New Year, but no real change and is it going to get better or far far worse? by LD
Well happy new year gunners, or is it?
It would seem that with the festive period out of the way and the start of another transfer window that there is a lot of fat to chew over for the faithful Arsenal Fans.
Yesterday was atrocious, our defence was non-existent and the way the team played in general was well below standard and against teams such as Southampton who have everything to play for it’s really not acceptable, but who really is to blame?
The rants go on and on and its either Arsene knows best or Arsene out and certainly for one travelling fan yesterday there was no doubt as to which camp his loyalties lay with.
However are we fans really getting it right by wanting Wenger out?
I really do believe that AW was without doubt the greatest manager we have had, he has taken us into the modern age and created some legendary players as well as taking us through a whole season being unbeaten, however I do feel that he has been found out and has lost that sharp competitive edge perhaps he has become complacent and is happy to coast through as he has convinced himself that fourth place REALLY is like a trophy.
BUT !!!!!, think on this people, It’s clear that the Board are totally behind AW and that as long as the club makes the required monies for the men at the top then they will be happy to let this drivel continue unabated. This tells me that the board, who are all ex Merchant Bankers and silver spoon types are happy with what wenger is doing and really do just let him get on with it as far as the football is concerned. So if Wenger goes do any of you really feel this will solve the problem? Much more likely the Board will swap “like for like” and get someone in who will do exactly the same job as Wenger is doing now, or worse he won’t and it will get worse.
While watching the partnership of Fabregas and Hazard yesterday it occurred to me that this was a partnership that Wenger was hoping to have in the Arsenal kit at one stage, and that if we had a board that were more motivated by success than financial profit we would be looking at a combination of this ilk.
However the club is controlled by a group of Old Etonians who all have former careers in the financial world and is headed by a man who has about as much interest in football success as I do in having Root canal treatment without an anaesthetic. They are more interested in selling key players at profit or at least were until the fans had enough of it and kicked up a stink, and in just making champions league football each season to make the numbers add up, there’s one thing that’s hardly ever mentioned in any articles on this site or in the national press that really makes the picture clear (for me anyway) and that that we have a 33% shareholder who DOES NOT HAVE A PLACE ON THE BOARD!!!!!!!
Regardless of your opinions of Alisher Usmanov, regardless of the rights and wrongs of his business ethics and regardless of if we would have suffered due to the Russian economic trouble at present this fact tells you all you need to know about what’s wrong with our club. Nowhere else in any other business would this be allowed to happen and with our current manager’s inability to change his attitude or approach it can really only mean more frustration and upset for us the fans that at heart make the club what it is.
I live in hope and await with baited breath as I read articles about players linked to the club but in my heart of hearts I really don’t see it ever changing with the current board in charge and the managerial approach and while I can write a reasoned article about the problem I have no real idea on what we the fans can do to change it….