A guest post from @double_canister
By Arsenal standards this season, a 4-1 home win against a team that was on the same points level as us in the morning is very much something to cheer about, especially as that team had deservedly seen off Chelsea the week before and were rested and prepared with a weeks training, whereas had to travel to Istanbul and back. Of course nouveau chateau were without several 1st team choices, but so were Arsenal in case anyone noticed.
The match itself was quite straight forward, so I won’t dwell on the details. 4 really good goals including a penalty, a sleepy soft free kick conceded as a consolation goal for the visitors, who never looked like bringing the game back to 3-2 and making Arsenal sweat a bit. Every Arsenal player on the piched preformed admirably – even the unpopular ones. There were no ‘get out while your can’ nonsense from the miserable mob before the match, and after 70 minutes into a very comfortably controlled game there was some rather joyful singing from right around the stadium chanting ‘there is only 1 Arsene Wenger’, it seems the silent majority aren’t going to remain silent when a few buffoons are trying to disgrace this club and it’s supports for the sake of their own over-privileged egos. I don’t know how they will explain what happened, surely 50,000 fake plastic tourist fans must have got a hold of all the tickets for yesterday’s match and have been brainwashed personally into chanting by Ivan Gazidis. The Eskimos and Massi herdsmen I was sitting beside had a long discussion about this after the match over a nice warm pint of yak’s blood.
In case anyone has missed it, Arsenal have been in decent form recently, if you take the 1st half aberration at Stoke out of the equation. We are heading into the busy Christmas holiday schedule with a decent head of steam, true we have a hospital ward full of injured players but many will be back soonish, the sight of Özil in training being a particular highlight to look forward to in the new year. We will know on Monday who we will be facing in Europe but we can probably guess – South Germany again in all likelihood.
A journalist recently told me that our club has been a ‘basket case’ for the last 5 years. What can we say in our clubs defence, I ask you? The squad rebuilding process has taken much longer than expected – we have had too many key players jump ship for bigger money and what appeared to them at the time as better prospects. We were a selling club up until two years ago, our sponsorship deals which were needed to settled the stadium finances at the start of that project were very much under powered in comparison to those of our rivals. And at the same time none of our rivals were carrying out a half a billion infrastructure project through a recession but were pumping vast quantities of dubiously sourced cash into their teams. Chelsea in particular having ran rings around the FFP process – we have to give them credit for their financial deviousness, being able to see their silo of spare players for huge cash deals just at the right time.
Back to Arsenal and it’s own future prospects, things do look rosy for the future, we can buy some star players every year and develop the youth we have into really capable players -Wilshere, Ramsey and Oxlaide Chamberlain are examples of our managers trust in youth and it now looks like a new batch will be showing that that was no fluke. The fact that many of us can contemplate that selling a player of the calibre of Lukas Podolski without it weakening the squad is a measure of our strength.
The main question right now amongst the fanbase is who do we want to lead us into this golden future, the man who built the foundations for this or some new guy with ‘fresher’ ideas? Well, if you suppose having the club with the biggest domestic home support languishing in the relegation places in the bundesliga is a fresh idea, you may be onto something. Perhaps there is a jaded over-familiarity with our own ever present Alsatian, he’s an old dog alright, but can he learn new tricks? Our fans have seen him at our club for nearly a generation of their own lifetimes, we have even have parody video songs about him, his anorak is famous in its own right, his alleged dithering, his parsimony in the transfer market, his wiley ways….. You get the picture. We all think we know everything there is to know about le Professor.
So why would we support him? My trust is in Arsene Wenger, he has won many many things with Arsenal in the past when he has had the players and resources available to him, and he is getting those kind things right again now.
There are many of our supporters who have been using our club as more or less a vehicle for their own over inflated egos if you ask me, if the teams performances decline they feel it reflects badly on themselves. They boast of numbers of twitter followers, blogs and pod casts (yeah I know there may be an irony here, but work with me); we on positively arsenal are not here because of ourselves, we are here to support the club, the team and the man running the show.
Why do we we support Arsene Wenger? Because he is Arsene Wenger and is the best man for the job of developing our club and probably establishing AFC as one of the the best teams in Europe – and that does mean winning the Champions League sooner rather than later.
As the fans sang last night: “there is only one Arsene Wenger”, and our fans are never wrong eh?