The feeling from the last seven days of news stories is that Arsene Wenger is intent on signing a new two-year deal at Arsenal. The board still backs him because, apparently, puppet Chairman Sir Chips Keswick got his Hong Kong mate’s to fly that plan over West Brom last Saturday.
If true, how embarrassing is that?
Meanwhile, Wenger has been on the phone to all his ex-players pleading with them to back him up in the media. He’s also been on the offensive, desperately trying to engineer fans back into his camp by making retarded blanket statements in support of himself, e.g. “only one team can win the Premier League”, “how I nearly signed Suarez” and “next season I’m going to revolutionise the team”.
To be fair, he won’t have much choice but to revolutionise the team because all his star players are leaving. I think it’s fair to say that Ozil and Sanchez, along with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere and Gibbs (albeit the worst left back to ever represent the club) will definitely not be at Arsenal next season, although Wenger might find it harder to transform his squad considering he’s already handed contract extensions to proven wastes of space like Giroud, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin and Bellerin.
If Wenger is to sign his contract, I’d expect him to do it before the Man City game in eight days’ time, particularly as there are more protests planned at the Emirates prior to that match. Indeed, those protests could be swelled by supporters who thought Wenger might step down amicably but now realise the only way he’ll be persuaded is via a crowbar and a bottle of Rohypnol.
Either way, the club will soon realise that protesting against Wenger will be the norm now until the end of his days as Arsenal manager, whenever that is. The glass ceiling has been broken. Just as Wenger has dug himself in for the long haul, so has the anti-Wenger faction, which shows no appetite for backing down this time.
Removing Wenger will now become a way of life - protests as routine as supporters eating hot dogs outside the ground.
If doing his job competently wasn’t difficult enough, this will make it practically impossible. Wenger’s entire future will be plagued by a relentless backdrop of negativity and never-ending speculation - a distraction that will affect the players and the staff, making the club an unattractive prospect to join and casting a massive black cloud for an indeterminate period. It will also cost the club money as many protest groups are now organising themselves to create schemes that will hit the club in the pocket.
People often ask me “what do you think Wenger will do”? But I’m sane and rational, Wenger isn’t. Only a freak would be prepared to enter into a massive rebuilding job operating under such a horrendous atmosphere of pessimism and abuse. Fans also ask me whether they believe Arsenal will still make the top four this season. Personally, I think Arsenal will have to win 7 out of their 11 remaining games, and probably draw the other 4.
Feel free to draw your own conclusions from that.
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