Arsenal fans are turning their backs on Mikel Arteta in their droves as the results continue to go against him. The promised revolution has become something of a joke and supporters that pledged their undying support are now starting to turn.
Something is wrong at the club with a series of poor performances which have prompted calls for the manager to be sacked. There are a few things that we need to understand before rejecting their opinions completely and they are all basics from a fan’s point of view.
Fans will respond positively if they see the effort, that’s why so many fans rave about Saka and Tierney but they won’t be so enthused by pedestrian performances. They also need to see a collective competitive spirit from the team and that the players are committed to the task and their club.
Above all, they need to be entertained. Hardcore fans can shoulder a loss or series of defeats if they felt they were close calls or there was evidence that the players were able to give them a moment of excellence or something special. They can still believe if the team plays exhilarating football without obtaining the just rewards but if all these elements are missing, then there are bound to be problems.
This is the current state of affairs at Arsenal, the fans are becoming restless with Arteta and are getting more nervous with the club just five points clear of Brighton, six ahead of Fulham, ten in front of West Brom, and only 15 off the bottom. Mikel Arteta is in for a long season and the laughable link to Sam Allardyce, who is now with WBA, might not be so amusing this morning because big Sam has a habit of keeping clubs up at the expense of others.
The cracks in Arteta’s armour are starting to show in his desperation to get things back on track. Like Unai Emery before him, his team selections are seemingly random, ignoring what he has at his disposal and churlishly excluding players for personal reasons.
This house of cards could collapse at any minute as Arteta continues to obsessively justify himself without listening to any other opinion or without trying to chart an alternative course. My loyalty is now being questioned as I see the team offer little resistance to some of the most ordinary sides in the division.
Each loss feels more painful, more inevitable and as a result we, the fans, start to expect and accept them and that’s a dangerous poison to be in.