by ARSENAL 13.
A quick google of the words subjective and objective will give you this:
“An objective perspective is one that is not influenced by emotions, opinions, or personal feelings – it is a perspective based in fact, in things quantifiable and measurable. A subjective perspective is one open to greater interpretation based on personal feeling, emotion, aesthetics, etc.”
Now, What’s that got to do with ARSENAL you ask. Let me explain. A past few months have been difficult for us. Results not going our way for variety of reasons, which has been discussed here to death. With death come the vultures, aka media. They somehow know the reason for our current slump and their fingers point at one man, Arsène Wenger.
The media who are supposed to be objective in spirit and their presentation are being subjective when it comes to ARENAL and Mr Wenger. Untold ARSENAL, despite our open claim “supporting the club, the players and the manager” have been more objective in our presentation than the independent neutral media. But then this is not an ideal world is it?
This morning when I opened the newspaper, I saw the headline “Same old same old: the chorus for change at the Emirates may be growing shriller, but Arsenal Wenger is going nowhere just yet.”
Same old, same old. With a tagline. Key words there, ‘may be’ ‘just yet’. And then goes on to start the article with alarming sackings, armchair managers and the contract. Not bad. The article so far is in touch with the fraternity 5000 miles away. Not bad.
Then it says “The Frenchman, who has vowed to remain in football management, may be under the impression that a second- or third-place finish in the Premier League and an FA Cup triumph will help his cause, but several fans have already made up their minds that top-four finishes have had their day.”
Wonder why the word impression is there. Finishing first is the top most priority. If not first the next best position is second, and if not both, then third is the best position isn’t it. Also top 4 finish have not had their day. Just look at Liverpool, Man City, Tiny totts and Man Utds target for this year. Also last year 3 “big” clubs did not make it to top 4. So finishing top 4 should be the priority. The position it gets on the list of priorities is debatable. But not if it’s a priority or not. Oh and to correct the author, we have won 2 FA cups not one. Anyway, moving on.
“It is sad to see Wenger, who has revolutionised Arsenal in his 21 years at the club, denting his legacy by holding on to the job.”
Now that’s a stupid statement to make. For starters Mr Wenger doesn’t care about legacy. Mainly of course because we can see how much Ferguson’s legacy has been dented after leaving his successor an ageing overly paid side. One year or two out of 20 won’t tarnish a legacy. And if they had a little better memory or even a wee bit of interest in Mr Wenger’s philosophy and thinking, they would’ve known what Mr Wenger considers of utmost importance. To leave behind a healthy side for his successor. So, if Mr Wenger thinks he needs two years or more to make it happen, he will continue despite taking a hit on “legacy”. For him it’s the long term health of ARSENAL first, personal glory second.
Then there’s the usual, no Vieira, no spine no trophies in 2011/14/16 blah blah. Unable to break packed defense. And then the famous ‘not tactically adept’ like Conte or Pochettino. Does not adapt to the competition and all. Wait Pochettino? Ooohhhhkkkaaaayyyy……
But what really caught the eye is this
“Having Steve Bould, part of the famous defensive quartet with Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon, on the coaching staff and conceding goals off set-pieces is embarrassing.”
So conceding set piece goal is embarrassing. And more so cos Bould is part of the coaching team. Now Bould has been in ARSENAL youth setup for long time. He was there on merit. Which the media darlings like Henry don’t have, despite the cry for his appointment. Also Bould managed the youth cup winning teams. And if I remember correctly, they were not the Morinhoesque defense first teams. They played beautiful attacking football, which is now known as the ‘ARSENAL way’ of playing football. Yes we should look into why we are conceding goals like the one we did at WestBrom. Free headers from corners. That doesn’t mean Bould should be embarrassed for what-so-ever reasons..
And then finally this
“The debate on whether Wenger is still the right man for the job will rage. The best thing for him would be to see out the season and walk away as the fans’ anger has reached tipping point.
For, team owner Stan Kroenke will certainly not sack him. In Wenger, he has a manager who always has the club in the places that matter, financially!”
The author decides what’s best for Mr Wenger. Hahahhaha. You don’t blow open a fire extinguisher cos someone is boiling a jar of water in the other room.
And yeah, financially. Why shouldn’t the owner of a club make sure that the club is good financially? After all a financially good club can attract good players. Which can help them compete at the highest level. Which supposedly is what the marching contingent wants. But then all of them want Kroenke to put his money into the club like the other owners do. What can you say here?
When it rains, it pours. And in ARSENAL’s case, it pours every time. So much that clouds from India too join in the parade. No wonder we are experiencing a drought like situation here.
PS: On the side of the article is this, a small slab called “The Wenger Years”
On the bottom is the following.
“Judging managers isn’t straightforward, With unequal distribution of money, it’s not a level playing field. Soccernomics, the path breaking book on football analytics, offers a nuanced measure.
It found that more the clubs spent on player wages over a period, the better they performed. In short, it was possible to buy success. By this model, Wenger is a marvel. He has frequently outperformed ARSENALs wage spend, extracting the most from the resource at his disposal.”
Please read the underlined statement again. And the highlighted part too. The above is the objective perspective. Which the main article lacks.
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