It is painful to look at what has over the years been a perfect marriage, a romance made in heaven deteriorate into what appears to be slowly dying, one in which a gilded past appears to be just but a mere reflection of what has been lost rather than the reverse.
It’s absurd how Wenger would even go as far as blaming arsenal faithfuls on failure to secure the Premiere league title alleging that they (fans) didn’t play the 12th man role adequately more so especially against weaker opponents
However, all and sundry will heed to poor selection tactics, toppled up with minimal or lack thereof of transfer activity cost the club a great deal for example starting an out of form Theo Walcott over Joel Campbell who was in great shape, occasionally playing inexperienced Gabriel over Mertesacker in an unending list of blunders by him.
If a manager reaches the extent to which he assigns blame to the fans then you know his days are upon him but who are we kidding really, Wenger’s sacking is as real as the Easter bunny to a point that newly appointed Manchester united manager Jose Mourinho was prompted to lament that “every manager would love to have Wenger’s job” something a blind man wouldn’t refute.
In contrast, these are the same crowds that stood by him during the stadium move from Highbury to the Emirates and waited 9 years for silverware between 2005-2014 prior to the FA cup success in recent seasons and up to date still incur the highest costs in match tickets in the premiere league, rightly so.
With all due respect to his past achievements, endurance during the financial strain and to a manger of his caliber, I must say in all apostasy that Wenger needs to deliver sooner starting with this summer transfer window.
In recent years, a longstanding personal view is that Wenger although not a constant progressive force he once was has been leading arsenal forward rather than holding them back whatever the criticism about his blind spots or rigidity in the transfer markets and in believing in fragile bodies.
This brigade once warned the “Wenger out” camp of fear of what they wished for, believing the risk of post Wenger regression similar to Manchester united and Ferguson and Inter Milan with Mourinho unless a top manager of Guardiola’s class was hired a ship that has since sailed to Manchester City.
It feels different, in the just concluded season Arsenal’s bar was lowered, they just had to be a bit consistent but still fell short citing mental fragility that is less excusable for a group of this stature than it might have been in the William Galas days.
The arrival of summer signing Granit Xhaka has rekindled what seemed to be faded hopes but that’s not enough for a squad full of dead wood players like Sanogo, Debuchy, Gnabry and of course Theo Walcott. An A-list striker and a top notch Centre half should suffice if Arsenal wish to challenge for the title.
Wenger’s intentions and actions remain unclear, whether or not he will leave fans gasping till 1st September for late deadline deals even with the huge financial boost from the seasonal tickets and Tv rights but what is beyond doubt is that next season will be a lot tougher taking into account the arrival of top managers in Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Conte. Wenger’s biggest test is yet to come but surely his candle is burning out.