanswered. Guest post by KM.
Hello fellow Arsenal fans! Lots to talk about, but I’ll start with the game. A poor performance in my opinion. Norwich had the best chances of the first half in which we really didn’t create much. I’ll start with a few baffling decisions.
First off, we started Giroud again. I mean his body language is just terrible and despite the assist he made I wonder what poor old Danny Welbeck has to do to earn a starting 11 place when he offers quite a lot more than just the heading of the ball.
Welbeck and Cech were the best players we had and for me it’s difficult to accept this, when you are playing for the top 4. We also stuck with Mertesacker? I mean I thought we were finally sending Giroud and Per to a deserved spot on the bench and now we bring them back?
Change, a word which I find difficult to understand in the point of Arsenal. I’ve already made my point that change starts with Arsene, otherwise there is no movement at all, just little tweaks. So the 12th and 78th minute protest was smaller than I hoped. Honestly I was more disappointed by the number of fans that actually stood by Wenger.
It just shows he still has huge support, especially at the Emirates. All my hopes of having him leave were slashed by that. This win was important, hugely important, because it practically saves Champions League football, unless United win all their games which I still choose not to believe.
Arsene sadly for me is not leaving, but truth is there is an apathy about this club. I understand both set of fans. Some will say 20 years in the top 4 is a great achievement and will point out to the misfortunes of United and Chelsea of this season, while others will point out that it’s been 12 years and we’ll never win the title with Arsene again, especially since we failed this year.
You cannot say one or the other is untrue, but which side you’d take depends on what you expect of the club? If you are content with the top 4 then Arsene is the reasonable choice. If you aim for higher ambitions then we need a new approach. But leave those two points aside and let’s go back to the apathy.
What will you do if you were in charge of Arsenal to change this? Spend money, introduce new players, blame the fans for the problem, do nothing or go for a new manager? For me the problem goes deeper than the famous fourth place. We have no direction and our management is bad on both the footballing and the non-footballing side.
This protest is not enough to see the end of Arsene, but it is a start. Questions will be asked of Arsene again and if’s funny because it’s the first time that people actually demand something of him and his negative response is a sign for me where things are heading.
On a final note, I will just finish with this. Arsene directly blamed the Arsenal fans for his failure of losing the title to Leicester! It’s a real shame that after this so many people chanted his name. Take a look at how the team is playing throughout 2016 and ask yourself if you enjoy what you are seeing.
Time for change is here in my opinion, but if we really want it, we’ll have to be louder about it. This is at least a start, but it’s gonna get something bigger to move disrupt the stale waters at Arsenal.