War with Wenger. And I’m sticking with our greatest leader.
Hello gooners. Today I am sending a blog to all the fans that come on the site. I’m willing to take what is given to me on the chin but I’m not going down without a fight and am standing by Arsene Wenger.
As you all know by now, I fight tooth and nail for Wenger on this site. I take the abuse from the Arsenal Wenger sack merchants time and time again. And this time it’s my last stand for the manager, who gave us the most. Not due to the fact I’m losing face, butt because I feel with the Wenger haters that they come across very aggressive in the comments towards him and myself. I take on board the opinion in the anger of the Gooner. But why is that anger because we have not won a bit of silverware in 7 years?
I’m not here to make war with the fans on here that call me a fool because I’m with Wenger all the way into his battle. Its just that I feel I can’t leave him on his own after what he has done for this great club. Does he really deserve all this abuse because of the players efforts? Does he really deserve to be back stabbed by the malicious Gooner? Am I not being fair by saying that the Wenger out merchants do come across in a much nastier way to state their point? Well today I’m willing to take what every Wenger-hater has to chuck at me. I’m sticking up for Arsene Wenger all the way.
Let’s have a look at the managers’ past for a minute. French manager of the year twice. J Leauge manager of the year. Officer of the British Empire. Once the Coach of the Year. FA Premier league 3 times. LMA Manager of the year. BBC Sports Personality Coach of the year. Freedom of Islington. FWA Tribute award. English Football Hall of Fame. Most Premier League Manager of the Month awards, only second to Fergie. And one of the biggest awards voted by people in the game- World Coach of the Decade award. Also not to add the endless FA Cup history he gave us over the years. Spurs and Villa was in front with the FA Cups, and now we are second only to United. Now to me is this a guy that can lose the plot and all of a sudden become a terrible manager?
Now let’s look at the 7 years we haven’t won anything. Endless semi finals in Champions League, Carling cups and Fa cups. Losing two finals in the Carling Cup and in the Champions League against Barcelona. Always in the top four or up there with a shout for the title and you guys call this a crisis. Yes we all want to win silverware but as I keep saying, football is getting harder and its not our divine right to win. I can’t understand when you look at clubs like Liverpool, Leeds, Port Vale, Notts Forest and now Rangers. Great clubs that are having a hard time. I believe the younger fan has been spoiled with the riches that Wenger gave us. Now that the water is a tad dry they want his head on a spike (it really is a joke).
Now take note of this Gooners. You most say Wenger is broken; yes, I agree but only by the board its self. You don’t lose all your skills like his did overnight. Why does Alex Ferguson, Gary Nevile, Martin o’Neil, Michele Platini, Henry, Keown, David Seaman, Paul Merson, Ray Parlour, Pep Guardiola say he is the right man for the job? Because they all know he is.
Respect is starting to drift at this club. I’m a hundred per cent sure that if you sack Wenger and bring another guy in, it wont make a blind bit of difference if the money has stopped. And for Samir Nasri to come out and stick by Wenger, doesn’t that tell you a story? He said himself, don’t blame Wenger blame the men upstairs. That says it all to me to be honest. Wenger does not make the wage structure and that is why players will not come to this club. Greed has taken over in football but that’s life. But i’m so sure that Wenger gave Arsenal so much, the fans now want more and more and more. Yeah Arsenal will carry on when Wenger has gone but don’t forget who gave this club the most (him). Like it or not it’s Wenger’s name in lights that will go down in history as the club’s Messiah.
Its Embarrassing and harmful what is being said about Wenger and the damage limitation will soon hit home (be careful what you wish for etc). I believe he is a honourable man. And if he walked now, his name would be mud so he is in a no win situation. I believe deceit has come from the board and they use Wenger as a puppet. David Dein never wanted the stadium and said this would happen. Enough carnage has gone on with Gooners on this site and all over. And to blame it on Wenger for me is a complete disgrace. Going back to Nasri, why on this earth would he say if we sell Cesc and Nasri, we would would have to question this club’s desire to move forward. Jesus, he said it himself; the guy is telling you all that it’s not him, its the board. They were sold and it made Wenger look nuts. Nasri has clearly stated it was the board and that he respects Wenger. Glen Hoddle also said Arsenal now have one of the greatest managers the planet has ever seen. Ian Wright only says Wenger must leave because Wenger sold him when he didn’t want to go and the same goes for Emmanuel Petit.
Gooners, please don’t mock me on my views (i am talking to the haters). Its an honest opininon. I’m not a bum bandit towards Wenger, I’m not a fool, I am just an honest fan that pays every year for my season ticket and admires a man who really did the most for us. And not one of you can take that away from him (like it or not). So no matter how many nasty jibes from the Wenger sack merchants, stats are facts. Ok you bring in a new manager, and if then its the same and we don’t buy players, are you only going to learn that it’s too late?
Lets not push him out, lets question the board. The funny one for me is we haven’t won a thing since the new stadium (why), isn’t that just a little bit funny? Yes u will say that rubbish but like it or not its true. Arsenal have not won any silverware since the stadium, for what reason you might know. But for me it’s a no brainer. The board are a money making bunch of losers. And they are using Wenger as a scape goat. I believe Wenger will walk but hey we shall see. No doubt the Wenger haters will just come on here and comment “WENGER OUT” and ”YOU ARE A FOOL JOHN COLLARD”, but we shall see when a new manager does come. And if its not a big name, then we know who to blame. The board will want a yes man, a younger manager that is so thrilled to be in charge at Arsenal and who’ll only make us finish in mid table. If a big name comes in then maybe I’m wrong. But again we shall see.
If we don’t get fourth place I believe Wenger may leave and if he does, so will Robin Van Persie. Laugh all you want but Wenger is our best chance to keep Van Persie. Cesc was always a Barcelona fan, and it was on the cards. Nasri wanted more money as I’m sure Robin does. I believe Robin will want more more money and the wage structure will change but spending will still be tight.
To all Arsenal fans on here, whether you agree or not, I wanted to give you this message and say how I feel without being nasty or coming across like some do because they believe Wenger is making the club a laughing stock. Guys I do respect your views as I hope you do mine. I just wish the divide wasn’t so bad as we all need to stick together. Maybe I am very wrong in my views but I am going to sit on the Wenger bench and give him the support I believe he deserves. He gave us a lot to cheer about and he is in hard times. I’m not leaving the leader in the desert without water. Call me what you want and I have no doubt you will. Names, fool, idiot, choose your weapon. But Wenger is our leader and if need be I shall be going into battle with him all on my own. In Wenger I thank and the Arsenal fans I ask you to stay with us.
by John Collard