It would be fair to suggest that with FA Cup semi-finals to look forward to, Everton and Watford’s focus lies elsewhere and following Mesut Ozil’s comments regarding the team ‘screwing up’ our title chances this season, it is perhaps no coincidence that in the last two games, our form has significantly improved. After all, it is often said that a team that plays without pressure, is a team who plays with freedom and the team have certainly looked more at ease of late.
Having also said “we still have a chance of winning the title.”the words of the German midfielder suggest that although the players have not thrown in the towel, they do believe that winning the title is most likely beyond them this campaign. Arsene may consider Mesut’s comments to be an ‘unwelcome’ distraction but to supporters like myself who have grown increasingly frustrated with Wenger’s refusal to accept any responsibility for his team’s failings, Ozil’s words provide a refreshing alternative to those coming from a manager who blames the clubs supporters.
It is not only Arsene who has blamed the team’s poor form since the turn of the year on his critics amongst the clubs fan base. Although I thought I’d heard it all from the supporters who retain complete faith in his methods, I was wrong. Recently one supporter saw fit to compare the criticism of Arsene’s management, to challenging a surgeon about how he performs operations. His logic being that watching numerous episodes of the hospital themed TV drama series, Casualty, was the equivalent of being a spectator at football matches.
Sadly these comments were not part of an April Fools prank and some supporters are of the opinion that unless you have worked in a professional capacity within the game, you are not qualified to criticise those that do. This is a patronising statement that is frequently penned by members of the Arsene knows brigade and is a bizarre one considering the tactical side of the game is often over analysed and that the majority of managerial decisions are made by using basic logic – A significant difference to performing a serious medical procedure.
My own thoughts are that every supporter, on whatever side of the fence they sit, is fully entitled to form an opinion on Wenger’s management by using their observational skills. I am not a professional musician either but I can tell when someone is playing out of tune. Perhaps those who remain unequivocal in their support of Arsene should focus on putting forward a reasoned argument as to why they believe he is still the right man to take the club forward, instead of attempting to belittle the opinions of others.
I have even seen Gary Neville’s recent sacking as Valencia manager be used as a reason why Wenger should not be replaced as our manager. With some supporters also attempting to use his dismissal as evidence to prove that even the best pundits, don’t always have the answers. However, Neville’s experience in Spain has no relevance to Wenger, the identity of his successor or the supporters who want Arsene gone. I have yet to see anyone urging the board to replace Arsene with an inexperienced managerial novice and my views are in no way related to those offered by pundits. They would change on a weekly basis if they were!
Whilst the league title is out of our hands and our recent form in the eyes on many, is yet another example of too little too late, this weekend’s visit to the Boleyn Ground provides another platform for the team to show just how far they have come in recent weeks.
Let’s keep up the momentum and ensure we finish above Spurs…..