After Arsenal’s loss to Sunderland left us with next to no chances for silverware this term, I’ve had to rethink my ideas and think where to put my support. Should I continue to put my worth behind Arsene and everything he stands for, or should I shift over to the other side and clamour for him to be thrown out of the club. It wasn’t the easiest decision to make, and I’m still pretty split apart as to what side I choose to support….
I cannot even classify Saturday as a shock defeat. It was building up over the last month or so, with reports of Van Persie having rejected a contract extension only adding to it. The wins over Blackburn and Sunderland went some way to rebuilding trust in the club, but the humiliation in Milan really threw it all into the open. Arsene came out and openly criticized his players, and demanded a response from them against Sunderland. Sadly, it was not to be, and the only realistic thing Arsenal are fighting for now this season is a spot in the Champions League next season, and that too a playoff spot in 4th place in the league!
At this point of time, it seems a bit prudent to keep my trust in the manager. Anyone who reads my articles know that I’m a full-on AKB, but I’m open to criticizing the club and the manager where it’s needed. And sadly, they haven’t really been doing much that would warrant praise from me. They seem to be a digging a hole for themselves, and it’s always about the future, and never the present. Many Arsenal fans can straightaway point out that love for the club is more important than being a glory-hunter, but it hurts when your club is being raped apart in this sense. I do keep my trust in the club for everything possible, but it hurts when I see my trust ripped apart so comprehensively, and I find myself to be a complete stranger to everything that’s happening. Surely fans are part of the club, and shouldn’t the club do its part in making sure that fans get what they deserve? Even if it’s not trophies, surely the fans deserve to see the club try its best in every aspect? No matter if it’s not successful even then, but not trying and making a mockery of the fans really is an insult..
Arsene Wenger has always had my respect, and he has it even now. It’s always easiest to hammer the manager when things are not going according to plan, but when things are right off the script for so long, you just have to wonder. Still, Arsene has my support, and he’ll continue to do so till he is at the helm and is the main man in the dressing-room.
I have always stated that the club’s problems are not solely the manager’s responsibility, but are a major result of misdemeanour on the board’s part. The takeover by Stan Kroenke raised hopes of seeing more input by the board, and fans were hoping that we wouldn’t have to see the days of the Will-Wood family and the Lady Whatshername anymore. But sadly, his introduction hasn’t really brought about the change we wanted in the club, and he has played the role of a silent spectator, rather than the ringmaster we were hoping for.
In a recent article, we asked fans who you wanted as the man who’ll control Arsenal. An overwhelming 93% of Gooners opted for Usmanov against Stan Kroenke, and there wasn’t anyone willing to trust in the present board setup among the comments. I wouldn’t speculate much on this as my knowledge on Usmanov is pathetically limited, and I’m not one who adds fuel to the fire without any reason. Still, I have to say… nothing can be worse than the present, can it?