By Tony Attwood
The media are now out to get Mr Arteta, ably backed as ever by the usual anti-Arsenal suspects. And AFTV and co must be feeling quite confident of success, given their earlier triumphs in terms of getting rid of managers.
Arsenal have had eight managers who have won trophies and with Mr Arteta getting his foot on the ladder already as he joined the elite group of Chapman, Allison, Whittaker, Mee, Neil, Graham and Wenger.
But some attention seeking groups want him out, despite the fact that for some of our earlier successful managers winning that first trophy took a while – and it didn’t happen every season. Chapman, for example took five years to win his first trophy (the FA Cup) and in that season Arsenal came 14th in the League. At least Arteta hasn’t been as bad as Chapman!
In fact looked at in comparison with our earlier managers Mr Arteta is doing rather well. But the media and their allies in the madcap groups are having none of it. So the headlines are already of the type: Report: Arsenal identify main priority to replace Arteta, Gunners willing to meet £196k-a-week demands
That is from TBR football and given that so far this summer they have reported no less than 61 players who are about to come to Arsenal, maybe we should not take them too seriously (see here and here for the mind-numbing details).
But others are getting in on the act as well, such as the Boot Room that is putting in the, well, boot, in reporting the “shocking Arsenal news” that AFTV are against Arteta. Shocking however seems to be a bit over the top since AFTV is always against everyone for as Football Insider, said, “On 12th August, Arsenal Fan TV shared a ‘Best Premier League Manager’ poll in which Arteta was ranked 19th.”
Which is rather interesting because if one lists Arsenal managers according to the percentage of matches they win we find our top ten managers, throughout the entire history of the club, excluding only those who managed for less than 50 games are…
|Neill||9 July 1976||16 December 1983||416||44.95|
|Howe||16 December 1983||22 March 1986||117||46.15|
|Allison||28 May 1934||31 May 1947||279||46.24|
|Whittaker||2 June 1947||24 October 1956||430||47.21|
|Graham||14 May 1986||21 February 1995||460||48.91|
|Chapman||11 June 1925||6 January 1934||411||49.64|
|Bradshaw||30 June 1899||30 April 1904||235||50.21|
|Arteta||22 December 2019||Present||86||52.33|
|Emery||23 May 2018||29 November 2019||78||55.13|
|Wenger||1 October 1996||13 May 2018||1,235||57.25|
So if Mr Arteta is forced out that will be three managers in a row. The three who have the best win percentages ever in the entire history of Arsenal, all forced out by the unholy alliance of media allies.
This time, really the board has to stand up to them.
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