A Classic Mistake (Bayern Munich 0 – 2 Arsenal, 13th March 2013).
I am told all the time “In the last 8 years Arsene has made mistakes”
Normally I reply with one of my two stock answers:
A) “No shit Sherlock”
B) “Perhaps, but not as many as someone else would have,and not as big as people might think”
It’s a little like basic maths.
If you ask the question: “What does 2+2 = “, you can confidently answer “4“.
However the question in Arsenal’s case should be: What does 2x+2y= ?
Then unless you know the values of x and y, you can’t give an answer at all. If you still say 4, well that makes you either something of an idiot or a fortune teller.
People ask questions and reply to them with the answer they believe is correct. But as they don’t know x and y, how can that answer be taken to be correct.
The problem now is that some of the answers given to questions, answers that were taken by many to be correct, are being shown to be incorrect.
Will Arsene ever buy superstar players? Old answer “NO”, new answer “YES”
Can Wenger make us competitive again? Old answer “NO”, new answer “YES”
Does Wenger do defence? Old answer “NO”, new answer “YES”
Can Wenger change tactics mid game? Old answer “NO”, new answer “YES”
Are these players Arsenal class? Old answer “NO” new answer “YES”
So if you want to ask questions like: “Was it right to stick with Almunia ?” and your answer is other than: “I don’t know, because I don’t know the facts or circumstances at the time”, then its the wrong answer.
“Could we have spent more money and sooner?” The answer should be: “Perhaps, but I don’t know what the long term plan was”
In short then, if the answers to questions you asked have changed, it’s because you were wrong before. So don’t assume that other answers you still believe to be correct will remain that way.
The fact is that no one has enough information about long term plans and finances to make the assumption that either Arsene or the board are wrong.
Seriously, ask yourself this every time you question Arsene, the board, tactics, formations, player purchases or abilities.
“WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF ME BEING RIGHT AND THEM BEING WRONG ?”
I could answer it for you, but that would be rude.
Up the Arse.