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I really want to know why Arsene Wenger is still manager of Arsenal Football Club.
No. Not because of his distinct lack of success in recent seasons. Not because of his inability to hold on to players he has taken on and then developed for the long term (Overmars, Ashley Cole, Flamini, Hleb, etc etc) Not because of his lack of eagerness to spend any of Arsenal's funds, despite them generating more match day revenue than any club in the world...yes more than United, Madrid, Barca..anyone!
I want to know why he is still manager of Arsenal Football Club for one solitary reason...and that is for the lack of respect he shows his team's supporters and the utter contempt he fails to hide when commenting on the subject of them.
I was shocked beyond belief with his comments regarding the sale of Emmanuel Adebayor. He took a swipe at the fans for not backing Adebayor, leaving the poor dear Togo international to feel unappreciated, unloved and unwanted.
What a complete pile of drivel!!!
“We have lost a great player and we wish him well,” said the Gunners boss.“He's done extremely well for the club. I don't believe that last season he got enough support. That was playing a part in my mind and in his mind, certainly, as well. I believe he wanted to do well but he didn't find the confidence he had the season before. There was a little resentment you could feel through last summer. Believe me, he's a great player and he'll show that again at Manchester City”
So Wenger's words can be taken directly in context:
- Adebayor has been a great player for Arsenal and has performed well.
- The supporters didn't like him
- Adebayor lost his confidence because of this
- It played on both the player's and the manager's minds
- Adebayor remains a great player and Wenger wishes he still had him
Did i just interpret all of that correct? Did i get anything out of context? Is Mr Wenger pointing a finger at..erm...THE FANS?
I obviously do not care what happens at the North London club. I have no interest at all. But if i were an Arsenal fan today i would want that man out of my club. We all know many of Wenger's attributes, and they are numerous. But you would never hear Sir Alex Ferguson linking the sale of any football player to the fact of their unpopularity, their relationship with anyone (including himself) or for any reason that was non-football related. So because of this, Wenger has now started to break the unwritten rules which exist in English football. The ones of loyalty, of always respecting your supporters, of always positively trying to enhance the club you are employed by...not 'real' laws as people know full well..but ones which are probably more important that any others of the real ones!
When Ruud Van Nistelrooy allegedly fell out with a young Cristiano Ronaldo, whose father had very recently passed leaving the young man perplexed by the event, Ferguson knew he had to make a decision on who stayed and who went. Ferguson backed his young player, and moved the prolific Dutchman on. But Ferguson refused to create a public domain to give substance to the events or the reasons. When Roy Keane became a disruptive influence in the dressing room, he terminated his contract 18 months before it expired. But publicly he thanked the player, as a man of honour would. And when Jaap Stam blabbed to the press about dressing room secrets and his 'taping-up' by Ferguson, he was out the door so quickly his feet didn't touch the floor, to the point where he was being pictured in a Lazio shirt almost in tears because he did not think for a minute that his actions would have such alarming consequences. But again Fergie kept his mouth shut about the reasoning.
And that is how it should be.
Manager, Chairman, Board members, Players, Staff and Supporters. All wanting the same thing. Not always agreeing (in fact rarely agreeing) But respecting that essentially we all want the same thing, so lets not stab each other in the back, or give our enemies course to have a good old laugh at us.
Wenger has now broken this unwritten bond of trust. He has blamed his own fans for the departure of the club's front-line striker. Not attributing it to the validity of Adebayor's lacklustre performances last season. Not to the fact of Adebayor using the press to manufacture a move to Milan. And not to the fact that another club has met his valuation for a want-away player. No. He attributes it to a lack of support. This is totally despicable.
So now Arsenal FC are the biggest laughing stock in England. One of the best clubs in the world, selling players because once it a while said player was "boo-ed" Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Nobody at Old Trafford has attributed the sale of Ronaldo to the fact that he was wholly unpopular amongst the Old Trafford fans last season following his vulgar flirtations with his Spanish whore (of a club), threatening our loving marriage with him. Or the fact that "Viva Ronaldo" was only sung towards the back end of the season, when his form returned and we turned a blind eye. And that is because it is not the truth. The truth is United got £80 million for a guy with two legs, two arms and a head. ALOT of cash for one individual in what is a team sport. That is the real truth.
If the Gunners fail on the pitch again this season, or if Wenger gets offered another challenge by someone else (Manchester City??) I think their union will come to an end. And in my eyes? that would not be soon enough. For a football club needs a heart and soul. It is not the mechanical robot that Arsenal seem to be today..made of some incredibly special parts, technologically advanced. But essentially devoid of passion. Machines do not know what passion is.
And that is the managers fault..for he is the Professor and architect.
"Give us a ring when Hughes gets the sack Ade!"