Tuesday
Apr112017

Captain Walcott - the latest dolt to represent Wenger's crumbling empire

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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Wednesday
Apr052017

Wenger-out protests double/new protest/what was said at AST meeting?

The Wenger-out protests organised by the Online Gooner have more than doubled in size from the 400-strong protest at the Bayern Munich home game on the 7th March to over 1,000 prior to Sunday’s home game against Man City.

There have only been two games in between, which shows that supporters are getting their heads round the idea that it’s okay to protest. The bigger the protests become, the more fans will take part as they start to realise it’s the only way to pressurise the board into revoking Wenger’s contract.

Tonight, there will be another protest prior to the West Ham game. Fans will assemble at the old Highbury, Avenell Road, at 7pm, and march to the Two Cannons Roundabout outside the Armoury. Further to that, there will be a protest inside the stadium with supporters asked not to take their seats until 13 minutes after kick-off at 7:58. This is an alternative way of heaping pressure on the manager via the board.

As owner Stan Kroenke only cares about money, any resistance he perceives having a financial effect is more likely to make him sit up and take notice. If there is a repeat of the estimated 10,000 supporters that didn’t bother turning up to Sunday’s game against Man City, then combined with  this protest it shows a very clear and visible sign of dissent. However, with so many supporters voting with their feet, it does make you wonder how big these protests would really be with them on board too.

Some fans might think that 'turning their backs' on the players for the first 13 minutes of a game displays an unwarranted lack of support, but what’s best for the players (assuming they ever want to compete for a major trophy again) is for Wenger to leave, so you’re actually doing them a favour.

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CEO Ivan Gazidis met the AST (Arsenal Supporters’ Trust) on Sunday, but very little of what was said has been leaked out. All we have is a paltry Gazidis quote about Arsenal’s form needing to be a “catalyst for change”. So where’s the rest of what was said at that meeting?

When questioned about Gazidis’s quote at yesterday’s pre-match press conference, Wenger predictably rejected the need for change. Naturally, some have assumed this represents a gulf between the ideology of the board and the manager.

Of course, we still don’t know what’s really going on, but there are three scenarios:

1) Gazidis is spouting any old crap; he just wants to get to the end of the season before announcing a new deal for Wenger.

2) No decision has been made regarding Wenger’s future, but Gazidis genuinely wants change and is trying to implement it in a diplomatic way with Wenger on board.

3) Gazidis wants to force through change and deliberately create resistance between the board and the manager in the hope that he steps down.

One has to hope option 3 is the actionable one, but knowing the way this spineless board operates, it's merely delaying making an announcement on Wenger staying until the season is over and the lights are switched out.

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Friday
Mar312017

Was Wenger's 'Invincibles' a freak season, like Leicester's?

This article is not written by Arsenal Truth.

Raskolnikov writes:

AT, interesting theory. I have a few things to say about this pathetic situation and I feel bullet points sum it up best:

1. The AST. 78% of these jokers have decided they want Le Fraud out. Great stuff. Errrr, except just 18 months ago - yes 18 - over 80% of the AST wanted Wenger to STAY! May I just remind you all that 18 months ago, Wenger had gone 11 years without a title challenge, knocked out in the last 16 of the CL for 7 straight years, had lost 8-2 at OT, 6-0 at Chelski, 5-1 at Anfield, 6-3 at Citeh and 3-0 at Everton ALL in the same season! He'd also lost Cesc and Nasri in the same summer and unforgivably gift-wrapped RVP to ManYoo. And yet despite that, over 80% of the pathetic, spineless, imbecile AST polled said they wanted Wenger IN. That is an overwhelming mandate to give a proven failure. I am not at all surprised that Wenger and Sir Tits will laugh the AST off because tbh, I would do the exact same. What a bunch of flip-flopping f*ckwits. They give Wenger the absolute mandate to fail and then just 18 months later... reverse course entirely. Pathetic, and the reason Arsenal fans have a reputation now for "being split" when it's clear most sane people want the prick out.

2. On your article. I have long said this, but Wenger owes GG a huge debt. Now, the Invicibles was almost entirely Wenger's team no doubt, but a few things needs to be said here. For 13 years, we have watched Arsene Wenger work with a huge budget, and some amazing players: Fabregas, Cole, Nasri, RVP, etc. He works in dream conditions, where let's be honest, if the board were as awful as people claim, any manager would have quit long ago. Instead, Wenger attends board meetings and signs new contract after new lucrative contract. He has no interference, he's been given longer than anyone to build a team and yet, forget winning the league, he cannot even challenge! Even Rodgers managed this, Ranieri won the bloody thing.

How pathetic that we are at a stage where a clown on £8.5m a year has been outperformed by Leicester and is clinging on. We have all the evidence we need on Wenger, and that is that he is a mediocre failure. Full stop. All that money, that huge wage bill, those facilities and it's still shocking transfer window management, awful injury management, ridiculous lack of coaching and a constant demotivating of any world-class player, who ends up leaving for a domestic rival - Alexis Sanchez the latest in a long line.

Wenger's Invincibles were great but are comparable to Ranieri's Leicester in so much that it was a freak season. Whereas Ferguson's teams dominated, winning back-to-back titles and winning in Europe etc., the Invincibles won just one league title and disintegrated super-quick. Finished over 12 points behind Chelski in Jose's first season, no title challenge. So for me, the Invincibles is very much like that freak Leicester season, because it was clear Wenger could not win a title again. The evidence is insurmountable.

I also happen to think Leicester's achievement is far greater than Invincibles by the way (just my opinion).

Graham left Wenker the best back five in the league, who were superbly drilled, he left him a demon in Ian Wright and oh yeah, some chap called Bergkamp. Can you believe I have actually read some absolute weapons online try to claim that Wenker had a hand in the Bergkamp signing. I'm just surprised the same idiots aren't claiming that Arsene spotted Pele too. All that bollocks about "revolutionising English football"...how? All he did was implement structures that were already being used throughout Europe.

England was simply behind the times in terms of diets, scouting etc. The minutes clubs wised up and the environment became competitive, what did you get with Wenger? This absolute sh*t-show of a joke club, where fans celebrate 4th. Pathetic.

3. I would at this point like to reiterate what a vulgar, repulsive, sociopathic piece of sh*t Arsene Wenger is. His latest comment "when I arrived the share price was £4k, now it's £18k". He is trying to take personal credit for the global explosion of football. The reason Arsenal share price is that high is a natural by-product of football's global reach and the PL's dominance. It's to do with those fans that pack the stadiums, paying £1,450 each season to watch a bunch of absolute donkeys.

Wenger continues to insult the fans and show a shocking lack of respect, playing "tease" about his lucrative new deal, like it's some game. Talking about "share price" when the everyday fan is being priced out the game. The only manager in the PL who came out in defence of rip-off ticket prices, showing a total lack of empathy for the fans. The only manager with a brass neck to call a 10-2 hammering "the performance we wanted".

What disgusts me more than anything though, are his repeated attempts to piss on and cheapen the great history of this club - "it was nothing before I came and wasn't in CL" is the essence. That's because you used to have to WIN your domestic league to be in the CL. Graham won a league title in the highest of pressure circumstances at Anfield, won another conceding under 20 goals in a season and he won a European trophy (something Wenger will never do), and the League Cup, which was a big trophy back then.

Wenger has urinated on Arsenal's proud history and tradition by stealing it and claiming the club as his own. Where we used to have an identity and teams hated playing our strong men, irrespective of how talented they were, Arsenal always had fight, tactical organisation and pride. Now, they are a pathetic bunch of spineless arrogant cowards - an idealistic reflection of the ars*hole who purchases their loyalty by overpaying them.

This is why you get complete d*ckheads like Giroud, who would be lucky to be starting games at Villa right now; come out and say "trophies aren't important". What a joke, can you imagine Diego Costa saying that? Or Zlatan? Or Messi? Big players live for that.

Then again, Giroud is on £120k a week despite being barely good enough for Bordeaux. You have clueless muppets like Iwobi come out and dictate to fans how to behave - who the f*ck is he? Perhaps learn to pass, cross, dribble, control a ball with your first touch and become someone in the game before spouting off. Look at a mug like Bellerin: achieved nothing in the game but already on £100k a week, despite having a total inability to defend or understand his position at all. Aaron Ramsey, there's another total retard, spouting off every other week....

All of these players are an utter disgrace to the shirt. Alexis Sanchez is the only exception. Mesut Ozil is possibly the biggest transgressor as he shows zero commitment on the pitch, and the slightest sign of a runny nose he needs a "two-week holiday" in Istanbul. All subsidised by the Gooners, naturally. Seeing players use the club as a lucrative open piggy bank, for which they have to do virtually no work whilst telling us what to do etc. is sickening.

Overall though, which f*cker has assembled this assortment of b*stards? Who has not trained them, who has given them the insulation from the real world that gives them an arrogance to think they're accountable to nobody? Who is the man who speaks of "values" and yet ignores fans FIGHTING each other as it's more important he clings to power?

The same man who would watch Arsenal get spanked in the CL, not give a sh*t, then fly off to Paris to consort with his tart on the side while his wife and child were humiliated in the rags. The same fucker who claimed in 2009: "If I do not win the title within two years I will have failed". The same mendacious ars*hole who was condescending to Jacqui Oatley of the BBC for being the first journalist anywhere to dare hold him to account? The same b*stard who then banned her access to the club, and banned France Football access to the club because they printed Cesc Fabregas' words about how Wenger never prepared for the opposition, something Cesc realised this when he was away training with the Spain national team.

I have said this before and will say it again: Arsenal fans deserve EVERYTHING they are getting.

AT has been writing about what a sordid mess Wenger has been as far back as 2011. I've boycotted Wenger since 2008. The discontent and malaise at Arsenal started in 2007 and has been abundantly obvious since 2011. Yet, Arsenal fans sat back and quietly said nothing.

The clowns at the AST were giving Wenger overwhelming votes of support - as if they were somehow representative of the fan base, which further consolidated his vice-like grip on the club. Don't forget our "fan groups" Red Action, who, when pressure started to ramp up a little in 2010, went on a pro-Wenger Mardi Gras march, wearing "I heart AW" t-shirts. One of the most f*cking cringeworthy and embarrassing sights you will ever see anywhere; a bunch of minimum-wage peasants taking to the streets to plead for a grotesquely overpaid charlatan to carry on fleecing them. Like a Brexiter actively begging for the Tory party to bend them over and shaft them further, or something.

The club still has some decent supporters left, and the likes of the protest organisers deserve maximum credit for doing something and making his tenure as uncomfortable as possible. However, I have to question the sheep in that stadium who claim to want change, but don't have the passion to force it through. If you're "passive Wenger Out", as so many have claimed, what kind of mug pays £75 a pop to sit through awful, soporific rubbish disguised as art; but "doesn't mind" if the person responsible for ripping them off gets to carry on this scam or not??! Wow. Just wow.

Arsenal FC is now so small-time that one mediocre charlatan, who claims to be a "great manager" but has never won a single European trophy in his 30-year career... has achieved less than Leicester domestically and in Europe over a 10-year stretch.

THAT charlatan is now BIGGER than Arsenal FC. Think about this: if a Spuds manager doesn't do enough, they are sacked. If the Crystal Palace manager loses the fans (as Pardew did) they are sacked. If Liverpool fans get unhappy about a guy who almost won them a title (Rodgers) their distant American owners - same ownership example as Arsenal - take note and sack the manager. Even the Barnet manager gets sacked if the fans are unhappy.

Yet at Arsenal FC, the fans fight each other, the team can lose 10-2 in front of the eyes of the laughing world, they can sell their best players to domestic rivals year after bloody year, are routinely thrashed season after season, have watched a Tottenham team with half the budget overtake them. And yet the manager "will decide his future". And having cited all the examples of Wenger's grotesque, repulsive lies and arrogance; I still hear his dwindling defenders cite "he has earned the right to decide and deserves more respect".

Jesus H Christ. 

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Friday
Mar242017

Protests to continue indefinitely if Wenger signs new contract

The feeling from the last seven days of news stories is that Arsene Wenger is intent on signing a new two-year deal at Arsenal. The board still backs him because, apparently, puppet Chairman Sir Chips Keswick got his Hong Kong mate’s to fly that plan over West Brom last Saturday.

If true, how embarrassing is that?

Meanwhile, Wenger has been on the phone to all his ex-players pleading with them to back him up in the media. He’s also been on the offensive, desperately trying to engineer fans back into his camp by making retarded blanket statements in support of himself, e.g. “only one team can win the Premier League”, “how I nearly signed Suarez” and “next season I’m going to revolutionise the team”.

To be fair, he won’t have much choice but to revolutionise the team because all his star players are leaving. I think it’s fair to say that Ozil and Sanchez, along with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere and Gibbs (albeit the worst left back to ever represent the club) will definitely not be at Arsenal next season, although Wenger might find it harder to transform his squad considering he’s already handed contract extensions to proven wastes of space like Giroud, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin and Bellerin.

If Wenger is to sign his contract, I’d expect him to do it before the Man City game in eight days’ time, particularly as there are more protests planned at the Emirates prior to that match. Indeed, those protests could be swelled by supporters who thought Wenger might step down amicably but now realise the only way he’ll be persuaded is via a crowbar and a bottle of Rohypnol.  

Either way, the club will soon realise that protesting against Wenger will be the norm now until the end of his days as Arsenal manager, whenever that is. The glass ceiling has been broken. Just as Wenger has dug himself in for the long haul, so has the anti-Wenger faction, which shows no appetite for backing down this time.

Removing Wenger will now become a way of life - protests as routine as supporters eating hot dogs outside the ground.

If doing his job competently wasn’t difficult enough, this will make it practically impossible. Wenger’s entire future will be plagued by a relentless backdrop of negativity and never-ending speculation - a distraction that will affect the players and the staff, making the club an unattractive prospect to join and casting a massive black cloud for an indeterminate period. It will also cost the club money as many protest groups are now organising themselves to create schemes that will hit the club in the pocket.

People often ask me “what do you think Wenger will do”? But I’m sane and rational, Wenger isn’t. Only a freak would be prepared to enter into a massive rebuilding job operating under such a horrendous atmosphere of pessimism and abuse. Fans also ask me whether they believe Arsenal will still make the top four this season. Personally, I think Arsenal will have to win 7 out of their 11 remaining games, and probably draw the other 4.

Feel free to draw your own conclusions from that. 

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Thursday
Mar162017

Arsenal Sporting Director application letter revealed

Left on a train seat apparently:



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