Whisper it quietly, but the fans are restless and the man in the firing line is Arsene Wenger.
All Arsenal fans are grateful for what Arsene has done for Arsenal; he has brought success, great football and great players to the club. He was instrumental in the design of the new training ground and the new stadium, but things move on. For those who remember the George Graham era we loved Graham, he brought us success, but then he went stale.
The fans are no longer taken in by the Wenger smokescreen that this team will develop into champions. We are no longer content at seeing our main players leave season after season only to be replaced by unknown teenagers.
Our Invincibles have been sold, and in its place we have the Laughables We sold or released player after player, and replaced them with inferiority. How can Denilson, Song or Diaby be compared to Vieira, Gilberto or Edu? In Pires and Ljungberg we had midfielders who created and scored, our current batch are petrified of shooting.
The fans need to know what do we do in training, do we practice corners (taking and defending), does anyone shoot, and are they encouraged to shoot. Once these players enter the field of play all they do is pass and pass again, but the passes are all square and none are penetrative. Wenger needs to sort this out and sort it out quickly; we are club in decline a club that is no longer feared by its opponents.
We have allowed Wenger to kid us into believing that we have special youngsters; well if that is the case why does he not trust them? Why has not given the likes of Randall, Wilshere and Merida a chance in the first team? Wenger has played the “kids” in the Carling Cup, which is good, but he has also blown our chances to win silverware with this policy. We lost Chelsea in the final and Tottenham in a semi-final because we did not grasp the nettle and play regular first team players.
Many fans are asking is it time for a change, if not with the manager, then perhaps with his backroom staff. We appear devoid of ideas and are living on the glories of our past. This club is staring over an abyss and what we see is not good. A season of Europa League football will be a disaster. We will lose players and Champions League revenue. Furthermore, the club will start to play in front of empty seats, which not even Arsenal can pretend week after week is a sell-out.
Wenger needs to show intent, and that intent involves the transfer market. We need a recognised world class striker, we need a strong midfielder, a world class goalkeeper and a centre back. Wenger needs to clear out the dross and deadwood that he has accumulated.
The message is clear either change your policy Arsene or it au revoir M Wenger.