Arsenal fans were criticised at the start of the season by Samir Nasri for chanting against the playmaker amidst transfer speculation.
While a lot of pundits put down the behaviour of the fans, that weekend Nasri made the move to Manchester City that had been talked about for so long, and when he did, he left with some negative comments for the fans that perhaps, in a way, exonerated their feelings in the first place.
Considering the fact that the Emirates Stadium has sometimes been nicknamed ‘the library’, fans are particularly vocal on their feelings about the club. And now that Nasri has long gone, they’re turning their heads to a new issue; Arsene Wenger’s future.
While some have been calling for his head in the wake of the club’s worst start to the season in 58 years, the majority appear to understand that Wenger is one of the key members of the Arsenal football club, and is particularly important in keeping the side together and at least in the mix for trophies.
While the Gunners are a big club, they are still paying off a huge debt from building the new stadium, and unlike clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United who have owners pumping money into the side, Arsenal are owned by a holding company and have to cover their costs with revenue.
From that perspective, Wenger had done a fantastic job of keeping Arsenal a top club. When you compare the side to Newcastle for example, who spent big on established players and had almost the opposite of Wenger’s transfer policy 10 years ago, the club are now just settling back into the top-flight after relegation, and can boast only a limited number of international players in the squad.
Kieran Gibbs put it perfectly when he told reporters today: "We have to stand up and not hide if the results don't go our way. We'll see it change. It has not been the easiest of months.
"But the team is together and you can see from the stats of the games that what we are doing is right - but we are not getting the results.
"What Arsene Wenger has done is incredible. We are 100 per cent behind him."
Wenger wasn’t at fault over the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and the manager tried to make as many purchases as possible on deadline day to alleviate the loss. Compare that to Newcastle again, and the money from Andy’s Carroll’s sale has hardly been invested back into buying any players; the Toon haven’t even found a striker in two transfer windows.
After Arsenal fans and chief executive Ivan Gazidis made their feelings clear that Wenger will stay in the managerial post for the long term, a sense of relief must have washed over the club. Wenger is arguably one of the best foreign managers ever to coach in England, and Arsenal are lucky to have him.
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