Posted on Tuesday, 31st January 2012 by Iain Culverhouse
I am the first to support Arsene Wenger. I don’t really appreciate the ex-players who just have to have there two cents worth of fame on what appears to be on a daily basis about how we should be doing things differently, in a club that needs very little media attention right now.
The fans have had a hard run as of late with departures, injuries and the usual lack of players coming in to the club and their vented frustration have recently been heard around the Emirates. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and there is no right or wrong way, but we as fans are very quick to forget just how much we have achieved under Wenger.
‘Being a football fan isn’t just about cheering your team’s successes. To be a genuine supporter you have to get behind your club when times are tough as well.’
Now I completely agree with Holloway on this and know those who are true to the club will agree with him as well. I am not suggesting that those who are booing aren’t true supporters; I just think we as fans are quick to forget and suggest that we want change right now, and to spend hefty sums of cash.
Games like Football and Championship Manager have almost left us thinking we are capable of the day to day running of a football club when I imagine, realistically, it doesn’t even scratch the surface, and the intense pressure you come under from the media and fans in this country is more so than any other job. Imagine if you will you’re at work and you make a mistake. It maybe a little one and you lose out on a sale, some money or a business deal, you may get moaned at by the boss, feel pi**ed off for a few days or just sweep it under the carpet. I will guarantee you though that you won’t have close to 60,000 people booing you or calling for your sacking. Do we as a club really want to turn into the likes of Chelsea who have a new manager every season because they don’t win a trophy? The start to this season has been the worse that I can remember in a long time, but I still cheer Arsenal on every game. I still go through the emotions during a match, shout at the TV and question decisions, but I am still convinced that Wenger is the right man for the job.
Ian Holloway went on to say:
‘Wenger has built one top team after another. He should be bulletproof even if it is now almost seven years since he last won a trophy. There are some Gunners supporters out there who need a reality check.
‘Perhaps they should take a trip to Fratton Park and ask Portsmouth fans whether they would swap their club’s FA Cup success for a bit of what Wenger has brought to Arsenal.’
Again, all very valid points from Holloway in my opinion. I think any club in the country would love to have some of the success that Wenger has brought to Arsenal. This could easily be our year to end our wait for silverware and be a successful season, if of course we play well as a team and results go our way.
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