Following on from Big Gun’s sensible post about the state of Arsenal right now, I thought it was about time that JustArsenal’s Mr Admin should give a personal opinion. I have ALWAYS felt that EVERY fan is allowed to have an opinion and will let them publish or comment on the forum, but lately I am finding I am having to delete very personal abuse against other readers. This will NOT be tolerated. We are ALL Arsenal fans and are here to discuss Arsenal Football Club, not who has the biggest fists in the playground……
Given the surge of hatred against Arsene Wenger, it is time to discuss his actual record this season. After 11 games in the Premiership, Wenger has only just lost his second game, and as the first was at League leaders Chelsea I don´t consider that a bad record. Also we are sitting just four points behind Man City in THIRD place, which is quite amazing considering the horrendous injury list we have had since the start of the season.
Let´s look at some other “TOP” teams.
Man United are one point below us, even after spending a record 200 million in a year. They are not even in the Champions League – but would you rather be in their position?
Look at Liverpool. They have spent fortunes in the last couple of years but are currently languishing in 11th place with FIVE defeats already. They have just 3 points from 4 Champions League games and couldn’t even be bothered playing a full team against Real Madrid last time out.
Look at Tottenham, one place below them. Also with 5 defeats. Okay I just felt like putting them in, they are hardly competition!
Look at Everton, who nearly pipped us to 4th spot last season. They are level with both Liverpool and Tottenham with just three wins this year.
Going back to the Champions League, Arsenal fans are annoyed that we are ONLY second in our Group, but Man City may not even progress if they win their last two games, but we are certain to qualify for the knockout rounds. Would you rather we were in Liverpool’s or Man City’s position in Europe?
My point about the above comparisons is that ALL of them have changed managers recently. ALL of them have spent fortunes on the transfer market. NONE of them have had to cope with losing half their team to injuries.
So let’s count our blessings shall we? I dread to think where Arsenal would be WITHOUT Wenger….
We have definitely had worse starts to the season, but maybe without quite so many injuries, and the fact is that Wenger has always managed to rally the team to stay in the Top Four. Is it really worth the risk of letting ANY newcomer come in and take over halfway through the season?
Can’t we be a little more positive for a change? Show some respect….to Wenger AND your fellow Arsenal fans, whatever their opinion.