A lacklustre draw with lowly Aston Villa last Saturday has left Arsenal in sixth place in the Premier League, 10 points behind leaders Manchester United.
To be fair, the game was controlled largely by Villa. They closed down our players quickly and kept us in our own half at times, passing from left to right. Even when we did manage to go forward we didn’t really pose a threat. Other than that one chance that fell to Laurent Koscielny in the six-yard box, we found it hard to create goal-scoring opportunities throughout the 90 minutes.
The performance had the Arsenal boo-boys up on their feet once again, voicing their anger at Arsene Wenger.
That outburst made Wenger react angrily to questioning from several fans and journalists about his substitutions once again.
The Frenchman was subject to chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ from travelling support after replacing in-form striker Olivier Giroud with defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin with two minutes left to play.
When a journalist asked him to explain the reasons for the substitution, Wenger responded passionately:
‘What is the thinking behind the substitution?
‘I will not explain every decision I make.
‘I have managed for 30 years at the top level and I have to convince you [journalists] I can manage the team?’
When asked about the supporters’ chants, he responded sarcastically saying:
‘I don’t want to comment on that. I do my job and do my best for the club. Why should I create a rift? I have given you the answer.
‘I leave it to you to judge. I try to be as good as I can be. You are all great managers!
‘I read the newspapers every day and I can tell you that you are always great managers!
‘You judge the game for the papers and I sit here and explain to you our game. How many games have you managed?
‘I promise you if you manage one I will sit in the stands and chant: ‘you know what you are doing!’
‘You can discuss every substitution. You think what you want. I do my job and I let people judge it.
‘I do that every day and I do my best every day. I know why I do it.’
But do we have a right to express our feelings of frustration towards Wenger and how things are going? Yes. It’s as simple as that.
When you support your team passionately and they don’t perform, as required, it’s natural to feel disappointed and angry.
My worry here is that Wenger is constantly hiding behind the fact he has managed for 30 years plus. So what if he has?
His choices on the night showed why he has come under such pressure from the fans during that period. He should really be sorting it out and fixing things as he’s clearly very experienced in doing so.
To be honest, I believe Wenger is slowly losing it tactically. Giroud’s removal may have been due to the knock he picked up late on, but he seemed fine to me, so I saw no need for him to come off.
Another point I could pick out is why Wenger always substitutes Lukas Podolski. At first we could say he is not match fit, unused to the Premier League etc. But 13 games into the season there is no excuse for the German to come off all the time. He does seem to get tired, but at least he makes an effort to keep working up front, and taking off arguably one of your best strikers when you need a goal is down-right suicidal.
Theo Walcott’s current contract dilemma, I’d say, is also down to Wenger. If he truly wants Theo to stay he’d make it happen.
And finally. Aaron Ramsey. Why does he play so much? He isn’t getting any better. Give his role to Coquelin until Abou Diaby returns from injury – whenever that is. Or let Jack Wilshere play, week in, week out. Wenger didn’t seem to hesitate when throwing Robin van Persie back into the starting XI when he recovered two seasons ago. So why not Wilshere? He is miles better than Ramsey and can rotate with Coquelin should he show signs of rustiness.
What I’m getting at here is fans have a right to voice their concerns about their club. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. When something is wrong let the respective parties know. Keep quiet and they could think all is well when its not.
Like what you read? Then follow me on Twitter – http://twitter.com/Eon_93
Visit and Join our Facebook page, click HERE to do so.
Gunnersphere is currently looking for new writers to join the squad. Contact via twitter or at Gunnersphere@snack-media.com for further details.