So Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since 2004 and have not come any closer to doing so after the club’s period of financial tightness due to the new stadium came to an end. This season looks like seeing the Gunners finish further off the top than ever in fact, but if you Arsenal fans out there think that is a problem then perhaps you need to think again.
Take a step back and look at the facts again, because Arsene Wenger seems to be suggesting that we only see this, and the seven years of crashing out of the Champions League before the quarter-final stage, as failure because we are told as much by the football pundits on TV and the journalists in the press.
Metro have reported the Frenchman’s comments in which he was talking about the incredible match last week between Barcelona and PSG but was almost certainly also thinking about the way that Arsenal and his own role as our manager have been reported.
Wenger said, ‘When you’re a footballer, even if you don’t read it you’re told what people think. You can’t live in a world where you can’t be influenced by anything.
‘For example, I watched the last 20 minutes of PSG v Barca again. It’s interesting when you see all the conclusions that come out of the game.
‘And the same people who spoke after the game said with 10 minutes to go that PSG was absolutely outstanding. Ten minutes later, they’re absolutely rubbish.
‘People brainwash you with what they think is right.
‘Get out of that heated atmosphere and look at things in an objective way. Sometimes it confirms what people say. Sometimes it doesn’t.
‘I managed about 2,000 games – I might know a little something about the game as well.’
So Gooners, those of you who thought that two 5-1 hammerings by Bayern Munich this season to add to the one last season were signs that we have got big problems need to think again. And the recurring failure of Arsenal to perform in key games and at crucial periods in season after season should not see this as a sign that Wenger is not getting the best from the players.
Just ask the boss what it all means because he seems to know better than everyone else.