We all know about the negativity surrounding the club at the moment. You’ve probably seen this video from Arsenal Fan TV which has gone viral, but it sums up the feeling of a section of the Arsenal support:
Please note the video contains strong language.
The main grievances fans have include:
- The lack of spending in the transfer market, when it’s clear our squad needs strengthening.
- The seemingly poor negotiating skills of Arsenal’s hierarchy, shown in particular by the Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain transfer sagas.
- The amount of power Arsene Wenger has at the club.
- The fact that there is no accountability from Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazidis and the Arsenal board.
- Silent Stan.
- The fact that Arsenal are only interested in making money.
- Arsene Wenger’s “lack” of tactical knowledge and the fact that his methods are outdated.
And there are more and more Arsenal fans calling for David Dein to make a return, and some even wanting Alisher Usmanov to own the club and take us forward.
After the Aston Villa game, there were reportedly fans fighting amongst themselves in the ground, people hurling abuse at Wenger and some of the crowd chanting “spend some f*cking money!”.
There is no doubt that during Arsene’s 16 year reign at the club, there has never been a bigger frustration amongst the fans and even the AST have said Wenger should not be offered a new contract.
But my question is do you feel sorry for Arsene Wenger?
There is no doubt he has done great things for Arsenal, things which we could never have imagined back in September 1996, but 8 seasons without a trophy is something that is really hurting Arsenal fans.
For me, all I want is to see Arsenal to compete. If I know that Arsenal have done everything they possibly can (within their means of course) to strengthen the team, make sure the team are prepared accordingly and we have the best quality possible then that is more than enough. The problem I have is it is clear we have money to spend, the squad is threadbare and we haven’t spent to make the squad as good as it can be. And for me, that is criminal.
Arsenal fans have been given the promise of competing financially by moving to the new stadium and paying the highest ticket prices in the country. We are apparently similar to Bayern Munich in terms of financial firepower but we haven’t spent a single penny. So what is going on?
As I’ve said, Arsene Wenger is the one who brought success to the club and the one who raised expectation levels. But now, without a trophy in 8 seasons and the fans turning against him at an increasing rate, you feel that this is the beginning of the end.
He had a similar time at Monaco, when he did well for a few years but then lost the plot and got sacked. Arsenal are far more forgiving as he is making the shareholders very wealthy but if the fans keep slating him and booing him at every game then something has got to give. The board would have no choice but to listen to the fans and give Arsene the boot.
And if that happens, would you feel sorry for him? Would that be the kind of end befitting of a man who essentially changed the landscape of the club?