It’s time for us to get behind the boys by GB
It’s an obvious fact that Wenger’s boys have endured a very slow and disappointing start to the season. It’s therefore understandable why most fans have grown so resentful towards the manager. If we look at the performances displayed by Arsenal at the beginning of the season, anyone knows that we’ve been struggling to create chances so much that we had to rely on our opponents’ mistakes to score goals, which always brought the managers tactical ability to question and it was fair for fans to criticize him.
However, for the past few games starting from the Man United game, I have been impressed with the way the boys have been playing. We have been dominating and outplaying our opponents, creating lots of chances per game, restricting our opponents to almost one shot on target per match. The team has improved considerably…. in both defense and attack, and they deserve some credit for that, hence we need to start showing some support and help them carry the winning momentum forward. The impatience that the fans were showing at the Southampton game isn’t going to get the team anywhere, it builds unnecessary pressure on the boys instead.
The manager deserves a break as well, especially if you consider that he hasn’t been able to field his best X1 so far this season, let alone maintain the same starting X1 for more than two consecutive games – key players like Wilshere, Gibbs, Monreal, Koscielny, Szczesny, Ospina, Ozil, Giroud, Debuchy, Arteta and Walcott have been in and out of the treatment room this season. It can be really difficult for any manager to get his team going and in good rhythm if he has to shuffle players around every week because of injuries.
If somehow Wenger manages to constantly play his best X1 (like Mourinho does) and still goes on and fails in the league, then it would make sense if fans start asking for his replacement. But as for now, given the injury crisis he is in, I think the abuse that Wenger is receiving is a bit harsh and unfair especially if you consider that the team has been improving recently despite the injury problems.
By G. P.