Despite what many of us may wish for it seems that Arsene Wenger is going to be our manager for at least one more season.
Matt Law, writing in Monday’s Telegraph, is of the opinion that calls for change from Arsenal supporters during the recent one nil victory over Norwich City have fallen on deaf ears. In fact as far as Arsene Wenger is concerned Stan Kroenke bears an uncanny resemblance to all three of the wise monkeys rolled into one, hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil.
Wenger also took comfort from the relatively small scale of the fan’s protest, saying in an interview “From what I had been told, I thought that the whole stadium would be white (with placards)”. So that’s a polite French raspberry to the protestors.
According to the Telegraph’s scribe, Wenger will not be asked to relinquish any of the power he holds over all matters football during the remainder of his present contract. Indeed he is already working on the players he wants to sign and let go for next season. In addition he is also taking an active and decisive role in the revamp of the clubs youth set-up.
In light of the forgoing circumstances, there seems little point, if ever there was a point at all, for demands for change.
In a season where some of the top teams have fallen from grace, even the staunchest of Wenger’s supporters must feel just a smidgeon of disappointment at the teams failure to take the opportunity offered in regard to the Premiership title and the FA Cup. On the other side of the coin, it looks as though we will again get the Top Four Trophy and with it entry to the Champions League, demonstrating Arsenal’s remarkable consistency.
The summer transfer window will open shortly, we all have our ideas on who should stay and who should go, as well as the type of players we need to sign be they defenders, midfielders or strikers. we are told that there is money available, there are undoubtedly players available but only the manager will decide who we buy.
No doubt Wenger will surprise us and, maybe, disappoint us in equal measure. Either way we will have to go along with his decisions and just wait and see.
In conclusion, like it or not our manager for next season will be Arsene Wenger. Like it or not the team will be chosen by Arsene Wenger. Like it or not the team will play in the style dictated by Arsene Wenger. Like it or not success or failure will largely be in the hands of Arsene Wenger.
We like to think that Arsenal Football Club is our football club. Some may not like certain aspects of the ownership of the club, others may not like individuals on the playing and management staffs but these are just temporary appointments. It is not the personnel we support, it is Arsenal Football Club.
Written by Norfolk Gooner