By Tony Attwood
The departure of Mr Wenger was something that a lot of journalists, bloggers and some fans in the stadium with placards had campaigned for, for quite a while. So finally they got what they wanted.
When Mr Wenger left, the team was in sixth at the end of his reign, with 63% of the points of the league winner
The clubs’ distance from the first relegation position was 30 points – meaning Arsenal had 1.90 times the points of the relegated club Swansea who were sitting on 33 points.
When Mr Emery was sacked Arsenal were 8th in the league with Liverpool 19 points ahead. So Arsenal had 49% of the league leaders.
In the first relegation position was Norwich with 10 points. So Arsenal had 1.8 times the points of the club in the first relegation position.
Today Arsenal are 9th with the leaders have 45% of the points of the leaders.
At the bottom in the first relegation spot is Southampton with 15 points, meaning Arsenal have 1.47 times as many points as the club heading for relegation.
So at each measuring point we are getting further away from the leaders. Mr Wenger left us with 63% of the points of the leader. By the time Mr Emery was sacked it was down to 49%. Now we have only 45% of the points of the leader.
As for the distance from relegation, Mr Wenger left us we had 1.9 times the points of the first relegation place. When Mr Emery was sacked we were 1.8 times the number of points of the club in the first relegation place. Now we have 1.47 the number of points of the club in the first relegation slot.
So at each move we are getting further and further away from the top club, and the distance to the first relegation place is getting closer and closer.
It just seems to raise the point that if we hire and then sack maybe another two manages, the club could be relegated for the first time since 1913. But replacing the manager over and over seems to be the key strategy of the journalists, many bloggers, and the placard wavers. I guess they just like Arsenal sinking lower and lower.
Freddie himself is getting a bit fed up with things, noted as saying…
“I’ve said to them [the club] they need to make a decision. We are here to help and the staff are trying to chip in but a decision has to be made so we can have the same resources as other clubs.
“Per is an academy manager and he is doing two jobs in one go. I think it needs to be cleared up, to make a decision, so everybody knows. That’s something I’ve said. But then it’s totally up to the club.”
Of course the bloggers are now out in force – because, well, that’s what they do. Here’s a few snippets…
Santi Cazorla: If Wenger had stayed, maybe I would have
That’s in the Daily Cannon, and yes, maybe under Mr Wenger things would have been better. As we can see above, things were better when he was here. They also tell us a new manager is imminent.
‘Shambolic’, ‘Absolutely useless’ – Many Arsenal fans blast ace who must ‘be sold’ at HT v City
That comes from Red London, and it represents the tragedy of life if it really is true that most people would agree with Piers Morgan.
BBC pundit delivers harsh warning for Arsenal’s hierarchy in the wake of humbling Man City loss
But just supposing that Santi Caz had stayed along with Mr Wenger. Would we have been in as bad a place as now? Some will argue so, but I rather doubt it. Change the manager go down the league, that’s the rule 80% of the time in the Premier League.
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