By Dr Billy “the dog” McGraw, senior psychiatrist at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.
If you supported the removal of Arsene Wenger, if you held up a banner, shouted “Wenger Out!” or simply thought it, then you got what you want. Mr Wenger left. So now we are in the world you created.
You have had your way, unless of course you were holding up a banner that said, “Wenger out providing we get in xxxx” (fill in the name of your choice). If that was you, sorry I didn’t see the banner. Perhaps you should have made it bigger. Perhaps I need better glasses. Probably the latter.
But for the massive majority of bloggers, journalists and those fans with banners it was just “Wenger Out” and if you were part of it, then you got what you asked for. So let’s see what you’ve got in comparison with what has gone before…
All data taken from the league table on 29 November
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So you got what you wanted and it is worse than it was before.
You must have known what the club would do in the aftermath of Wenger, and with Mr Kroenke as an owner. But you waved your banner, shouted “Wenger out” and maybe even played along with Radio 5, Talk Sprout, Match of the Day and the rest as they turned up the daily anti-Wengerian rhetoric.
You must have known the danger (unless you are one of those who believe you can prove anything with statistics and therefore the statistics that show that most teams go downhill after a change of manager don’t matter), and yet you went ahead with your campaign to get rid of Wenger.
And if that is not bad enough, you may well be thinking of doing it again. Yes, having encouraged the club to get Mr Wenger out, and seeing where we are now in the league, and now repeated the trick.
And as and when the next guy after Freddie gives us an even lower number points, I guess you’ll have another go and ask for him to go, for the club to spend millions of pounds getting the manager out and buy new players, and then we’ll do it again.
And meanwhile brilliant players like Martinelli think, “Hell, this is not a good club to be at. Let’s see who else wants me” (only in Portuguese).
Here’s the simple truth repeated in case you missed it last time… 80% of Premier League managerial replacements result in the team then ending up in a worse position after 16 months than they were when the change was made.
What do you want? A new manager every 18 months until we find… well what? Well I guess, another Arsene Wenger. Except that by the time we do we might be in League One.
Well, yes, another Wenger is what we want. The manager who turned our club around in two seasons. But it rarely happens as Arsenal’s history shows. Except we just got rid of the last Wenger.
Of all the tactics available to a club, replacing the manager is one of the most dangerous, and probably the most likely to fail.
And yet newspapers, blogs, radio programmes and TV programmes have repeatedly called for this tactic to be used. Presumably, the model is do it again and again and again, until it does work.
Good luck with that one. And you only have to look at the headlines to know why I am saying that. For Emery had only just gone when we had
Gary Neville slams three ‘uncoachable’ Arsenal players after Unai Emery’s sacking
But maybe there is hope – maybe it was just that Emery was such a dolt that the club fell apart and is now in League Two. He was a terrible man manager. No one else could ever be this bad. It will all be fine. We’ll win every game from now on.
John Hartson blasts Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg after Unai Emery sacking
Yes the Daily Star is quoting that excellent expert full of exptertise who expertly knows all about … well about being an expert. Freddie is dead in the water and he’s only had the job a few hours.
Anyway one thing is clear, Arsenal are going to lose all their start players now that Emery has gone. Because
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Oh dear. This is going to get confusing.
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