Anyone who had been reading and commenting on Arsenal in the football media or websites in the build up to the planned protest by Arsenal fans during the home match against Norwich at the weekend could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be an almost unanimous outpouring of anger towards Arsene Wenger.
As we saw on Saturday it was far from that and it was not even all about the manager in the first place. The calls were for change and it is the way that the club is run from the top down, with making money seemingly the main objective rather than trophy success, that has frustrated a lot of us.
But why let the truth get in the way of a good story, as they say? Even after the Arsenal fans public backing of the boss, some anti-Arsenal folk (Jamie Redknapp the ex-spud I am looking at you) seem determined to drive a wedge between the manager and fans and the different sections of fans and focus only on the negative aspects of our club to do so.
So we have Redknapp on Sky Sports banging on about the reaction of Alexis Sanchez being subbed as clear signs of disharmony in the dressing room as he calls it. Could it not be to do with the well kniown fact that the Chilean wants to play every minute of every game? And do we not always hear when other players do that the pundits saying it is a good side because top players should always be disappointed to be taken off?
The same man today is in the Daily Mail comparing the fans problems with Wenger as being like a teenage break-up. While there are plenty of big football stories to talk about like the problems of Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City, red cards, elbowing and much more, Redknapp’s top priority is to highlight a pretty paltry protest from the fans. It’s not just him either. I challenge to find a positive story about Arsenal in the mainstream media today despite the fact that we look set to finish higher than all of the other EPL favourites.
Why are they so determined for us to fall out with Wenger? What about the Everton fans’ protest about Martinez? What about the popular line that clubs are too quick to pull the trigger on managers these days? Why don’t you naff off and leave us alone Redknapp, and all the other anti-Arsenal media propagandists?