I HATE Arsenal at the moment.
My grandad grew up in North London and went to his first game at Highbury in the 1920’s.
My dad went to his first game in 1954 and took me in 1991.
Since then I have been going regularly home and away, getting a season ticket at about 13 – which I’ve kept ever since – and a dodgy cannon tattoo when I was 17.
As soon as I could afford it I bought a flat half-an-hour’s walk away from the ground in the horribly gentrified, trendy borough of Islington.
My six-year-old nephew went to his first game last season and when I have kids, they will go to the soulless, concrete bowl we moved to, to allow us to ‘compete with Europe’s elite’.
But I hate Arsenal at the moment. I hate the owner, I hate the chief exec, I really hate the manager, I hate 90 per cent of the players and I even hate some of the deluded fans.
Yesterday’s performance against a Liverpool side, that probably won’t challenge for the league, was as pathetic as it was predictable.
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It wasn’t a watershed moment, it was yet another humbling, humiliation at the hands of a half decent club.
We’re used to them now.
The Arsenal, the club I love, has been slaughtered by so many sides both in Europe and domestically in recent years, I can’t be bothered to list them.
And assuming Wenger sees out the next two years, there will be a hell of a lot more to come.
My family, my friends and anyone whose opinion on football I have a modicum of respect for have wanted that has-been out of our club for about nine years now.
It’s so painfully obvious that the man is incapable of managing a top side, it’s not worth discussing, but still there are people who defend him.
There are less of them now, but there are still a lot of Arsenal fans who seem to think calling for Wenger’s head is disrespectful and damaging to the club.
Well I’ve got news for you, if you don’t call for his head YOU are damaging the club.
If you’re not trying to solve the problem then you’re part of the problem and I can’t even bear talking to you, because you’re personally contributing to the steady decline of The Arsenal.
All this boring nonsense about the respect he deserves for past achievements is complete and utter rubbish.
We, and when I say we, I mean the people who fork out thousands of pounds a year watching the dross he puts out on the pitch, pay his wages.
For all you morons who talk as though he is managing my club out of the kindness of his heart, I just want to remind you he’s paid a basic wage of around £8.9million-a-year, plus god knows what in bonuses and incentives.
Does he genuinely believe he can turn us into title contenders? If yes, he is the most deluded man in football, if no, he’s taking us all for mugs and cashing in while he still can.
He’s an out-dated fraud and a liar. Remember the definitive proclamations we wouldn’t sell Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and all the rest?
If a mate or a girlfriend lied to you on such a frequent basis, you wouldn’t have it. Why do you put up with it from this deluded, multi-millionaire narcissist?
And as for the people above him (that’s if you aren’t someone who believes he calls all the shots), they are as bad.
Stan Kroenke is a money grabbing leach, who doesn’t know one end of a soccer pitch from the pitching mound to the end zone.
Ivan Gazidis promised last year’s dismal Premier League campaign would be ‘a catalyst for change’.
That seismic change has manifested itself as one over-priced French striker who can’t get in the national team, a free transfer (neither of whom started yesterday) and Jens Lehman as a goalkeeping coach.
When Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain leave we’ll be even worse than we were last year.
That said, let them go. Sanchez deserves to play in a decent side and at the end of the day, we’re rubbish with them, we’ll just be slightly more rubbish without them.
If Wenger tries to buy anyone now they will be overpriced and unwanted by any other top club because he’s left it so late… again.
But that’s irrelevant anyway. I genuinely believe Wenger is so tactically inept, he could sign Messi, Verratti and van Dijk and we still wouldn’t win anything.
Moving onto our other ‘players’, Ozil is demanding a massive payrise… just try to get your head round that.
This pathetic coward of a footballer, who goes missing in every big game, has contributed next to nothing in four years and hasn’t been courted by any other club wants MORE money.
Wenger will give it to him, claim it as some kind of victory and then say it’s like a ‘new signing’.
Granit Xhaka, who cost around 30 million quid is arguably the worst buy in Premier League history.
He can’t defend, he can’t attack, he constantly gives the ball away. Please, somebody tell me what he actually does?
And by the way, playing half a dozen, decent cross field passes a season doesn’t make you Steven Gerrard.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg with our ‘top talent’. I won’t even start on Ramsay, Walcott et al.
Even if we wanted to shift these bog standard nobodies we couldn’t because of their exorbitant, over-inflated wages.
Anyway, there’s so much wrong with my once great club I could go on for hours, but I’ll wrap it up.
Until Arsene Wenger and arguably the entire hierarchy of the club leaves, results like yesterday’s will be a regular occurrence.
I’m not unrealistic. I don’t expect us to win the league every year. I would just like us to compete once in a while.
We haven’t genuinely challenged for a major trophy since 2006 and yet we continue to financially reward the man primarily responsible.
As I said at the beginning, I hate Arsenal at the moment. I loved Tony Adams, David Rocastle, Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright and Patrick Vieira.
I’m a mug, who can’t give it up, so I’ll keep going, but Ozil, Xhaka, Gazidis and Wenger aren’t what I fell in love with when I was boy.
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