Ozil has a bit of a point
IT would have been pretty funny if in his Facebook post Mesut Ozil had added: “I’ve been watching some old Arsenal VHS tapes on and couldn’t help noticing that some of those very same legends who lambaste the current state of affairs at Arsenal appeared all smiles in the early 1990s as they spent the peak years of their careers hoovering up second rate cups with no great danger of any title challenge being launched.”
I make this point not because I think Ozil has been any great success. I don’t. And equally I do believe criticism is due of the club at the moment. And I don’t doubt that internally things are a mess too.
But I do wonder whether things have become a little hysterical. And whether now, three games in, is really the time to be banging on about Arsene Wenger and his future.
I was one of those who wouldn’t have renewed his contract. But they did and they did so and they did it after a pretty damn spectacular FA Cup win. A win which as Mesut Ozil points out, was our third in four years. It doesn’t make up for our poor performances in the league but as I’ve said previously, those cup wins are not in my view something that his critics can credibly brush aside as meaningless. They’re not.
Once that contract was signed I resolved that there was going to need to be quite a lot of football played before I started really thinking about Arsene Wenger’s future again. That doesn’t mean blind optimism and months of silence. Just that whatever is going to happen should be allowed to play itself out.
If I’m honest, the general thrust of what I’ve seen this season hasn’t come as any enormous surprise. It chimes with the direction I’ve long thought things are headed in but I just feel that for now it needs to be allowed to play itself out. If I’m wrong and in fact we’re about to run into the sunlit uplands, great.
Finally, if I learned one thing from some interesting conversations after the FA Cup final with some Wenger loyalists (and in the world away from the internet there are enough that made it possible for him to stay), the perception that he is being unfairly treated by those who want shot of him will, completely understandably, do nothing to change their minds.
PS, the Community Shield should never, ever, be cited as a trophy!