By Tony Attwood
So what looked like being a fun start to the season with the possibility of a record number of games without conceding turned into the worst start of Wenger’s reign. (Actually I haven’t checked that, but it feels like it).
The papers are continuing their theme of a revolt among Arsenal supporters – it appears they are booing Ivan Gazidis as well as Wenger now. In fact the game ended with continuing endless support from the Gooners – a very positive show indeed.
I said the other day after the Reading game, the papers were full of Arsenal fans leaving at half time, and about Arsenal shareholders voting against the board – in both cases it looked to me like about 2% of those there expressed their negative feelings.
So we are all down, it was a defeat that felt far worse than the scoreline, and now always ready to pounce on Arsenal, the knives are out in the papers for Mr Wenger.
And of course there are the blogs. Having been to games, been at the AGM (I was actually sitting just by the BBC Twitter writer who made up all the stuff about the revolt at the AGM which everyone else picked up) and tried to take it all in, I know for sure that the notions of revolt and abject failure are wrong.
But the league table does not lie, and we are having a very poor run of form just now.
Further, we have our inevitable run of injuries – and I have to admit I really did feel that we might this season be able to cope. But Santos does not look good at the moment, and I guess it was considered not a viable option to put Sagna on one side and Jenkinson on the other. Hopefully the Year of the Seven Left Backs is not going to be repeated.
What is the honest supporter to do?
Support the team and the club of course. Many believe Mr Wenger should go – but supposing he did – who would come in and replace him? Do we really want to go through a scenario like Liverpool where even qualification for Europe is thought to be unlikely.
In my house, in my office, we stay with our tribe, we support Arsenal. Perhaps because we were here in the Billy Wright era we know that what we see now is infinitely better than we have seen in many other periods. Anyone remember what it was like most of the time under Bertie Mee? Or the endless defence – defence – defence of Don Howe?
The other blogs will attack and attack the management and the players. I’ll still support Arsenal as it is and as it stands, because I still think that morally, supporting FFP is the best way forwards and I can’t understand who would be better in terms of running the club. (And just giving a list of names of people who would never come to Arsenal is no solution).
Add to all this the failure of our servers, and you can see I had a bad weekend. Let’s just hope that we pull something out of the bag in the Euro tomorrow.
Here’s one final bit, from the Untold match preview of the Man U game vis a vis recent games between the two…
The Penalty Story
And this story is that in the matches between Arsenal and Manchester U there have been nine penalties.
- All of them have been at Old Trafford
- Seven of them have been for Manchester United
- Five of the nine penalties have failed to result in a goal
See – we do occasionally get a hint of what is going to happen.
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