I bet the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was cursing his luck after scheduling a meeting with Arsenal supporters for the day after the worst result in Arsene Wenger’s time at the Gunners. He probably thought that Wednesday night would be perfect because the fans would be happy to be in a semi-final with a good chance of some silverware after seven lean years, but it proved to be just the opposite.
“I would like to apologise to all of you, especially the fans who travelled up there. I t was unbelievable support as ever, and you deserved better.
“That is something we will work hard to put right. We all work here and are desperate to deliver the success and trophies we all want.”
Gazidis did not criticise Arsene Wenger, and he would have been hypocritical to do so. He had given an interview to Four Four Two magazine in which he praised Wenger and revealed that Arsenal have been punching above their weight for 15 years when you look at results compared with expenditure. It is Wenger who has made this possible, but the finacial plan of the Arsenal board that made it necessary.
Now it is time to back Wenger financially, and a good first step would be to give Theo Walcott a bit more money to stop us losing him to a rival. Another striker is also a must, as we cannot rely on a loan deal for 35-year old Thierry Henry to get us out of this mess. If Wenger has some money and spends it in January, we should get a fairer picture of his competence at the end of the season.