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Arsenal fans’ big chance to get rid of Wenger

So here we are at the dawn of a new season. Am I excited? Yes and no. I’m excited to see how Leicester do, how Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea fare under new managers and how Liverpool continue to develop under Klopp. Can Tottenham push on and challenge for the title again? I think they have a strong chance.

There are some big managers in charge of big clubs, and although it will take them time to adapt, it should make for a rollercoaster season full of excitement and banter. Let’s hope the undoubted quality of those managers can bring about a much higher standard of football in the Premier League.

Although Leicester made last season exciting for exceptional reasons, the quality of football on show throughout the league was dire. Football is supposed to entertain us on the pitch, but in England the quality is often so bad that we compensate by forcing ourselves to be entertained by the media circus that surrounds it

Ironically, the only team I’m not interested in is Arsenal. I won’t even be watching the opening game of the season, as I would prefer to spend time with my family.

As regular readers know, my support of Arsenal has been suspended for quite some time. I am not willing to waste my free time on a club that perpetually underachieves while the owners and manager pursue a culture of ‘ethical fraud’ - rewarding themselves huge bonuses, pay rises and dividends while manipulating and exploiting the supporters’ patience and neglecting their considerable financial investment.

This summer has been no different to previous disappointments. Arsenal have failed to strengthen in key areas and the tone of conversation coming from the club is utterly underwhelming. I don’t think Arsenal have any chance whatsoever of challenging for anything other than a domestic cup, assuming they get a series of lucky draws.

However, the one thing that is different is that Wenger has only one year remaining on his contract and plies his trade under an atmosphere of suspicion, derision and boredom. Even if they don’t always express it, supporters have never been more against his tenure and few would be disappointed if he left.

My advice to fans that are sick of him is to continue from last season and get on Wenger’s back straight from the off. Don’t wait for the usual February/March collapse; start protesting at the first opportunity and keep it running throughout the entire season.

I’m pretty sure that the board have a deal on the table waiting for Wenger’s signature, but I’m also sure he will not want to continue working under the same dark atmosphere that emanated from the terraces last season. For an egomaniac like Wenger, it’s uncomfortable, undermining and affects the players’ perception of him.

To me, the squad looks unbalanced and does not have the mental faculties to push for a major trophy. The defence is untrustworthy at the top level and the attack is equally blunt. There may be more signings to correct this, but signings are not the entire solution. Ultimately, the players lack trust and belief in the manager and are too stifled by his amateur tactics.

Despite having a large squad of players, their mentality could be affected by Wenger moving into the final year of his deal. This is compounded by the fact that 15 first team player contracts expire within the next two years. Six within the next 12 months:  Mertesacker, Koscielny, Cazorla, Monreal, Sanogo and Campbell, and a further nine expire within two years: Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud, Wilshere, Szczesny, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson and Gnabry.

I personally believe Ozil and Sanchez are playing out the final year of their contracts – as they see it. Both players will soon be 28 and are doubtless wondering whether Arsenal is the best place to be prior to signing what will probably be their last contract at a big club. At times, both look fed up with the players around them and they cannot be happy with the paucity of ambition that is being shown. I reckon Ozil will end up at Man Utd next season, as Jose Mourinho is a big fan of his.

As we move through the season, their continued unwillingness to put pen to paper could act as a catalyst for Wenger deciding to step down. Within a toxic atmosphere, it would be hard to imagine that he is up to the challenge of trying to replace such key components of the squad.

Can Liverpool cause an upset at Arsenal on Sunday? Certainly. Klopp’s team will steam into a nervous Arsenal backline. But Liverpool’s defence is also suspect and new signings will have to adapt quickly. Going into the match, both teams are riddled with absentees for various reasons. Therefore, this game could end up being as much about who didn’t play as who did.

Personally, I’m looking forward to watching Everton vs Tottenham tomorrow.

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Reader Comments (19)

Any thoughts on who could replace Wenger? Who would you like to see and who do you think they'd go for?

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AT

Klopp would have been my choice, but the ship has sailed.

August 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEd

So the only Truth is that which agrees with you!

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AT

If you don't like what I write try and formulate a counter-argument. If you can't think of one or can't be bothered, don't expect me to publish your drivel.

August 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHantsgooner

Literally anyone with a pulse Ed! Would have loved Klopp as well AT!

We know Wenger can't win it with the squad he has. He spewed his 'cohesion' bollox last year, bought one player and finished 10 points behind the mighty Leicester.

Fast forward one season and here we are again, one new senior player (no disrespect to the inexperienced Holding and Asano) and they are feeding us the same shit that we can compete.

So according to Wenger, barely doing anything of note will make up a 10 point deficit and negate the arrival of three top coaches and the continued strengthening of our rivals (I use the term rivals in the loosest possible sense).

The truth is we do not complete for the title anymore and our only competition this season will be for 4th spot, as usual.

This madness will go on and on until Wenger leaves. Sadly the future after Wenger looks just as bleak with Kronke and Gazidis pulling the strings.

Sunday should be fun, one way or another!

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AT

Not my sort of fun, will watch the highlights.

August 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJacko

I'll watch it because i'm a glutton for punishment AT!

Hope we beat Pool and get off to a good start but have a feeling our first two fixtures could be a real struggle.

Hope I'm wrong or the atmosphere will be really toxic from the get go.

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AT

Hope you're right then :)

August 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJacko

Not sure you can call it an upset when so many assume Liverpool will win. We are only very marginal favourites. A completely untried defence against a Liverpool attack which likes to come flying out of the blocks and unsettle us.

We've seen them score three against us in the first 10 minutes before and they won't be interested in giving our young CBs an easy debut. With no established striker playing in the line up I can only assume Wenger is hoping that the quality in midfield holds on to the ball all game and gets a draw. I'm expecting long periods of possession with no end result.

August 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWavey

Hi AT,

Wenger complains that the transfer market is over-inflated (£47.5m for Stones for example) while he may have a point it's rather hypocritical considering he's on £8m a year and Arsenal charge the highest (or one of) ticket prices in England.

The possible singing of Mustafi shows once again Wenger is a reactive not proactive in the transfer market (Cech, Alexis and Özil were all surplus to requirement) I honestly can't blame Özil and Alexis for not signing new contracts unlike our board an manager they have ambition.

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AT

Is the market really over-inflated? TV money has gone ballistic, therefore transfer fees have gone ballistic.

August 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Wenger, Kronke and Gazidis out.

August 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohnc

Good point AT - but where's this new flood of cash coming from? Are TV subscribers suddenly paying more? Has new overseas dough been secured?

Or is it merely the fiat money system playing out?

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AT

Maybe Wenger is trying to buy players using Bitcoin.

August 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

I heard he has been trying to complete squad purchases using buttons, but is growing frustrated with his own lack of progress, so is considering changing his currency to smarties.

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AT

Maybe he should use broken zips.

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Chapter 9 (since 2008), Wenger cocks it up once again.

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Btw Darren Lewis called Arsene 'King Canute' after yesterday's game, which I thought was good.

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AT

Rearrange a few letters and it's perfect.

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

@ Marinesmullet
maybe Wenger could use monopoly money.

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Ten years ago Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4 would have made me depressed for a week. Yesterday I just laughed. That is the Anus Wonga effect at work.

Another nail in the old gits coffin? Hopefully.

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill Robertson

HI AT, how would you split the blame between the board, Wenger and the players?

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AT

Wenger 75%
Board 25%
Players 0%

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

@Bill Robertson, spot on. The same shyte season in, season out has robbed us of any expectation - other than the expectation of being shyte once again. I felt absolutely nothing. Actually found myself nodding appreciatively at the quality of Liverpool's goals. Attacking-wise they looked good.
What I wouldn't give for Klopp to be the one galvanising our troops and doing his antics on the touchline for our club.

I read this morning that the Mustafi deal has hit the rocks because of Wenger's valuation being £20m and Valencia's £30m. My understanding is Mustafi has a £42m buy-out clause and yet, again if true, Valencia's valuation is £12m below his buy-out clause? Pay the fucking money you lunatic!

I reckon he's ordered forks to be in sugar bowls and padlocks on the biscuit tin in the staff canteen to save a few quid. The man's a knob. Any last vestige of hope I had for him disappeared when he lay the blame solely on the players fitness after the weekend. Fitness levels I might add, that are down to him ultimately. He won't spend the clubs money but will happily take £8m+ a year to do a shit job.

Egit.

August 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAJL

Wenger 75%
Board 25%
Players 0%

Surely the board deserves more blame than that for not sacking him years ago. The most fundemental aspect of running a club is to identify and address when it becomes obvious that the manager isn't fit for the job. The board have failed miserably in that regard. If they had acted 8 yrs ago like they would've at Chelsea, Liverpool, Utd or any club for that matter, then we wouldn't be here repeating ourselves like we do year in year out.

Yes the board have given him what he needs to be successful but to allow Wenger to continue when he's made such a pigs ear of it is criminal and the root of the problems at this club. But that's the point, as far as they're concerned he is doing a good job.

August 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8

In four games time, we could be trailing 10 points and then it will be over before it even started, but hey, Wenger will use the Euros as a plausible excuse and repeat and rinse. Never understood this pathetic excuse of Euro and World Cups, these players are paid to do a job at club level, if they can't play a European international tournament or a World Cup and then meet up with their fellow pros they should drop the international tournament.

A man that supposedly pays attention to every detail like Wenger, how can he be this unprepared for seasonal start, it beggars belief. It was like the car crash at Old Trafford a few years back, he threw some very unprepared players to the wolves. I simply don't get his modus operandi. What is he trying to prove with his crazy ways???

Arsenal are made to his own Frankenstein project.

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AT

I think there is some justification for resting certain players after a major tournament, but not in every case - and you have to be ready to adapt in a crisis.

August 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanish Gooner

Danish - agreed, Arsene was once a decade ahead of the pack. Now he's light years behind. As AT highlighted many moons ago, his recent modus operandi is a function of untrammelled ego.

AT - might I be so bold as to request your predictions for the domestic season, i.e. title winners and trap-doorists?

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AT

1. Man Utd
2-3 Chelsea <or> Man City
4-6 Tottenham <or> Liverpool <or> Arsenal

Drop: Hull, Palace, Middlesbrough

August 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Don't worry guys and girls, the Arsene/Arsenal saga has reached the end game. The writing is on the wall, because the stars in the team i.e. Sanchez, Ozil and ................??? have realised that this Arsene team (squad) is packed full of passionless, underachieving, spineless numpties.

The latest two games against Everton and Man City have for me uncovered the massive problems that have for some years now been affecting the teams' performances. The key reasons for the teams' failure to win any league titles or European cups since 2002 are:

Wenger's consistent failure to

1. Invest in two world-class centre backs.
2. Buy a world-class goalkeeper and a good young understudy with the potential to be great.
3. Appoint a captain from the squad who has the ability and experience to manage the game
during the match, instead of leaving any tactical changes needed to the 11 players on the field of play. Example: do the wing-backs need to keep bombing on when the team is 2 or 3 nil up with 5 minutes to go to half time or with 15 minutes left to full time?
4. Appoint a quality assistant to share the on-field problems with him when things are going wrong during a game, instead of sitting on the bench wringing his hands and looking naively
bewildered.

I'm convinced that Wenger and his overblown ego and tactical naivety are central to Arsenal's problems.

In days gone by, it was fashionable to warn of pending disaster by parading a sign in public which read "the end is nigh". Perhaps it's time to do the same outside the ground on match days. It might hasten Wenger's departure.

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTrubbleX10
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