Arsenal Fans Deserve Answers From Wenger And The Board

By on April 17, 2013

Arsenal were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Everton at the Emirates on Tuesday night. Here, ‘Lloyd the Gooner’ tells us why the Arsenal fans deserve answers from the club.

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All the certainties from this season were evident against Everton on Tuesday. The lack of a physical power in the side; the inability to win the ball from obdurate opponents; the lack of speed apart from Theo; the presence of SO much mediocrity in the playing staff. On the other hand it would be wrong not to acknowledge that we have a team that can manufacture chances from nothing ; a team that keeps going and on which there is something to build. But the building MUST happen.

Given the fact that we so lack a physical presence in midfield you wonder why the man in technical control at the club would sanction the sale of Alex Song. Did he sanction it? Surely such is his power he must have been consulted. But why condemn yourself to a season where you stand on the touchline watching inferior teams keep the ball away from yours? Being bullied in a way that say Man Utd just aren’t  The crowd pays good money and will demand answers regardless of whether we make the Champions League!

The presence of mediocre players is simply a fact as must be acknowledged even by those that would defend the merits of Mertesacker, Ramsey (I know he has improved recently), Walcott (as a winger), Arteta (as a holding player), Giroud or Gervinho (OK I know mediocre is overstating it!).

As fans we are routinely not given the full facts regarding the financial situation. Therefore it is impossible to ascribe blame for our ills. However, the buck stops with the manager for this reason – he is still there. If you don’t like the conditions resign, he hasn’t  so we must assume he approves of those conditions. If we do fail to make the CL this season it would be sad to see Arsene go but you can easily make a case for it happening.

As for the board. If we finish outside the top four the anger is just about to be vented in their direction. The impressive pre-Swansea demo at the Emirates is likely to have been just the dress rehearsal. Silence cannot be an option to the answers demanded by 60,000 regular attenders at the games and millions across the globe.

We now enter the most vital end of season period since the last one! And all because we sell our best players and don’t invest. It is all about players at the end of the day – see above. We have been privileged to see the likes of Vieira, Bergkamp, Pires and Henry. We have lost Fabregas, Song and Van Persie (and OK, Nasri was good for us too) and we now have Ramsey, Gervinho and Giroud. We are not fools!!

One big mistake the board would make would be to mistake the lack of venom towards them so far for some kind of tacit support. It is not. Once our fate is known this season, whichever way it goes, the powers that be will hear from us, will feel the loss in the clubs coffers, will have to tell us what is going on. This is so even if we make the Champions League, in a way that is now becoming almost irrelevant.

As a fan base we try to support, we look for positives, we care. Do not take advantage of us!

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22 Comments

  1. Orphal Mandy

    April 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    This encapsulates the feelings, anxieties and annoying agonies of Arsenal fans all over the world. I can’t understand how Arsene Wenger will provide excuses for his indolent players. Who amongst the Everton players is bigger, more experienced and costlier than the men AW put on the field? All Arsenal players have enormous club and country experience. The annoying fact is that the players have no hunger to win. There is no sense of urgency in them. The manager keeps struggling with the zip of his jacket game in game out as if where his talisman is. Everybody saw Alex Ferguson at Emirates last night,taking notes with which to knock out Arsenal’s many faults and lethargic game play. Do you ever see AW do that? Giroud hardly comes back to help in defence like RVP, Wayne Rooney, Chelsea and Man City strikers. Arsenal players are annoyingly lazy on the field. When it’s 5 minutes to end the game, that’s when they strive to show strength. One wonders why they don’t fight for the ball and show hunger for success from the blast of the whistle. Barca, whose footballing style they seem to imitate, raise their games all the time. If you want it fast, they’ll give you a fast game. If you want it slow, they’ll show you the excellence of their passing game. How can a team be rising and falling with each game. In short, both the manager and the players lack ambition, and as Shakespeare said: ambition must be made of sterner stuff.

  2. Dan

    April 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Totally lost interest in the club they are not bothered about winning the league one bit. Just being run as a business to line the pockets of the owners. The fans that still waste 90mins of their life over the emirates need their brains examined. Only way to get our club back is to first boycott throw your season ticket on the pitch like I did.

  3. ken lo

    April 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    A rewrite pf history methinks in this article.
    What demonstration at the Swansea game?
    60,000 regular supporters demanding answers?
    We true supporters know that next season is important, but it is this season we need to think about and a top four finish.
    Did you here the away support at the WBA game? They were chanting Arsenes name and actually supporting the team as true supporters should.
    What a crap article this really is!!!!

    • lloydthegooner

      April 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Swansea game? Do you even go?

      • ken lo

        April 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Season ticket holder for 15 years, supporting the club for 60 years…your point being????

  4. Adeyinka

    April 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Giroud is not good,he can’t even old ball,he scores wen is not matter most,what an average player.

  5. Bongomin Robert Donald

    April 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    this is the laziest team wenger has ever build, they all lack ambition to win games. giroud misses chance after chances and the manager just keep on playing him every week. to me the whole problem at arsenal lies with AW. he is the one to sanction sale and purchase of players. Just wait MANU will show us what football is all about. Pliz AW and Arsenal Board try to style up, the fans are fed up with you

    • ken lo

      April 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Did you see the game last night?
      Total commitment from every player and 58,000 gooners trying to help them score the goal their play deserved.
      Have you ever been to the Emirates?
      If they are lazy and lack ambition, please explain why they are unbeaten for eight games and lying 4th after the terrible start to the season?

      • JaJa Toure

        April 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        Not quite an undefeated season though is it?

    • Damian

      April 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

      y does everyone keep saying ambition or toughness its ability they lack Federra would give a 100% but u wouldn,t want him in goal

  6. Jo

    April 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    The pro wenger and the boardare such hypocrites. When the season is over and we is finished at 5. place they will demand answers from Wenger…

    Idiots

  7. Daudi chwa

    April 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I ve appreciated your anlysis of game.sign of laziness&urgency among de players is common.esp in the middle field and strikers. technical bench is not working bse every game players do not have planB,to over come the opponet.

  8. And_Arsene_Said...

    April 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Lloyd the Gooner for manager. His talent is wasted writing blogs and playing Football Manager.

  9. Gunner90

    April 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Just seen the latest football financial list which shows Arsenal are the 4 th richest club. Why is it then we have such a mediocre team which is nowhere near to the quality of the other teams shown in the top ten in the list. Answer – lack of proper investment by the Arsenal owners – namely the majority owner – who lives 5000 miles away in the USA plus an overpaid manager who has lost the ability to build a top team and has no tactical acumen.

  10. Wizzi

    April 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    After all dis while dey now want answers. u fans are d 1 dat are under achivin and sorry to who ever dat wrote dis blog

  11. Goonerton

    April 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I have never ever wanted my team to get a result but, I got feeling that no change will ever happen as long as long as we win top four cup.

    We just get more bull-S and be linked with all these top players only to see them end up with a rival club even though the player actually came out in public and said how much he admires Arsenal.

    Who gets paid for scouting our players because Newcastle get Pappis and Sisoko and we get giroud and gervinho. Just total average championship players nothing more.

    “But let us not forget we have bendtner to come back. He will be like a new signing”

  12. Anon

    April 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Over the last few years it has become apparent that the long term plan was to hold out for a decade… I have no evidence to prove that and if challenged, i could barely hold up a tangible or credible debate on it… call it a gut feeling – for what ever that is worth.

    But I cannot see us changing the model … what ever the rhetoric coming from the club. We will keep going for the 2nd tier players and young players and I doubt much will change.

    The model was probably sell 2 or 3 players a year (wenger admitted as much) and wait it out until the new sponsorship deals come in and the ffp rules take effect… this summer for the new sponsorship deals and another year or so for the ffp

  13. Archimedes

    April 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Arsenal is no longer punching above its financial weight. A mediocre Kroenke and after sell by date Wenger means 20+ points behind Man U. Everton on half Arsenal wage budget is nowadays a big opponent. Mediocre ability to secure attractive business deals is hampered further by pitch results and the club has stalled as a result. And without glory, supporters can only vote with their feet.

  14. pat

    April 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

    how many top sides have we beaten in that unbeaten run
    how many of our players would get in a top team?
    none

  15. Pat Rice

    April 18, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Mertesacker mediocre???

    WTF are you on about Lloyd, he’s been our best cb so far this season, look at the stats my friend.

    Ramsey’s too, and while you’re at it look at Arteta’s.

    Our biggest problem is Arsenal keep changing every season, and in the wrong way by selling stars.

    And not long ago song was the fan’s escape goat and people wanted him out, he improved and became important, and we sold him n fans cried.
    Ramsey will improve, he will be important, and when the club decides to sell him you will cry!

  16. mos

    April 18, 2013 at 5:41 am

    We wait and see

  17. Block4Gooner

    April 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I have been a “supporter” of Arsenal for the past 39 yrs and fortunate enough to be a season ticket holder since the move to the Emirates. All the negativity/whining/moaning from a majority on here is quite frankly laughable. You all sound like spoilt fair weather “fans”. If you Don’t have love for the club bigger off and support Chelsea or City. True fans support their clubs. Cardiff have just been promoted to the top division for the 1st time in 51 years. Their supporters as have many other clubs have shown extreme loyalty. loyaltIes the club that you support not deserve the same?

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