Arsene Wenger must be feeling that the whole world is against him at the minute, with an aggressive media and pressure from a small number of vocal Arsenal fans as well, so his is in need of a bit of support from the people who owe him the most, the Arsenal players themselves.
Everyone seems to think that Arsenal’s season is over right now, but as with every season, we are still in the most important fight for a Top Four place, and have made it to an FA Cup semifinal for the third time in four years and are two games away from winning the trophy yet again.
But whatever the fans may think, Wenger can not win these on his own, it is the players that must stand up and show that they still have pride and ambition for the club and our manager. As the Invincibles legend Gilberto Silva said yesterday: “The players could do something more,”
“I believe they can, for their quality, their ability – that’s why they’re at the club, why Arsene brought them to the club. He believed in them.
“I think it’s now time for them to give something back.
“Sometimes, if you look from outside, we can see everything we want. But the only thing for me, seeing from outside, it’s time for everyone to give the support for the man who believed in them.
“Give something back, get together.
“It’s the only way to handle the pressure and get through this situation, because nobody is in this situation alone. It didn’t create itself alone, the players didn’t create the pressure alone – if there is something that didn’t go well, everyone was part of it. Everyone must stick together, that’s the best way to deal with it.”
“I hope (Wenger) handles the pressure, the circumstance and the players get on his side and supports him more – even more than what they are doing.
“Not just by playing games, but when they have to talk about the coach, the manager, the man, they understand the importance of this man to them on the pitch and outside in the club.”
Never has an Arsenal team needed to be more united behind our manager as right now, and they need to prove that Wenger’s belief in them was not unfounded. And they must start by getting the three points tomorrow to help relieve some pressure on Wenger and themselves. And it would help if the fans got behind them too for a change….