By Tony Attwood
And so now we know. Just as our ancestors allowed the Hill-Wood family and their allies to force out Henry Norris – the man with the vision of a club owned by its members, and with the best manager in the land – so our generation has allowed that combination of journalists and the Anti-Arsenal Arsenal mob to take over the narrative. And now we see the results.
Clearly what we didn’t need was Wenger Out – because that is what we got and we have seen the result.
|13||Brighton and Hove Albion||15||5||3||7||18||22||-4||18|
|15||West Ham United||15||4||4||7||17||25||-8||16|
Four points off relegation with 40% of the season gone.
But having seen what an absolute failure their “Wenger Out” campaign was in taking Arsenal back to the top, they thought, hey, that was great fun, let’s do it again. So we had “Emery Out”.
The simple fact is that the journalists, bloggers and banner waving fellow travellers who make up that Arsenal hating mob, the AAA, do have an approach – booing the team and complaining about the manager. And generally speaking that approach doesn’t make things better.
Day after day the journalists, the bloggers and the AAA tell us what Arsenal should do, and make life difficult for anyone who disagrees, and day after day they are wrong. What we should have done was have had a gentle, long-term hand over from Mr Wenger to the new team, but no, it had to be a quick break because anyone would be better than Wenger. Except that wasn’t true. Four points off relegation does not quite feel like an improvement to me (although I have still never seen any of the Wenger-out mob apologise).
And the big problem is that having achieved their wishes in getting rid of Mr Wenger, there is nothing that can be done to solve the crisis of their own making.
So now what is the response of the bloggers? One only has to look at the most read story just as I am writing this on Friday morning.
“Out of his depth”, “Must never play for us” – Many Arsenal fans slam ace who made just 6 passes
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In such a situation, who would want to come and play for Arsenal? How does Freddie re-motivate the team when they are reading this all around them?
The fact is that the AAA won and Arsenal is now known as the club that is hated by an alliance of journalists and some of its own fans – fans who will go to any lengths to harm the club further.
Of course somewhere out there, there will be a manager strong enough to bond the Arsenal team together and silence the ever more excitable critics. But will he come to Arsenal knowing what the media and some of the fans in the ground are like?
If there is a choice between Arsenal and another club (as there always is) why on earth would he take the media and the AAA on?
And there is of course the other point. 80% of clubs in the the league who have changed managers in the past 18 months are now worse off than they were when the new man took over. As a model for progress, it doesn’t work.
With the media witchhunt and the AAA now at the heart of the club, it is going to take a very brave, very foolhardy, or just plain greedy man, to come in and take over as manager at Arsenal.
Things are not quite as bad as on this day in 1974, but with the AAA and the media now much more powerful and re-doubling their efforts it soon could be. Here’s the bottom of the league table on this day in 1974:
|17||Queens Park Rangers||20||6||5||9||22||27||0.815||17|
Two points for a win in thos days. Under the present system it would have been 22.
I am sure the AAA, sensing their power growing as the media throw more and more weight behind them, will now redouble their efforts and with no one fighting back against them, it will be very hard for the team to re-motivate themselves. Relegation after 100 years in the top division? Yes it is a possibility, and it will be totally down to the media and their allies the AAA, simply because players – especially young players – will no longer want to play for this club.
Under Mr Wenger they wanted to come here and learn. After the way FootballFanCast wrote about Joe Willock, do you think other youngsters will want to expose themselves to that sort of abuse?
The enemy (the AAA and the media) have got control of our club, and I guess the reality is we let them take it – although quite a few of us really tried our best to point out what they were about. It is their victory, and this is what that victory looks like.
Yes there is always a way out… but whether the club can find it, that is a different matter.
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