Wenger – different values?
We all know by now he’s staying.
I posted prior in another article that I want him gone, but I still respect what he’s done for us. His influence at Arsenal is truly eternal.
But I’ve been thinking about something. Is the reason why Wenger Ins and Wenger Outs differ due to psychology and values?
As a run-down, maybe it’s due to these points:
Wenger Outs – Ruthless/big-club attitudes. Fans of bigger clubs tend to have more desire for success. Success breeds success, bigger clubs are culturally rooted in that. Moreover, not just Arsenal, but Man United, Liverpool, Real Madrid or Barca.
Wenger INS – Old-school, legacy, success is not paramount, continuity is. All fans want success, but then for some it’s about the maintenance of cultural identity, togetherness and seeing things in a more historical pattern. It’s about seeing that clubs are communities, and success whilst important is not the be all and end all, or even primary.
Wenger Outs – Not glory hunters, but have seen arsenal become global under Wenger, and have gained global/elite club values. They have always seen arsenal, long before the Wenger or graham era successes, as a club worthy of competing at the top table due to its successes historically.
Wenger INS – Fans who cherish arsenal as a big club, but see history, tradition and character as the keys, and not being successful as chief.
Wenger Outs – See the club as stagnating and not doing its best to realise or own its size.
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Wenger INS – Happy we are an elite club and that we are better off than many others are.
Wenger Out – Have been engrossed by modern football attitudes, which affect all other global/elite clubs.
Wenger INS – See football as more of a community-base, and cherish the legacy that Wenger has brought to us.
Wenger Out – More rational and progressive in how they see football. For them, it’s about moving on, getting better and progressing to different stages.
Wenger INS – more traditional, and look at the long-term/historical views.
These are generalisations of course. There would be people who are a mix of the two.
I am, as a Wenger Out. I accept that modern football and its emphasis on money is natural and in some cases required. Though football is a sport, and sport is about entertainment/enjoyment, and a focus on the community. I respect these traits as much as the nature of modern football. Moreover (and this is an observation, not a criticism) many Wenger INS do not cite footballing reasons for him staying, and this is fine.
We are all human, and are emotive as much as logical. It is just interesting to see why people think and judge as they do, and from seeing prominent members of each “side. Judging on the comments from prominent Wenger Outs, such as Piers Morgan, DT/Troopz from Arsenal Fan TV, the Wenger Out protest organisers, etc. and prominent Wenger INS such as Ty/Chris from Arsenal Fan TV, Monty Panesar, or Jeremy Corbyn, these themes seem apparent.
But we’ve got Lacazette now. And possibly Lemar, Mahrez too will come, with Alexis and Ozil staying for now.
So let’s be happy we’re doing some business early in the window for once, and whatever our views on the manager, we have some positivity going into the new season.