Yesterday I posted an online poll asking a simple question – do you want Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal? The response, in the wake of the shambolic display against Manchester United, was unsurprising.
87% of Arsenal fans wanted him to leave the club. The comments section wasn’t much better, with the vast majority of Arsenal supporters leaving a scathing review of his time at the club over the last 6 or 7 seasons – many citing the fact that he’s too stubborn, gotten stale and makes the same old mistakes, time and time again.
I love Arsene Wenger, but it’s ridiculous to think anyone can manage forever. There is a culture within the club that believes that without Arsene Wenger, we are nothing. But surely the opposite is true? We are Arsenal Football Club, not Arsene FC.
He has his own ideologies and methods, and that’s fine. But to think that Arsene Wenger is all high and mighty and never makes mistakes would be naive. He is human and even the greatest managers end up failing eventually. Look at Brian Clough for example when he was at Nottingham Forest.
We’ve had 9 years since the FA Cup win in 2005 and since then won one trophy. That is not good enough for a team like Arsenal and the most frustrating thing is he makes the same old mistakes, season after season. It is a vicious circle and we’re forever condemned to be in a world where we finish 4th.
But is 4th place everything?
We’ve had almost a decade of mediocrity and for some fans that’s not enough. For others it’s just getting boring and tedious and for me anyway, it’s just pointless. If you gave me the option to have 4th place for the next 10 seasons, or have an up or down 10 years like Liverpool had in the 2000’s (where they struggled to get into the Top 4 consistently, but won things like the FA Cup and Champions League) I think I would take the topsy-turvy 10 years. At least there’s some variety in the there, some excitement.
4th place every year is dull, boring and a waste of money quite frankly. Yes, we don’t know what the future would hold without Arsene Wenger but isn’t that life? Times change and you cannot keep saying that without Arsene Wenger we would be in big trouble – that is a very narrow-minded view. Life is about risks and at the moment, we’ve settled.
It’s almost like being married to someone who is boring and doesn’t excite you. It’s the same old rigmarole every single day. But with Arsene Wenger, things are actually on a downward spiral.
And I just can’t take anymore.