On 28th August 20011 we lost to Manchester United 8-2. It was the heaviest defeat in our 125 year history. Two of our best players wanted out. We were 17th in the league with 1 point and heading for our worst start in years
The press were scathing
Ollie Holt from the mirror said:
“Liverpool have strengthened while Arsenal have gone backwards”
On Talkshite Adrian Durham started using this slogan when referring to Wenger:
“he used to be good, now he’s rubbish”
The press were unanimous that Wenger had lost the plot
The blogs were worse.
Why did we only buy Gervinho?
Why do we have so much ‘deadwood’?
Why did we waste £16m on Oxlade- Chamberlain from Southampton? We need ‘ready made’s’ not more kids.
Some on here (including me) were beginning to question him.
Most people agreed we had no chance of top 4.
Arsène Wenger had lost the fans, the press and allegedly the dressing room. The board acted swiftly and he was sacked.
Au Revoir Arsene
In a parallel universe, the Board acts swiftly and appointed a new manager. The new man was young and unknown. He acted decisively, and in the little time available, he is busy in the transfer market.
Per Mertesaker from Werder Bremen
Andre Santos from Fenerbahce
Park Chu-Young from Monaco
Mikel Arteta from Everton
And took Yossi Benayoun on loan from Chelsea.
He also shipped out Denilson, Bendtner and some other “deadwood” that the fans didn’t want
The fans and press weren’t entirely convinced…..
“who are Park and Santos?”
“Is Mertesaker is a crock?” (Even though some fans had been crying out for him 2 years ago)
“Arteta is not good enough to clean Fabregas’ boots”
But because he was a new manager most were prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt (and some time) and because he was young and British the press heralded him as the man to lead Arsenal.
In the first game we got lucky and beat Swansea 1 nil at home with a goal gifted by their keeper.
The next result was a disaster, we lost 3-4 at Blackburn after leading 2 nil. The press and the fans said it was Wenger’s fault as it was mostly his team.
We then beat Bolton and lost away to the spuds courtesy of a handball by Van Der Vaart.
But then we had a run of 8 games unbeaten including the 5-3 demolition of the chavs at the bus stop in Fulham. The press and the fans were now heaping praise on our new manager. “He’s finally got Arsenal playing as a team”. Something Wenger was no longer able to achieve.
Things changed when we lost all 4 full backs and had to start utilising players out of position. The press and fans agreed this was bad luck and anyone would have problems trying to cope with so many injuries.
After a bad spell including 3 losses on the bounce we started to get our players back and results improved. We are now on a 7 match winning streak only matched in Europe by the Catalan diving club.
We’ve set a new Premiere league record by winning 4 matches from a goal down proving our “mental strength”, something Wenger talked about but couldn’t deliver. The fans are now more vocal and the Emirates is becoming the home it promised.
We sit third in the table, 8 points ahead of the chavs and 3 ahead of the swamp dwellers. The fans and press agree; we must not get complacent. We need to stay focused for the rest of the season to make sure we get at least 4th but hopefully 3rd and we need to persuade RVP to sign a new contract.
With a couple of new players in the summer and Jack coming back we may even challenge for the big prizes next season.
Everyone is agreed, signing a new manager was a masterstroke by the Board. He’s rejuvenated the club, the team and the supporters.
The future looks bright.
What a shame that senile old Frenchman couldn’t have done it.
Written by goonermichael