Football fans are a fickle lot.
The sharks were out for Arsene Wenger’s head. His successors had been identified. The players were written off, the coaching staff crucified. Our pedigree was questioned. The club’s future looked bleak.
And just a week later, after that admittedly glorious thumping of the old enemy, everything is as right as rain. Or is it?
Of course it is! They’re in fourth place. They’re still in the Champions League. They’re just seven points behind Spurs and they play Manchester United next; so the gap could soon be down to four. Robin Van Persie’s on fire. Theo Walcott has found his goal-scoring touch. Tomas Rosicky has rediscovered his mojo. Arsene Wenger is the man again.
What a load of rubbish!
I’m far from being a pessimist, and, though, I’ll happily agree that the Gunners are five percent better off than we were a week ago, they’re still in the midst of the most disastrous season since Wenger has been at Arsenal.
The team is ranked fourth in goals scored and could be fifth by Saturday. They don’t have more than a one-percent chance to go through in the Champions League. They’re out of the FA Cup (trophy-less, etc.) Arsenal could quite easily end the season in fifth place or worse, meaning no Champions League next year. The Gunners are in danger of losing their captain and best player at the end of the season. They don’t have another world-class attacking player at the club, whereas in years gone by, they never had less than three or four. And Arsenal's ability to attract top talent will take a massive blow should they finish outside the top four.
A number of possible reasons have been bandied about to explain why they’re in such a pickle—funds, Kroenke, Fabregas, defensive coach, commercial deals all spring to mind.
And while I wouldn’t dare challenge the authority or position of Wenger, irrespective of the team's current predicament, there are some answers I’d really like from him. Answers to questions that have rankled me for a while now. Questions about people and situations that often appear too absurd to be true. But true they are—real and present.
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