I think, before I run the risk of getting lynched when the truth comes out, I ought to explain.
Arsenal FC will put out a DVD for members at the start of next season. I am not sure who it goes to, but I know Gold Members get it – maybe silver and red too, I am not sure.
On the DVD there is a plan to have some fans talking, and putting questions, some of which might just be put to Arsène Wenger at a later date in a studio. I have been invited along to the recording of a fans discussion and question time which is going to happen this saturday, before the Man City game.
In fact even the notion that I was specifically invited because of my stunning and overwhelming work on Untold is a little wide of the mark. Red Action asked its regular supporters if they wanted to be part of the action, and I offered, so they said yes ok. (Oh and I had to know The Lord Wenger’s birthday, just to prove it was me. I must have got it right, too).
Now I know from things like this in the past that all does not necessarily work as one might imagine and in my enthusiasm I might have got it all wrong. But some filming of some sort is going to happen at the Ems on saturday, and I really ought to be hyped up with questions as well as my opinions.
So what should I ask, on the basis that maybe someone will want me to ask a question?
I would like to know if Arsène (I feel that I am to question him even at a distance I can use his first name, rather than calling him His Lordship) is aware of the fact that there is a very large solid core of support for him and his approach. That while there are some malcontents there is this huge movement that recognises what he has done for our club, and wants him to stay for as long as possible.
That’s one – its a bit rhetorical, but it would be good to know if he is aware of the debate going on beyond the club.
Going on from that, does he read or listen to other people’s opinions or does he find them unhelpful?
And there is one rather quirky one: the year before the Unbeaten Season he announced we could go through a whole season unbeaten. Then, quite famously, we lost the next game – but went through the whole of the next season unbeaten.
This season he said we could win a trophy – and sadly that is not happening. But does he now feel it was just one season early.
And my last suggestion: does he have any explanation for the incredible run of injuries over three years. And is he now planning on the basis that it will continue?
So there’s my starters. Any ideas? Let me just add that there’s no point is suggesting that I say something like, “why on earth don’t you buy a better goalkeeper?” because it is not going to get through – this is a club production after all. So there’s no point in putting forward negative points about certain players. But anything on the positive side (I am representing Untold Arsenal after all) would be welcome and I’ll do my best.
I’ll write up a piece to let you know what happens.
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