@Swales1968 Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once.
The valiant never taste of death but once.
So where do I start with Wenger and the news he is leaving at the end of the season. I think he as a man and as a manager has been let down
Let down by the :-
They have just let him time and time take the flack for their decision making and not just Stan the previous board as well (including David Dein). Wenger has fronted up at every time to explain decisions the board have made. The press have just had a field day with him over selling of players, how much money there is to spend right down to the cost of season tickets etc. I would put David Dein in here as well, if it wasn’t for his attempt at a grab of the power within Arsenal by going behind the boards back to get a certain Stan K on board the we may not have had the disruption and mess that the years since at board level.
Again not just this bunch of players who seem to lack the fight needed, yes that’s partly down to Wenger but when they cross that white line they are all international players at one level or another they know what to do on the pitch. Players like RVP who threw his toys out of the pram and sold his fitness down the river for one season at Old Toilet, the Barcelona boys who all wanted to leave Arsenal to play in the sunshine of Spain (and yes that includes Henry), PV who spent a summer touting himself around Europe in hope of a better deal and when one didn’t appear he was upset when Wenger told him there was no new contract and he could leave.
The ex players
Where do we start with the players who would climb mountains for Wenger this week but have spent years earning the media’s shilling and towing the media line to find fault no matter how small with Wenger’s reign. Petit, Adams, Robson, Campbell (Kevin), Wright (Ian) and so on, the one constant with most of those who have spent most of their time criticising Wenger is that they have not tried to manage a club. They have just sat in a studio and talked the perfect game, with no pressure telling you, I and Wenger how he should be doing his job.
From the beginning to the end they have been on the back of Wenger, where was the unbiased reporting or views on Wenger. From the day Wenger called to media out on the steps of Highbury when he was accused of unfounded and slanderous rumours, there has been a sly and manipulative attempt to get to Wenger from the media. No backing of Wenger when Man U cheated and kicked Wenger’s team off the pitch in the 50th game, the constant referring back to that’s Arsenal’s 937th red card under Wenger, the pushing of the they don’t like it up them mantra and laughing at Wenger when he fell over and I won’t even start on the twisting of words from his press conferences to suit their big headline agendas. Oh and I nearly forgot Talk bloody sport, with Adrian Dungball, Alan Brazil nut, Jason Cunty, and the rest of the anti Wenger presenters they employ.
Not all the fans, most, the silent majority have stood by him through thick and thin. It has just been a shame that over the past few seasons that supporting your team has meant you have got abuse because that included the manager. We’ve seen the rise of AFTV, bloggers and vloggers who’s whole life depends on negativity, they had to create the divide they said was down to Wenger. We have heard fans call Wenger a ‘cancer’, wished him dead, abused to his face at train stations and had demos calling for his head. Is that the actions of supporters, they claim that it’s because we are not challenging for titles and cups, then we go and win 3 FA cups but somehow the FA cup is now not that important and it the CL & PL that count, top 4 isn’t good enough for Arsenal, but it’s good enough for every other bloody team in the league.
And finally the FA/PL & officials
Okay I admit I’m paranoid about this but I honestly believe there is a different set of rules for Arsenal. From Petit being sent off for swearing at a linesman from the centre circle in French to PV being given an extra game ban for failing to leave the pitch, to how many broken legs from “not that type of player” to Xhaka being the only player I’ve seen for being sent off for a taking one for the team challenge to the Lacazette “yes his heel was a fraction offside so it’s the correct decision” and finally to the probably hundred not given penalties that Arsenal do not get while Vardy, Alli, Kane, Rooney, Gerrard, Owen etc got or get on a near game by game basis. Then there are the run ins with Wenger & the FA being banned for saying this or that while mangers like Sir Red nose and Jose look-at-me seemed to be allowed immunity.
I could of added more to each section, but you would of been here all day and night reading through, but I believe that Wenger has been let down by each and everyone of these groups, he is without doubt one of the greatest managers English football has seen, if it wasn’t for the money from Russia and the Middle East just as the club were either moving or trying to rebuild he would of won more trophies, but you can’t see the future and Wenger’s stock fell because of it, it’s just a shame that these people could not report fairly, could not support properly, could not officiate and follow the rules of the game fairly and could not stand up to the media and back him as they should.
Also this is not a post to say Wenger was without fault, but I feel that has been covered elsewhere on blogs etc over the past few years or so.
I will miss Wenger as Arsenal manager, but time and tide wait for no man so goodbye Arsene it’s been a pleasure and hello……? Let the rollercoaster ride begin again