Reasons outside Arsene as to why Arsenal are where we are. by KM
Well after another season of failure and after I spoke enough about Arsene, I will put out some of the other reasons as to why we are here, but keep in mind they are all connected and it’s really hard to structure them without jumping from one to another, so here it goes:
Stan Kroenke. It’d be a crime not to start here. When your owner speaks of your club as an “investment” and a “business” you are in trouble. Can we really solve this one? Well, unless Usmanov decides to put an incredible amount of money or some sheikhs decide Arsenal will be their new hobby I don’t see it.
Lack of ambition. It’s becoming ever so clear to the most diehard of Arsenal fans, that the club has no need of finishing first. We just roll the season so that in the end we earn some cash the owner can use to build ranches. Worse, the lack of ambition has spread throughout the players and the fans too. A lot of fans question if we even have to be in the top 4. While true we will never win the CL with Arsene, the truth is that if the fans do not demand success, and the owner doesn’t, it won’t come on a plate.
This factor has led to the one of the worst things that could happen – acceptance. We’ve accepted our faith and there is little indication anybody will do something to change that. The atmosphere at the Emirates is like you are at a funeral. The fans have to react, because the board won’t do it, neither will Arsene. We need a banner so big, it covers the entire stadium so that Arsene has nowhere to hide. We need to get the media’s attention, to make Arsene feel like he’s not wanted until he leaves. This is unlikely to happen, unless the earth starts spinning backwards, but for one last time I will say it, it is up to us to demand change, when it’s not coming from where it should.
Ahh the Board. And the lack of fresh blood in it. Our decline somehow matches with the fact David Dein left. The youngest member of the board is Ivan Gazidis who is 51! Barcelona elect their board every few years and at Real Madrid if you don’t win trophies, you rarely last a second season, even if you are Carlo Ancelotti, winning the la Decime plus the Copa del Rey! Need I speak more of ambition?
Another reason things have slumped so much is the complete lack of activity. The board doesn’t care, the manager is incapable, where are the rest? Where is the strong figure that would come out and take responsibility? Everybody have let things go with the flow, until eventually the boat crashes.
This gave Arsene to opportunity to gain complete power. He is Arsenal through and through. Everything happens through him, he even gets all the credit. Some people might believe he built the stadium brick by brick. He has shunted out all the characters so bad, he even criticized Ozil who spoke the truth as to why we won’t win the title. But that’s fine, because of the acceptance of the Top 4 finishes and the 2 FA cups in 12 years there was enough dust in our eyes to make us once again ignore the real problem.
Ignorance has been one of the roots of our downfall. We have been living in our own world of delusion that we cannot fight the money of City, Chelsea and United, but as this season shows a prime example – this is not the real problem. We chose to blame it on others, luck, injuries, the ball, the grass and everything else you can imagine rather than look at what we can do better ourselves.
We never learned our lesson and as an old saying goes “those who don’t learn history are bound to repeat it”. This can describe Arsenal since 2005. But truth is Arsene is not the only one who didn’t learn a lesson. The fans haven’t learned as well! I will give you three five word sentences that have been the foundation of our downfall “Give him one more season”, “Judge him when May comes”, “Wait until the window closes”.
Do I need to explain what’s wrong with those statements? One FA cup and he got another 3 years with 2 already ending up in failure. I said it after we failed to beat Liverpool and Stoke that in that fashion we’re never winning the title and I was right! May is almost here and Leicester and Spurs will decide the title and we are hoping to be in the top 4. Can I judge Wenger now? And the transfer window ending up in only one keeper being brought in when we clearly needed new faces?
I will finish with the fans, because we have our own fault in allowing this to happen. Liverpool fans put banners on ticket prices and left the stadium in order to express what they think and they were heard! Why can’t the Arsenal fans do it? Are we less than them? Iniesta said Barcelona fans would want to “kill us in our cars” if they finish 7th like United did. Are we less than the people over in Spain? United fans had banners, even flying airplain signs calling for Moyes head and he was sacked. And the same is awaiting LVG with Mourinho close to finally getting his dream to manage United to come through.
Ignorance is a path that eventually leads to misery. This year it’s Spurs finishing above us and possibly winning it. It could even be finishing out of the top 4, but even if we save that, next season Pep is coming, Mourinho might be leading United and Klopp is already leaving a serious mark at Liverpool. If we do not take action, this lack of any sort of a decent plan for the future would lead us to years of mediocrity much worse than the one now.
We have to take action. We have a few home games left to make a statement of intent. If 12 years of failure haven’t thought us a lesson, we’ll hardly learn one in another 12. Make your own decisions, but I’ve made mine and I will do as much as I possibly can to stop this deliberate destruction of Arsenal football club.