By Walter Broeckx
The media smell blood and want Arsenal supporters to revolt against Arsène Wenger. So they open all registers to open up the attack on our manager.
We have never made it a secret that we support our manager because we think that he deserves our support. Even more in difficult times. Because that is when support really becomes support.
When you read the articles in newspapers and on other blogs who are crying out lout that Wenger should get the sack the first name that comes on the list is the one of the current Borussia Dortmund manager: Jurgen Klopp. The part of our supporters that wants Wenger out sees him as the answer to all our problems. Bring in Klopp and we will win the PL, the CL, the FA cup and probably the World cup for teams next season and the newly competition that will bring in teams from Mars, Venus, Jupiter and whatever planet they play football and that will be called the Universe Cup.
Now let me first say that I highly rate Klopp. Let me say that again: I very very highly rate Klopp as a manager. After all he has won two league titles in 2011 and 2012 with Dortmund. And won the German cup in 2012. And the super cup in 2013 and 2014.
So yes a great manager and I think that every WOB, AAA en AKB supporter will agree with that. He is a top manager.
And when you look at the CL group we are in we can only see that his team seems to be too strong for the rest. 4 games played and 4 wins. So why would any sane person be against bringing in Klopp?
Well that is if you didn’t look at the league table in the Bundesliga this season.
Before they went in to their match on Sunday it said:
15. Werder Bremen 10 pts.
16. Hamburg 9 pts
17. Stuttgart 9 pts
18. Borussia Dortmund 8 pts.
Yes this is no typing error from my part. Borussia Dortmund was bottom of the league table in the Bundesliga before their match. A match which they won. 1-0. Against Borrussia Monchengladbach.
A win that came from one of the most ridiculous own goals I have seen and I have seen a few in my life. Just take a look and enjoy well that is you enjoy people having bad luck . Just think how our supporters would react to poor Kramer the scorer of the own goal? Would this guy ever get another chance if he would be an Arsenal player and done the same? I would give him another chance but we all know that a lot out there would never give him another chance.
But this own goal was the only reason why Borussia Dortmund isn’t sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga now. A team managed by Jurgen Klopp.
How would Arsenal supporters react to Arsenal sitting last in the PL after 10 matches? Let us compare a few things between Dortmund and Arsenal.
Both played 11 matches.
Arsenal wins 4 – Dortmund wins 3
Arsenal draws 5 – Dortmund draws 1
Arsenal losses 2 – Dortmund losses 7 (seven)
Points behind a CL play off spot Arsenal 1 pt – Dortmund 9 pts.
Could you imagine the hysteria if we would be Dortmund now? So how does Borussia Dortmund react? The club said a few days ago that there is no talk about Klopp being sacked. They said: Only Klopp can end his contract with us. Sounds a bit familiar? Well that is about the same that the board once said about Wenger. Note that both boards are not that hysteric as some part of the fans.
And now I just did wrong to Borussia Dortmund supporters. Because if you google “Wenger out” you get around more than 29.000.000 hits. When you google “Klopp out” you get 1.500.000 hits and the first link is to an article that has a title… “Wenger out”.
And those 29.000.000 hits are really about Wenger out from Arsenal supporters and the media. The majority of the Klopp out hits are where he used the word ‘out’ himself when talking about football.
But now look at the facts I just presented to you about the comparison between both teams in their respective league. So after two set backs in one week we get a part of our fans behaving like hysteric kids wanting to throw out all and everyone. Well supported by a part of the media that wants him out for 18 years.
Imagine if Arsenal had lost to the team that was sitting bottom in the league? It could have happened the other week when we played Burnley. We won 3-0. But when Dortmund played against the bottom team (Hamburg) a few weeks ago they lost at home. 0-1.
And how did the Borussia Dortmund supporters react after the match? Did they boo their team? Did they boo their manager? In Dortmund they do have a habit of going up to the Sudtribune after each match in Dortmund. And this is how they reacted to this painful defeat.
Just take two minutes of your time and put the sound on . And then imagine how some of us would react. Of course the Dortmund supporters will not have been happy with the events. But the Sudtribune didn’t turn against their own players or against their own manager. Even when losing to the bottom team.
No, they sang to their team and showed their support. As real supporters do when things are tough. Supporting when you win is easy. Supporting when things go against you, that is when support counts and matters.
Where would you have found yourself if it would have been you as a Dortmund supporter in the stadium? Or even at home in front of your TV? Would you turn away in disgust and boo? Would you turn off your TV go on “Untold Dortmund” and abuse all and everyone who defends the manager? The players?
Or would you when being in the stadium would have joined the Sudtribune? Would you have shouted out in support of the players who just have let you down? Could you? Well they could.
And I can only take off my hat for those supporters. I just did them wrong again. As I should have written in big capitals: SUPPORTERS!
I think it is clear to say where most Untolders would be if it would happen to us. I think we know we would be in the Sudtribune, disappointed but supportive.