Away at West Brom last week, there were planes flown across the stadium. Both pro and anti-Wenger banners adorned the landscape, yet, the manner in which the team lost again left a lot to be desired. There was lack of grit, determination and willpower, but not all the blame lies at the feet of Monsieur Wenger.
The 67-year-old is one of the best managers of his generation, yet, he threatens to leave The Emirates in no manner that is befitting of a person like him, and the majority of the fans are to blame for this. Prior to the home game against Bayern Munich, the fans protested in front of the stadium. Going to Arsenal matches is now a lot easier than previously, as fans are staying away from the club due to unrest, you can get your Arsenal tickets here.
However, the fans should be careful what they wish for. Wenger should not be allowed to leave under a cloud. Instead, he deserves fanfare for all the success he has brought to the club.
In 1996, a certain unknown French manager by the name of Arsene Wenger took over the reins after the exit of Bruce Rioch. He performed creditably well in his first season and in his first full season, 1997/98, Arsenal won the double.
More success followed, and Arsenal have qualified for the UEFA Champions League every season for the past 20 years, which has made the profile of the club and increased the revenue of the club, while shaping the club from the very top to the bottom.
It is fair that the fans have a right to complain after the bad results of this season, but it is their approach that has bordered on downright being disrespectful and disgusting.
Arsenal fans have had to cast envious glances at London rivals, Chelsea FC who we're bankrolled by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, and changed the landscape of the English football league system. Wenger has had to deliver success on stringent budget, the inevitable lure of his biggest players to their nearest rivals.
Lately, the Gunners are looking likely to be toppled by North London rivals, Tottenham, who are building a new, impressive stadium on the site of White Hart Lane; yet, no manager can handle Arsenal players like Wenger does. 20 years at a particular workplace means you have a right to be treated fairly, even if things are not going well at the moment.
Arsenal's season may yet end in success. The North London outfit are in the FA Cup semifinals and are still in the race for the Champions League places. The team facesManchester City after the international weekend, and their overall general record against the Etihad stadium outfit. Arsenal have won five, drawn three and lost two of the last 10 matches between the clubs. Arsenal have two outstanding matches in hand against the rest of the division, and wins in both could be decisive in the race for Europe.
The fans must not bury Wenger until he is dead. It is downright unfair for the fans to castigate him after all his achievements. Steer clear of the banners and perhaps see him bring success to The Emirates. They must never forget The Invisibles, for that achievement trumps all whosoever going on at this point. Arsene Wenger has earned that right.