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Kroenke not to blame for Wenger's serial incompetence

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Raskolnikov writes:

Another surgical dissection there AT. Theo Walcott is such a useless waste of sporting oxygen that I’m surprised you afforded this talentless twerp more than a paragraph of your time. As with all things Arsene Wenger, again, the total incompetence comes shining right through. This clown (Walcott – I’ll get to the key jester Wenger in a sec) earns over £130k a week. To put it in context, it is higher wages than Dybala of Juve, you know, that kid who single-handedly demolished Barca the other night.
Let’s also remember that according to almost every Arsenal fan that has seen the Gunners spanked every time they’ve drawn Barca in the last 16 of the CL, you are simply not allowed to beat Barca! It’s impossible right? You are just supposed to “go out and enjoy the day”, just as Scunthorpe would if they were drawn at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarters. It therefore shows just how brainwashed and unambitious Arsenal fans are, especially when a manager on half of Wenger’s annual wages can face up Barca – with a Juve team that has a much smaller wage bill compared to Arsenal – and demolish mighty Barca with such ease. 
It’s simply a confirmation of everything AT has repeated ad nauseum since 2011, when our embarrassing legion of apologetic fans continued to claim you “couldn’t compete with oil money”. Football is not, and never has been, about having more money to win. It’s always been about managers, tactics and inspirational motivation. Sure, money definitely helps. 
But which imbecile wants to continue to justify Wenger’s pathetic trajectory in a season where Jardim of Monaco has taken an actual 'Project Youth' team (one that doesn’t have a £135m wage bill, as Wenger’s vanity project had as far back as 2012), and is top of the French league against the richest club in Europe and one foot in the semis of the CL? There are SO many examples everywhere that show you just how easily Arsenal fans have been brainwashed and manipulated by Arsene Wenger’s deception, lies and lack of ambition. 

The chickens always come home to roost, so 13 years after the long con began it is all unraveling. Who can ever forget “Arsene had to build a stadium and one cannot compete when constrained by finances”? There’s some chap called Pochettino over at Spurs. Last time I checked, he oversaw back-to-back title challenges with an actual team of young players. Not one Spurs player earns Mesut Ozil’s swindled wages.

Oddly enough though, that manager has got them hungry, focused and every single player knows that if standards are not maintained, they will be canned. Adebayor, Kaboul, etc. all the lazy, rotten apples from Spuds were rooted out and it took Pochettino just two years to build a youthful team (on the cheap) that challenges for the top prizes. 

Even more embarrassing is that when Pochettino was asked how he felt about finally finishing ahead of Arsenal this season, his response was “I am aiming for bigger things”. This is how ambitious managers think – contrast with our muppet fans who pay £1,400 a season on tickets celebrating scraping past Spurs on the final day, despite having twice their budget. How small-time, how pathetic. Another oddity is that I doubt Pochettino will ever attempt to take the credit for “building their new stadium” either. That was funded by the fans investment, just as Arsenal’s was.

If we focus on Walcott again, it didn’t take long for Wenger to demonstrate just what a sinking ship he is overseeing. His press conference have become a weekly laugh-a-minute. On Monday of this week, he was waxing lyrical about Theo Walcott claiming “He is a leader and can captain England one day”. One 3-0 thrashing at Palace later, and Wenger comes out to the media in his Friday presser and openly lambasts Walcott. Why? Because Theo “Captain, Leader, Bellend” Walcott had the audacity to contradict the 'mental strength' bollocks by openly stating that the Arsenal players “weren’t up for it” at Palace. 

Wenger’s anger wasn’t because this comment was incorrect btw, it was because “quiet boy” Theo exposed him. And this is what Wenger FC is about: protecting his ivory tower and buying loyalty and silence by shelling out extortionate money. Let’s expect Aaron Ramsey to be our next 'leader', he always has lovely things to say about the regime in his media outings eh?

I think there is one particular thing I want to refer to that you have often talked about AT, and we need to nip this in the bud here and now: Stan Kroenke. Now, let me declare this – I have no love for Stan and, yes, his sports franchises in America are mediocre. Yet I am mystified and amused at how quickly Wenger’s latest apologists are attempting to deflect all blame onto Silent Stan. Let us begin with the “his US franchises are mediocre”. Yes they are, but football is different. Whereas there is no promotion/relegation in America, there is in Europe, and CL qualification is a significant factor financially (despite increased TV revenues). 

When Usmanov was on the horizon, Arsenal fans (hello again the feckless AST) overwhelmingly backed Kroenke by going out and protesting against an Usmanov takeover. When they should have been protesting about their incompetent manager swindling an extortionate salary, they protested against 'sugar daddy ownership'. So they ASKED for Kroenke to be selected instead and waxed lyrical about nonsense like 'class', 'doing things the right way' and 'self-sustaining ownership'. 

So Kroenke comes in. Fine. Arsenal move stadiums. Let us please remember that BEFORE Kroenke even showed up, Arsene Wenger conspired to finish 23 points behind Jose Mourinho in the PL. Was that Kroenke’s fault? Oh right. Thought not. Let’s conveniently sweep that one under the carpet. 

So after Kroenke took over, when it became obvious for a few years that Wenger was failing in exactly the same way on the pitch, the narrative changed again - this time to: “Stan Kroenke is really letting Arsene down. The board are denying him funds and we are not competing because Kroenke is tighetining the purse strings. Once FFP kicks in we will be in a position to dominate.”

I always found this narrative odd, because if you were working for an awful employer, who was denying you the opportunity to really be good at your job and your rep was taking a massive hit, and if you were as 'in demand' as Wenger continues to remind us he once was, surely you would take one of the other lucrative job offers available?? Oh right 'loyalty'. Yes. The same 'loyalty' the likes of Almunia, Diaby, Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh, Squillaci, Senderos, Djourou once showed by refusing to leave Arsenal and sitting on enormous contracts. Arsene sure led the way there! It is the same 'loyalty' currently being showed by Theo 'due a testimonial' Walcott, Carl Jenkinson (wouldn’t join Palace as they would not match his ridiculous wages), crappy Coquelin, joke Giroud and of course, Lala-Yaya Sanogo! 

So Wenger continued to happily manage under Kroenke as he steadily earned bigger and bigger salaries as the Arsenal wage bill went higher and higher, year after year. The evidence is there in black and white on the balance sheet - only deluded fools ignore it (so at least 80% of the Emirates crowd then). And as the directors awarded themselves bigger and bigger salaries each year “we were constrained by stadium finances”. 

Funnily enough, the one time that lucrative top 4 spot looked to be under serious threat, Arsene miraculously managed to find £18m down the back of the sofa and signed Arshavin – a highly sought-after player at the time - in January, a time where, apparently, you can’t sign anyone. Must be a “coincidence” eh?

Let us zip things on Kroenke here: Kroenke is definitely now a problem because he still has not sacked Wenger. This does not absolve Wenger of his special incompetence though, and never will. Stan Kroenke let Wenger spend £100m last summer. He has given Wenger total freedom of the sporting matters at Arsenal, he has not interfered a la Mike Ashley/Abramovich in player recruitment (I wish he had tbh as he would sign better players than Elneny, Xhaka, Mustafi and Giroud). Wenger has been given dream conditions that NO other manager in Europe has. However AT, this is the key point: to all those idiotic excuse-makers now deflecting the blame onto Kroenke. What was he supposed to have done? Sacked Wenger back in 2008? Can you imagine the outcry if after blowing a league that was there to be won in 2008, Kroenke had come in and sacked a manager who had at least 90% fan backing?? Stan Kroenke has simply taken his lead from the Arsenal fans. Arsene Wenger has retained overwhelming majority fan support for 12 of the past 13 years and THAT is where the blame lies. 

As I mentioned before, the AST were giving Wenger over 80% backing as recently as 18 months ago! Wenger lost 8-2 at Old Trafford and the away fans held up a banner saying “In Arsene We Trust”! In 2010ish, after a few searching questions were asked in the media, Arsenal’s embarrassing Imbecile Collective (known as “Red Action”) went on a pro-Wenger demo march! So the only protests seen up until that stage were pro-Wenger ones! There has not been a single dissenting voice against Arsene Wenger for 12 straight years.

Anyone that tried to bring it up would be shouted down and treated with hostility and disdain by Wenger’s sheep (i.e. the Emirates crowd) and the mainstream press. Remember the AKB abuse you used to get AT?

Wenger has always maintained a significant majority of support from the Arsenal fan-base: the first sign of any serious dissent has only taken place THIS year! So frankly, Stan Kroenke has listened to the will of the people all this time. He’s basically guilty of not doing what Leicester owners did with Ranieri (look how that’s turned out eh!) and ignoring the majority of Arsenal fans (who it turns out, have been 100% wrong about Wenger and like rats fleeing a deserting ship are now trying to deflect onto Kroenke).

So next time some idiot tries to blame Wenger’s inability to set up a team with World Cup winners and a PFA POTY nominee up to beat WBA, next time you see Sam Allardyce giving Wenger a total tactical masterclass (even though Moyes managed to smash Fat Sam 0-4 at Palace); next time you see Arsenal humiliated 10-2 at Bayern (even though Wenger spent far more on summer recruitment than Bayern did), next time you see yet another shit player getting a Galactico contract extension (Giroud, Coquelin), next time you see a wage bill of over £200m but you don’t understand how managers everywhere are outperforming Arsenal with far less resources... look to the real matter here. 

Yes, pressure now needs to turn to Kroenke to sack the muppet. Let us be crystal clear here though: Wenger’s incompetence pre-dates Kroenke. Just because Kroenke has no professional sporting pride, it doesn’t mean Wenger has to be the same. If anything, as an “elite” (LOL) sports personality, he should be the one striving to win. All the other big managers do. Instead, this tit Wenger talks about “share price” and nonsensical “values” (what, like refusing to piss off when nobody rates you anymore?). 

Wenger would love nothing more than to hear the discussion turn to Kroenke than apportion blame where it is due. All of this Kroenke deflection is just a further example of what a spineless bunch of fans Arsenal truly have. It’s quite possibly the only club in Europe where a 10-2 thrashing and years of habitual sporting humiliations are blamed on a financial investor who doesn’t pick the team and lives thousands of miles away. 
Kroenke should be sacking Wenger absolutely and the focus should be turned to him once Wenger is gone. But honestly, imagine going into your work appraisal and blaming your repeated shit performance on your CEO’s refusal to sack you? 

Farcenal FC.

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Reader Comments (12)

The club is a joke from top to bottom.

April 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJam

What a brilliant article! A Middlesbrough win on Monday night will tighten the noose. Have always said Arsenal fans are to blame for all of this. I cancelled my membership several years back and felt physically sick as far back as 2008 when visiting the Emirates.

Wenger should be hung, drawn and quartered and is now showing his true colours. All employees of the club are as spineless and weak as Wenger. Walcott, like many others, has been brainwashed. I can guarantee that under any other manager he would have progressed.

As you said, if you earn £130,000 a week and don't have the balls, your sense of reality goes out of the window.

George Graham was the reason for Wenger's early successes. He laid the foundation for this Muppet to con us all with his fitness regimes and dietary advances. Plain and simple, if he stays I leave!!

April 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHAMISH McFADDEN

I think wenger should go this summer. So should Kroenke. All his clubs are mediocre. He's even had the audacity to have large conference meetings where he has explicitly stated that he would not be in the industry if it was about spending money and winning trophies.

Granted, I don't think a fortune needs to be spent, but when the owner of the club isn't concerned about winning trophies then yes he must go no question.

April 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGooner

I might add that Arsene's convoluted hocus pocus routine of Jedi-like deflection is the best in the business and it's unsurprising that he has been able to get away with it for so long.

Epic post there Raskolnikov btw!

April 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStavrogin


Raskolnikov deserves a lot of credit for writing that piece. Well done.

Alas, whatever anyone writes, no matter now accurate or insightful, they will always come up against a wall of indifference from so called Arsene Wenger apologists.

My club is dead. Arsenal FC 1886-2009.

April 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Le'Strange

Not a wall of indifference, more a blind ignorance to the truth!!!!!!!!!!!! Wenger apologists have little or no understanding of what it means to be a Gooner. These lifeless souls though are slowly being consumed by those who know far better. Wenger will not last till June!

April 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHAMISH McFADDEN

Arsenal FC is not dead! As long as those real fans keep fighting, the good times will return. Wenger is now the lone wolf fighting against the pack. HAVE FAITH!

April 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGERALD84

Is there anyone out there who wants Arsenal to win tonight. I would be interested to hear your reasons why.

April 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGERALD84

Would it be possible for North Korea to strap Wenger to the front of the next planned missile testing. No doubt he'd still survive!!!

April 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWengeroutasap

Some very good points in this article. I hate it when people say he deserves to leave with respect. If Arsene Wenger had any ounce of shame or respect for himself he would have resigned after the Bayern Munich defeats.

Win, lose or draw at Middlesborough Wenger OUT! The likes of Leicester, Monaco and even the scum highlight how much of a failure he has been.

I often wonder why no one ever asks him why we pay the highest season ticket prices and he is one of the highest paid managers, yet we don't recruit/pay players accordingly. Instead we waste money paying the wages of Diaby, Wilshere, Rosicky, Sanogo, Arteta (ultimate piss take, he had to say he didn't feel he was good enough to play for Arsenal, if not he would have been given another contract) etc,.

Let's get rid of Wenger and then Kroenke will be next.

April 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGunner87

AT, I see Mr "Captain, Leader, Bellend" was punished even further for speaking out against Our Dear Leader's regime by being dropped for Boro last night! Hahaha. From the next Tony Adams on a Monday, to unused substitute against free-scoring Boro the following Monday. Hilarious.

Don't forget though, "Arsene is reinventing himself". Yep, he waited to be almost 20 points behind the league leaders, (14 behind Spuds) before this "revolutionary" formation change, that still made Stewart Downing look like Garrincha. LOL.

Love the fact he used his post-game interview to big himself up "I reinvented myself by basically making my first tactical switch in 2 decades". What a pathetic laughable moron.

Let's see him try that three at the back stunt at Shite Lane in 12 days from now, or against Citeh at Wembley.


Tactic change was such a painfully transparent display of desperation.

April 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaskolnikov

BLAST! Wenger lives to squirm another day. If Arsenal beat MC this weekend, will he come out with his contract renewal jargon then?


It's a big if.

April 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWengeroutasap

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