It is nothing-personal Arsene. I will always appreciate everything you have achieved for Arsenal Football Club, which is considerable, winning more trophies than any previous Arsenal manager has done. Nevertheless, it really is time you handed over the reins to somebody else.
It sounds like Arsene Wenger in no mood to relinquish his job next season and wants to finish his contract. If that is the case, then the majority shareholder and the Board have to show they have the cojones to tap him on the shoulder, thank him for everything he has done. To then tell him either you agree that we put out a statement saying you are leaving by “mutual consent” to preserve your honour and dignity or we will have no alternative other than to sack you for the good of Arsenal Football Club.
I have been watching Arsenal since I was nine years old and I am 61 now. I have been going since long before England won the World Cup and been a season ticket holder for over 40 years. I have witnessed the end days of Bertie Mee, Terry Neill and George Graham and I can honestly say I have never felt as low as I do watching Arsenal this season. Under Arsene, I feel devoid of hope and he is slowly killing the massive passion I have for my club. This season I have missed six home matches, which is unheard of for me. Normally it is two or three at the most.
We have lost eleven league games this season and conceded 45 goals, which is one more than last season with five matches still to play. We have lost every away game in the league this year. This season we got beat at Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford, Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle. We also failed to win at West Ham, West Brom and Southampton.
I was there at the City Ground to see us fall at the first hurdle in our defence of the FA Cup, when we were humiliated and comfortably turned over by a poor Championship side in Nottingham Forest. I was there when we got annihilated 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City in the worst result and performance in a major cup final by an Arsenal side in our entire history and what’s more it could have been a lot more. There were Arsenal fans leaving in droves well before the end of the game, with barely an Arsenal fan in sight by the final whistle. Which is something I have never seen Arsenal fans do at a major cup final.
We are going backwards as a club. Fifth in the table last season with no Champions League this season. We are battling with Burnley for sixth place. Burnley a club with nowhere near the financial power of The Arsenal.
We have not put up a proper title challenge for years. We were hammered 10-2 by Bayern Munich last time out in the Champions League and are light years away from winning either competition.
Frankly, I am sick of hearing the pathetic excuses trotted out by Arsene Wenger on why we lost. The latest to say we are tired is laughable. He’s was able to rest the first team for most of the season by playing a second string in the Europa League. Unlike the other big clubs which have to field their best teams in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Do you remember when Arsene said he was going to win the Premier League before his last contract run out in 2017, that did not happen did it. I must admit I was disappointed when Arsene blamed for fans for his and the teams shortcomings.
It is not just me that is sick of seeing us drift into mediocrity. We are playing in front of 40k at best for most of the games at the Emirates lately. To finish let me just say this if Stan Kroenke and the Board are happy to let Arsene see out his contract. They can expect a half-empty stadium to become the norm next season and the team will continue to slide further down the table. There is a very slim chance we could progress to the Europa League Final but do you honestly think that our defence capable of keeping out Atletico Madrid over the two legs of the semi-final? No me neither.