Arsene Wenger was subject to some serious abuse in the wake of our 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace this past weekend, and the manager was apparently shocked at the level he was exposed to, as reported by the Mirror.
He really shouldn’t be though, as the game against the Eagles demonstrated precisely what fans have been so angry about over the last several years. Wenger was apparently told to “f**k off” among other expletives following the game, and the vicious nature of the abuse bizarrely surprised him.
More and more Arsenal fans are jumping on the Wenger out bandwagon, with many who were previously staunch supporters of the Frenchman admitting that it may be time for him to move on. The fact that there has been little to no change in the tactics, philosophies, and mentality at the club under Wenger is a major factor, as fans are growing increasingly impatient with the 66-year-old expecting different results from the same methods.
Our capitulation against West Ham and Crystal Palace just proved how far we are from being title challengers, and Wenger has to take a large part of the blame. There are many things the manager can’t be held solely responsible for – with the players certainly accountable – but the buck has to stop with him in many areas.
The lack of transfer activity definitely could be down to Wenger in many ways, but despite hints and rumours we don’t know for sure what restrictions he’s facing from the board.
While the general poor performances from individuals must result in a bit of finger pointing at the players themselves, Wenger needs to be able to motivate the team.
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With Leicester City potentially set to win the league with a squad made up largely of Championship calibre players we can’t entirely argue that our lack of movement in the transfer window is to blame, and on paper Arsenal should be beating most teams in the Premier League with ease. This obviously isn’t the case though, and the desire, hunger, and desperation to win just clearly isn’t there. The tactics at times have been all wrong too, which Wenger definitely needs to answer for.
The resentment towards the manager has only been growing, so how he can be surprised that after such poor performances it would further increase is a mystery.
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We’ve yet again gone from title contenders to top four hopefuls, and that simply isn’t good enough. Wenger has done a huge amount for the club, but he can’t be shocked that the fans are furious during a season where Leicester City and Tottenham are way above us fighting for the title.