« Roberto Martinez – another clown | Main | Battle of Shite Hart Lane »
Tuesday
Mar152016

Scumbag Wenger hanging on like a dead man

What a shame that it should come to this. You could write a book about it – ‘How to Decimate Your Own Legacy’.

Who was that person that guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles between 1997 and 2004? Seemingly intelligent, erudite and revolutionary – his name was Arsene Wenger. Totally unrecognisable now, he should probably be the greatest Arsenal manager in the club’s history. Instead, through his own arrogance and avarice, he has become one of the most obnoxious and incompetent managers in Arsenal’s long history.

While time and hindsight may declare who is or isn’t a club legend, it will likewise decree the complete opposite. For me, Wenger's journey really is an object lesson on how power, when unrestrained, can be allowed to corrupt; distorting the ego and exposing the ugly character beneath.

I fully understand how people want to hold on to the incredible success Wenger initially had, paint a rosy picture of it and hang it on the wall - ignoring his failures for fear of tainting those memories, but it’s not failure that is the problem, it’s HOW an individual fails.

Like the worst politician, Wenger has always tried to mask his hubristic tendencies. Cowering behind his reputation, he’s spent a decade trying to manipulate the agenda from every angle, often at the expense of doing the right thing for the club. On many occasions, controlling the narrative and attempting to stage manage people’s perception of him has come at the expense of what’s best for Arsenal, yet all he has achieved is to slowly chip away at the pretence of his competency and mortally tarnish his own legacy.

I didn’t watch Watford, but that’s irrelevant. After four paltry wins in 14 matches, the chickens have come home to roost yet again as Wenger oversees yet another shambolic collapse - the collapse to beat all collapses seeing as Arsenal are now Leicester City’s bitch. Wenger’s feeble excuses regarding financial inferiority have always been deflectionary garbage, but they’ve now been reduced to dust.

On the player front, it’s wholly evident that there are splits in the dressing room. Certain players are giving up, many don’t care. As has been obvious for years now, players turn up on their own terms not Wenger’s, and his only hope of rectifying that is blind hope.

What I find so ghastly about him, apart from his tactical ineptitude, arrogance and inability to man manage, is the endless stream of risible excuses that pour from his mouth. His half-arsed explanations have become so lazy, patronising and contemptuous, that even the most hardened Wenger acolyte must surely be numb to his ludicrous alibis.

Furthermore, how dare Arsene Wenger brand those who are perceptive enough to see through his serial incompetence as “farcical”? His seething contempt for anyone that dare question his management borders on despotism. His verbal press conference attacks, evidently contrived, are designed to prevent the media from bleeding the truth to what he arrogantly perceives to be a witless public unable to think for themselves.

 “Judge me at the end of the season” – Wenger’s annual stock-in-trade response - are the words of a coward that refuses to be held accountable for his failures. The man is a thief and a control freak, hording and abusing power to preserve his influence and pilfering the supporters’ hard earned via a morally indefensible salary.

Wenger needs to stop this farce immediately and do the honourable thing; otherwise his career will come to a very ugly end. Although half the fan base is pretty much sick of him, he seems intent on alienating every last supporter until the bitter end. Yet, like all dictators, those with a mental disorder – Hubris Syndrome in Wenger’ case - are rarely able to constrain their behaviour.

But we must remember at all times, Wenger is not bigger than Arsenal and not synonymous with Arsenal. WE are The Arsenal. The supporters will support when the players have left and the managers long gone. And the supporters themselves will pass on the baton. The board and its employees are merely temporary guardians, whereas the supporters represent the institution ad infinitum.

Arsenal needs root and branch change. First Wenger, then the two unaccountable clowns that sit at the top table - Gazidis and Kroenke, who display their ineptitude by refusing to do what any other club in world football would have done years ago, handed Wenger his P45. But these scumbags have rigged the game – they’re all in it together, palming each other off with bonuses, salary increases and “dividends” at the supporters’ considerable financial expense.

If they refuse to act individually or collectively, it is now incumbent on every supporter to defend the principles of Arsenal Football Club and look to remove this collective of spongers.

Win, lose or draw, supporters need to make sure these last remaining games are a living hell for a manager that has lost the plot, but worse, has the temerity to pour scorn on those that rightfully criticise him while exploiting the ignorant naivety of those that continue to excuse the inexcusable.

Wenger can win the league for all I care, changes nothing, and w
hile I see little hope of vast swathes of supporters making his tenure unbearable, I do see it as my duty to try to influence it.

—oo— 

Comments should be intelligent and well-written. All others will be binned.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (46)

Thank you: the most honest and readable summary of the situation with Wenger. Absolute power corrupts - absolutely. Even to an educated, erudite man who has slowly devolved into something else.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteratomicgeneral

Wenger's incompetence is unbelievable. Chelsea and City both have poor seasons and he still screws it up. We sit ELEVEN points behind the leaders, six behind second (both with far less resources then Arsenal). Our next 4 games are Barca Away, Everton Away, Watford at Home (who've we just lost to) and West Ham Away, who we lost to at home.

I would not be surprised if we lost ALL those games. We also have to travel to Man City and Sunderland (who could be scrapping for the premier league lives and thus put up a real fight).

Unfortunately, nothing will change as long as Wenger makes the board and Kroenke money, or if it's so unpleasant for Wenger he's forced to leave. For a person who claims he's not affected by criticism, he sure seems to be reacting to it in an arrogant and disrespectful manner.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

You didn't have to label him a "scumbag" to make your point. An interesting read nonetheless.

__
AT

scumbag
ˈskʌmbaɡ/
nouninformal
a contemptible or objectionable person

Entirely accurate in my opinion.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermark

Apparently, he has 'built' the club now (according to his last presser). He really is losing control and making more and more grandiose claims about what he has done. I completely agree that if he stays on next year, that it will likely be more poisonous, but probably not at the Emirates. If he sticks around, maybe 10 people will boo rather than the 7 people who do now.

I would expect that most will be through the press because for once, they are actually doing their jobs. I wish that they would ask more pointed questions when it is obvious that Wenger doesn't know what he previously said from match to match.

What I find most interesting is that it does appear that the players aren't playing for him. Also absent is his defense from those players in the press. It makes you wonder what is going on.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBegeegs

What sort of 'fan' doesn't even bother watching a 6th round FA Cup game??!!!

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterClarky

Absolutely pin point and spot on article that pretty much sums up the feelings of (I believe) the majority of supporters. Well done AT for putting it in clear context.

Bravo! and so say all of us. We all have a duty to finally end this nightmare. The collective power of those who know what it is to be a real supporter will derail the Wenger bandwagon once and for all. This will get ugly!!!!

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

AW rebuilt the club. His legacy will bear fruit for future managers. Yes he is obstinate, blinkered at times and has a blind spot with certain players. Calling him a scumbag is pretty awful. You might be frustrated but you're no Arsenal fan.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRob D

It get's even worse: Apparently, he is quoted as saying: "I built this club..." These are the words of a madman: I fear he will take hostages rather than leave the building.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterslade

Scumbag was generous AT. Your point on his determination to alienate every last fan hit home when I read his quotes today about he "built the club". This infuriates me. More than that though, are our spineless, witless imbecile ST holders who sit there with their Wenger dildos, let the club shit on them and then renew. This is a long con that's a beautiful real world example of a combination of extreme capitalism - the rich profiting at the expense of the dumb peasantry (Arsenal fans who keep using their small lot to make a greedy fuckwit much richer) and a real-life despot with sociopathic character traits.

Wenger is thoroughly repugnant and every single home game should be a living hell from now until May. Can you imagine what Liverpool, ManU or even Chelsi fans would do to ANY manager that basically claims the club was nothing until he "built it"?! He would need a fucking security detail out of the country that's what.

Our fans are a fucking joke and if they can't run this Wanker outta town, they deserve increased ST prices and years more ridicule. Wenker needs to be removed and once he's gone, all focus should turn to that retarded thief Gazidis and the swindling con artist Kroenke.

If the Scousers could run unwanted Yank owners out of their club why are our fans such pussyholes?

__
AT

Good question. Arsenal fans have never had the moral backbone of Liverpool.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRaskolnikov

I sincerely believe in constructive criticism but giving your artictle the title "Scumbag Wenger" is just downright rude. I'm sure every supporter would agree that he has given this club the best years of its long history, although I wholeheardtedly agree that he should leave (and should have 5 years ago) as his inept tactics and blind faith in bit-part players has truly been his downfall.

However, I would like to point out that surely George Graham put Arsenal on the 'Championship map' as a very successful manager. I know his football wasn't pretty but he too had limited resources and won a European trophy. Problem is now - who replaces AW?? Anyway, he certainly is NOT a scumbag - he is Arsenal thru and thru.

__
AT

George Graham's teams played plenty of pretty football. The problem is, people only remember the last couple of years.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavido

Brilliant piece - even more relevant given his latest statements on how he "built the club" - looks like plenty of claret will be spilt, maybe even an exorcism, before this deluded dictator is dragged thrashing and screaming from our club.

Well, if that's what it takes!!

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterab

Bravo AT, what a deliberating post you've written there.

I guess it's gonna be the ugly way ala Gaddafi of tortures and riots to take the coward down.

SO BE IT. History always starts with small steps of awakening and action like this to overthrow a dictator. Let's start with small group of no-fear disgruntled fans to take real unrest action from now on.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterForeign Gooner

I think recent events are a positive. It's over with Wenger and the sooner it ends the better it is. I have always tried to be balanced in the views with anyone regarding the club, but the obscene arrogance of this man really casts everything in the shade.

For me, he stopped being the Arsenal manager after the 8-2 mauling at old Trafford. It was not the result, it was the press statement afterwards that sealed it for me. Now this article does strip any vestige of credibility he might have.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/03/15/arsene-wenger-i-built-arsenal-with-hard-work-and-am-more-motivat/

AT,

I think you are being very kind to this prig. I personally do not want him to bow out or step down 'honourably', I want him to be hounded out by the fans and the press (and it is coming sooner or later now) because that is the only befitting curtain that this condescending and obnoxious individual deserves.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAo gooner

Excellent AT, you've nailed it again. Sometimes the only thing left is to leave with some dignity intact but Wenger has denied himself that. History will probably judge him well, but not anywhere nearly as kindly as if he'd admitted his failings and walked a few years ago. Instead, he has clung on against all logic and shown utter contempt for the loyal supporters who have been asked to fork out fortunes to fund his failures. But then again, our manager "would have to be God to satisfy Arsenal fans."

Regarding the book idea, I’d love to read a completely impartial assessment of Wenger’s regime - are you doing anything for the next six months? Unfortunately the actual book will largely be a work of fiction written by some fawning sycophant that will glorify Arsene’s reign whilst conveniently ignoring the absolute fortune he has pocketed for achieving next to nothing for 12 years.

80% of the book will be devoted to the 96-04 period, 10% to whine about oil money and 10% covering the glorious FA Cup run over the past 3 seasons where Arsenal managed to squeeze past all manner of non-entities and second string teams to twice win a “major” trophy against all the odds. Included as a footnote will be a brief summary of the 10 years to 2014 where he bemoans injuries, referees, luck, the atmosphere at the Emirates, bad pitches, opponent’s tactics, lack of available players, other clubs tapping up our players, market forces etc. etc. for an entire wasted decade when he spunked millions upon millions on muppets like Bendtner, Wellington and Santos whilst presiding over some of the most embarrassing defeats in the history of the club.

The bottom line is that nothing is going to change unless the fans revolt but is there any real chance of that? The fans mood seems to change by the week and a late run to finish a couple of points behind Spurs and Leicester will be enough to convince them further investment over the summer will result in a better performance next season.

Liverpool fans have shown what can be done but our supporter base seems to have lost touch with what a football club means. They walk about like a bunch of accountants spouting shite about financial doping, laws of diminishing returns, the financial restrictions brought on by a stadium THAT BRINGS IN MORE FUCKING MONEY and other crap they don’t understand, which is just bullshit spoon fed to them to ensure the club can continue to rape them year after year.

__
AT

Well said.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnergettheresomeday

Actually, IMO GGs team at their peak played a lot like Wengers at theirs. Incisive and penetrating, full of pace and power.

No shortage of leadership or physicality if you needed it, and mental strength in abundance.

Pretty adaptable as well, they could hold leads or draws when down to 10 men with what the personnel they have on the field. No immediate substitutions required.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersercs

Good Article. Completely agree with most things.

I have been sitting on the fence w.r.t to Wenger. Fully convinced he needs to go. Just sad things have come to this and most likely will worsen.

Don't know who can replace him, but without injuries we are a very decent squad and with few additions, a good manager should be able to get a lot more out of the team.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSumsy

Cogent piece AT. We're basically a billion pound Mickey Mouse outfit, and have been for some time.

'Scumbag' is restrained imo: some Gooners are calling him 'the senile old c*nt' and so on.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

I read up till "I didn’t watch Watford".

__
AT

So did I.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

Thank you... another excellent piece.

Started reading around and heard that Wenger said that he built the club. I said "No... he couldn't have used such unfortunate words" but alas here is the quote:

"I just think I built the club... in the way I did it with hard work, without any external resources. I think if you compare the club with the moment I arrived and the club where it is today, we have moved forward and without any money from anybody."

The words actually fail me!

I don't go to games, but if I was shelling out, what? £90+ for a ticket, to watch the kind of brand of football the Arsenal are currently spewing out (getting beat-up by Watford at Home), being told that any criticism is unwarranted and essentially that before Wenger stepped foot on these shores, Arsenal FC was nothing - Shut up and like it...

there would be hell to pay.

That he'd have the nerve to call it a farce is bad enough but this...

I hope arsenal do attack tonight, I hope the first team plays and Wenger tells the boys to go all-out (and that they listen) and try to salvage this tie... I hope he sets up the team ridiculously open and that he plays Walcott... fullbacks way way up the pitch, like against Liverpool when they banged us 5-1... I really hope he tries to prove a point tonight, and gets absolutely annihilated!!

I've been told Messi is only 8 goals behind Ronaldo on the CL goals scored charts. Don't know how factual it is but I hope he gets them all tonight.

__
AT

"Built the club" lol - if those three words do not substantiate every single word I wrote then I don't know what does.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMr. J

AT - do you suggest I don't bet the ranch on Foxes making history this season?

__
AT

We're in unknown territory here. The pessimist in me says they need to get as many points on the board as they can before the last three games of the season. The optimist says, who is capable of winning 5 or 6 on the trot to challenge them?

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Wenger needs to leave, that much is clear. But to call him a scumbag is a bit crass. Your posts are well written and articulate, so why go down there? You're seem to be spitting the dummy there my friend. You're so close now; only a few more weeks and your dreams will surely come true.

Yes, the bloke's guilty of many things, but I genuinely doubt he set about trying to balls things up so spectacularly.

Regardless of what you think about him, for a period, he still brought a lot of success to the club. That much is undeniable, whether you think he inherited the team from Graham or not. He just should've had the sense to quit while he was ahead.

For me, the madness that ensued after the Invincibles still won't sully the fond memories I have of the earlier years.

Maybe I'm an old romantic, but seeing the recent tear ups between fans, I'm pleased this doesn't wind me up as much as it does them. Or you for that matter.

__
AT

Doesn't wind me up at all. I enjoyed writing it and I've thoroughly enjoyed watching Wenger falling apart.

Extraordinary circumstances call for an extraordinary response - the man is scum. You seem to think he deserves respect, but what respect does he show officials, the media or the supporters?

Is it respectful to perpetually verbally abuse officials who had nothing to do with a decision? Is it respectful to refuse to shake an opposition manager's hand because he lost a game? Is it respectful to debase a reporter for asking the wrong sort of questions - because she's female? Is it respectful to perpetually lie to fans or call them farcical for making a democratic protest? Is it respectful to cheat on your wife with some French DJ bimbo?

You can call it harsh, but these are facts, not anything I've made up.

The fact is, Wenger is a tyrant and just because you have a vestige of respect for him doesn't mean I do. I shall therefore say exactly what I think, even more so when it's clear that others are too cowardly to do just that.

Six or seven years ago, I stood practically alone in my criticism of Wenger and withstood a barrage of abuse that you only saw a tiny glimpse of. I was new to blogging and that stung at the time, but I kept telling the truth no matter what. I may have been mocked at times for my OTT comments, but they're not so OTT now are they?

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjohn cheese

I think you can tell by the comments recently that there's been a shift in opinion towards Wenger as he's being defended less and less around here. Silence often speaks volumes.

__
AT

There are still a few grunting inbreds who can't form a constructive word, let a lone a sentence, but I've saved you the chore of having to read them.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

I still do think your comments referring to scum are OTT.

And I think he only deserves respect for his former success. Of course this is a long time ago and I totally agree that he's become a mockery in recent years.

What I find disturbing is the fact that you relish watching another man fall apart like this. He possibly is a tyrant, definitely a cheat. He's overspent on players who aren't good enough, has poor tactics blah blah, so what? Did he personally abuse you in some way?

You continually waste your time highlighting all of his faults, peppered with some kind of strange pride that you were first to expose this (well done!), and then you yourself throw around childish names and insults. Frankly, I find that perverse, is that not some kind of double standard?

And then talk about cowards. Are you serious? Anybody can give it the big 'I am' behind a computer screen my friend. That's the oddest thing I think I've seen you write. You may not be wound up, but something clearly has affected you recently.

__
AT

So he's a cheat and a tyrant that deserves mockery - in your own words - yet I'm a coward for publicly calling him out on it? I would say that's more valiant than cowardly, but there you go.

Nothing has affected me, other than the glee of Wenger's nonsensical management hopefully coming to an end.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjohn cheese

AT - Brilliant and factual. However, although I agree 100% on your feelings regarding the man himself, I feel people will only pick up the distaste you have for him and use that to distract from the truth of what your have written, which would be a shame as it's hits the nail on the head. It would be nice if this reached all Arsenal fans.

I shall be reading more of your work :)

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOmar

Well said/written AT!

Wanker should have been sacked 8 years ago. But unfortunately it will not happen and Arsenal FC is doomed with this Owner, Board, Director and Manager. To improve, at least one of these two things must occur:

1. A.Usmanov buys out Kroenke, brings in D.Dein (danger of Dein the Lesser becoming the manager of all AFC players) and sacks Wanker and/or 2. The players say publicly that they do not want to play for Wanker any more (but on salaries they are all on ...?)

Fans has no chance to change anything, but should be 'vocal' by all means of old and modern communication. And the media might just pick up on our protests ... some already 8, 7, 6 years old.

Raskolnikov agree with you. I like your style.

Best regards to the readers supporting Arsenal FC not Arsène FC.

Bekin

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBekin

Well said AT.

Thanks to Le Scumbag, for the first time ever I can't bring myself to watch an Arsenal CL game. I'm at home right now, in front of the telly, have BT Sport Europe, Barca game starts in half an hour... but have chosen to watch old tennis matches on 413 instead.

27 years of support disappearing like quicksand thanks to this hubristic disgrace of a manager.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNic

Read the quote : " I built this club with hard work and without any external resources. If you compare the club when I arrived and how it is today, it is moved forward – and without any help from anybody. There was no money from anyone. Now I am even more motivated than the first day I arrived. And I feel even more pressure and responsibility to keep this club moving forward.”

What he says is true - the football brand, scout network, stadium, training facilities - he transformed them. Show some respect and no need for calling him a scumbag.

__
AT

In what way are Arsenal better off now than they were before he joined?

Three titles in 20 years is no great shakes, they're still a nothing club in Europe, the stadium was planned before he joined so had nothing to do with him and the scouting network is fucking shit.

Training facilities? I bet you every club in Europe has transformed their training facilities over the last 20 years.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSY4

He won't leave this season, no matter how much the haters hound. Chances are he'll give it one more go next season which will allow the board to rake in more cash but also give AW his '20 year' milestone. He'll release the likes of Flamini, Arteta and Rosicky (or he bloody well should) and he will spend some money. On who, I don't know. I don't really care.

But it'll be all too little, too late. The depressing state of the divisive nature he's now left the supporters in is toxic. The fact that we're still mathematically in with a shout of the title, but actually very few people give a flying fuck speaks volumes.

The fact that Arsenal are being frigging complimented for their performance last night also speaks volumes. We didn't get pummelled. Oh whoopee-fucking-doo. We are Arsenal. Not Celta Vigo. Or Villareal. Fucking Arsenal. Yet our stock has fallen so far that the elite in Europe are now a pipe dream and we have neutrals falling over themselves to congratulate Arsenal for not being embarrassed in a game where the best team in the world were already through and didn't have to move out of 2nd gear.

Is this the legacy we're going to be left with? Any fear around our once great football club has disappeared. We are weak and timid. Perhaps we perform, just, when the pressure is off. No, we may not have been embarrassed in the game last night, but the aura now surrounding the club is embarrassing and there is the legacy.

We are now a 2nd tier European side, at best. Sure a club goes through peaks and troughs and supporters will stand by their club throughout (look at the likes of Leeds, City before the Qatari cash, Notts Forest etc). What the supporters will not tolerate is a clear sign of regression without any development to arrest that regression.

This is where we are now. I'm neither depressed or happy. I'm just numb to it. And that's possibly the most disappointing and worrying state to be in.

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAJL

Nail on head, 2nd tier European side (though when have we ever shown we're 1st tier apart from losing one CL final?) and approaching being a Europa level club side in the Premier League where other teams are stepping with smart signings and tactically astute managers.

Kroenke will have to hit the fire button once Wenger starts to fail in getting in the top 4, that his requirement for monetary gains each season.

With Wenger here next season (or how many more seasons):

Can we trust him to sign the required players?
Can we trust him to motivate his squad?
Can we trust him to be willing to change the way Arsenal plays tactically?
Can we trust him to get top 4 next season with the current crop of players?

In a season where Leicester and Spurs have been Arsenal's challengers for the league (well till January...), can we trust him to produce results when managers like Guardiola, Conte and Mourinho are stepping on the shores of the Premier league? Most of the top 5/6 clubs will spending £100m+ on players, do we really see Wenger spending anything approaching that on a squad needing major overhauling?

All aboard Groundhog season 2016/2017.

__
AT

I don't think what other clubs spend will have anything to do with it. As I have suggested for 5 years, spending money means fuck all if you have the wrong management set up in place.

Leicester have spent practically nothing, Spurs half than Arsenal and Wenger has spent over £200m in the last 4 years and Arsenal have gone backwards. Man Utd and Man City have spent shitloads and are going nowhere.

The exception is Mourinho, and Man Utd would be mad not to get him, because he is the best manager in world football at spending lots of money. He is better than anyone at identifying which players will make his team function optimally, then ruthlessly going out and signing them.

Of course, he also has player management issues, but he's an intelligent man and you would think he's learned his lesson from the Chelsea debacle.

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRashidinator

AJL "The fact that Arsenal are being frigging complimented for their performance last night also speaks volumes".

I thought that too - plucky little Arsenal making their selves and their supporters proud by avoiding an utter humping at the Camp Nou.

The same plucky little Arsenal that pays their manager in excess of £8m a year, has a long unbroken run of qualifying for the competition, and who charges some of, if not the highest, ticket prices in Europe.

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Personally I have no feelings. I don't care if we win or lose, that's the effect this man has had on me. Power, greed and arrogance to your own failings, all brought about because he only believes in himself.

If it means his past legacy is destroyed because of his stubborn refusal to act, then so be it! He deserves to suffer the consequences, irrespective of what some may feel!

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

"I built Arsenal." What arrogance. Arsenal was already a century old when this I-ism clown came along.I have supported Arsenal since as a boy whose hero was Denis Compton.

Every defeat was living hell for me until Wenger cured me by refusing to buy Alonso and settled for second raters like Arteta and Flamini.

Now it does not bother me that we lost to minions like Watford (apologies to any insulted Hornet fans). Well at least I am grateful that the delusional clot cured a 60-year-old sickness of mine.

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFast hare

Naturally enough Anus Wonga is the focus of our anger. However, the real problem is Kroenke. It is he that has reduced our club to a pathetically non-competitive shambles. Yes, it is right to condemn Wenger for being an integral part of the fiasco, and Wenger has shat all over his legacy by agreeing that the 4th place trophy will be good enough. For £8 million a year, why would Wenger rock the boat? The scumbag has no morals whatsoever.

Until the Yank has gone, nothing will change. Remi Garde will be brought in eventually to keep the Board happy with the annual and tedious pursuit of the Champions League place.

One of the best things that could happen is for the so-called Champions League to go back to involving just the Champions instead of poseurs like Arsenal. No chance of that happening though.

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill Robertson

@SY4 Wenger's claim he's done it with no external resources is a lie, sponsorship is an external resource.

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

@Bill

Word, it all starts at the top. Frauds need facilitators.

At the risk of churlishness, possibly I might be inclined to query whether Villa's manager could win the Top Four Trophy, but that's splitting hairs.

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

I was reading Jeremy Wilson of the Telegragh on Arsenal, and at the end a poll indicated that 68 percent favoured Arsene Wenger to go by the end of the season.

I think that is three months too long.

Dear Arsene, depart I say. Let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.

Lol @ Klopp rolling up to a press conference wearing a Beatles top. He really does know how to get down with the locals doesn't he? He has a great spirit about him, I wish he was at Arsenal.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

Kroenke has nothing to do with this debacle. It is all down to one man and one man alone. Every Arsenal fan has to prey that Everton win tomorrow so that this clown is put under even more pressure. If he won't leave after this, then he will have to suffer the ugly consequences.

__
AT

The only thing Kroenke is guilty of is not sacking him. I still see zero evidence of him not giving Wenger his full financial support.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Totally agree with you. He's not only a scumbag but an imbecile, loser and fraudster all roll into one. I hate how he has gradually eroded my support for Arsenal, a club I have supported for 30 years, to the point where I want us to lose every match so as to increase the pressure on him to leave.

The few remaining idiotic Wenger defenders will claim no true supporters will want their club to lose. For me, it's simply a matter of short-term pain for long-term gain.

Here's hoping we lose against Everton tomorrow.

__
AT

Any real, intelligent supporter should want Arsenal to lose every game. Shame it should come to this, but there is no other option.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Chris J - your comment sums up the anti-Wenger brigade

‘I built the club with hard work, without any external resources and, if you compare where we are today to when I arrived, we have moved forward and without any money from anybody, just the money we produced from the work,’ Wenger said.

Read the quote, he is basically saying the money is produced by the club not a sugar daddy

Let's not try to twist every quote you read into something it's not - I am sure others here will do that.....

AT - what was your opinion on Adams drink driving incident? What did you think of GG's dictatorship and bribes? Hillier Heathrow incident? Mourinho's attack on Wenger? John Terry??? You only need to listen to ex-players eg Weah, Hoddle etc who praise Wenger. You hate him, I get it. He has but mainly the players have let us down this season. Stop making it personal and stick to the facts. Your articles would make for a better read.

This has been a weird season BUT the past season has shown that the clubs with the biggest spending power have finished 1 and 2 in the league. We don't have the funds to genuinely win.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSY4

AT, I think Gazidis has said that Wenger has never been denied funds.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

@ SY4 you sum up AKBs. Sponsorship money is NOT produced by the club and is therefore an external resource.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Chris, seriously... A club expects through natural course of business to raise money through player sales, gate receipts and commercial activity. I would say you would need to be about 3 years old to count that as external revenue or be so far anti-Wenger that all rational thought has disappeared

I have stated he and mostly the players have let us down - that's not a AKB attitude but a balanced one

He is not bigger than the club and never will be. However, I believe the club is bigger and won more trophies because of him. Not saying others could not have done this. He transformed GG's side to win the double and in style.

Respect what he has done - accept it's in the past and ask for more in the future but at least respect what he has done.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSY4

Over the past 5 seasons, Chelsea City and Utd have all spent over 400m on players Vs our 250m. That includes our recent Ozil and Sanchez big buys. I hate to say it but we don't spend enough every
season to have the right to compete. We spent the same as Sours and this is the FIRST season they may finish above us.

We don't have the model to compete year in year out - we need a sugar daddy to do that. That's basic maths.

This season is a freak season and we are all annoyed as it was there for the taking as Leicester show us. Same as Fergie's last season. It's annoying and Wenger plus the players are to blame.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSY4

SY4 Wenger is still not responsible for sponsorship money, that's the board or whoever negotiates these deals. Internal resources are what the club can generate from what it already has e.g. player sales and merchandise sponsorship is not generated directly by the club.

OK, you've admitted to Wenger being partly to blame, I take the AKB comment back.

March 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>