Outplayed, out-thought, outdated – Arsene Wenger by Konstantin Mitov
This is the reality. Nothing in football happens by accident and the repeated 3:0 defeat at home to City was again no coincidence. Wenger would probably blame the ball, the weather, the ref, the clock, time itself, the flat earth society and God, but there are a lot of reasons for this.
I’ve been calling this for a long time. I said it when we were still nicking 4th place. You cannot keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. Other teams developed, and soon enough they overtook us.
Look at the facts, We’ve lost 5 out of the last 7 games, we’re 10 points off the top 4, we lost the only realistic chance of winning a cup and we got humiliated again at home by the same team, there are still people who think Wenger should stay and this is not a joke.
But if you ignore the results, look at the Emirates. Silence speaks more than a thousand words and the atmosphere was a perfect resemblance of Wenger – Empty, dreadful, clueless, disbelief! Arsene was again rooted to his chair, while Guardiola was giving instructions even at 3:0! We didn’t even make a sub.
This is like that long relationship you had, which was great at the beginning, then it started fading out, then it reached the point where it’s always your partners fault, but you keep carrying on hoping the good old days would reignite, when deep inside you know it’s over.
It’s agonizing, and it’s taking longer than it should, but in order for this to change, you need brave decisions the Arsenal board cannot make. I remember an Arsenal board member saying “When Arsene has a plan we back it 100%” and what if he doesn’t? Shouts like “Arsene knows” have built Wenger a castle which is now so hard to overtake.
This defeat isn’t really that hard to swallow as I’m used to it now. I expect it and I get angry for 5 minutes then I go numb. I know what has to happen for this to change, but it won’t so why bother? None of the players on the pitch looked like they are really fighting for their manager although of course in an interview, they say different otherwise they won’t play.
So the Frenchman will hide again behind his fog wall of meaningless words, as the world has stopped taking Wenger seriously since 2010, which is such a sad ending to a manager who was such an influence to this league when he came, but overstayed his welcome by 10 years and is now paying the price.
But the one biggest insult for Wenger, which he surely sheds little tears on, which he can easily wipe with 10 million pounds a year well earned with our performances I must say, is the fact that City fans, just like Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and Man Utd before then were singing “One Arsene Wenger”.
They know that the longer he’s here, the further back we go and we’re not a threat. There’s one positive in all this. We’ve added new people in key areas at the club and defeats every week only push further the issue of when Wenger’s head will drop? He’ll be asked at the next press conference and he’ll again dismiss the question, but it’s coming, or at least there is no going back.
Wenger was the master of papering over the cracks. Now there is not enough paper to stop the leaks coming in from everywhere and eventually, even if it takes till the end of next season, he’ll drown in his own failure. Should we sack him right now and look to the future? Hell yes, though it will not happen, it’s inevitable. The worst managing of a once top football club in history is finally coming to it’s end.