Is Wenger Right To Tell Fans To Judge Him At The End Of The Season?

Arsene Wenger has certainly been feeling the pressure of the state of the affairs of his team over the past couple of games, and rather than respond with any fiery defence of the present, he has asked to be judged on the outcome of the future.

Don’t judge me now, wait till May was what the Frenchman was reported as saying.

It has been a disappointing season for all Gunners, and there is no nice way to sugar coat it. After the ecstatic of May the 27th, nothing was beyond the scope of imagination to a gooner. It was a new dawn, the darkness spent in the emptiness of the last decade finally obliterated by that glorious Wembley day. The acquisition of an improved financial status gave us voice to acclaim that not only are we out of the shadow of our rival heavy spenders who have kept us suppressed over the past years, we could go on to do what the biggest clubs in the world could do.

It began well, with the signing of Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean has delivered on every pence. But it was not enough, as the defensive frailties which have been our standing hallmark for the past years have still haunted us. Injuries have been customary, but even the standards set early this season have gone a notch further up the scale.

Chelsea, United, City, Everton, Spurs and even Stoke have all being played, none defeated. 6th place after nearly half of the games played. It all looks made up for another top four battle, with even more contenders in Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle. After an off-season that promised so much, it is only right that questions should be asked, constructive criticisms made, and opinions shared. It’s called for some level of judgement.

Yet, Wenger says “judge not” till May.

Perhaps, he has a point, if history could bail him out. Stats do not often tell the whole story – and they almost always boring to read – but we will have a quick glance through to give Wenger a chance.

Over the past five seasons – last been an exception – Wenger has probably preferred to go the route of the regular University student, who ‘knows’ he’s good enough to pass the exams when they come and so chooses to bother less about studying during the semester. After 13 – 14 games in the two seasons leading up to last, we consistently floated at 7th place, with the likes of Newcastle and West Brom ahead of us in fourth spot. While Newcastle finished the 10/11 season in the Europa League places while we finished third, the Baggies ended up with 22 less points at 8th place, while we secure fourth spot.

I wish we didn’t have to prove all this just to back Wenger that we would still make fourth spot rather than aiming for the League. A club like ours should be meeting expectations on every Matchday, otherwise we should all turn our sets off, buy no tickets, and wait for the final day of the season.

West Ham and Southampton will likely spiral down to 7th and 8th place at the end of the season, but even a top four place for us may not be very certain, simply based on yester years. Every crash comes with a sign, and though we still expect to make it, maybe we have given ourselves too much right to that position.

As we ‘cannot’ win the Champions League, and may ‘struggle’ to retain the FA Cup, Wenger will be judged again by the minimum – a top four finish –  and though we are currently no there now, there are still 23 games to settle the difference.

So we keep our eyes fixed on today, but make the final say in May.

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    JayJay

    He’s a sneaky fellow that Wenger, he knows he will gain that 4th place trophy more down to the level of inconsistency in the EPL’s mid table brigade than anything else, I foresee Arsenal in 4th and Wenger saying look I did it again!

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      class="comment byuser comment-author-emma bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="li-comment-3238">
      Emmanuel

      Totally agree with you mate.

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    Jack Gunner

    It would probably a top 4 finish.The problem is he is too stubborn for the good
    of Arsenal .His appalling record against the elite sides in the epl and cl is testimony
    to this trait.His refusal to change his style is evident in the repeated losses to the
    teams.Unless he changes track,which I doubt,Arsenal will continue to be in a rut.
    If Arsenal are serious about challenging for trophies,he has to go.

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      class="comment byuser comment-author-emma bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="li-comment-3239">
      Emmanuel

      Well said mate. Do you think Arsenal finishing outside the top 4 would spur the change we have been seeking over the last couple of years?

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        JayJay

        Finishing out of the top 5 would help Wenger and Arsenal, We all know he only rotates the team due to injury, so it would result in players getting a bit more rest. But then he will probably only aim for 4th place at minimum the following season.

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          class="comment byuser comment-author-emma bypostauthor odd alt depth-4" id="li-comment-3243">
          Emmanuel

          I get your point here but i was thinking helping Arsenal in the context of spurring the Board and the management to splash the cash and please the fans the following season. A sort of lesson learnt. And who knows maybe get a replacement for Wenger and move Le Prof to join the management of the club rather than letting him go like some “new school manager”

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            JayJay

            I dont know Emmanuel, the board were pretty supportive of Wenger last season when it seemed at one point that we may not make the top 4, I think things have to be really bad like it was for Man Utd last season for the board and Wenger to learn any lessons, lets be honest. Us arsenal fans have been moaning about the same things for the last few seasons, to me it seems as though no one is listening.

            But don’t get me wrong its not all doom and gloom as the media make it out to be, i think our team is good just too inconsistent for words. And i honestly thought that we would have the best defense in the league when they appointed Bould as assistant coach, mind you it seemed that why for large parts of last season sadly i think that was more down to Kozzy and the BFG then Bould’s influence.

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            Emmanuel

            Exactly…though i wish we could have this top 4 mentality thing thrashed out without having to go the “Man Utd way” to learn it.

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    john

    Wenger always says judge me at the end of the season… because he is doesn’t have to do any press conferences to answer any questions and the media are talking about summer sport.

    THE MAN IS A FRAUD

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