Another must win game slipped from our grasp last weekend as Everton battered us 3-0 with Champions League qualification now out of our hands.
The pre-match hype surrounding this game was huge with many pundits naming it ‘Master(Wenger) vs Apprentice(Martinez)’ given both manager’s philosophy in expansive attacking football.
After ninety minutes of entertainment – clearly from an Everton point of view – Martinez triumphed over Wenger as his side run out comfortable winners on a bright afternoon at Goodison Park. For the Toffees, the post match analysis was centered around Martinez’s shrewd tactical awareness in shifting Romelu Lukaku to the right side of a prolonged three man attack enabling him space to cause havoc with his left foot.
Steven Naismith was chosen as the man to lead the line with his ability to stretch defenses and clever movement often proving a scourge to the Arsenal backline. For the Gunners though the only positive from the game was the return of Aaron Ramsey after over three months out with a thigh problem.
Since that game most Arsenal related websites and blogs have all gone into #wengerout mode with most claiming we would be better off with a new approach. Yes we have spectacularly failed in the big away games this season with the team looking jaded both mentally and physically to be able to compete over the course of the campaign, but let’s not jump to conclusions in writing off the best manager of our clubs history.
To say Arsene Wenger has lost the plot is simply disrespectful to a manager who safely navigated our change in stadium from Highbury to the Emirates – which is by no means a small feat – while guaranteeing Champions League football with a tight budget and a team very much in the building process. Surely now that we seem to have paid much of our stadium debt, we simply cannot begrudge the man responsible for this reality by simply turning our backs on him.
Like every human and great leader, Arsene has his flaws but I believe he has Arsenal’s best interest at heart and would call it quits if he has nothing to offer the club anymore.
With the race for fourth spot out of our hands, now is the time for us Gooners to unite get behind the manager and his team especially with an FA Cup semi final against Wigan up next. If we were told Arsenal would win the FA Cup and finish in the top four before the season started, most of us would term it as a success so why all the negativity when we are likely to end the season on a high? Surely that’s no failure.