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February 20, 2019

Sorry for belabouring the point but Wenger really should leave

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record when I start calls for Arsene Wenger to go, not because I want him gone, but because unambitious Gunners love him through thick and thin, while opposition fans think I keep changing my mind. No I don’t. My position for the last six years has been the same; win or lose, I want Wenger to go. It’s not good enough for me to have three or four weeks of great play and then go back to square one and still be fighting for 4th position at the end of the season. On Tuesday night we struggled to beat Leicester of all teams; Leicester! And it isn’t surprising, it just re-inforces my position of wanting a manager who wants more than average. Piers Morgan was an angry man after Arsenal’s loss to Tottenham, not particularly because we lost, but because even after Spurs scored their second and winning goal, Wenger didn’t bother to stand up by the side lines and coax his players on. He just sat there like a sack of potatoes, as Morgan put it; cultivating his excuse for his post match interview. Someone else called me a fake fan because I’m not a fan of Wenger’s and I re-iterrate that I am not. I am a fan of Arsenal football club. It’s time the fans realised that we are more loyal than players and coaches, which is why most of us stay with one club all our lives, but managers and players move about to different clubs. For them, it’s just a job! For us, it’s a team that we’ve invested our time and energy in; and for me, a team I want to see winning big pieces of silverware. FA Cup last year was nice, and every time Arsenal wins a game I am happy, but I need more. I need a premier league trophy at the very least. Can I tell you the most painful thing about how Arsenal was schooled at White Hart Lane over the weekend? Wenger prides himself as being the first to spot talent, especially amongst the youth. In 2002 an eight year old boy was drafted into the Arsenal academy. That boy stayed at Arsenal for one year before being allowed to leave for Watford where he stayed for a few months and then Tottenham. He was groomed in the Spurs academy and mostly loaned to other clubs until the 2013/14 season when his club called him back to play for them. That player is Harry Kane. Yes the “Hurri-Cane” that destroyed Arsenal almost single-handedly last weekend started off as an Arsenal player. When I see all the talent in the league that Wenger has let go, I get frustrated. Wenger is like a baby who holds grudges otherwise we would have players like Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song back in our fold. These are players who left the club for good reasons from lack of ambition to being under-paid, but their hearts were still in North London. Instead of doing what was in the best interest of the club and re-signing Fabregas last year, Wenger let him go to London opposition; where he is one of the main reasons why they are top of the league. It could have been us up there. The interests of the club should come before the Coach’s personal interests and that will never happen as long as Wenger walks the corridors of Emirates Stadium with the manager’s hat on. I don’t care if we win every single game until the end of the season; I need that man to leave. Of course I would like Arsenal to finish in the top four, but if we don’t, I hope all you Wenger fanatics will still find it in their hearts to “praise” him! Someone on twitter attacked me on Saturday night after I put the “Wenger Out” hashtag. His argument was that you never heard “Mourinho Out” when Chelsea lost to Spurs. My defense: Mourinho is a Champion who wins silverware year in year out. You can’t win every game, but if you consider yourself a big club, like Arsenal, you need to be able to win more than you lose or draw. And to take home silverware more often than once in ten years. Talk to me on @CarolRadull on twitter or
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