“Wenger In” or “Wenger Out” … RESPECT The Man.


It’s quite amazing how certain things happen at around the same time and you can relate to them if you sit back and think. What amazed me was, these two things were not related to each other hugely at all. Just that one fine thread between them.

To give you a little background, a few days back I got an invitation for the annual college festival, this time though, and for the first time, as an alumni of the college. During my time at the college, I’ve had some great experiences; and there was no way I was going to miss the festival this time. It wasn’t only me that got the invite though, a few of my batch-mates also did and what was appalling was their reaction to it – mostly on the lines of “I’ve better things to do than this.” This actually made me think that people don’t respect a part of something (this festival as a part of our college for 2 years) which has been absolutely important for them.

A few days later, Arsenal had their “usual” slip in form and a part of the Arsenal fans made Arsene the scapegoat, again. This time though, there have been serious reports in the media too with names of potential successors coming up. There are people who want him to stay and continue as the manager for another couple of years and there are people who want a change.

Change is inevitable. When will it happen is something we all don’t know. But the way people expressed that they wanted Arsene to go; or sacked; was quite shameful of the lot. It is okay to have a strong view about this situation, but it is not ideal to express it by abusing the man himself. He is a man who has given his heart and soul to make Arsenal what they are right now. He is the man who has got many of you to follow Arsenal Football Club and to fall in love with it. There are so many people who started following Arsenal during the Arsene era and actually thought the club and his name were somehow related, that the club was named after him!

Arsene may not have been very successful after Arsenal’s stadium move but he has laid a foundation so strong that would, in all probability, make the next manager coming in a huge success instantly. If you go on to materialize success and count it in trophies post the stadium move, it is not something that will make people go “wow”. But, if you don’t materialize it and look at things beyond trophies then you’d realise how important the boss’ work has been.

To play in the Champions League year after year after year, to be challenging, for a major part of each season, for the Premier League title and at the same time, not increasing the financial liabilities, instead, becoming a debt free club. Not even the most successful club in England, or even the second most successful club in England, have played in the Champions League every year for 16-17 years running. You don’t get a trophy for just playing in Europe, but that is some feat.

I don’t need to write all that Arsene has done for the club, that’d be a piece by itself. The only thing that I lose my mind over is the fans abusing Arsene. You may want him out, but you do not have the right to abuse the man when the team doesn’t perform. Arsene Wenger is that person whose most successful period in club football was as the boss of the Invincibles and his unsuccessful period is finishing in the top 4 each year – not bad if you ask me.

What made me write this was the fact that I have respect for everything my college does because it has taught me a lot of things in my life. I’ve learnt a lot of things from Arsenal, from Wenger, and these things will stay with me for life. Arsene’s Arsenal has given me a lot of joy and a lot of pain at time, but that’s how it is. I say it again, it is okay to want the boss to not be the boss anymore, but Arsene hasn’t done anything that deserves abuse. I don’t know about you lot, but I want him to carry on, win the Premier League Title and then leave at a high, not that this isn’t a high to me.

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