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Feb172017

Wenger’s on his last legs - seize your chance to get rid

It’s like I’m slowly waking up from a bad dream – more like a nightmare. Without wanting to get too excited, there is now genuine hope that Arsene Wenger will decide to call it quits and leave Arsenal at the end of the season. At this morning’s press conference, Wenger made the unique statement: “No matter what happens, I will manage next season. Is it here or somewhere else?” My first thought was, is that a threat or a promise?

But Arsenal fans need to be careful about how they respond to this statement. It is not conclusive, so this is not the time to empathise, get teary-eyed or celebrate the success of Wenger’s long-distant past. Since he has still not made a definitive statement about his departure, now is the time to force him out the door. Protests need to begin, home and away, between now and the end of the season, irrespective of results.

Don’t make the mistake of feeling sorry for Wenger. His past achievements may warrant respect, but as a human being he deserves only ridicule and derision. Wenger is a distasteful fraud that is more than aware of his own shoddy bungling and has been trying to manipulate the narrative for over a decade. Comments this morning such as “Even if I go, they [Arsenal] will not win every game,” demonstrate his continued refusal to accept culpability. Make no mistake, Wenger still seems to think he is beyond criticism and blames outside forces for everything that he is accountable for.

He’s not gone yet and Wenger will still do everything he possibly can to cling on to power. I read a blog quote yesterday that stated: “If Wenger does not sign a new contract, it will not be because he thinks he cannot do the job any more, it will be because he cannot stand the pressure any longer, which in turn leads to even more pressure from the fans”.

Wenger is an arrogant egomaniac who does not believe he is past his sell by date and never will. He has not had a sudden realisation that he’s a tactical cretin, or that Arsenal were humiliated by a bunch of old men at the Allianz Arena, or that he can no longer inspire or motivate his players - it’s the exhausting clamour from the fans and media that is choking him. The players obviously read it and are affected by it, and now see Wenger for what he is – a deluded charlatan.

It was only a short while ago that Theo Walcott effusively praised Wenger for an Al Pacino-like dressing room speech, yet a few weeks later the lazy clown can be seen standing idle as Alonso jogs past him to score Chelsea’s opener in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge. That microscopic display of apathy was magnified x 10 at Bayern Munich, and says everything about the eroded bond between the manager and his players.

It's astonishing that what I wrote SEVEN years ago is as true today as it was then. Commenting on Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at home to Barcelona: “The fact is, after watching last night’s game and despite the undoubted excellence of Barcelona, I have never been more mortified by Wenger’s tactical ineptitude. He sent that team out there utterly naked, reprehensibly clueless as to what to do with regard to team shape, marking, communication, gameplan – anything. It was an abomination.

“Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows what I think; and that’s that Arsenal don’t compete for anything – they just give the illusion of competing by buzzing around the top four every season and taking part in a Champions League they clearly have zero chance of winning.”

Arsenal Football Club is at a crossroads. It needs a new owner, a new CEO, a new board, a new manager, a new assistant manager, new coaching staff and new players. But not everything needs to be changed at once to bring competitiveness back to the club. I still insist that the club’s figurehead, Arsene Wenger, is the primary rotten maggot feeding off the club and mismanaging it into a spiral of never-ending mediocrity.

You can blame Stan Kroenke and Ivan Gazidis all you want, but they’re not the principal reason for Arsenal’s failure to compete for major trophies. Yes Kroenke’s ownership model is derisory and Gazidis is a comatose CEO, but they have supported Wenger fully in terms of finances. The club is not profiting on transfers, quite the reverse - Arsenal have not made a profit in the transfer market in any of the last five seasons. Player expenditure has been £306m, with a £90m rebate on player sales. The wage bill has risen exponentially, and is now virtually on a par with the club's competitors. So don’t tell me that Kroenke is not supporting the manager financially. The problem with Kroenke is that he is comfortable making a net profit and does not make Wenger accountable for his perpetual failure to compete for major trophies.

But there are definitely problems at the club and the way it is run. Arsenal has long been a playground for protectionist rich old men. Shares cost £17,000 and are infrequently traded on the specialist ISDX market for SMEs. Stone-age Tory merchant banker Sir “Chips” Keswick is a puppet Chairman and the club’s top brass has its fingers in the till. Arsenal is a club where everyone buys each other’s silence and loyalty. This operates right from the top of the food chain to the bottom, from Kroenke pickpocketing £3m from the club coffers to Gazadis awarding himself an eye-watering £2.6m salary.

They pay an incompetent manager £8.3m as gratitude for keeping them prosperous, while further down the food chain, Wenger buys the loyalty of assistant manager Steve Bould – a once respected warrior defender that now sits mute on the bench. Like all corrupt dictators, Wenger throws money at his closest allies to keep them sweet – a lot of his coaching staff have been there since forever. They don’t question him, because he keeps their snouts in the trough. And Wenger has long bought the loyalty of his players, paying wages incommensurate with their talent - a policy that has become utterly self-defeating.

Over the past 10 years, the few players that have a semblance of world-class ability and ambition get bored, fed up and leave. That’s when Wenger gets busy covering his tracks, fervently manipulating the agenda by perpetually absolving himself of all responsibility and blaming other clubs’ wealth and resources for his inability to compete. But now, Arsenal is collapsing under the weight of its own ineptitude. Years of neglect and self-interest is threatening to cost the club its place in the big money league. Arsenal is a one-man team (Alexis Sanchez) who not only fires the bullets, but is the gun itself. When he goes, what’s left behind is abject, but should still do better than it is now.

Wenger is on his last legs; don’t let him off the hook. The club desperately needs change and the supporters need and deserve hope - your loyalty has been grossly abused. Seize your chance to put out the rubbish by making Wenger’s departure a reality, even if means not turning up to games. A half-empty stadium sends just as big a message as vociferous protests, although I would fervently encourage both.

Note: Arsenal Truth is now on Twitter @TruthArsenal.

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Reader Comments (13)

Is there any chance of him taking charge of Chelsea, Man U or Man City? ....... please. Op

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGeekaybee

Well said mate, I agree with everything you say.

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjack

<Comments should be intelligible and relevant. All others will be binned.> So how come this stupid article has not been binned?

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AT

A) Because I wrote it. B) Because, in your own words, it's not a comment it's an article, you cretin.

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNuttnTiddy

I completely agree we need a new direction. But I don't want to denigrate Arsene Wenger because he has brought us so much - he turned the club from being a long ball bunch of boozers to one of the most feared teams in world football.

I cannot help but think that he has been terribly let down by this group of players - a disinterested, overpaid, greedy bunch of mercenaries, in it for the pay cheque and certainly not for the pleasure of playing for Arsenal.

I hope the new manager can see this and get rid of the deadwood of which there is a lot.

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AT

Arsenal have never been one of the most feared teams in world football. That's a level Wenger never got close to as a manager. His record in Europe is laughable.

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeon

I have been taking a long rest from Arsenal sites because everything had been said long ago. Catching up this week has been interesting. Some of them, albeit with tears on their keyboards, have had to admit that Wenger's time is up. One of them has even described the most selfish, egotistical, self-obsessed charlatan in the whole sport as selfless!

Another mealy-mouthed clown has said that Wenger is not interested in money. What a joke. The realisation that has suddenly got through to our supine media that Wenger is a busted flush and the sheer gutlessness of Arsenal's failures every season has finally tipped the balance against the dreadful old snob.

The problem remains that Wenger will only go sacked or feet first. He has no intention of leaving. The words of the supporters might annoy him but as he never gets anything wrong and regards the supporters as akin to something he has trodden in, I am afraid that your optimism that he would ever leave on his own accord is misplaced.

I hope that you are right and I am wrong. Here's hoping.

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRamgun

NuttnTiddy, please explain wise sir! Think your intelligent by writing two lines! Show some balls and put a relevant response together, otherwise keep your head stuck in the sand!

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMICHAEL.B

Well written article, hope he leaves this season, tho I have a a sinking feeling that the only way he's leaving is feet first. A run of good results and it would be business as usual.

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRainman

What do you make of Gary Neville and his "idiot" insult at the "Time to go" banner? We know the hold Wenger has on Arsenal legends,who are scared to speak out for fear of being frozen out at Arsenal, but Neville!? I like him on Sky, and am (mostly) impressed by his thoughts, but was left dumb-struck at the "idiot" attack. What is this hold the specialist in failure has over footballing hierarchy?

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AT

It's a great big boys club; a union. Very few pundits are ever going to tell it how it is. They have many friends in the game, socialise with each other and have many privileges. Say the wrong thing and doors can be closed as quickly as they are opened.

However, although I haven't watched it yet, I do give G. Neville credit for going on ArsenalFanTV.

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRay Allen

Hi AT. Funny, my first thought also was, is that a threat or a promise? Until i thought about the self-indulgent scumbag who said it and I believe it is actually a threat. And you know it too.

Emperor Wenger, the spinmaster, is so arrogant, deluded and removed from the real world that he actually believes we cant do any better than him. He thinks he's bigger than the club.

Like any Emperor, ruling dictator or politician, he is shameless. I can see him shamelessly clinging on to the job for longer.

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AT

He'll try.

February 18, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterequaliser

"It was only a short while ago that Theo Walcott effusively praised Wenger for an Al Pacino-like dressing room speech, yet a few weeks later the lazy clown can be seen standing idle as Alonso jogs past him to score Chelsea’s opener in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge".

Superb stuff, AT.

February 18, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Those who still feel he deserves our respect remember this. Before AW came along we had a culture and ethos that was respected worldwide (Chapman, Mee, Neil, graham etc.). In the past decade, this has been systematically eroded as we have become the laughing stock of world football. This man has no shame in what he is doing to the club. I detest him so much now that i actually pity him!!!!! His arrogance knows no bounds. Respect is earned, but it can easily be taken back!

February 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMICHAEL.B

Thank goodness people are now realising the kind fraud Wenger is.

He was living on the hogwash of finances and fair play as being the key components of his speciality in failure.

Now, even with all the resources in the world, Arsenal is the same old 16th best team in Europe and 4th best in England, despite being the 5th richest in the world and the second richest in England.

February 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commentergrimsy b

I think the problems at Arsenal are not just down to the manager but our owner and board. However, the only way we are ever going to get rid of the owner and board will be to get rid of Arsene Wenger first because so many of our fans are more loyal to him than the club hence the unsuccessful protest at Norwich.

I hold him accountable for putting finances first and not football, the board just hid behind him whilst they profit knowing his loyalist won't say anything. Once he is gone, hopefully we will be able to unite as a fan base and work on getting them out.

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AT

You also have to take into account the fact that Wenger deliberately underspends what's available to him so the board can make a profit every year. That's why there's always £200m lying around in cash reserves; Wenger doesn't want to touch it so he can keep the board sweet.

In other words, he does what's best for him rather than what might enable Arsenal to compete - even though they still wouldn't because he's a tactical cretin.

February 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGooner

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