Wenger seems to be under siege this season more often than not from his own fans. The Wenger Out Brigade seems to be getting louder by the minute. In my opinion, they are not getting louder… it is the Wenger Knows followers who are slowly running out of excuses. Every fan is allowed to voice his/her own opinion and no matter which side of the fence you sit on, it is very frustrating watching an Arsenal team under performing. Does the blame fall squarely on the players who are given the privilege of being in the first team or the manager who chooses the team and the tactics?
Does the performance really matter so long as the one gets a positive result?
When Arsenal played against Manchester United at the Emirates stadium, we were scintillating in our attacks and toothless in our finishing. Manchester United was ruthless grabbing the chances that were presented. It was painful to watch and Wenger got a lot of stick for that as well as the loss to Stoke.
However, when Arsenal played against Liverpool at Anfield, the tables were turned. Arsenal could not get a foothold and rightfully went behind to a smart Coutinho finish. Instead of capitulating, Arsenal went on the attack and scored a very…un-Arsenal like goal making sure both teams went in to the break deadlocked. Arsenal then went on to take the lead and defended it resiliently before Per Mertesacker inexcusably let Skrtel get a free header to steal a point for Liverpool.
Arsenal fans should be proud of Arsenal for two reasons. One is their resilience and willingness to fight to the end. The second half against Stoke city showed that no matter what, the team sticks together. Ultimately, against Stoke, they could not sneak a result even though they really played well in the second half. Arsenal fans should also be proud their team has learnt to get points even when playing badly. Against Liverpool, Arsenal proved they can earn a point winning ugly. How many times has Arsenal played so well only to be pegged back by a sucker punch? It felt good to do it to another team.
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Wenger has asked to be judged at the end of the season. I think, as fans, we should appreciate that he has at least earned that reprieve. If Arsenal can manage to find some form of consistency, then who knows what this team can achieve.