A Red Letter Day: Where Arsenal FC Goes From Here.
As much as we will like to put this behind us, we have been scarred by the result of yesterday’s game.
We lost to a team we are expected to claim the title from. And even if it’s no valid excuse, we had a lot of players missing; United had men out too but we barely noticed that. One thing was underlined yesterday, our squad is a very small one, not numerically but in terms of quality.
We played a younger United side and lost out flat. That being said, we had our moments and who knows how events would have turned out had RVP converted that penalty. It’s no use singling anyone for blame, we were poor as a team. If it’s any consolation, we are only 3 games into the season.
This defeat was accompanied by varying reactions which could be divided into 2 broad groups, #TeamWengerOut against #TeamArseneKnowsBest.
Both camps put up some pretty reasonable arguments. One that struck me is the comparison with Nottingham Forest and their legendary manager Brian Clough. Clough brought extraordinary success to the team, winning Championships and Euro Cups.
Then the team started to decline rapidly, but the board and fans were so beguiled by this great man that they could not imagine a replacement. That act of hesitation is arguably what put Forest where they are today.
We are at that same junction at our club and we have to be careful what decisions we make, whilst also considering the consequences on whatever action or lack of it.
Which begs the questions: Does the club need change? Of course! Will getting rid of Wenger change anything at the moment? I don’t think so. I may be very wrong.
Arsene has not just dismantled a title winning side and though the team is in a mess now, the events of yesterday will have an impact on what happens at the club before the transfer window closes on Wednesday. A couple of new faces will lift team spirit and take us closer to success.
Make no mistake about it, I’m no AKB (fans who think the sun shines out of Wenger’s ass); I just don’t see how we’ll bring in a manager 3 days before the transfer window and expect him to sign new players and blend them with what we already have.
I won’t forgive myself if I don’t mention this. The traveling fans were awesome yesterday. They stayed behind at OT, and kept singing 20mins after the game! That act of solidarity brought tears to my eyes and everyone of them is (in Wilshere’s words) “a fucking legend!”
Today should be more of looking into the future than dwelling on the past. No matter what side of the divide we are on, we are still Arsenal fans and ultimately, we want the best for the club.
Whether Arsene Wenger will, as he claims, do what is best for our darling Arsenal in the coming days remains to be seen. Failure to do so might just mark the beginning of the end of an era.