Kagame, the popular long-standing president in his sixth term in office, commented on the social-networking site following the defeat to Manchester United that the Gunners need new management for positive change to happen. He said:
I very much support Arsenal - but to be honest Wenger needs to coach another team now and Arsenal needs another coach.
When a good team (players) and a good coach fail for long to deliver, one of them has to change, or even both!!
The real/main danger is for anyone to get used to mediocre/lacklustre performance and/or results and accepts to live with it … or keeps finding excuses for it!!!
It's a bitter blow for Wenger, especially given that Kagame was supposedly his friend.
The social-media-savvy president has tried to defend his comments, as he continued:
I talked about need for change..! It can be about people or things-that have to change-in reference to my favourite team in EPL- Arsenal!
My emphasis was on change...I didnt use 'step down' or 'resign' etc that can only be interpretation.
It's true, Kagame didn't use the words "step down" or "resign"—just the far less subtle phrase "Wenger needs to coach another team now and Arsenal needs another coach."
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Whilst it may be funny having the president of Rwanda randomly chip in with his thoughts on world football, it could add increasing pressure on Wenger, providing more fuel for journalists and the media to scrutinise the Arsenal manager's job security.
And when the coach feels the heat, often it affects the players too—under-fire Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea is currently struggling to get the best out his team, as is Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic, along with Steve Bruce who got sacked by Sunderland.
It was a bit of an own goal by Paul Kagame, harming the team he supports, and probably coming under pressure himself, using Twitter and other social media for trivial matters as opposed to addressing criticism about a plethora of his domestic policies.
But for Wenger, it'll be an even more deleterious own goal—the price paid for subbing off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and putting on Andrei Arshavin.