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September 22, 2018

The message is loud and clear, Wenger must go

Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (R) plays the ball under pressure from Everton's Irish defender Seamas Coleman (L) during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park
Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (R) plays the ball under pressure from Everton's Irish defender Seamas Coleman (L) during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park

I thought I would be unable to find a Gunner alive who didn’t want Arsene Wenger to go, but judging by responses on a facebook post I put out earlier this week, some of you are still out there.

My post was directed to those who still “love” Arsene Wenger and asked how Arsenal went from being title contenders just a few weeks ago to fighting for Champions League qualification.

I put the post before the Everton game and I think I should have repeated it on Monday morning because it made even more sense then. Right now, just like every league run-in for the past couple of years, finishing fourth is not in the Gunners’ hands.

I hate those final days of the season where I can’t breathe until the final whistle. Just like last year when we nearly missed that 4th spot. It seems like we are going to go through that again.

I don’t see Everton losing their matches against Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Manchester United (yes Man United) Southampton, or Hull City on the final day. The only game they might lose is their second last match against Man City on the 3rd of May.

The Toffees have a chance to play Champions League football for their first time in more than a decade and I don’t see them fluffing it so close to the finish line. The way they played on Sunday showed all of us that they can beat any team when they put their mind to it.

It doesn’t matter whether Arsenal win all their remaining games, if Everton win all theirs that 4th spot is gone! I’m sick of this! AFC Leopards defender and Kiss TV Soccer Central presenter Anthony Kimani said it was tough on Wenger to play with so many key players not in the starting 11, but I say that we knew that injuries and suspensions would affect the second half of our season and did nothing about it in January.

Right now I squarely blame Wenger. Why does he play the blunt Olivier Giroud all the time even when you can see his next goal is 1,000 minutes away – yeah in next season?

Why is Wenger the only manager who never subs at half time, regardless of how useless the team has been in the first half? He leaves it so late to make subs and gee, that results in points lost! Infact unless there is an injury, Wenger’s first subs always take place in the 70th minute.

Who else at Arsenal can you blame for that “ingenious” behaviour? Aaargh! I meant to touch on three different issues today but I guess Wenger makes me so mad that I just start to rant and rave.

And for the record; to those fans saying Arsenal fans have suddenly decided that they want Wenger gone; I’ve been writing it here in this column for more than three years. Wenger should have gone a long time ago!

 

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