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May042016

Leicester's legends/Alexis summer exit?

It’s hard to believe that as I sit here writing this Leicester City are the Premier League champions. Arguably, what Claudio Ranieri and his players have achieved is the biggest shock in the history of English football, maybe world football, although I’m not educated enough to know about what's happened in every other country to claim that.

When Nottingham Forest won the First Division championship in 1977-78, having just been promoted from Division 2, it was an astonishing achievement but they were very much seen as an underachieving club and at least had positive momentum on their side.

But Leicester have battled very different odds, and you can’t really compare football today to then. The pace of the game means that far more physical demands are placed on the players so you have to utilise a bigger pool, which requires squad depth. Unlike 40 years ago, the massive financial disparity means that the big clubs in England can pick from some of the best players in world football.

Yet Ranieri somehow managed to cobble together a team of warriors and utilised his vast experience to guide them step by step to the peak of the Premier League, winning the competition with two games to spare.

English football should thank Leicester for what the club has done for the game, shattering the financial cartels that are in operation and humiliating those who labour over financial excuses, proving that spending insane amounts of money is not necessarily the only route to success and 'poor' clubs can compete with their cash rich peers.

Although some have said that Leicester have achieved the “impossible”, Atletico Madrid are not far behind. Despite having a much higher profile and a much weightier history, the Spanish club is achieving miracles on an annual basis. They won the Spanish title with a wage bill of £54m – only £6m more than Leicester’s - and challenging for major trophies has become an annual event.

However, what Leicester’s achievement does show is how, for many clubs, money has actually become an OBSTACLE to success. In their desperation to compete and stay at the top, clubs have spent vast sums of money, wrecking stability and team unity. As Leicester City have proved, if you want to challenge the best and succeed, the same footballing tenets remain: strong defensive discipline, tactical awareness and a team mentality that ensures you are stronger than the sum of your parts. Having a good manager helps of course, but Leicester, and Chelsea in recent years, have also proved that changing managers can lead to instant success if the right conditions are in place.

Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd should all hang their heads with shame at their underachievement this season. All three clubs have the financial might to provide the best possible infrastructure for their players and the resources to cherry pick the best footballers and managers from the four corners of the globe (expensive or otherwise).

As we know, Arsenal are a law unto themselves and have become a stale, boring, dead club whose manager has failed from every conceivable angle. Every lame excuse Wenger has come up with over the last decade has been trampled to dust by the success of a multitude of other clubs around Europe with far fewer resources and better managers.

Despite the Premier League being pretty awful to watch for the most part this season, Leicester have made what was expected to be a tedious and predictable season a fascinating and memorable one. Tottenham should also be applauded for their contribution. If it wasn’t for them, Leicester would not have had a challenger.

I watched Spurs’ hopes vanish in smoke on Monday night against Chelsea in spectacular fashion. Albeit entertaining, it was, at times, a brutal and ugly game. A very young Tottenham side became embroiled in the heated, supercharged atmosphere. Realising the title was slipping away – and with no margin for error, they were reduced to committing some reckless fouls, albeit mostly tactical.

Many Arsenal supporters will, and have, ridiculed Tottenham’s failure last night, but will secretly be envious. Spurs clearly have a far superior manager, their season was competitive to the very end and the players have a passion and spirit that is completely absent in their North London neighbours.

To me, Spurs are not the enemy - they're just another football club. I have found their football entertaining at times this season and applaud the job Mauricio Pochettino is doing. However, like Leicester there is no doubt that they have benefitted from the underachievement of their peers.

The Wenger/Kroenke Out protest at the Emirates on Saturday was a damp squib because there were around 10,000 empty seats vacated by unhappy supporters, of which a significant proportion probably would have protested had they bothered to turn up.  It gave the illusion that Wenger has far more support than he actually does, something he has already latched onto in a desperate bid to manipulate everyone's perception of him. 

Unfortunately, the clown will still be at Arsenal next season, but hopefully we’ll see a continuation of protests that will become better organised, bigger and louder, wearing him down and making his position untenable as he hopefully comes to the end of his tedious reign in 2017.

Alexis Sanchez’s behaviour on Saturday was strange. A team player, always positive – he stormed off the pitch when substituted in the 84th minute. Arsenal were winning 1-0, he had played most of the game and it was out of character because there was no logical reason to behave like that - unless of course this is the beginning of him trying to engineer a move away from the club.

As I warned a couple of weeks ago, Wenger has let down Sanchez and Ozil by not surrounding them with players who can help them fulfil their potential. By not signing their contracts, they are clearly not committed. If Wenger stays, I predict they will leave before long.

Sanchez’ behaviour, and the lack of an explanation, could be nothing or a lot more than nothing. His body language will be interesting in Arsenal’s final two games.

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Good piece AT.

Congratulations to Leicester City - its going to be interesting to see if Linneker presents MOTD just in his knickers. Won't be a pretty sight.

I wish the protest had been greater - numbers wise - I think Wenger feels vindicated and, to an extent, fireproof now. Such an arrogant, aloof old fool.

I don't take any interest in the team now and probably wont again until he has gone. Enjoy your summer mate and we'll see what next season brings!

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AT

Good to hear from you, have a great summer ;)

May 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDB10

Just making a mountain of Alexis' behaviour. The guy just loves to play. But he went about it the childish way to show that love. Wenger must stamp his authority. No player is bigger than the team. If Alexis or anyone else wants to leave, let them, and bring in players who are willing to work off their socks for the team and their careers.

Football is a team game as Leicester have shown.

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOgban

Congrats on Ranieri and Leicester City. Well deserved champions.

I consider the spuds the enemy in a competitive and good-for-banter sense. AT, you must not have Tottenham supporters who give you stick, because I know a few who are also my good mates. But we know the real enemies are Wenger and the board. It looks bad when the spuds wants Wenger to stay as our manager.

I thought you were going to write about Wenger's latest press conference, because there were some comedy gold. Like how he was boasting how Arsenal got the best away record, when in fact both Leicester and Spurs have more points away from home (and there's AKBs here who tells us to do our research when their messiah can't even do that) or how he's complaining at anyone who dares criticise him calling them having big egos... hmm, the pot calling the kettle black.

@Ogban: but isn't that the problem? Wenger not only have to bring in players that the squad badly needs, but he also have to replace those key players who have left. How many summers ago has it been since a top quality finisher like Van Persie left the club? Our current strikers aren't up to snuff and it shows when Wenger considers putting Walcott up front. Wenger might bring in a player or two, but there are still roles that needs to be filled that Wenger fails to do every summer. Honestly, unlike some I gave up hoping Wenger will recruit the players we need to compete for the major trophies as it's becoming Groundhog day every transfer window with Arsenal. Though it does amuse me that there are some supporters that still have hope that he will.

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AT

Trying to think. Don't know many Spurs fans to be honest, but in the past the ones I have known are usually more keen on talking football than slagging Arsenal off.

I honestly don't treat them differently to any other team - I am more interested in football than fan rivalry. The last time I got embroiled in that was Man Utd v Arsenal under Ferguson, but that mainly revolved around the antics of a certain Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

I mean when you see how some so-called adults behave standing next to kids on the terraces it makes me worry about some individuals' mental health.

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArsenal Fan

Good post AT, which I completely agree with.

Found myself thinking about what Arsenal playing positions need attention in the summer - two central defenders and a striker, bare minimum - but then I thought, what's the point with Wenger in charge?

The required players will not be signed or, if a miracle happens and they are, Wenger will soon bring them down to his level!

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter1970Gooner

Congratulations Leicester for having done the miracle of the century. Though I would like to point out that they have also shown that football is a game of luck too, apart from character and team spirit.

They would not be sitting as champions were it not for luck because they have been free of injuries almost all season and you can tell they got away in some games. But above all, congratulations because they deserve it.

SHAME to the fraud Wenger and his deluded AKBs.

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AT

According to Sky Sports, after six months of the season Leicester were one of the lowest teams for injuries with 15, but Arsenal only had 22. Man City had more than double, 51.

There are also reasons for injuries that go beyond luck. Because they were not in Europe, Leicester frequently had a week off between games. They're also highly disciplined, so don't tend to make last ditch tackles, and the lowest possession side in the PL - if you don't have the ball, who's going to tackle you?

And just maybe they have superior conditioning and physiotherapy staff.

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

Let's be perfectly honest, how many players, in todays game, would want to play under Wenger. I agree, if AW stays, Sanchez will want out.

Those that want to stay are few and far between(maybe Mertesacker!) After watching the passion and fire of LFC and At. Madrid, one wonders how much more we have to tolerate the debacle that is AFC.

Again, many congratulations to Leicester and all their supporters, YOU THOROUGHLY DESERVE IT!

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Hi AT, I may be wrong, but I vaguely remember Alexis saying Wenger was the reason he signed.

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AT

Probably what Henry, Van Persie, Fabregas and Nasri all said.

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Theo Walcott has, like many other Arsenal players, been totally mismanaged over these past ten years. He must leave to enhance what he has left of his career, along with the likes of Ox, Chambers and Gibbs (oh yeah, that's right, all English players!).

Should I throw Jack into the equation? I'm sure they all see this as their only option. I'm sorry but Olivier Giroud is not good enough. If it was up to me I would put Welbeck and Walcott ahead of Giroud every day of the week.

Walcott never was a natural wide player. We all saw this many years back and yet Mr Wenger kept sticking him out wide, taking him off after 60 mins in key games when our only outlet was through Walcott's pace. The guy, quite clearly, became disillusioned.

Now he is frazzled as he watches OG prance around, Ozil mope around (what a joke) and Wenger prat around. People say Walcott doesn't have a footballer's brain. The truth of the matter is that Wenger has systematically destroyed it!

Arshavin was another who was destroyed by Wenger's ignorance and stubbornness to act and put players where they belong. Put players in their natural positions and they thrive. I like Walcott and always have. The criticism he receives is often unjust based on how he has been manipulated over the years.

Remember, he was only sixteen when he arrived. He has been ground to a pulp by Wenger and like so many other players, he lost his mojo long ago. Thanks Arsene FC. I'm no shrink, but can't we all see the lack of trust, belief, desire and passion in all Arsenal players eyes. The guy is no professor of football but he does have a PhD in narcissistic management!

May 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Good piece AT.

Looking beyond Wenger, even then you question if Silent is sufficiently committed to mixing it with Manchester, Liverpool and West London etc.

May 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

A few back stories to an unforgettable season. Watching those plastics cunts at Shitteh having a meltdown is just fantastic. All the hating cunts in England shat on Chelski Chav's plastic every name in the book also got a media campaign and refs to hate us and yet nothing towards the oil filth money running Shitteh but Karma has fixed that.

The filthy classless cunts announced Guardiola, that glory hunting cunt, was coming to the EPL - well enjoy Europa league you cunt! They didn't even have the decency to bid Manuel Pelligrini a farewell!

Say what you want about racist Chelsea fans or classless tactics park the bus or buying the best players, Man Shitteh proved money can't buy shit - 2 EPLs is pathetic for that lot. No one has given them grief now that cunt Guardiola, the classless club and cunty fans for the way they treated a loyal caretaker Pellegrini have paid the ultimate price. It was priceless to see the faces of those disgusting oily scumbags think they would buy the league. Leicester has proven that's not possible.

So from classless scum of Shitteh I move to the pompous arrogant Arsene Football club. Talk about defying the odds. Not only did the protest backfire but these Arsene/corporate loyalists will likely strike for ticket price raises. Just incredible to see the contrast in bottle. Liverpool protest until ticket prices drop and Arsenal protest to raise ticket prices, astonishing stuff.

An arrogant pompous lot, the only ones more loathsome are spud scum - but even they're not the stupidest fans on the planet. Man is Wenger a genius he hit the jackpot. He has taken over and now I pray you end above spurs and everything will be forgotten.

He'll sign an extension after bringing in some rejects from Real, Munich, Barca etc and after five years he'll run the club from behind the scenes he'll never ever leave. It's Arsene Football club always remember that!

I commend your courage and efforts AT and you've added to the Arsene/Kroenke/Gazidis/Board/player haters that are demanding change, but corporate loyalists are far too vocal and strong. The people stopping the slaves from earning their freedoms were never the elites or masters but the head slaves and loyal slaves that fear freedom like the plague!!

May 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterash cole

This is the biggest disease in our club disaster: the FLIP FLOP AKBs: they're like the majority of our fans in the middle of unable to cure extremist AKBs and just plain WOBs.

The flip flop AKBs are the most ignorant dumb ass pussies that hide behind their logic arguments such as:

- "Okay, I know Wenger is shit... but you know till the time we find someone really goods, let's carry on with this shit, blah, blah, blah..."

- "Arsenal has never been a club to dominate the league in history. so when the next manager comes and wins once in maybe four years, which is very possible, the current AKBs will turn to the “I told you so” group and the current WOBs will be left to defend what’s left of their honour."

FUCK ME, like these wankers can predict the future to scare us. What a bunch of pussies.

May 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterForeign Gooner

Hi Truth, would just like to say how much I have enjoyed your posts this season.

I will admit that when you were regularly blogging on the club a few seasons ago, though I agreed with your overall opinion on Wenger and the direction and ambition of the club, I felt your expression was at times too negative and fierce and sometimes overstepped the line when it came to language that was directed towards the manager and the players. Please don't take this personally, it was just my opinion.

I believe after 2013/2014 season you said that you were going to take a step back from blogging and following the club as closely as you once did. Since then I have noticed you are a lot calmer in your posts and are able to express arguments (the majority of which I agree with) in a far more coherent and structured way - I am sure the fire within wants to be ignited, but at the same time I cant blame you for the apathy shown towards our club these days.. so many of us have little to no faith in the board and the manager.

Please get back to me if you think I am talking bollocks. But regardless, keep up the good work and looking forward to reading your posts during Euro 2016 should you be blogging then.

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AT

Hi R-Pat. It's hard for me to know how I am perceived, and have stopped caring to be honest, but I'm pleased that you're able to find something of value in the blog.

May 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterR-Pat

Hi AT, another insightful post. It seems you picked up on the Sanchez situation before anyone in the print media did (perhaps they read this blog) and we may very well see one or both of our world-class players leave this summer. As Wenger is unable to utilise their talents in a meaningful way I couldn't give a shit anyway.

Unbelievable achievement for Leicester and Ranieri, who joins Ancelotti, Mancini and Pellegrini as the only Premier League winning managers who are not complete bell ends. Pochettino could yet add himself to this short list, I think Spurs play some great football and are much wore watchable team than the poseurs currently running about the Emirates.

I'd like to echo the sentiments expressed about this blog AT, great reading this season. The articles have been top notch and you continue to offer the most realistic viewpoint on the malaise that is currently engulfing Arsenal. Please keep posting regularly as the fight for our club is far from over.

This is very annoying. And they say the anti-Wenger fans are the hostile fans but this is the opposite.

So fucking annoying.

http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/lifelong-fan-ends-association-with-arsenal-after-clashing-with-fellow-gunners-4129195?utm_source%3Dscoop-dragon%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BArse

“Lifelong fan ends association with Arsenal after clashing with fellow Gunners.”

Arsenal supporter Frank Graham has ended his association with the club in the wake of an ugly incident at Manchester City on Sunday. The 52-year-old has turned his back on the North London club after he was involved in an unsavoury confrontation with fellow Gunners after the 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium which saw police involved and left him bruised and bloodied. Graham, who refuses to take his seven-year old son Liam to matches, brandished an anti-Arsene Wenger banner but his views have riled other fans prompting a civil war of sorts.

"I have witnesses who say they slammed me into a wall on the concourse. I work in an office so it’s unsightly. There was blood spurting out and in the end they had to let me go because they wouldn’t have had a leg to stand on. I still might pursue it.

"I have been going since 1976 and I am just going to turn my back on them now. We are fighting a losing battle.

"The whole divide between the fan base is ridiculous. You would not believe how hostile Wenger fans are.

"I put on my flag ‘judgement in May’ because that is what he always says when he is criticised during the season.

"I am judging him in May and I think he should go. It has got tired too quickly.

"The police got me on the ground for showing my banner – I thought we had free speech in this country. Then they handcuffed me.

"I am in my 50s and I don’t need this hassle. I got slammed against a wall, I got blood all down my face and shirt. And then they chucked me out the ground and after they checked I had nothing outstanding against my name – which I don’t as I have never been in trouble before – and that was it.

"I didn’t take my boy up there just in case there was trouble. It is not unheard of for them to attack children."

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FUCK, THIS IS MADNESS.

I already slapped one arrogant AKB in my country in a bar during live match. Why can't the British anti-Wenger fans not be united or bothered with this situation?

Who’s the fucking bunch of pussies now? Are the extremist AKBs to hard too handle there? It’s fucking pathetic. Do something you ignorant anti-Wenger fans?

Don’t just yap and moaning endlessly in a blog? FUCK, it’s fucking hopeless.

AT, please could you explain to me why this extreme event didn't spark a little bit of reaction in London particularly for the anti-Wenger fans? Aren't there any extreme hard men from anti-Wenger fans to fight this bunch of Wenger's morons?

Why?

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AT

This is an isolated incident, which is bound to occur. You seem to be advocating violence or retaliation to violence with violence, which I don't and never will condone.

You cannot and will not change people's opinions through force - that applies to AKBs and WOBs.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterForeign Gooner

Hi AT - so our position to make up the numbers in the Champions League is now guaranteed for another season. I was watching Sky Sports News this morning before heading to work and Mike Wedderburn made the point of Arsenal qualifying for 20 consecutive seasons for the CL and then sarcastically pondering what Arsenal fans have to moan about. I find this position and divisive nature of what Wenger has 'achieved' is interesting, because now people are turning Arsenal's season on it's head.

The traditional 'big 5' have been usurped this season by Leicester and, to a lesser extent, Spurs. The straws are being so firmly clutched now that there are some who are extolling the fact that Arsenal could finish top of that 'big 5' league. Does it get any more pathetic??

So Arsenal have arguably had a slightly less shit season than Utd, City, Chelsea and Liverpool. And yet I find myself envious of the position Liverpool find themselves in: a manager who actually gives a shit, a team playing for that manager.

What I wouldn't give as a fan to feel the sheer blood pumping emotion that nights like their Europa League ties against Dortmund and Villareal must have brought. I would take that over the sheer fucking monotony of the current lot. When was the last time we as Arsenal fans felt any emotion like that? I'm sure there's been the odd occasion - the only one I can recall is the turnaround against Barcelona at The Emirates when Arshavin scored the winner. I just find it all so frustrating.

However, it is clear that Wenger is going to have one final crack. Can I ask you to put your proclivity to tear Wenger apart (proclivities which I share I might add) to one side and just look at the current squad in terms of personnel. I'd appreciate your objective view on who you think should, and could, go and who you think might come in?

Granted it probably won't happen but as a football fan, no matter how intelligent, you can tend to get carried away during the transfer window with all the dross written. I would like to think that Wenger will realise that his already heavily tainted legacy can be marginally improved with one final hurrah season: namely a title win and a damn good crack at the CL, or vice versa.

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AT

I was thinking of doing something on the players, but haven't found the time to publish yet. It would be more oriented on who should go.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAJL

Met two AKBs walking down the high street last weekend. Both were wearing Arsenal shirts, with Ozil and Giroud emblazoned on their backs(!!!). Tried to have an intelligent chat with them, but when they started gloating about CL qualification my mind switched into overdrive.

When I told them my views on it all and that Wenger is destroying the club, they just didn't get it. "Yeh, but look what his done for the club", one remarked. "Agreed, but over these past ten years, it is what he has not done that concerns me".

They looked at me in utter disbelief. I knew it was a pointless exercise continuing to converse with them and shook my head and walked away wishing them a good day. In his wisdom 'Ozil' shouted out "ALWAYS A GOONER!!" I stopped, turned around and replied "Sorry mate, you ain't no Gooner!!".

This great divide falls on Wenger's shoulders. He will not accept or act honourably to end this. Unfortunately, hostilities will intensify as the frustrations mount. Like yourself, I will never condone violence but when you have an ignorant and blind individual holding the reins, incidents are bound to happen!! What a shameless and weak leader we have!

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AT

I speak to various AKBs from time to time. I think they're genuinely ignorant of Wenger's manipulative agenda, the power he wields and seeks to retain, and how that effects his decision-making and holds back the club.

Most 'stop & chats' trade on soundbites, there isn't the time or inclination to go deeply into the negative conclusions that more observant and intelligent supporters have spent time accumulating.

Unfortunately, tabloid journalism, i.e. virtually all journalism these days since print media can no longer make money without appealing to the lowest common denominator, is too weak and lacking in detail to provide information that is perceptive. Journalists also have their own agenda, it is a highly competitive industry and they won't goo overboard in their criticism if it means risking their position in the stands or at press conferences.

This combines to create an image of Wenger that is very hard to break for supporters that are not inclined to think deeply or do anything other than what they consider to be normal as a "loyal" supporter of the club. And this image is painstakingly reinforced by Wenger in order to maintain his wealth and status.

I've come to realise that there's nothing you or I can do except form your own individual protest. There is no point getting frustrated about it or trying to convince those who are either ignorant or don't want to be convinced to alter their point of view - they have to come to their own conclusion. The pendulum is in the process of swinging, but it's a laborious process.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

The world of the AKBs is expanding, destroying our once huge beloved club. I hope next season Wenger and his motherfucking AKBs get humiliated like never before and finish tenth in the league.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

When you've invested your heart and soul into the club for 48 years it's more than frustration AT, it's bewilderment at how many weak individuals there are in the establishment that is AFC and how they, collectively, are destroying the image of this great club.

From the Tea lady to the Owner, each individual is taking the piss. Money and security aside, they are all responsible (and I include our weak players, former players and pundits in all of this) but remain seated on the fence for the sake of securing their own positions and futures. Selfishness and greed comes on many levels, but at our club it runs rife from top to bottom!

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Martinez has been sacked before the fans have even had a chance to protest. That's what happens and should happen when a board recognises that a manager isn't cut out for the job and isn't fulfilling the club's ambitions.

Arsenal take note... but oh wait, he is fulfilling the club's ambitions.

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AT

The fans were protesting actually, loads of banners at the home games wanting rid - and not many people telling them to lower them. 10 PL wins with that squad is a disgrace.

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

"The fans were protesting actually, loads of banners at the home games wanting rid - and not many people telling them to lower them. 10 PL wins with that squad is a disgrace."

Sorry, I was referring to the planned protest that had been set up for the upcoming awards dinner by numerous fan groups. My point being is that the fans haven't had to endure years of protests to get their wishes, the board most likely felt the same anyway, unlike Arsenal where we've had 8 years of discontented fans and no action.

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

So, at long long last the truth truly is out there and the people slagging Wenger off for not spending money and pointing ignorantly at the clubs financials (£200-250m) as proof there is cash can stand down a little.

A more educated view has stated that the funds available to AW is nowhere near this and cite a lot of financial perspective that I have been ridiculed for on this site. Please read the CSS brokers analysis on Arsenal.

No need to apologise, and for the record I am not saying AW knows best and never makes mistakes but there are reasons for a lot of what is happening.

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AT

Don't worry, I won't be apologising. Leicester won the league so there are zero excuses left.

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSY4

Greetings admin,

I am in a state of apoplexy at this moment. I wonder if you have come across this..

http://www.onlinegooner.com/article.php?section=exclusive&id=3454#.VzXjyrVX7MI

If its true, I have to say in all my years following football this is truly a first. That the nincompoops running the club actually had the temerity to even think this up is beyond disgrace.

I can only say that we as fans have to consider and treat the club's hierarchy as criminals from now on, I am sorry if anyone has an issue with that but that's the way it should be.

Utter fiasco! Who the fuck do these solemn imbeciles think they are?

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AT

My advice would be to forward the article to the national press and all other blogs.

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAo gooner

Whilst it's been another lamentable season under Wenger, credit to AT for maintaining standards.

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Can anyone explain to me why AFC seems to attract the most delusional, ignorant and brain numbingly naive supporters out there? Consumed by a belief that things will somehow improve, as well as a mindset that sees those who crave change as nothing more than an evil entity wishing to destroy the club.

These so called supporters are single-handedly helping to suffocate the club in its quest to progress as a major footballing force once again. Those of you that STILL hold onto the shirt tails of AW, in the hope that progression is just around the corner, are not only fooling yourselves, but, more significantly, embarrassing those of us who see continuous underachievment as nothing more than abject failure, pure and simple!

May 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Sign him up on a 5-year extension. King Arsene of Arsene FC are the only club to finish above Tottenham.

Happy St Totteringham day and certainly with a 2nd place finish combined with back-2-back duff beer cups Arsene has got Arsene FC firing on all cylinders.

Zeroud I mean Giroud scored a hat trick, you don't need a striker or any reinforcements Arsene goes into a summer having shut everyone up and he'll get his extension - 5 more years!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterash cole

FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT SEASON 2nd PLACE!!!!(sarcasm). Now Wenger has an excuse not to buy quality (he'd find one anyway) and can say "it's our best League season since 05".

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

It's me again!. As Danny Glover famously said in Lethal Weapon, "I'm getting too old for this shit!". Please tell me it was all a dream (or can I say nightmare?). Arsenal beat Villa 4-0 and Spurs get trounced 5-1 by ten man Newcastle! Who could have scripted it?

Trouble is, it's the worst case scenario for those who demand change. Finishing second is an utter disaster, and all those seen rejoicing at the end of the match proves to me that getting one over Spurs seems more important to them than Arsenal's progression as a club.

Wenger, of course, will make the most of it, milking the situation for his own personal benefit, even though we all know he cocked it up once again and will continue to do so until he finally vacates the premises. Dear Lord, please let this be sooner rather than later!!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Can anyone explain to me why AFC seems to attract the most delusional, ignorant and brain numbingly naive supporters out there? Consumed by a belief that things will somehow improve, as well as a mindset that sees those who crave change as nothing more than an evil entity wishing to destroy the club.

"These so called supporters are single-handedly helping to suffocate the club in its quest to progress as a major footballing force once again. Those of you that STILL hold onto the shirt tails of AW, in the hope that progression is just around the corner, are not only fooling yourselves, but, more significantly, embarrassing those of us who see continuous underachievment as nothing more than abject failure, pure and simple!

May 14, 2016 | GRAHAM"
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With AW you can expect to get an occasional FA cup every now and then but you are damn sure of one thing; YOU WILL ALWAYS BEAT SPURS.

God these Arsene haters are delusional.

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArselicked

Arselicked - Arsene lovers are the deluded ones. They can't see we'll never progress with him in charge. We only got second because everyone else was even worse (except Leicester).

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

@ Arselicked - so those who want Wenger out are delusional? Why? Because we finished above Spurs? Is that the limit of our ambition? We actually failed to beat them in both games this season, and finishing a point above them is hardly cause for celebration when we were a massive 10 points behind Leicester City. I suggest you get your head out of your arse and see that there is a world beyond North London.

Mr Arselicked, once again yet another of Mr Wenger's little children, proving that ignorance and delusional views run in the family!

May 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

But come on guys, you can't tell me you didn't enjoy us winning 4-0 and Spurs getting hammered 5-1 by a 10-man relegated team. In a game that mattered.

Even Spurs bloggers have begun to accept that there is a day coined St Totteringham's day, thanks to Mr Wenger. 1995 - 2016 is what? 21 years?

You gotta love this old man for maintaining it. AKB or WOB.

May 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArselicked

http://www.espnfc.com/video/espn-fc-tv/86/video/2874408/moreno-arsenal-should-be-embarrassed

An analysis you've ranted on about for 8 years now. However, as a Chelsea fan God Bless Arsene Wenger, he's inseparable from the club and will now sign a 5-year extension on account on the highest ever finish since 2004-05 but the lowest point total since 2011-12 - ha ha, no one mentions that.

For the vitriol and praise you and I throw Wenger for obvious reasons, we both must admit his management of the media, fans, and entire punditry is nothing short of remarkable; an exceptional feat and a marvel to wonder. Forget the hell Mourinho et al catch for being serial winners, Wenger has brought prestige and honour to losing and mediocrity. Mussolini, Saddam Hussein, even George Bush and Korea's Kim eat your heart out. This is a clinic on how to manage manipulate and run a regime into the ground while everyone noddingly approves.

Wenger is an extraordinary manager that much is clearly obvious, not in the ways ordinary football managers are extraordinary win trophies build a legacy etc. but Wenger is above and beyond that. That's all so 2004 for him, he now manages everyone into respecting, loving and loyally approving of his unprecedented reign of continuous tireless seasons for any Champions League participant.

May 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterash cole

AT

I've decided I can't be arsed with Arsenal anymore, certainly until Wenger has gone if not Silent as well.

I can see no point in following what is fundamentally a corporate enterprise: I might as well be a fan of a bank, supermarket or utility company.

What is more there is only so much shit one can be expected to swallow whilst being simultaneously told it's some of the greatest fare available on god's green earth. I'd rather retain some interest in the game and lose some in Arsenal, than have Wenger grind me down to the point the game itself loses all appeal.

Basically, and I know you know this AT but it bears repeating, Arsenal is a shit-show now in almost every respect:
-owner
-manager
-chief exec
-tactics
-squad character
-club mentality
-medical staff
-centre forward
-PR
-ticket prices
-corporate governance structure
-commercial activity e.g. kit deal negotiations
-soulless bowl of a stadium
-thousands and thousands of AKBs
-and finally the lamentable trophy record in the last decade.

I pay tribute to AT for perceiving the onset of the shit-show far sooner than me, and for documenting it so eloquently over the years; and would ask him at this juncture whether he regards me now as a plastic Gooner?

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AT

There's no such thing as a plastic Gooner or a plastic anything. Everyone is free to support, or otherwise, their choice of football club in any way they please from wherever they live in the world.

May 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

The game's changed almost beyond all recognition in recent decades, as we all know. Maybe the fans need to have a degree of dynamism now too...

May 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Marinersmullet, you put it so well. Nothing excites me any longer about the club. It is, as you put it, a complete an utter 'shit show'.

In fact, it is the biggest scam in football. Individuals with no concept of the game, making decisions that, to all intense and purposes, are devoid of logic and understanding.

Roll on the 2016-17 season.

May 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Cheers Graham. I didn't even mention all the tourists at the home games now; and Wenger's complete lack of humility in defeat, at what is supposed to be the classiest of clubs.

May 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Yes, I know, the list just goes on and on and on .......... I'm contemplating sending my CV to the club to apply for the post as PR Manager. £250,000 a year, what do you think?.

May 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGRAHAM

Ask for £5m..they'll probably pay-up.

May 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Hi AT, what do you think of Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka?

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AT

Don't know much about him, but the timing has an air of panic about it.

May 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Who the hell is Granit Xhaka?

May 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Well...errr...overall I belieeeeeeeeeve Arsene knows things about his bowels that you don't know. I belieeeeeeve as well....errrr.....if you leetle beet smell one of Arsene's top top quality bowel movements, you will show great spiwit and mental strengz.

May 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTwatene Twatger

AT

For the avoidance of doubt, and now the curtain has fallen, I just thought I might briefly summarise my impressions of Arsenal this season.

Shit.

Rgds,

MM

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Hey, enjoy reading your column. What are your thoughts on the up coming euros. Maybe you could do your next one on that with a link to Arsenal's summer signings if you have time and feel like it.

Would be enjoyable to read your thoughts as always on this.

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AT

Hi CJ, I probably won't be watching the Euros much. Not a big fan of international football.

June 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCj

What do you think about Vardy joining Arsenal?

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AT

Is it April Fool's day?

June 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

Wenger bidding for Vardy has got to be a joke right? He's been told to spend money so now he's taking the piss.

June 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJuan Cornetto

We've apparently offered Vardy a significantly higher wage, which must be at least 100k on a 4-year deal, with a transfer sum between £20-25m. Utterly ridiculous from Wenger - I just hope he turns us down.

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Hopefully Vardy will just use our offer to get an increase in his deal with Leicester. Ludicrous from Wenger really, he cries about our players being tapped up and then tries to unsettle a player just before the Euros by using a release clause to offer him a better deal. Vardy would be better off where he is, at least at Leicester he has a manager who knows how to structure a team to play to his strengths.

Wenger is in the last chance saloon. God only knows how much more of the fans' hard earned will be blown before he finally admits defeat and is sent packing.

AT, might I be so bold as to ask what are your blogging plans for this year and till the end of the season.

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AT

Impossible to say as I write purely on instinct and always have.

June 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Obviously, his potential wages and cost is far too much, and that should rightly be criticised, but if you are going to sign a player it's better to do it before the Euros than after. It's just common sense, as a player's value more often than not sky rockets if they put in a good showing at a major championship. We've seen it happen plenty of times in the past. If that did happen and he did choose to wait till after to put a bid in, he'd be criticised for that as well.

June 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8
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