Dear, oh dear, Monsieur Wenger! What an utter and unmitigated disaster!

Truth be told, this loyal Gooner has been very patient.

Bearded, cantankerous and grumpy he may be, but very patient.


Well, until now. But ultimately, the limits have been breached, and sadly, a spade has to be called a spade!! I am truly outraged.

Since the past quarter century or so, we fans have been promised the holy grail of European glory. The lottery ticket has been duly procured every year, only for us to stumble at some or other hurdle. Admittedly, the lottery ticket itself is somewhat valuable, particularly for the countless numpties populating the English League that have not managed to procure a ticket consistently for such a long time. Still, this is no better than a fourth place trophy, really! Such a disaster!

At the same time, the predictable same old stories have continued. Lack of activity in the transfer market, tiring European group stage adventures affecting our chances in the League itself, together with an injury-plagued lion’s share of the season, all contributing towards no better than fourth place trophy! Such a disgrace indeed!

Imagine my joy last season when the so-called pundits and realist doomers proclaimed, finally, that we were not good enough for fourth spot. Finally there was light at the end of the tunnel, a chance to turn our back on Champions League and overturn the permanent saga of fatigue and injury. Finally, then, there would be a chance to win the League this year. In the event, this turned out a blank promise! The light came from an oncoming train that would run us over! Useless doomers! No fourth place trophy, but instead second place! Pray, what good was that! Same old, same old! Such a disaster!

This year, the realists and pundits were at it again. Predictions of doom were duly proclaimed, and gullible me, I even believed them. Finally, we were destined for the lower half of the table. Perfect for a good shot at the title next year; or so it seemed! Particularly, come November, and surely the good guys and their classy manager are going to vanish off into oblivion.

But, as usual, M. Venga had to spoil it all. Take the trip to Old Toilet, for example. It started off nicely, leaving our most productive striker on the bench and inviting our other tall Frenchman to leave his defensive role to populate the ManUre box. Oh, how one would have wished a quick counterattack to then leave us exposed at the back and jettison us out of the top four. That would be a good start. But the wily cruel Venga had to spoil it all. Who asked him to bring EFF (Everyone’s Favourite Frenchman, courtesy chas) on for a final few minutes, against the best advice of the doomers. And then the inevitable happened. The EFF just spoiled all the fun with yet another last minute goal.

How cruel! And such blatant favouritism towards the French. Sadly, we still remain in touch with the leaders. This way we will continue to remain in contention well into the new year. Such a disgrace!

Why, oh why? When can we have the pleasure of a lower half finish for a change? With nothing to focus on except the following season’s league triumph, which will no doubt automatically follow. Alas! All that we fans can do is remain in hope.

Sadly yours,

Red Arnie

70 Responses to Dear, oh dear, Monsieur Wenger! What an utter and unmitigated disaster!

  1. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:


  2. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    I visited an Arsenal fan client yesterday. He launched into a blistering attack on the awful performance at OT.

    I tried to give some differing opinions about why the team played as it did.

    He then revealed he had been watching a lot of ArsenalFanTV, I ended the conversation.

    My opinion on the performance in the last two games…..the team chose to not lose in both games, and in doing so ended up putting in unconvincing performances.

    The main criticism of our result at OT focuses on team selection, i asked my client the following:

    What if we went to OT in our normal setup, Iwobi, Ozil, Theo and Alexis and a midfield 2 of Coq and Rambo, and what if we’d committed fullbacks all game as we normally do to try and unpick the defence, but by doing all that we left ourselves open to counter attack after counter attack, with Martial, Valencia and Rashford stretching us this way and that and Carrick and Mata feeding them. What if by half time we were 3-0 down, what would ArsenalFanTV say then. “Same Old Wenger never changes for opponents, wouldn’t it be good if he took a leaf out of Maourinho’s book and killed the game, stayed defensive”…..

    But then we play within ourselves and control the game, and the criticism is we were scared, or unmotivated.

    Damned if he does and if he doesn’t I wouldn’t like to be a football manager.

  3. chas says:

    Thank you very much for such a cantankerous post and having such a fine beard. πŸ™‚

    The game at the Old Cowshed still raises so many questions in my deluded mind.

    Does the defensive double pivot (Coq and ElNeny), stultify our football?

    Was Ramsey picked to balance this and add some more creativity in a slightly deeper position than Iwobi or the Ox would have played?

    Would Xhaka make a huge difference, since he’s already played in games against Leicester and the spuds, when we struggled to create very much?

    Is Mesut playing further forward this season?
    Is this to balance Sanchez dropping deep in the more fluid attack?
    Are we often playing 4-4-2 as a consequence with, Mesut as Dennis and Alexis as Thierry?
    Is this affecting our link play as there often seems a big space in front of the double pivot which means the midfield struggles to connect with the attack?

    If the blame for the Old Trafford performance lies with Wenger, did he send them out with orders to look listless, lifeless and as if they’d rarely seen each other, let alone played together?

    What first was Arsenal’s 1927 match at Highbury against Sheffield United known for?

    Why does this photo of Alan Smith give me the eebie-jeebies?

  4. malihalls67 says:

    I guess we’ll see the same set up against PSG tomorrow…Lets not lose. Our attacking flare is always wasted when we play defensively or play for a draw.

  5. VP of Oz says:

    Thank you Red Arnie.
    I’m not sure why, but after reading your post I went and read the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time.

  6. crispen says:

    You are oh so right. There can only be one solution. Wenger out!!

    Great article.

  7. LB says:

    Yay, an Arnie Post, thanks Arnie.

  8. chas says:

    Just saw this, Arnie, and immediately thought of you. πŸ™‚

  9. chas says:

  10. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha. thank you all. stuck in boring meetings at the bankers’ graveyard here in Frankfurt. but enjoyed the comments. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Chas. πŸ™‚

  11. Red Arnie says:

    Chas, both for the vid and the lovely pic. πŸ™‚

  12. Red Arnie says:

    Lovely analysis, GiE and Chas. πŸ™‚

  13. chas says:

  14. Red Arnie says:

    wow. good man Hector! πŸ™‚

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Arnie. Superb. Ascerbic wit.

    chas. 1927. I remember it well, I was sitting with my crystal set, basking.

  16. Red Arnie says:

    wow. just noticed. what a banner! thank you, Chas! πŸ™‚

  17. mickydidit89 says:

    Great Caledonian Sarcasm, Arnie. You naughty wee bearded highlander, you πŸ™‚

    Ought to have been practically your neighbour tonight, but shit happens.

    Best news of the day, Brexit works!!! πŸ™‚
    Up yours Aurier, ha ha. That’d be so funny if immigration control manages to hold out πŸ™‚

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok Lads, I promise not to change the subject for long, but while I’m back on laptop, one question about blogging from an iPhone. Peaches told me to download wordpress app so don’t have to log in every time. Did that, and still complete pants. Am I normal? πŸ™‚

    Where’s Eddie?

  19. Red Arnie says:

    Thank you Micky, thank you Raddy. πŸ™‚ Eddie has gone to escort Aurier across the border. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I got a banner. tra la la la la
    I got a banner. tra la la la la

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Having a banner is very bad news Arnie. It means, you’re in it up to the very top of your whiskers πŸ™‚

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    Well written and entertaining, Roter Arnie πŸ™‚
    Made me think of this:

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Love the bullet headers, Chas. Fine comment by GiE.

  23. Domhuaille says:

    Haha…..great stuff!

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    Just for clarity, my Brexit works! comment was directed at keeping Paris St Germain’s best players out when playing The Arsenal πŸ™„

  25. chas says:

    CSKA equalised against Leverkusen to give the spuds a lifeline other than beating Monaco later.

  26. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Micky….go all the way to the bottom of the site. And click that link that says “view desktop site” or something like that.

    You’ll end up always logged in (as long as you click radio button remember me) unless you clear cookies then you’ll have to repeat the process.

    When in desktop mode double tap on article or any comment and the article and following comments will fill the width of your screen. And you don’t have to keep scrolling up to post a comment.

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Didit to Exile

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Didit did it and it didn’t work

    I reckon my mistake was to close the picture then try and come back on but lo…it asked me the questions again.

    Thanks anyway Exile. Do you have to log in (mobile only) every time your phone gets switched off then on again?

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    Test from mobile

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Still hete

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, Exile, that’s a big improvement. Thank you.

    Key to success? Never log out πŸ™‚

  32. Rasp says:

    Lovely job Arnie and great header chas πŸ™‚

    Arsene is beginning to show promise as a manager … we have to be patient and wait for his potential to develop … just like Theo πŸ™‚

  33. chas says:

  34. Ant says:

    Micky – what works for me to prevent more logging in is to put a piece of carbon paper between my finger and the phone when I log in and it means that I don’t have to log in next time as I have another copy..simples. Have you tried switching it off and back on?

  35. Ant says:

    Spuds out …….in the Europa would be fantastic!

  36. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha πŸ™‚

  37. LB says:

    Hmmmm, did you see that team selection? It is only just short of a betting inquiry.

  38. Red Arnie says:

    Total. lovely fable vid. πŸ™‚

  39. Red Arnie says:

    motning all.

  40. Red Arnie says:


  41. Red Arnie says:

    Table booked. Eager anticipation.

  42. Red Arnie says:

    Check from 8:16, but particularly at 9:00 Good analysis, for a change, from Sky.

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All.

    Match day. I had better get writing.

    Ant. I tried your suggestion. Doesn’t work.

  44. chas says:

  45. chas says:

  46. chas says:

    Spuds in the Champions League this season.

    I hear there are still a small amount of tickets available for their Europa League play off match against CSKA at Wembley.
    It’s so gratifying that they had a miserable experience of playing at Wembley as well, isn’t it?

  47. Ant says:

  48. Ant says:

  49. GΓΆΓΆner In Exile says:

    Was interesting listening to pundits last night trying to come up with all reasons why Spuds were out and one of the main points of query was what had happened to their high press which was so dominant last season.

    Well here’s my opinion…..the players hit a wall in around April last season, and they have not recovered physically. Has any team playing the high press in England kept it up long enough to win the title?

  50. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I think Wolves did it in the late 1950’s

  51. chas says:

    Poncetino reckons it’s their heads failing them, not their bodies. πŸ™‚

    Tottenham’s players lacked the quality and mentality required to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League, says boss Mauricio Pochettino.

    A 2-1 defeat at Monaco sealed their exit from the competition as they paid the price for their woeful home form.

    Consecutive defeats at their temporary Wembley home had left Spurs with no margin for error and they duly came up short against a classy Monaco side.

    “We need to improve our mentality and be ready every game,” Pochettino said.

    “From the beginning of the season, I said our challenge was not physical, it was tactical – to manage your mind and to play on Saturday and then Tuesday or Wednesday.”

  52. Big Raddy says:

    7.44. Interesting and, in a way ,regrettable.

  53. chas says:


    Just imagine a high press on those old muddy pitches – you’d be fecked after 5 minutes.

  54. chas says:

    Yes, with regard to the spending.
    Some have been saying how predictable the CL is every season.

    Nice of the spuds to upset the norm, though. πŸ™‚

  55. chas says:

    FA Cup final 1970

  56. mickydidit89 says:

    Scope for a new chant to go with “shooooot” and that is “lowwww pressss” πŸ™‚

    Chas @ 7:47
    Some people spend their spare time very wisely and creatively. Genius. Brilliant πŸ™‚

    Morning all

  57. chas says:

    Too soon?

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Proper pitches, proper football.

  59. chas says:

    Your comment reminded of sitting alongside GIE.

    His team advice came in two forms…….




  60. mickydidit89 says:

    I remembered that. Also, I remembered he hates the shoooot so I threw that in as my googley πŸ™‚

  61. mickydidit89 says:


    Does the fact that teams like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are lying second in their groups make you consider resting Sanchez?


  62. Big Raddy says:

    Are you Mystic Micky? Uncanny.

    There is a New Post.

  63. hk toto says:

    Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a stuff! present here at this weblog,
    thanks admin of this site.

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