Why I Still Back Wenger
January 26, 2012
Before I go on, let me state for the record that I swore just as much you when Wenger took off The OX last weekend, he messed it up, no doubting that – but please don’t tell me he done it by purpose or that he just cannot cut it anymore. He made a judgement call and got it hopelessly wrong, that’s life.
Equally, I won’t go over old ground boring you all with what the great man has done for this club over the past 15 years, yes that’s FIFTEEN years, not reducing that figure by some silly schoolboy minus 7 due to no trophies blah blah blah. Get off this blog right now if you cannot buy that. Go… now.
Ok, you are reading on, which tells me you wish to learn more, and hopefully absorb my reasoning with an open mind.
If you truly understand what Wenger has achieved since the move to the Emirates, and are willing to concede we have challenged for trophies, clearly coming up short, but nevertheless we have challenged, then you will find it simple to comprehend what greatness the man possesses.
You cannot lose such skill just like that.
I agree that over the past 18 months in particular he has made some strange choices on and off the pitch with transfer (in)activity – I also totally agree that he can be very stubborn, I think that is born out of having to battles lesser mortals on a regular basis, it is a bit of an ego thing but the fact remains he is a better man and a better manager than the vast majority of men he comes up against. When he ends up on the losing end of the bargain against these bitter morons, thanks usually to a poor referee decision, it makes him even more determined to carry on regardless.
That is where he makes a mistake, maybe he needs to adapt more, maybe he needs more backroom help… even boardroom help!
Who truly knows? Nobody but him – So lets cut the crap you read in the gutter press, they guess just as much us, and those that still pay good money to read a red top hack help to form your opinion need euthanizing and quickly.
So having cleared the decks you are now left with two choices – Give up on the man? consigning him to the scrap heap? Or realise that even the greatest in the history of mankind went through awful phases in their respective fields – I am not sugar-coating our current phase under Wenger… it is awful. However I refuse to give up on the man and continue to support him to the hilt.
Yes you could call it a cult, a religion or whatever you want, I call it common sense.
Greatness never dies… it may become more elusive than in the past on occasion, but with persistence and honesty it can return.
There is one more great team left in the great man, and with Pat Rice leaving this Summer and a new man stepping in as number 2, along with a proper Summer in the transfer market…. would you back against him?
Only a fool who reads Red Top chip shop paper would.