I have spent most of this evening writing an article on Arsene Wenger and how I think people have been quite harsh on him these last few months and then I read an article on the www.arsenal.com site- on the home page* that has annoyed me. It also made me think a few people that have wrote articles on Wenger and the people who have had the anti Wenger opinion, may have a point. We all know that we have had a tough season, one where the manager has taken a lot of flak, for our bad performances, our incredibly poor start and the fact that he didn’t replenish the squad last year after selling two of our high performing players. He has also been slated by many an Arsenal fan over the last month especially. Now I’ve not been pro or against Wenger this season even despite what has happened but this article has certainly made me question whether he is entirely committed to the team and being a manager.
Now before you all start commenting that I am out of order-hear me out. In this article, Arsene describes how HE would like to further the Arsenalisation of the Emirates. He wants to make it the the centre of London, building up and developing it as a business and making it somewhere where it isn’t just a football ground. I love the fact that Arsenal are making these plans and I think it’s a great idea to maximise our profits and make it more attractive to people to visit, not only for football but for entertainment and other purposes but surely Arsene should not be involved in this. It’s not his job. We should be leaving this planning to the likes of Kroenke and Gazidis.
We are barely scraping 3rd place at the moment, and if we don’t qualify for Champion’s League then we will ultimately run the risk of losing some very important players, as well as losing the money we make for qualifying and playing. We have a team that hasn’t won a trophy in 7 years and we pay the most money in the Premiership for tickets and we should be doing better in the league.
I love Wenger and all that he has done for this club. He has been a great manager and has been responsible for some great memories and also some amazing talent that has come and gone from the club… there is also no denying that he is one clever dude in football and in business but this article has really made me question whether Arsene has his mind competely focused on the job as team MANAGER or whether his interests lie more within the success of the business side of the club. Either way if the team if suffering then maybe he needs to choose to either remain as manager, give it his full concentration and leave the business side to whomever should be in control of that or to go onto the board as a business man. I truly believe that Arsene can lead us to success on and off the pitch but at the moment he is trying to balance both and it’s not working. Time to make a choice Arsene…
* It’s not letting me add the link but the article is on the Arsenal home page titled ‘I want Emirates to be the centre of London’ for anyone who wants to read what he has said!