I have seen some supporters accusing those who are prepared to protest against Arsene, of having an agenda. The reality is that all of us have an agenda and that is for the club to be successful. The only thing that separates us, is that our views differentiate on how the club should go about its attempts to achieve success.
Another criticism of the scheduled protest, is that it lacks class. However, many of these disapproving supporters, are the same ones who are quick to verbally abuse or physically assault fellow Arsenal fans because of their opinions. Where is the class in behaving like that? Isn’t attacking Arsenal fans something we would expect from Spurs supporters?
Having managed us for over two decades, a lot of discussion has centred around Arsene deserving respect. I agree but we shouldn’t forget that he’s been handsomely rewarded, financially, for his services. Our supporters, on the other hand, have put in the time, the money and the miles to follow the team, all over the world, at our own expense. Don’t we deserve some respect too?
Arsene frequently belittles us and insults our intelligence in press conferences, yet it’s the supporters who receive criticism for showing a lack of respect. Respect should be a two way street and at times, that hasn’t been the case. Whilst Arsene has been at the club for over twenty years, it shouldn’t be ignored that many of the supporters who want him gone, have been regularly attending games, both home and away, for double that length of time.
It has become increasingly evident that over the last few seasons, a growing number of supporters want a change of manager. It is also clear, that whilst that is the case, there are very few who are prepared to attempt to influence a change by protesting or publicly displaying their displeasure towards Arsene, inside or outside the stadium. This has never been more evident than when a mini protest took place during the game against Norwich last season.
The moment banners began to be held up, a chorus of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” started to echo around the stadium. The reason? Simply because many supporters found it disrespectful, including those who no longer have any faith in Arsene. It would appear that the majority of the Arsenal fans, are content to spend hours complaining on social media but will not actively attempt to do anything about the situation. Foolishly allowing themselves to look like hypocrites in the process.
Having held and participated in numerous social media voting polls, the results have on average, been 95% in favour of supporters wanting a change of manager. However, on average, only 35% said that they would be prepared to join a protest against Wenger. At this juncture, I will categorically state that I am by no means, claiming that these results provide conclusive evidence of the majority opinion amongst our entire fan base.
These results are based solely on the polls conducted within the Arsenal fan groups, that I’m a member of, on social media. It would of course, be impossible to get an accurate figure on the percentage of Arsenal supporters, who do want Arsene replaced. They do however, support my comments about there being few amongst those who do want a change, actually being prepared to get up off their backside and try to force one. Quite ironic when one of their biggest criticisms, is that Arsene spends too much time sitting on his backside, during games.
The majority of us who feel Arsene’s time is up, fully accept that his departure might lead to a period where we are worse off than we currently are. Despite this, if it’s a case of taking two steps backwards in order to move three steps forward in the long term, then it’s something I’m prepared to endure. I look forward to the time where the outcome of our season, is exciting and unpredictable. Opposed to the current Groundhog Day scenario every year, where our title hopes are over, long before the end of the season.
Nobody wanted it to reach the stage where anyone found it necessary to protest against him but those who don’t want Arsene to sign a contract extension, are entitled to make it clear how they feel. I don’t wish any harm on Arsene and if I met him, I’d be courteous and perhaps a little bit in awe. However, I can’t face another two, three or four more years of underachievement on the pitch and the bitter infighting off it.
Top four may be everything to some but it’s not to me. I take no enjoyment in qualifying for a competition that we have no real hope of winning. If we miss out occasionally, once Arsene has gone, is it really the end of the world? I accept that not everyone will agree with the protest and if you don’t, that’s fair enough. Stay in the pub and let those who do agree with it, get on with it. Opinions are like ars*holes, we all have one….