There are rumours coming out of Arsenal that Arsene Wenger has attended a crisis meeting with members of the Arsenal board to explain the teams drastic dip in form and its recent insipid performances. Within a period of five matches the side have virtually disintegrated in front of the fans eyes and are now certain to miss out on an automatic qualification place for the champions league.
It was said that the atmosphere prior to the meeting was somber and one assumes that it didn’t improve once the doors closed with a gaunt , almost haunted looking Wenger inside, having to explain his sides failings.
It’s speculation to even suggest what was discussed but the meeting was widely anticipated at the Emirates after four successive defeats. It said that the meeting was brief and that there may even have been a direct link to Arsenal’s absent owner Stan Kroenke.
Wenger left to gather his thoughts and prepare his team for their Europa league clash with AC Milan but if Arsenal perform as badly against them ,another meeting may well follow in rather quick succession.
The Frenchman is under fire from every angle , the media , who are relentlessly looking for ways to seek his dismissal via public opinion. From the fans and the board , who are increasingly worried about the clubs downturn. There are also whispers of growing unrest within the team with a handful of players suggesting that Wenger has lost control of the situation.
This week , I was embarrassed to call myself an Arsenal fan. Not because of the trouncing at the hands of Manchester City in the Carabao cup final and in Premier league , nor was it because of another lack lustre performance at Brighton.
I am embarrassed at the behaviour of so called Arsenal fans who are calling for the Frenchman to be killed on social media. On Facebook last week a picture appeared of the Manager surrounded by people pointing handguns in his direction , asking what should be done.
On closer examination the comments boxes contained a two word answer ‘kill him’ which occurred over and over again. All this for a man who’s only crime has been that he lost a handful of football matches.
I consider myself a passionate and loyal supporter, I am disappointed on occasion , frustrated , even bitter when results go badly but would I ever demand the death of the man in charge of the side , absolutely not.
Paying fans are entitled to opinions , after all , 90% of football conversations up and down the country are opinion based but they should also reflect measured comment , lucid argument but above all they should reflect a level of respect.
I want Wenger to leave before his legacy is forgotten but fans need to remember what this remarkable man has done for the club. Long after he has gone , his era , for the most part. will be seen as a golden age and his reign as something special.
True fans follow their clubs with pride but also display dignity , if that has gone then what’s the point of supporting a club that has people in its ranks who are reactionary , cruel and vicious. That’s not something I want to be part of.