I had to laugh at Arsenal’s horror show against Crystal Palace last night. Didn’t watch the game, but kept tabs and when Arsenal went 2-0 down I burst out laughing. The fact is, after supporting Arsenal for 38 years I’m no longer emotionally invested in the club. The link was severed years ago by a corrupt regime with a deplorable figurehead.
I don’t mind if other fans claim I’m a deserter for turning my back on Arsenal, not that many have. Guilt trips don’t work with me because I’m not easily manipulated by the will of others. I form my own opinions and have my own set of principles, and when they’re not adhered to I’m unlikely to be swayed.
I knew that Wenger’s empire would crumble because my point of view has always been based on sound evidence and logic, not an irrational emotional addiction. That’s what the last few years writing Arsenal Truth have been about, getting on with life and finding something more meaningful to do while I wait for change.
Basically, it’s Arsenal versus the fans now. Kroenke, Gazidis and Wenger are only interested in feeding themselves off the wealth that Arsenal plc generates. Rich men never have enough money and narcissists never have a big enough ego. When push comes to shove, they would rather stash the cash and sink the club than throw themselves overboard. And that’s what we’re seeing play out right now.
The house is smouldering and the stench of decline fills the air while the board sits in the kitchen drinking Earl Grey tea discussing how they can get to the end of the season in one piece before announcing that Wenger is staying. Meanwhile the reputation of the club is being eroded daily and Arsenal’s underwear is being washed in public, skid marks and all.
But let’s be clear, whatever you think of the board Wenger is the main problem at Arsenal. He is the corrosive, selfish cancer burrowing into every cell of the club’s DNA. Over the past five years, Kroenke has allowed him to spend £306m on players and the club has made a net loss of £215m in the transfer market. Any competent manager given that amount of money should be capable of competing for the PL and CL, and if they don’t they’re entirely to blame for that.
Barring a miracle, only one thing can possibly change that course of events now, and that’s sustained, highly aggressive mass protests and the withdrawal of income from the club’s coffers. But Arsenal fans are, by and large, as witless, arrogant and cowardly as the players they pay stupid money to complain about.
They think Arsenal is a classy club that behaves in a classy way, and that they’re superior to everyone else. But as we’ve seen recently, Arsenal fans - who mostly sit motionless while some mentally ill maniac disguised as a manager rips their club apart - are just as stupid and clueless as the most stupid and clueless fans of every other club.
The funniest thing about last night’s defeat, however, was not the scoreline, it was Wenger’s laughable decision to make that frightened little twat Theo Walcott captain. If that decision in itself doesn’t prove the manager has rigamortis from the neck up, nothing will.
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