By Walter Broeckx
The aaa who are having a field day celebrating Arsenal losing their FA cup match has told us more than once that we support Wenger FC or Arsene FC and not Arsenal.
Of course by showing their real colours and sending in (not published) celebration comments after our loss to Watford they are what they are. Not supporters of Wenger or Arsenal.
They throw out the question: “what will you do when Wenger is gone?” Making it sound that when Wenger leaves, we will stop supporting Arsenal. Of course I can’t speak for the others but I do know what I will do.
First of all I will keep Wenger in mind as the best manager we ever had. Not just for the trophies but for all he brought to this club and for the class he added to our club.
Now on this blog Tony has shown on more than one occasion that Wenger is the best manager we have had in our history no matter from which angle you want to look at. Most trophies, highest win percentage, helping to build the stadium…. His legacy will live for ever.
So the fear is that the next manager might face a tough time. As Manchester United has shown it is not easy to replace a legend at a club. Wenger has always said that he wants to leave the club in a better shape than when he came to Arsenal. So if he does that, the next manager should have a good team to start with.
And where will I be at that moment? Well I will be where I am now. I now want us to win every match. And this will be no different when Wenger is our manager or not. Because that is what I am. I am a supporter. Yes I highly admire and respect Wenger for all he has done, all he does and all he will do for Arsenal. But that will never make me want to wish harm to our club the day he will leave.
We see this after every dropped point where so-called supporters wish Arsenal to lose the match in the hope that Wenger will be fired. I will never do this. I will never wish Arsenal to lose any match. Some defeats are easier to take than others of course. Sending out a youth team in the league cup will not make me really mad or depleted. I will feel sad for the kids who played in it but I will not lose myself and start to shout abuse to anyone. Apart from the ref if he screwed us, but that is another story.
So my dear aaa you can be assured that whatever, whoever will manage Arsenal in the future I will be hoping that we will win every single match.
And that is where our ways split I think. The WOB or aaa no longer want this to happen. They want Arsenal to lose every match in fact. As they have a dislike for the manager and in some cases this has turned in to real hate. Hating someone is never good, as my later mother used to teach me, and that is something I subscribe to.
The fact is the day that Wenger and Arsenal no longer form a team will be a sad day for me as saying goodbye to the best ever manager is a sad thing.
But from that day on, I will hope that whoever becomes the new manager will do the unthinkable… I will hope that whoever becomes the new manager will do even better than Wenger. Yes I do hope that this new manager will win each and every trophy in the world, the universe and beyond each and every year.
So yes I hope that this manager will completely overshadow all that Wenger has done for Arsenal.
But at the same time…. I really doubt we will find that manager to do all this. I hope we can… but it will be very tough to do.
Apart from a situation in which Arsenal appointed a manager in the mould of Mourinho who I admit would be very hard for me to support because of all the despicable things he has done in the past, then I will just get behind the new manager because…I love Arsenal.
Yes, this AKB loves Arsenal more than Arsène. I know the aaa hate Arsène more than they love Arsenal, if they love Arsenal at all of course. But I just love my club. And will support it.
And I will most of all support it when it needs me. And that is in the days that things don’t go as planned. Then they need our support most. I will stand up for them. Now I do this and so will I do when we have a new manager.
I will stand up and say: I want Arsenal to win every match. But looking at the sad state of affair in the aaa circles this is for them not a priority at all. I feel sad when we lose. They send us comments with laughing smileys.
They say we support Wenger more than the club and yet it is us who want Arsenal (the club) to win each match and it is them who want Arsenal to lose their matches. So who really is obsessed by Wenger?
For me this will not change when Wenger is gone but alas for them they have left Arsenal the club already. They have left the club in their minds and it might not be a bad idea that they will close the door permanently.
I don’t think Arsenal need fans who wish Arsenal to lose any match at all. And me… I wish and hope that the next manager after Wenger will win the quadruple in his first season. And even if he doesn’t…. I will still love my Arsenal. And will still only want them to win each and every match.
Anniversaires – the full index is to be found here
- 15 March 1960 On transfer deadline day Arsenal’s number two, coach Ron Greenwood, submitted a failed bid for Huddersfield’s 20 years old starlet Denis Law. Unfortunately Denis felt snubbed by Arsenal for not sending manager Swindin.
- 15 March 1969: Swindon 3 Arsenal 1. League Cup Final. Arsenal were firm favourites but the bumpy nature of the pitch (following its use for an equestrian event the day before) didn’t help the Arsenal cause. Bobby Gould got the Arsenal goal. For context see here
- Smash Them: The truth about the English approach to skilful football
- It is time to ring the changes at Arsenal
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