Arsenal fans is that they’re one of the most fearful groups of supporters in Europe. They’re afraid of change, even if it’s for the better, and they’re afraid of potentially losing stability.

The Arsenal fan base has fallen to such hellish lows that people are defined by one opinion, and often heavily berated for it. It’s like picking a political allegiance, and even then how can anyone definitively say they’re absolutely one or the other?

But it’s to the point now where questioning of the Arsenal manager is not allowed – and what kind of world is that to live in? Football is so far removed from everyday life that a weekend into the depths of the game is like living in a fantasy world, and so what if a fan doesn’t think very much of the fantasy world someone else has created?

What you have here is blinded loyalty to Arsene Wenger. Sometimes it’s ok, and you know what, who is anyone to tell a fan how they should support a club? But how many fans can say with any deal of confidence that Arsenal are moving forward under Wenger?

The problem is you have so many fans who aren’t able to discern between criticism and disrespect. How dare someone question the current management style of arguably the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had? Well that’s not really what is it. And for starters, why should anyone in sports be immune from criticism? Sports and music and whatever else has created modern deities to replace what was once traditional. A lot of the time sports is gang warfare, and it derives from people not understanding the difference between the reality of Monday to Friday and the escape of the weekend.

You have Arsenal fans on Twitter moaning about the ‘moaners,’ which in itself is ridiculous. After all, aren’t we as football supporters really just consumers, rather than members of a club? People may argue otherwise, but there is enough evidence to suggest that theory has some weight. So doesn’t that give consumers a right to feel aggrieved when something is clearly not right? Just as some fans may say that certain sections of the support have no right to question Wenger, the opposing argument could be that the Wenger loyalists have no right to lock those with a vocal opinion away in a dungeon and throw away the key. It’s as if anyone with a valid opinion is a bastard for speaking up.

Arsenal are not a winning club, despite having the resources to do so. Champions League football every season is nothing to be proud of when you used to bring home trophies every year. And if you, as a fan, have no interest in winning then pack up, go home and watch ballet.

I don’t believe that there is even one supporter who is happy or even content with the manner of the performances and the year-on-year embarrassments. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions, and that’s what most don’t understand. People want to take offence to anything negative said about Wenger predominantly because they want to be seen as “real” Arsenal fans. It’s become Arsene FC rather than Arsenal, and his longevity has owed a lot to people’s misguided view.

Wenger was once great for the club, he did incredible things for the Arsenal and English football in general. But that was all 10 years ago, and there’s currently no sign of the rot ending.

One of the bigger problems for the Wenger apologists is that they believe the other side of the support actually want Wenger gone. Well that’s not totally the case. Most want the manager to stay, but under the condition that he changes his ways. Some are sick of the riddles in press conferences, the talking up of players like Gervinho, the infuriating lines that Abou Diaby will be “like a new signing.” I mean, who really wants to keep watching a team that are actively playing a hand in their own demise? Isn’t that far more perverse and sickening than anyone asking for a change?

And you get the sense that most of those who see a sunnier tomorrow under Wenger are those who have only known Arsenal during his reign as manager. It’s the blinded assumption that there wasn’t an Arsenal before Wenger and there won’t be one after him. But couldn’t many of the older fans hold similar sentiments towards George Graham? He was the one who brought success back to Arsenal after so long. He was the one that toyed with the idea of going through a season unbeaten, and he was the one who delivered the first few notable hits to the dominant Liverpool side, not Alex Ferguson.

But you have to be critical of a manager whose team gets worse every season. This is Wenger’s squad, no one forced any of these players upon him. He wasn’t sent in to fight the fire of someone else’s mistakes, but he’s the manager and he’s responsible for a club of Arsenal’s stature and resources sitting outside the top four and with no hope of silverware. And once again, Champions League qualification is no reason to break out the champagne. European football like that should be a given for a club like Arsenal.

Fans will complain about the lack of quality in this Arsenal team, but there are some very good players currently at the club. Maybe Wenger is working with one hand tied behind his back, yet there are managers in Europe doing much more with a lot less. I maintain that Santi Cazorla is one of the best midfielders in the country, but he really hasn’t looked it on a consistent basis.

A lot of people don’t like reading things like this, and that’s fine – cover your ears and close your eyes. But don’t belittle others who aren’t afraid to go against the grain.

Would Alex Ferguson waste so much time on Diaby? Would he refuse to sign Robin van Persie on the basis that he’d “kill” Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez? Would he surrender a four-goal lead when the game looked all but over? He’s a winner and wouldn’t allow United to fall the same way Arsenal have. He sees value in players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes when Wenger let’s go of Robert Pires and Gilberto.

The thing about Wenger is that you don’t have people questioning you without being great at one time. And the big loss here is that some are willing to accept that the greatness might have worn off.

As football fans, and as sports fans, who could ever grow tired of winning? But who turns up to watch a game of football saying it’s ok to lose today as long as tomorrow promises to be a little sunnier? The problem is they’ve been hollow promises for too long.

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  • babakrdaemi
    2 years ago

    What a load of rubbish. Out of touch and pointless.

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  • The Cabbie
    2 years ago

    First Mr Babakrd or what ever your name is its a blog that makes sense and you are exactly the type of fan its aimed at.Secondly my first game was 1949 and I have been a season ticket holder longer then I care to remember and still am, so no body as the right to tell me I cant complain or judge or make a point.Am I happy with AW,no,he has far as I am concerned gave nothing but spin or lies or what have you regarding the Jan window.I am sure he never intended buying and would never had but for the injury to Gibbs. Why chase a 31 year old from Barca knowing he only gives 1 year for 30yr olds. If he did not intend buying say so, no bull and promises and if he did intend to why leave it to the last days. I want AW either to change his attitude to the players we know are not good enough.Tell us who is in charge of the money, and do not say such rubbish as “we cant compete” in the market.You can not charge the prices we pay and then say we can buy this one or that one.

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    • West Coast
      2 years ago

      Completely agree with your assessment of te situation. We should’ve Abe to voice an opinion without it being taken so defensively. We are rated right next to MU for the top clubs financially in the world, so there is absolutely no excuse for us to have goe through such a long drought. This club has been driven into mid table expectations because og Wenger and the Boards refusal to purchase equal to what they have sold. All the while profiting ememsley. The fans were here before you, and will be here long after you are gone Arsene, and they deserve so much more than you are willing to deliver. If Spurs coud have finished anything last year, we would already be experiencing Europa League football. All the talk, and you still didn’t address te primary concern on the pitch. If Szczsney has one bad collision, our season is finished, but you would not purchase cover for the most important and yet most exposed area of our team. Pathetic..

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  • g c
    2 years ago

    Arsenal have a number of supporters that hate the board manager team why don’t you move on I remember the 1nil watch paint dry days I would have moved on from that don’t moan move on

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    • The Cabbie
      2 years ago

      Mr GC WHO GAVE YOU THE RIGHT TO TELL SUPPORTERS WE CANT HAVE AN OPINION WITH OUT BEING TOLD WE HATE. I FOR ONE HATE NOTHING AND NOBODY NOT EVEN spurs

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  • Goonero Uno
    2 years ago

    This article was all over the place. At what point did you address what positives Wenger brings Arsenal? Your article was only aimed at the passive acceptance of part of the fan base. Completely misled by the title.

    You, and fans like you, have not a clue what it takes to run/manage a football club. You simply dont have the patience, or loyalty.

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  • Goonero Uno
    2 years ago

    From a journalistic point of view this was beyond poorly written. Reminds me of a high school writing assignment. Poor support for your arguments, poor premise, jumps from place to place anf doesnt address the title. I cannot get over what a crappy article this was.

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  • Gooner S
    2 years ago

    Not sure where you are coming from, this post is a little bit eratic without comitting to a firm view, based upon reason, and certainly not addressing the title ….

    Anyway, I’m at neither end of the spectrum of opinion here (Wenger to go or blind loyal support of Wenger). Any Arsenal fan is entitled to their view, whatever it is but I do deplore how some Arsenal fans are putting their opinions forward; fighting amongst ourselves, often using using insults and abuse. Not the way to go in my view.

    On balance I am for Wenger. I do believe that he has had his hands tied for some time. I know some wont agree with that view. When we went into putting the Emirates in place I thought it would be a 10 year plan and we would struggle to even qualify for the Champions league. We’re coming to the end of that period now and I’m expecting things to change and evolve, for the better obviously. Of course Wenger has made mistakes but on balance I think he has done a good job keeping us in the top 4 and lets not forget we really should have won the league twice in this period.

    As for his press conferences; he just isn’t going to come out and rip into the team in public (rightly so) and he isn’t going to give the game away about transfer targets (again rightly so) but he and Arsenal must realise the frustration that is building up in certain areas of our support and at times his press conferences don’t allow for that. It needs to be managed better. It would help if Steve Bould, Liam Brady or somebody else had a say from time to time.

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