Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Brilliant Bayern deserve applause and Arsene doesn't deserve ignorant abuse
I had a feeling that we were going to lose, Bayern are simply a fantastic football side, packed full of classy athletes, so cohesive as an attacking and defensive unit, they were simply a class above us on the night. Sometimes one simply has to hold up one's hands and give immense credit to the opposition, and I think last night was one of those nights. Bayern were top notch and must have a great chance of being champions this year.
I haven't posted much recently and there has been a reason for this, although our recent form has been distinctly mediocre, this hasn't been the reason. Frankly I am sick to the back teeth of the way that the media and some Arsenal fans have been treating our manager, Arsene Wenger. As many of you know I am a regular critic of some of his tactics, signings and overall management. Still, nothing is an excuse for the rank lack of respect shown to him by so many people who should know so much better.
Nothing can excuse this lack of respect that results in disgusting abusive vitriol, that results in a really negative atmosphere at home games, that results in people laughing and joking at someone who is giving his all for the club, that results in factually incorrect news stories being printed because people can't be bothered to check the most basic of facts, and that results in some ridiculous hysterical comments which are so deluded they have absolutely zero grasp of reality.
The last few years have most definitely had their problems but is is ludicrous to see them as a total dismal failure, and it is equally flawed to ignore what has been achieved on a relative shoe string budget in recent years. Practically there are many things that Arsene would probably do differently if given another chance, the problem is the reality of the situation: several other clubs have almost infinite budgets, Arsene has had his hands tied in the transfer market, the support Arsene has had from the board has been grossly inadequate and Arsene has been let down by some rather dishonest ungrateful individuals.
In all honesty I am absolutely fed up with the attitude of many journalists and some of our own support. It is irrelevant how badly one judges we are doing, even if we were near the relegation zone, it would never excuse some of the pathetic vitriol that is being dished in the manager's direction. Bayern are a great club and gave us a lesson, let's give them credit, and let's stop acting like spoilt toddlers, if one can never appreciate what's in one's glass, then one becomes a fucking miserable pathetic bitter individual and that's not nice. Football is a sport, Arsene is a good human being and let's just show a little bit more respect for each other. Let's support the players on the pitch and treat our greatest ever manager with a bit more respect.