Over the past few months, I have noticed the constant abuse Arsene Wenger has been receiving, whilst I myself find it difficult to continue to defend him I believe some fans are beginning to take it overboard essentially bringing a bad atmosphere into the stadium which definitely effects players performance.
The media have continuously picked and misinterpreted words said by Arsene Wenger to grow the agenda against the man that has had such a huge impact on the club. Take for example, in the press conference today I have noticed the misquotation of him saying “…I Built this club.” rather than the actual quote which read “I have helped to build this club” key difference being “HELPED”.
Before looking at Wenger, I believe we must look at the resources being made available to him. Watching Arsene Wenger’s interviews it is clear he is becoming increasingly frustrated however, it is also clear ‘he wants to take the club to the next level’. I have seen the man receiving abuse for attempting to sign players such as Lacazette and Suarez with ridiculously low bids. However, an important question to take into consideration which is often omitted is whether the amount he bid was all that was made available to him.
In terms of his tactics, I share the frustration that he has often got them completely wrong. However, he has also often got them right. Take the Bayern Munich away match for example. The team was set out to defend and soak pressure then hit back on the counter, which was working up until the point Koscielny came off injured. After this point, the team seemed jagged and lacked leadership. This brings back to my point of resources made available; lack of financial resources made available to the manager means he was not able to bring the correct players both for starting 11 and the bench, rather he was forced to settle and work with what he has given (which to his defence he was done amazingly).
Finally, this whole situation with Alexis Sanchez who has undoubtedly been our best player this season. Although Sanchez is a great player I have noticed fans are reluctant to criticise him. On recent weeks Sanchez has continued to play in a greedy fashion and overall bring a bad aura when things do not go his way and regardless of this fans seem to ignore him behaving like he is above the club. I am not abusing Sanchez, I just feel he needs to be committed to the team achieving as a unit and not just him by himself; in other words, he needs to start playing with the team as great players do. (Understandably this cannot be easy when you have to play with the likes of Ramsey, Coquelin and Monreal) .
To summarise I believe too much focus is being given on Wenger as the problem. We must look at the board members such as Stan Kroenke and Ivan Gazidis who hand Wenger rotten lemon peels to make lemonade. Their unwillingness to spend is costing the club and I honestly believe any manager who comes into the job will have the same struggles. Wenger has been loyal enough to hold the abuse received towards the board and the players, he never attempts to ship blame and just takes it all in his plate. Members of the board and the players should come out and take some responsibility rather than hide behind Wenger; especially members of the board!
Tomorrow is a big match for the club and rather than going there feeling pessimistic and looking forward to abusing the manager (which I now believe some do) we should go there believing we are going to win, ready to celebrate and to support the players and the manager. Together we stand, united we fall! #WeAreTheArsenal! #ComeOnYouGunners!