Do You Want To Cry? Then Watch This Arsene Wenger Video

As everyone pays tribute to what a great person and manager Arsene Wenger was and still is, I thought I’d share my all time favourite Arsene Wenger video, made by Vladislav Zimagulov.

For me, it perfectly sums up the great man, and how he brought some of the greatest experiences I’ve witnessed with the club I love so much.

And for that, I will always be grateful.

Thank you, Arsene.

The Arsenal Players Have Let Down Arsene Wenger Big Time!

I have started writing a post about Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club but that is still in progress and might take another day or two as I want to make sure it is fitting enough for a man who dedicated his life to the club and represents how I truly feel.

What I will say is that I can’t actually believe it has happened. Not finally happened, but happened. I fully expected him to fulfil his contract and be here next season – and then I thought he would possibly leave. But todays news is massive.

I’ll repeat what I put on Facebook and Twitter earlier today:

I can’t believe this has happened. I’ve supported Arsenal since 1988 so have only ever known two (great) Arsenal managers. It is a massive surprise this has happened now and I’m not going to say anything negative as he has done so much for the club. And I sincerely hope that’s how he will be remembered from now until the end of the season. All the best, boss.

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But The Guardian has posted an article on their website revealing that Arsene Wenger’s main motivation for announcing his departure today is because he thought there was a real threat that he might be sacked at the end of the season, so he ultimately decided that it was better to leave of his own accord rather than be pushed out the door.

And whose fault is that?

The players.

As Arsenal fans pay tribute to Arsene Wenger Day, celebrated with the hashtag #MerciArsene, it’s great to see fans, managers, former players and current players give loving messages to a man who wholly deserves them.

However, in all of this, the thing which is niggling me is the messages from current players.

Most of the current playing squad are paying tribute to a man they either don’t respect or don’t like, and are posting messages just for the likes.

It’s a disgrace and quite frankly all a big joke.

You profess your respect, admiration and love for a man who you couldn’t be arsed even trying for over the last 7 months? And you could say much longer for certain other players.

It just speaks of hypocrisy especially when you consider these messages are from people who have effectively got Arsene Wenger sacked.

Personally, it is an extremely sad day for me and I am really upset. Yes I knew this day would come but I’ve supported Arsenal since 1988 and only ever known two (great) managers. Arsene Wenger is a constant in an ever changing football world and he has dedicated his life to Arsenal.

It would always be a sad day when Arsene Wenger left the club and even though most of us thought it was about the right time, I don’t think any of us thought it would happen quite as soon as this.

All the best, boss.

#MerciArsene

Gunners gearing up for life after Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s chances of winning a first Premier League title since 2003-04 were already decidedly remote as it was, but the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium extinguished the last remaining hopes.

There’s still plenty left to play for in the current campaign, with Champions’ League qualification via either a top four Premier League finish or by winning the Europa League now being the priority.

For the hopelessly optimistic among the Gunners’ faithful, you can now back Arsenal at odds as big as 125/1 (with Bet Victor) to win the Premier League.  More realistically, a ‘Top 4’ finish can be backed at 6/4 with Paddy Power, whilst Europa League success is a 6/1 shot with William Hill (which looks less than generous with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund all potentially destined for the competition via the Champions’ League).

Anyone predicting a fourth FA Cup success in five seasons will be tempted by the 10/1 offered by Bet Victor and you can get a tempting 7/1 with Unibet for Carabao Cup glory.  All those betting odds will be subject to change over the coming days and weeks, so be sure to check out the Freebets.co.uk Arsenal team page for all the very latest bookies prices and football news from a Gunners perspective.

Events off the pitch could be equally fascinating at the club over the coming months, with changes clearly afoot at the Emirates Stadium.

It seems increasingly unlikely that either Alexis Sánchez or Mesut Özil will still be Arsenal players by the time the 2017-18 season gets underway.  Speculation that either player could be sold in the New Year seems wide of the mark, with Arsène Wenger being unlikely to sanction any sales with so much left to play for this term and with the January transfer window being notoriously difficult to sign top quality players should he require replacements.

From the player’s viewpoint, both Sánchez and Özil could almost certainly get better personal terms by moving at the end of the season on free transfers (and they can of course agree a pre-contract from January), so there’s little benefit in either seeking a move prior to then.

The summer transfer window could be hugely significant for Arsenal’s future, with the comings and goings being a good indication as to how the club will operate post-Wenger.

With Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott all out of contract in 2019, the club will want to avoid a repeat of the contract situations with Sánchez and Özil, so there could potentially be some significant changes to the Gunners squad on the horizon should the players they want to keep not put pen to paper on new deals.

The imminent arrivals of Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi (Barcelona’s former Director of Football) as head of football relations, added to the earlier appointments of Jens Lehmann (first-team coach), Darren Burgess (Director of high performance) and Huss Fahmy (contract negotiator) are further signs of the club’s gradual transition process towards the eventual departure of Arsene Wenger.

Wenger’s announcement that he is set for an end of season review was seen by some as an indication that he might be leaving halfway through his current (and surely final) two-year contract, but this is just his customary annual review and is unlikely to signal anything more contentious taking place.

There’s no clear favourite in the managerial betting odds as to Wenger’s successor as yet, with Thomas Tuchel, Diego Simeone, Patrick Vieira, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti being among the market leaders at present.

Arsene Needs To Leave & How Arsenal Should Have Lined Up Against Liverpool

Before the game I predicted that Arsenal would lose 3-1.

It seems that prediction was somewhat optimistic.

There’s particular things you can be certain of in life – the sun rising in the morning, the birds singing in the trees – and Arsenal losing every time they go to Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, Anfield or the Britannia Stadium.

After the disappointing performance against Stoke which once again showed us that an Arsene Wenger side doesn’t have any mental strength or fight for a realistic title challenge, we arrived at Anfield in a massive need of a positive result to put some confidence in the camp.

Yet we do what we do every single time we go to a top side. We inexplicably play wide open football.

Arsene Wenger, are you taking the piss?

You almost want Alexis Sanchez to leave because the Arsenal setup (as it has been for the last 12 years) is just shambolic.

We have Koscielny, Mustafi, Holding, Mertesacker and Chambers who are central defenders yet Arsene Wenger persists in playing Nacho Monreal in there. We have a right back at left back, and play Oxlade-Chamberlain as right wing back – a player who wants to leave the club and clearly doesn’t care!

The midfield is a joke with Ramsey and Xhaka who don’t know their head from their arse and are presumably told to just randomly wander around the pitch?

Alexis is sapped of any motivation, playing with a bunch of idiots who are told what to do by an even bigger idiot (that’s Arsene Wenger if you didn’t know). We have a decent squad yet for some reason, Arsene Wenger is playing the wrong players and playing them in wrong positions!

For all the hope, promises and bullshit fed to the Arsenal fans all summer, it’s the same old bollocks!

Arsene Wenger has lost the plot. After losing at Stoke, it would have made sense to keep it tight and hit Liverpool on the break? But Arsenal’s naivety in their setup meant that Liverpool picked us apart similar to Mayweather picking off McGregor a few hours earlier in the day.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out how we should have setup and lined up against Liverpool. We should have setup like this:

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Seriously, is that so hard?!

Mesut Özil can’t (won’t) defend so why put him in midfield? The Ramsey / Xhaka combination is clueless and certainly need cover in the form of Coquelin.

Bellerin should never be asked to fill in on the left (would you play Roberto Carlos or Maldini on the right?) and if Nacho Monreal is definitely needed in the back three (instead of Mustafi’s transfer status) then use Kolasinac on the left – why the hell did we buy him just to sit on the bench? Playing Hector Bellerin over an actual left back is just fucking crazy!

What the hell is going on at Arsenal? Arsene Wenger has 100% lost his fucking mind.

What drugs is Arsene taking because I want to know what the hell he’s thinking.

I have been an Arsenal fan for over 28 years now and I can literally tell before the match if we’ll lose or not. Chelsea away? We’ll lose. Manchester United away? We’ll lose. Liverpool away? We’ll lose. Stoke away? We’ll lose. It’s just a joke that a so-called experienced football manager makes the same mistakes against the same teams time and time and time and time and time and time again.

Seriously, the mind boggles!

It’s got to a stage where Arsenal are just conning the fans now. Ivan Gazidis, Arsene Wenger, the whole lot of them at Arsenal just spout shit. The same old rhetoric, the same old platitudes, the same old spin – just stop already.

The fans don’t believe it, the media don’t believe it – and more obviously the players don’t believe it.

Arsene Wenger is a huge legend for Arsenal Football Club but he has proved over the last 10 years that his ideas are tired, he’s stubborn and that he has no idea on how to move the club forward.

His USP was guaranteed Champions League football but now he can’t even ensure that – who knows where we’ll bloody end up this season.