Don’t blame us Arsene, you should be blaming yourself

After such an awful display against Manchester City, I beginning to find a place to begin a rant it was that bad.

So much went wrong, from the lack of effort from the players, to the poor refereeing decisions as well as general squandering of chances.

But while Arsene Wenger did not shed any of the blame off the players, he did proceed to criticise the Arsenal fans for creating what he referred to as a nervy’ atmosphere.

“I felt we started too timidly and with not enough authority,” said Wenger.

“You can see that nerves play a part in our team at the moment when we play at home.

“[The players are nervous] because they feel the scepticism around the team. The players feel that they want to do well. They have a great desire to do well, so maybe they’re a bit too anxious that they don’t respond completely to the expectation level of the crowd.”

I agree with him on some levels.

While there was a lot for the fans to vent their frustrations about, taking it out on the team never helps anyone and seeing as that the side was already facing an uphill struggle, it was the last thing the players needed.

In a situation like Arsenal found themselves in yesterday, the supporters should have been right behind the side, shoving a proverbial rocket up the backsides of the players to get them and the momentum going. The crowd did this to some degree, but we needed to see far more of it.

However, there is no smoke without fire, and Wenger has to be open to taking some of the blame himself.

A lot of the anger would have been to do with the lack of players coming into the club, with irritation levels growing as the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool snap up players early on.

The Frenchman said before the window that we would be active in the transfer market, but apart from getting rid of Marouane Chamakh and Johan Djourou, we have done nothing. And I don’t care if we do have players coming back from injury or international duty, we still need to buy.

It’s not as if the players are not available either, here is a list of names that could easily be brought in: M’Vila, Capoue, Llorente, Lopez, Ba, Remy, Debuchy, Bender, Fellaini, Sneijder, Mbiwa, Negredo, Navas, Cabaye, Isco etc

The players are out there, and we have the money to blow apparently, so I’m not sure what we are waiting for.

Of course I want to see Walcott sign a new deal, but I also think we need just more than Theo Walcott to retain a spot in the top four and to build on that.

So Wenger, give us something to cheer about, before you criticise our support.

Matt Cotton


16 Responses to Don’t blame us Arsene, you should be blaming yourself

  1. mike October 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    Give me a break what are these guys professionals or a bunch of kids in a youth league?
    If the players want me to have faith in them then they have to earn it. What the invisibles team did not feel pressure to win. I just can not buy that the reason these players can't preform better is because the fans want results. Of course we want results these players are part of ARSENAL's starting 11 they all want big contracts and feel they deserve their spot in that starting 11 then they need to go out and prove it OR face the criticism. We are NOT demanding anymore from these players then we would ANY player that wears the Arsenal crest on his kit and walks out on that pitch.

  2. davealex23@hotmail.com January 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Your rant doesn't wash with me. That was with ten men… chill your boots

  3. w@hotmail.com January 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Wenger shd blame himself for the current malaise .I am afraid the present squad needs an injection of genuine talent not promising kids.There are many players available. If Wenger is serious about fighting for the cl spot,he has to act now not in summer when the gunners could have slipped to Europa league or worse no Euro soccer at all. You never know.I don't know.
    Maybe he will finally go on a buying spree in summer to get the gunners challenging for the 2013-14 season.The gunners have fallen rapidly from the giddy heights of a few seasons ago.I am afarid he could be fired if the gunners fail to clinch the cl spot.He shd get the players now not in summer.It's obvious to all but the most blinkered akb fan he has lost the plot.

  4. caseytimothy@hotmail.com January 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Wenger blames us for the poor atmosphere at the stadium,Believes it is only fair we pay the highest ticket prices. So when you run a business, which is not working. Blame the customers! Why does he get paid 7 million pounds for failure? Who is responsible for his annual appraisal? What does Gazidis do, apart from make sure players contracts expire in the last year. Why is silent Stan so silent? Why do we build a Team and then sell the best players, to our rivals? Who is responsible for the tactics? Why does the manager have so much power. Should Wenger get run over by a bus, will Arsenal collapse? It sounds like we have a new french dictator!

  5. Barry.pratt@sky.com January 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Arsenal cannot be seen as a challenging club anymore, with four months to go before end of season, we are 24 points off man utd, so fans get real, the only way things will change is to get rid of grazed is, bring back David Dean and sack the arrogant Wenger, he never blames himself or the players, to now blame the fans, who by the way pay the highest season tickets in Europe is a step too far!

  6. Tuncasjo@gmail.com January 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I have said it earlier that except if wenger leaves nothing good will come to Arsenal.wenger sees Arsenal as a feeder team to promote teams like barca,mtd city,mtd united.he is not a coach but manager

  7. Arsenal heartbeat January 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Suck it up will ya? Quit your moaning! We played the champions and lost by 2 goals. Even with a man down for most of the game, we didnt look outclassed. We fought real hard and kept the game alive till the end. End of story. Now move on!

  8. Danish Gooner January 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Wenger has been found out a long time ago and are to stubborn to tinker with his charges.All this bullshit with “Playing the Arsenal way” just underlines how self important he is,he invented the phrase and now you can see it everywhere around the stadium,it is sickening self indulgent and terrible flawed when you compare Arsenal to Barca or any other half decent passing side.Santi Cazorla tried to pass to Gibbs and missed him by 15 yards and that was just one of many misplaced passes……unbelievable by players that have their livelihood in football,disgracefull.As i said several seasons ago,Wenger is never gonna admit his ways are flawed and outdated and he is now a political dictator,dictating everything putting his x on everything at the club simply beacause Kroenke doesnt care as long as money are made.You will never see Wenger spend any serious amount of money as long as he is in control simply because if we start failing making money he will be left for dead.

  9. Surmeshdadhwal@hotmail.co.uk January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    We should seriously be thinking now about, where is our next trophy comming from?. At present trophy tooks for fetched idea, but this is why we support, pay and watch our beloved club. Everybody, whether Wenger supporter or not, is hurting. Only board is laughing. We are not even financially prudent club. Our wage bill is about £123 millions, fourth highest in the PL. Tots are prudent, with wage bill of about £86 millions , they are consistently challenging us, and with real chance to finish above us. TROPHY, PLEASE WENGER.

  10. nickyroliver@aol.com January 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Where do I begin. First off I will say that our defence has been our Achilles heel for years upon years, as it proved again yesterday with sloppy play. Our current centre backs are nowhere near the quality Arsenal FC has had since I began supporting the club in 79. Wenger has only bought one top class CB since his arrival in 96 and that was a free. Our defensive organisation over the last lot of years has been shambolic and Wenger has to take the blame for it.

    Secondly, I can't honestly believe Theo Walcott kept a straight face when asking to become the highest paid player at the club. 90k is taking the piss for someone who is too hot and cold and will never be able to play through the middle as he is cannon fodder to top class CB like Kompany, Vidic and even Shawcross and Huth. If Walcott pens a new deal and gets 90k alongside Poldoski then for me the problem under Wenger reign is all there to see. ie Players do not have to bust their gut and perform consistently to be awarded high wages. Could you ever see Fergie giving Chamakh and Denilson 50k plus wages for doing exactly squat. This current scheme of paying mill of the run players high wages to keep a happy harmony at the club is failing. If they are good enough for high wages they firstly have to prove themselves on a regular basis.

    Thirdly, I feel Wenger should have gone 3 years ago. This is now becoming farcical that fans who have to pay highest highest ticket prices are being rewarded with a team that is on a par with Bruce Rioch's side, just before Wenger came in and turned our club around. Sadly for me the Midas touch has left him and I feel we would be better served getting in a new manager who will set up our team tactically correct to whoever we are playing and one who will not pander to many of these overhyped players who are collecting enormous amounts of money for doing diddly squat for our great club. For me Gus Hiddink is the man I want at the helm but deep down think we will have Wenger till his contract is up and the same old problems are going to continue.

  11. Tomaswojtyga@gmail.com January 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Fans adverse reaction will only continue to get worse as this side struggles to finish in the top four. Rightly or not the perception is that Arsenal have money to spend but won't . Fans are booing out of accumulated anger and frustration for not winning any titles in seven years, selling off best players, loosing to and getting outplayed by clubs in the relegation zone , all this while charging the highest ticket prices in the land. If Wenger were as clever as he is stubborn, he would sign a top class player or two(I know I'm dreaming now) to show the fans he's trying to win and get them on board again. On one hand Wenger is defending high ticket prices as an important source of revenue Arsenal can't do without , and on the other he and the board treat fans with contempt like a mindless mob just there to fill in the seats. If Wenger wants the fans to cheer he has to give them something to cheer about. Fans come to see a football match for any number of reasons; their club winning it , scintillating play by their team or any individual player, and right now they are not getting enough of either. Next step for the fans is to stay away and it's fast approaching, which might be the only form of protest Wenger- the accountant in chief might actually respond to.

  12. ren.vassilliou@ntlworld.com January 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    All I will say is when Arsenal are looking up in the league at ManU, Man C,Chelsea ,Spurs,Everton and maybe Liverpool what excuse is AW going to give , the fans can see that the team is just not good enough the leadership in the team is zero ,Vermallen has been given a chance as a Captain but to be honest he is not good enough , also what's happened to Rosicky? I know he aint injured so why is he not playing in the team ,he was one of our best players last season. I would like to ask the supporters that follow Arsenal how many world class players we have in the team ? the prices we pay we should be entertained by the best but instead we have you average to mediuim players at Arsenal .when you dine in the best resturant's you expect the best meals ,same with price if the price is high and the meal is bad why pay the high prices, the fans have been conned long enough now and enough is enough … what hurts is that we are getting records broken all the time ,what with Bradford now City have won first time in 38+ years Swansea a few weeks ago one for the 1st time ,I could go on but that dont help, Arsene needs to buy and buy now or he will pay the price of non Champions league football and minus 50k season tickets..

  13. hg14@msn.com January 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    As a true Arsenal supporter I do partly blame the moany, fickle fans who just whinge all the time. People need to realise how lucky they are to support the great Arsenal football club and need to get behind it. It does affect performances.

  14. ayerowland@yahoo.com January 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    We are so proud of Arsenal fc inspite of all the ups and downs even thou we are hurt by not winning trophies lately,its defini tely gonna come.Let us get behind our team and give them enough supports at home. We ju st played a man shitty that thrashed man u 6-1 at old Traff ord with a man down as well.Come on people,lets brace up for swans on wed.

  15. Edidionvictor@yahoo.com January 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Am sure wenger pays ppl 2 carry d banner 'in arsene we trust' n its quite unfortunate dat d only trophy(emirates cup) d fans wia consoled wit had bin scrapped off, mayb our cries wil b answered if d board stps makin money 4rm ticket sales cos frm d board 2 d managers are all retarded n we nid a complit change.

  16. gtfoc@yahoo.com January 15, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    I would like to see us get charlie austin in as well.

    Clearly we are a club without the required substantial investment to remain at the top and that can only be because of the owner and the board.

    Its just like business my stan yank, sometimes you have to speculate to accumulate, unfortunately we have “cashed in” on all our best players, its going to be a difficult few years ahead.

    Give AW WHAT HE NEEDS! FFS

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