Good night or morning to you, depending on whenever you are reading this. First of all, it was nice to see Wilshere, Diaby, Arteta and Gnabry get more game time, in yesterdays 4-1 over Stoke for the under-21 side.
Its strange to think that I have just named 3 central midfielders, all vying for pretty much the same position, that are out injured at the moment and there is no real fuss about it at all, i'm not sure many clubs in the Premier League would really be able to say that. It's also nice to see Gnabry play again as he looks a real talent and unlike in previous seasons the squad depth at the moment will mean we don't have to rush him back into the first team squad. It's good to let young players quietly make their comeback.
Anyway enough rambling and to the main reason i'm writing this post. I was reading through a few other Arsenal articles, and by extension, the comments on those also. I was shocked to still read about how heated people become over the manager. What is it about Wenger that makes people vehemently defend or criticize?
It was absolutely ridiculous the stuff I was reading, not that a particular person wanted Wenger to go or leave, but that people resorted to name calling and making fun of a person for having a particular view on the manager. I don't see how some Arsenal fans can treat other Arsenal fans like that (well
any person, for that matter).
How does it make any particular person an idiot for having a certain view? Why is is that as soon as Arsenal lose one game we start hearing mutterings from people back and forth, having a go at each other that is only temporarily put to rest by a good run of form, although is always, quite clearly, lurking in the background waiting to explode.
I honestly cannot understand how people can get so angry and how it polarizes them into thinking that they have to be on one side or the other. There's even names for these groups (as i'm perfectly sure you are all aware) The AKB's (Arsene Knows Best) and the WOB's (Wenger Out Brigade). It really is farcical. I am sure that these people believe that what they are saying is in the bests interests of the club, and who can say that they are wrong for having an opinion? No one. However, to categorize yourself into a certain fraction within a fan base does Arsenal no good at all; it just makes things worse.
Sure, you may like Arsene Wenger and think he has done a great job for the club; but if you cannot accept the facts that he has made errors then you are just as bad as the other 'group' who want him out. Take the start of the season for example, everybody knew we needed the centre back and of course the manager did as well, but he didn't get one. That was an absolutely ridiculous decision by Wenger; there is no defending that. Likewise with the other 'group', according to them Arsene can do no right and no matter what he does, it seems, they will never be happy with him. They also never seem to give him any sort of praise at all; for example, for so long they were complaining about not winning any trophy at all; and as soon as we won the F.a cup it was being labelled as a 'second rate' trophy). There is just no pleasing some people.
Another point I want to make is that I also can't understand how some people can be so disrespectful about the manager. I think it is quite obvious that he wants the best for the club and works extremely hard for it. Whether you like him or not, he will be regarded as an Arsenal legend in time for what he has achieved at the club and I think he deserves a bit more respect from certain fans. Why is it that past players who, whether they were useless or not, stayed loyal to Arsenal, are always fondly spoken of, yet Wenger, who has been extremely loyal, does not get this same level of respect from some fans? In brief, the point i'm making in this paragraph is not that it's wrong to want Wenger gone (far from it), it's that it's wrong not to be respectful about it, I am only speaking about a very small minority of the fan base, though (the shouting at the train station after the Stoke game kind).
So what is it about Wenger that divides fans so much? Perhaps its just that familiarity breeds contempt? Maybe its just the way that he says things and not what he is actually trying to say that puts people off? Is it the obvious, simple answer. that some people have different measures of success? Maybe it's just Social Media and modern life has affected how people think that everything becomes so much better or worse, thus splitting people so clearly?.. (While i'm on the point, I remember listening to a podcast, 'The Arsecast', on the excellent Arseblog site, quite a while ago talking about the influence of social media on football, which was really enlightening; I can't exactly remember when it was, perhaps someone can let me and everyone else know in the comments?).. However, I think while it is a mixture of everything, I believe it to be down to one reason, the one reason both have in common; and that is that they are passionate about Arsenal. After all, why would it become so heated if it wasn't?
Let me be clear, I don't have any problem with someone thinking Wenger should go or stay; I just think that for there to be such a big split in the fan base is ridiculous and for this to cause people to fight is, well, against the whole idea of supporting a club in the first place. I think it's beyond time, and (although it is quiet at the moment, we all know that we are one or two results away from that mutinous atmosphere returning), that we support the club as one entity. No separate groups or any of that nonsense, just one; that you are an Arsenal supporter. You are an Arsenal fan, that is why you are here reading this; not because you think Arsene Wenger is the best of worst thing that has happened to this club. So get over it, have your opinion and give your views, but don't call another Arsenal fan an idiot, or worse,because he thinks differently.
Right that was a bit of a rant, anyway let me know what you think on the subject in the comments.
until next time, have a good one.
Subjectively, Cosmic Kid.