The internet is awash with bloggers pod-casters and tweeters quickly changing tack and realigning themselves behind Arsene.
Gone are the days when someone was brave enough to voice their wholehearted and unequivocal support for the great man. Now you can’t mention his name without someone trying to praise him above and beyond the level of praise you express.
Twitter is full of the few remaining WOBs duking it out with former WOBs.
Most of those that were respectfully asking for Arsene to go have climbed onto the fence and are willing to let him stay (Bloody decent of them, eh?). You can hear them with their “I’m softening towards him” or “I will wait and see if the improvement continues“, some even begrudgingly concede “I might have been harsh on Arsene“.
Those who previously had splinters in their backsides, from sitting on the fence, are shuffling into the “I support the manager” camp and looking for a place to pitch their very portable tents.
Of course there are still some WOBs remaining. These though are looking more and more like Ishmael , clinging to a coffin that is bobbing among the wreckage of their sunken arguments. And why not? What is their alternative? Admitting they were wrong in the most disrespectful and ignorant manner? I think not!
Now this sounds like I am complaining. That it shouldn’t be happening. That I don’t like it or want it. Wrong. It’s great that more and more fans are appreciating the stellar work of the manager, staff and board are doing. I love it. Climb on board. The more is the merrier.
But let’s be honest here. They are not changing for any other reason than the team is improving and things are being won. They have not been educated to this new level of support. A few bad results will likely see them once again slipping their stilettos into the backs of people who have consistently been transforming the club for years.
People that have seen the light, should be asking themselves why they have been sitting in the dark for so long? There is nothing happening that could not have been foreseen by anyone willing to look.
Players were sold – the reasons were obvious.
Great players were not bought – the reasons were obvious.
We were not winning trophies – the reasons were obvious.
We couldn’t beat the best teams – the reasons were obvious.
The priority was CL qualification – the reasons were………….. you guessed it………….obvious.
Everything the club was working towards was obvious.
They had a plan………………….obvious.
They were smart enough and resolute enough to stick to it………………..obvious.
The plan was way beyond the comprehension of many fans, yes, but that didn’t mean there was no plan.
I always found it ridiculous that the most ambitious club in the country should be labeled by many of its own fans as unambitious.
Even now though we see fans trying to justify their previous stance with claims of “Arsene has changed“. The alternative is them owning up to being wrong, stupid and uninformed.
Arsene has not changed. All that has changed is his credit limit. His philosophies have not changed one little bit. What has changed is the standard of the players he now has to put them into practice.
People begrudgingly admit the plan is working, while still thinking that they had a plan that would have worked better and quicker.
Unlike the doubters and disbelievers, there were some people, a precious few to be fair, who for years predicted exactly what is happening right now. Not because they are seers and prophets, but because they understood the plan was sensible and it was being implemented by experts, not the least of which is Arsene Wenger.
So, if you are someone who is either overtly or covertly changing you position, please just hold your hand up and accept you seem to have been wrong, rather than trying to justify your previous stance. Because, as they say Ignorance is no defense.