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Monday, November 24, 2008

I would love Wenger to prove his critics wrong

Not any attempts at analysis in this post. This is more a personal piece, a hope that Arsene Wenger proves his critics wrong. Some are amazingly calling for his head, others are using a bad run - including an admittedly terrible low-on-confidence performance at Man City - to take an opportunity to rubbish wholesale his work and his 'third generation project' which some conveniently don't acknowledge took us very close last season.

Arsene Wenger deserves far more patience and respect. For me he made a mistake not buying in the summer. Wenger is human - he is entitled to make mistakes; to have made a gamble that has not paid off in relying on the talents of Diaby, Denilson and Song being ready to take on regular CM responsibilty and to gamble that the Gallas/Toure partnership be given another chance.

It is fair to highlight that and say that it may have cost us a real challenge for the title this season and criticise him appropriately. But not to the degree I have read and seen. To do that is to show no respect to past achievement and joy he has bought to Arsenal fans and general football fans over the past decade. And that is worthy of contempt.

The test is the transfer window. If no action - or at least attempt to take action - is taken and performances like against Man City continue than severe questions must be asked of Wenger. But not now; not while he is unable to enter the market. Instead we must be patient for our heavy-hitters like Rosicky, Adebayor, Eduardo, Toure, Cesc etc who were absent on Saturday to make their respective returns to the team. And we must get really behind the young players who played with their heads down on Saturday.

The supporters who went to Man City did that. More of that is needed in place of the disproportionate criticism.

(P.S. I like many other supporters have closely followed the development of Cesc since his introduction into the first team. He has been a credit to himself, his family, the club and his home country ever since his debut back in 2003. His appointment as Arsenal captain follows a natural progression of what has been a sensational development and I definitely wish him the very best.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

brilliant title, yes thats wat we need instead of the other idiots an doom an gloom.

an of course wenger will sort us out, and we'll win the league soon! well done mate.

11/24/2008 9:03 pm

Anonymous leSagna said...

It's so good to read something that is in perspective. I agree with everything you say. He does deserve more respect and he deserves because he is the one who put us in this situation where we expect alot more from our team. When the fans needed success he brought it but when he needs the fans on his side they get on his back. he just deserves alot more respect than what he is getting now.
good article ;)

11/24/2008 9:04 pm

Anonymous Amerigooner said...

Yes you could hear the traveling supporters loud and clear on the television, despite us being hammered... I was proud of the Gooners in that moment and hope the prawn-sandwich brigade at the Emirates can similarly get behind the squad -- instead of getting on their back. Well done traveling supporters!!

11/24/2008 9:05 pm

Anonymous clevblue said...

I'm a Man City fan and a football fan (unlike those who follow that team from Salford) who admires what Wenger has done with Arsenal,

I posted this on our newsblog before the game, I dont know if you saw it, but I agree with what you say, and I think Wenger will come out on top, he's a winner

11/24/2008 9:05 pm

Anonymous clevblue said...

sorry forgot the link. Great article btw

11/24/2008 9:06 pm

Anonymous RedsMan said...

Fabregas, while not my choice for captain, is the only choice right now. The candidates of Gilberto, Flamini are no more, Gallas was not the right choice, something I said before and was surprised it happened, and that left Fabregas and Toure.

Some have said Toure for captain from a while back but he is a back-up man, Gallas the fighter, neither are leaders. Fabregas is a spirited player and as such I feel the responsibility of the captaincy is not yet for him, however given the selection of other candidates at present, he is the only choice.

Will this inspire the Spaniard? I dont think so. But I imagine, as Arsenal want a leader out there, he will take it on as equally as he took on coming to England so young. Some, if not all, of his celebrations have shown the glee and roar of scoring, to the fans, and he does have them at heart when he does.

He thrives on their cheers and knowing they are looking out for him more as a captain as well as their slick central midfield octopus means a lot to him. Being that passionate, Fabregas is the man at the moment.

Arsenal now can lay claim to being lead by a player respected by most for his qualities and personality. A peoples' person. Just the type of guy they need right now.


11/24/2008 9:07 pm

Anonymous bluevalentine said...

A very sound article.
I am a lifelong Man City fan and, having been on the end of some terrible pastings in the past 20-odd years, I am glad we won and pleased we won in the way we did. I think Arsene was somewhat grudging after the match, but then he has his troops to bolster up.
I like and admire Arsene Wenger. He is a thinker, a gentleman (unlike Sir Baconface from down the road) and his teams have always played beautiful football, which the uncommitted could admire. He has been unafraid to give youth its chance and there is no doubt that you have some very talented young players.
The idiots who are calling for his head should cop on to themselves and think themselves lucky they never had to endure the likes of Alan Ball and Frankie Clarke. I have no doubt Arsenal and Arsene will come again

11/24/2008 9:08 pm

Anonymous Supermac said...

Thanks for a great article. I have read so much crap this week, and I feel so sad about it. I did not belive AFC-fans could act like that. Thanks also too the City fans for nice support on this blog. BR from Norway

11/24/2008 9:38 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, nice post. There's far too much negativity around at the moment - good to get a level head with a sense of perspective!

Kudos to the Citeh fans who've taken the time to post supportive comments, they're true gents. I went to see Man City play TNS at the Millennium a couple of years back. A nicer, more dedicated bunch of fans you'll never meet.

Good luck to Fab - well deserved and I'm behind you 100%!

11/24/2008 9:43 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question of patience doesn't arise. He has been given more than enough time to turn things around since 2005. At most other clubs,he will have been shown the door.
yes he has done wonders for Arsenal but nothing is permanent in this world.He has only himself to blame for his obssession with his kids and trying to play entertaining soccer at the expense of winning.
Thwe warning signs are out and if he doesn't heed them that's it.

11/24/2008 10:12 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to the match tomorrow and I will be making loads of noise. I am sick of the so call fans who have no idea of how to support the team , they need us , lets get behind them make some noise .

11/24/2008 10:14 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest outburst by AW in The Sun that Arsenal are gearing for global domination will to most people be that of a man who has lost the battle. He also took a dig at MU and Chelsea for spending millions.This to me is too much.
Bf talking of global domination please make sure Arsenal bt Dynamo Kiev and what the reds and blues do is their business.
I think AW is feeling the heat and he has only himself to blame for not buying players when he talks about MU and Chelsea.
I am sure if Arsenal were at the top he will sing a dfferent tune.
First things first. Make sure Arsenal can win bf talking about other matters.The buck stops with him and his so called entertaining football in preference to winning soccer.

11/25/2008 1:03 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMFAOROTF! You guys are pititful, must have a captain, must have Fabu-ass, must have this, must have that. Fabu-ass as captain doesnt make any difference. He is meant to give a performance like a captain anyway, the armband doesnt make any difference does it? It's about strength in depth and Arsenal sure has none right now.

You guys thought you were the best, swallowed in the media frenzy about your football and yet you were winning nothing of what you should have, three seasons of such good football and nothing to show for it. No, dont worry about the blues, we're in strong shape, we're you so now we own you and will do on Sunday. Last time it was 2-1, this time it will be 3-0 and Anelka for one will punish you bad.

Welcome to your last dawn at the Bridge. Your captain will not go down with your sinking ship.

11/25/2008 8:28 am

Blogger T said...

Thanks for all your comments - much appreciated and positive to read.

And great stuff from the Man City fans - its always classy to get friendly comments from other teams supporters! Good luck to you guys for the rest of the season.

11/25/2008 10:10 pm


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