The #WengerOut brigade is out in full force today, but I’m one fan who is not placing the blame solely on the manager’s shoulders.
Arsenal failed to beat Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium today, despite leading the match for the majority of the second half. Alexis Sanchez scored on the stroke of half-time to open the scoring, but we conceded a sickening equalising goal with just under 10 minutes of normal time remaining, and failed to retake the lead.
The result is not blamed on our failure to score toward the end of the match however, as we should have closed the game off way before we conceded that demoralising goal, but I for one am refusing to blame that on Wenger.
The Frenchman organised our team with the intention of dominating possession, as well as creating a number of chances, and we did just that, having two thirds of the time on the ball, as well as notching up 13 shots, but the finishing was not good enough on the day.
Palace ended up scoring with their one and only shot on target, and we were punished for our lack of killer instinct at the other end of the pitch, but do you blame Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil or Alex Iwobi for that?
Is it the manager’s fault that our in-form or highly skilled players failed to put the ball in the net? Do you blame him for bringing Giroud on in the 75th minute, when the French striker remains as our top goalscorer in the league this season?
It is easy to jump on the bandwagon and agree with your fellow uneducated supporters and take to social media with the infamous hashtag, but it is naive to believe all of our players will magically improve under another boss.
A huge number of the players have given their backing to the manager, including star Mesut Ozil, and to keep a superstar like him happy should not be overlooked.
The answer to our problems is not to simply cast Wenger into unemployment, but maybe, just maybe, he could do with more positive support coming from yourselves.