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Thicko bungler Wenger blames the refs again

Damn, I’m annoyed with myself, should have trusted my instincts. I started watching the Man City game yesterday but turned it off as soon as Arsenal scored. In retrospect, I imagine Paddy Power would have provided attractive odds on a 2-1 turnaround.

Shorn of key players including Kompany, Aguero and Fernandinho, and without midfield runners such as Delph and Gundogan, this was the worst looking City team I’d seen for years. Having immediately gone a goal down, I simply could not envisage their garbage defence keeping it tight at the back for the remainder of the game.

But they did. And Arsenal only had one shot on target.

As always, the maniacal Wenger threw the full weight of blame onto the match officials. He even had the gall to retrospectively blame them for Arsenal’s lack of points this season, despite gaining five points against Leicester, Southampton and Burnley from suspect refereeing decisions that went in Arsenal’s favour.

Watching his post-match interviews, with his haunted, crazed stare, I now reckon Wenger actually believes his own delusional thinking.

Yes, it’s true that City’s first goal was marginally offside, but FA rules state that if there is any doubt a player is offside, the official must keep his flag down. That means the advantage should be given to the attacker, and in the case of Sane he was only offside by three inches. From that distance and at that speed, it’s basically impossible for a linesman to conclude a player is offside with any degree of certainty.

This type of human error will always happen until the FA figures out a way to further extend the powers of video technology. Calling out the refs and attacking them in the way Wenger did is pretty disgraceful behaviour, but all he’s really interested in is deflection. I reckon out of the 27 goals Arsenal have conceded this season, 27 of them were blamed on the officials.

City’s second goal was not offside because the shot had already beaten Cech before Silva could be considered to be interfering with play.

Either way, it’s irrelevant. The fact is, to win the title you have to be better than the decisions that go against you. That’s what title winners do - they collate more points than other teams by eliminating their exposure to risk. If you invite pressure and crumble psychologically, the risk of marginal decisions going against you increases exponentially.

Anyway, the upshot is that Wenger has once again proved what a tactical moron he is. Had City had a full-strength side, I would have partially agreed that Arsenal should sit deep and employ a counter-attacking strategy, but against an injury ravaged team, dire at the back, one goal down and clearly lacking in confidence, his tactics only encouraged City to overcome their frailties.

In the second half, Sanchez was screaming at his team mates to push up 10-15 yards to support him, yet thicko Wenger sat frozen in the dugout doing nothing. He is only capable of making like-for-like substitutions, and even then he made particularly stupid ones, like putting Giroud on instead of Perez. A speedy, agile forward coming from deep would have presented far more danger to City than a big slow lump that was never going to get any service.

It is now incumbent on the ‘Wenger Out’ supporters to bring back the banners and start protesting for his removal, and persist until the end of the season irrespective of results.

Note: Arsenal Truth is now on Twitter @TruthArsenal.


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December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMadMAx

Just realised we are the 5th richest club in the world and the second richest behind United. Le Fraud out.

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

I am distraught and have never been more gutted. I can now foresee a future where I will die before Arsenal have won the European cup. It sends chills down my spine. He can't be allowed to get two more years.

We have been witness to repeat on repeat on repeat for 12 horrible years. Every time we believe we are out of the rot, they show how spineless they are - and even world-class stars are being ruined.

Would Mourinho or Conte accept two performances from Ozil like the ones against Everton and City. How can a player expecting to get paid £250,000 a week be so passionless and care as little for the jersey; fucking mercenaries.

If I wasn't such a cynic by nature, I would cry myself to sleep. That is how horrible I feel about it all.

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanish Gooner

If you want comments to be intelligible and relevant, try writing something intelligible and relevant, that piece is really poor.


Thanks for your in-depth critique.

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBored

Whether you like it or not both goals were offsides. Silva interfered with play by carrying his body across Cech's goal. Cech have to react to his movement before the ball went in. Stop this nonsense. I too complained when the game was on but I've let it go. No team that hasn't have ups and down this season. Fickle fans moaning three days after a loss.

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hubcaps off, wheels rattling, on Wenger's wagon.

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Maybe Wenger should thank the refs who gave us those extra points.


Maybe he should just leave.

December 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

The Daily Mail is reporting that Wenger is fuming at the summer’s tour of Australia, India and China.


Why would he care when his contract expires in June? Big clubs tour in the summer for extra revenue, why should Arsenal be different?




Wouldn't that always be the case?

December 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterForeign Gooner

Hallo AT!!

Long time! Decided to drop a few words today after reading your usual scathing, no prisoners taken write-up.

I think you were a bit harsher than your usual self on this your latest post. Whilst one totally agrees that AW adds little or no value to what goes on before, during and after even each game (especially during), you still need to call a spade a spade sometimes. Here, I am referring to the dire performance of some of the so called key or elite players, the chief suspect here being Mesut Ozil. His attitude and application were the worst I have seen of any Arsenal players in the last 20 years I have been actively supporting the club. And we have had some really bad individual performances. So, you can feel my angst at Ozil.

Granted the defense was a makeshift and any team that loses its first choice central defense paring will almost always struggle for a while, but this is the job of a manager to foresee such inevitability and prepare for it. So, AW and his management team take the blame here.

Leaving an extremely poor and uninterested Ozil on the field and removing more positive players in exchange for Giroud who relies on service was also poor management in bad taste.

It was not only Ozil that was lackadaisical in the game. All over the pitch. Ultimately, the disease spread all through the rest of the team that were even trying before and we got what we got. It was a surprise though that we lost by a single goal margin. This is testament to how poor City were and I just cannot understand Guardiola!

Question is, what makes teams disappear on some days and appear on others? Fatigue? Holiday grooves? Player power to discredit manager or to force a change? I will like to know. I do not mind if one is 99% endeavour and 1% skill. Okay I mind a little coz we need quality to win trophies. What we witnessed in this last game was 1% endeavour and 1% skill. The balance 98% went on time off.

I wonder if you can arrange a sit down talk, face to face, with AW and will you promise to behave yourself and not punch him in the face or somewhere worse?

Keep the love flowing!



Hi Tundy, basically Wenger is Ozil and Sanchez' bitch now. Due to their contract situation, he's afraid to substitute either of them, which is of course completely counter-productive as they will be physically ruined by March.

Other players Wenger over-relied on include Fabregas, Van Persie and Henry, who were all physically ruined prior to leaving Arsenal. Needless to say, these are the shortsighted actions of an utterly incompetent buffoon.

I wouldn't even call Ozil world class. His technical skill is undoubted, but his application stinks. He steals a living off the hard work of others.

I don't think the team was tired, that's just a feeble excuse. They had no clear tactical instructions. Nobody knew who to press, how to press or when to press, and with no leaders in the team there is no in-game management.

On a final note, whilst I only have utter contempt for Arsene Wenger, I would not resort to physical violence. Besides, by the look of him, I'd only have to sneeze in his vicinity and he would physically collapse.

Have a great Christmas and don't stress too much ;-)

You asked for more imaginative criticism of Wenger. The guy is totally shit and a useless, clueless, spineless, moronic fool! The worst manager(coach) out there. Weak, submissive, who acts like a child. Unable to take responsibility for any of his pathetic actions, making excuses to cover his limitations. Those around him do or say nothing, either too scared to rock the boat or unwilling to sacrifice their own considerable financial rewards. His uninspiring leadership qualities are like a cancer attacking the club. Send him to the gallows once and for all and please, someone, make sure the rope is tight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMICHAEL

Hello Arsenal Truth

A couple of things...

You say that you [i]now[/i] think that Wenger believes his own delusional thinking.
He definitely does, that's why he is delusional.

He got lucky inheriting GG's Back 5 and DB10, got lucky with the french golden generation and TH14, PV4 and RP7, got lucky with Sol, and then it ran out.

He was a great dietician, but he's been found out about his tactics.

Le Professeur himself, when asked what he called his football philosophy replied "The Aristocrats!"

The second thing...

You say that you turned the TV off after The Arsenal scored.

"I started watching the Man City game yesterday but turned it off as soon as Arsenal scored."

BUT then you state...

"In the second half, Sanchez was screaming at his team mates to push up 10-15 yards to support him, yet thicko Wenger sat frozen in the dugout doing nothing."

How would you know this unless you'd turned the TV back on again, or you never turned it off in the first place.

Also how could you comment on the tactics used/not used if you weren't watching the whole game?

Apart from that not bad at all.

Wenger Out!


1) Wenger wasn't a great dietitian, he just copied what the Italians were doing years before.
2) I watched the highlights and read match reports, that's how I know re: Sanchez/shit tactics.

December 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBabu

It's all to the good. The more often the useless wretch gets embarrassed the quicker (not holding my breath) he'll go. I couldn't be more pleased with our recent displays, it's the 5-1 wins against the likes of West Ham that piss me off.

December 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermikem

All banners should also be imaginative and, without being too disrespectful, say it as it is i.e.







December 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMICHAEL

OMG, yet another typical Arsenal display. Utter garbage for 70 mins (could have been four or five by then!), then 20 mins of effort. Those of you who still feel Wenger knows what he's doing, must now surely realise that a mindset that excepts average, will ultimately pass on these inadequacies to those around him.

January 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMICHAEL

Wenger needs to go and must fuck off at the end of this season. There is a poisonous atmosphere at the club, and its Wenger's fault for allowing so many repetitive failures to occur. Whenever we get a sequence of bad results, we fans are accused of 'overreacting'. However, we react that way because we have seen it all before, and know what's coming.

The issue is, the fans (WOBs and the FLIP FLOPPERS) don't trust Wenger, and we expect the worse whenever things go south. Whenever we get a poor result, we expect the rot to fester for another month and destroy our season. It happens every year, its like nature. And the only way the poisonous atmosphere will go away, is if the plug is pulled on Wenger. Arsenal need a clean break.

The critics say we shouldn't change managers for change's sake, but at the same time, we shouldn't keep Wenger for continuities sake. So many people convince themselves that longevity is a good thing, but eventually it runs stale, and this is the case with Wenger and Arsenal.

Does anyone actually think, that in the years ahead, that Wenger will finally get it right and Arsenal will win the PL or CL? How can people be so naive?

The difference in attitude between Alexis Sanchez and his teammates is the REAL reason he will leave Arsenal, as he ponders what's next it seems more and more he is being held back by a team still stuck in a perpetual cycle of mediocrity. But who can blame him if he actually leaves?


January 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterForeign Gooner

Spot on Foreign Gooner. Alexis Sanchez will only leave the club for footballing reasons, not financial!! He deserves far better than what our clueless manager can offer. Born winners, unfortunately, are no longer a part of the Arsenal remit. If I was AS, I would up and go.

China may come calling with it's millions, but I fear his move could be far closer to home! Why should he continue to burn himself out to keep the deluded moron that is Wenger happy. Wenger should go out and get Van Dyke, as Mustafi remains a doubt, Gabriel a ticking time-bomb, whilst Mertesacker should be put out to pasture. Of course we all know this will never happen!

January 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMICHAEL

Another awful awful performance. Preston could easily have been 3-0 up at half-time. We were lucky to win, a better side would have punished us.

January 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Michael - I think that Dick Van Dyke might be a bit too old for Arsenal now. Shame as I really would like to see him step in time...

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBegeegs

Unless he meant Greg Van Dyke...

January 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBegeegs

Happy new Year AT! Have a read of this...



Superb article. Couldn't have written it better myself.

January 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaskolnikov


When success is gauged by making the top 4,things will never change. There again, if Pep sees Bravo as being the answer then maybe there is hope!!

January 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCathylatte


For those of you who are still stuck in a state of limbo when it comes to your support of AW, please take heed.

When a supposed top manager/club decide that it is the best interests of the team to offer PM a year's extension on his contract, is it little wonder that players like AS openly display their frustrations and bewilderment at what is going on around them.

Out of sight and out of mind for several months(thank goodness!), here is a player who quite clearly lacks the relevant skills needed when it comes to representing a club hoping to compete for top honours. Probably one of the worst players to ever put on an Arsenal shirt, Mr Mertesacker personifies the total incompetence and illogical mindset of a manager and board that have no concept or understanding of the fans needs. This is one reason(among many) why Mr Wenger is no longer fit for purpose.

I suppose though when you have become, as JM puts it, AN EXPERT IN FAILURE, such ludicrous decision making can only be expected.

I need a stiff drink!!!

January 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterA.McGOONER

Oh man, this team is doing my head in. Another one of those games where they don't seem to really give a shit. If you start as slow as Arsenal did against Watford, any team from your local pub side to Real Madrid will punish you and the punishment duly arrived. Some incredibly inept defending from midfield right through defense, and again Cech looking like a geriatric.

I really, really, really wish I could find an easy excuse for this shambles, but by God it keeps getting more and more difficult finding one. What Wenger said at the prezzers smacks of a man defeated before he reached the touchline. He said this and the way he said it left me gobsmacked: "We were a little bit unlucky, we started slow - sometimes we do, it happens".

A manager on £9 mil accepts that his primadonnas cant be bothered to bust their nuts for the cause. This is the sixth straight home game Arsenal sleepwalked from the start of the game, but this time they didn't have the know how to find a way back.

Seriously, Wenger isn't too concerned so why should the players be. It is only us fans bleeding loyalty and pride in the jersey.

February 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDanish Gooner

Danish Gooner, agree with everything you said. Wenger has made Arsenal into the laughing stock of world Football. Any manager, in any league would have got more out of Arsenal over these past eight years than our clueless buffoon. Predictable, incompetent and embarrassing, PLEASE KICK HIM OUT AND GIVE US ALL A FRESH START! Those of you who still persist in visiting the emirates, in the hope all will change, are only kidding yourself. Just how much more of this shit can you all take?

February 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterA.McGOONER

Forgot to mention that Wenger is single handedly destroying the ethos of the club. Why should I trust and respect in a man who continues to alienate those who know what Arsenal(not Arsene!) FC really stands for, and are not as stupid as he thinks.

February 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterA.McGOONER

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