So we lost our second game of the season. It was embarrassing. It was painful to watch. It brought back dark memories and reopened psychological wounds. We are of course all suffering from such a humiliating defeat and the pain has to come out. I realize and respect that, and everybody has their own way of dealing with it.
I was convinced we were going to get a result at Pool, but when I saw the line-up I knew it would be a disaster. We have a great squad and we need to pick the players who work together best, as a team. Now, this is of course everybody’s favourite advice to Wenger: play this formation and these players and it will all be okay; sell these players and buy these ones and Bob’s your uncle!
We suffer from delusions of grandeur.
It makes sense in our head and we cannot figure out why Wenger isn’t doing what we can see sooo clearly; and it only takes a loss or two to really start vomiting this out on social media. Doubt and humility, the brother and sister of wise people, are of course locked up in the cellar at this stage. We all believe, KNOW!, that we can manage Arsenal football club better than that ‘geriatric, doddering fool’!
I believe we are collectively overreacting. There is every right to be disappointed with the players and the manager, and they KNOW it of course. They also feel sh*te right now. The underlying problem is the structural lack of support for the manager and the team; they all operate with the knowledge that the sh*te can hit the fan at any moment at Arsenal. Something is broken and the only way to fix this, it seems, however short-lived this is likely to be, is by getting a new manager.
This is not going to happen because a) the board are not short-sighted and b) Wenger has proven time and again that he can get the team going again. It is far from ideal that we lost two games already. However, there are 35 PL games left and we do not have to go back to Pool or Stoke again. Wenger has two weeks to draw up a (new?) plan and to remotivate his players. He also has a few days left to get rid of those who do not belong in an Arsenal shirt and to strengthen the team further.
I am confident he will get this team playing again and the season could bring us plenty of footie joy. But, as Seventeenho has told us so many times, the atmosphere around the club is toxic and only a long winning run can change this. For this, Wenger and the team need to operate in an environment of trust and support. I reckon this is lost and only a miracle will turn the season into a good one.
I can only ask you to keep supporting the manager and the team; they are not separate from us but part of the whole that is the Arsenal.