Arsene Wenger is a sanguine presence in the Barclays Premier League. He is the stable tree trunk, immovable, even when ravaged by the winds of time and popular opinion, swaying in the breeze.
His words are dangled in front of fans like leaves to the branch, teasing the promise of open air just beyond the middle distance.
Each summer, Arsenal fans ogle roses and lilies, yearning for beautiful and thoughtful acquisitions. They appreciate that these flowers take time to grow, but they feel they have been patient long enough.
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So occasionally - once a year, during summer - Arsenal fans send the press to hunt through the most beautiful lawns in all of Europe to find these beautiful flowers to decorate Wenger's unshakeable, stable tree trunk.
Built and grown on this tree trunk, there are many spouting branches, each dedicated to a particular strand of Wenger's philosophy. There is the low-lying fruit, the Theo Walcott's and the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's.
These are instantly gratifying, if slightly unfulfilling branches and fruits. Then higher up, there are branches that even against the most savage gales of public outcry cannot gather pace - these are the likes of Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta.
Now, this summer, the fans have sought to gather a forward from one of the neighbouring lawns. They begged and pleaded with Arsene Wenger, perhaps to bend to the winds just a little. But he is a stubborn, resolute figure that has graced the Premier League for close to two decades.
Karim Benzema was identified, as was Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Both of these were considered too exotic by Wenger and too expensive to import to the Emirates grass. Wenger believed that his tree could not support them - and today he has lashed out at the gale force of opinion.
He said: "I think as well to support the club and support the team is to stand behind the players.
"It is not always expecting someone coming down from heaven to sort out all your problems.
"Support is believing in the players, in the squad and this is a good opportunity to do that for our supporters.
"I have made more than 300 transfers and every time it’s a decision to make. Do you buy the player because he strengthens his squad or not? The solutions we had were not convincing at all. In the end you do not buy to give one hope, you want to buy because the players who come in can help your squad to be stronger"
"Buying and selling is one way to strengthen your team but that’s not the only way."
This is Wenger's plea against the seas of change. His is but a whisper in the wind in modern times, but for now, he has kept his faithful at bay. #InWengerWeTrust
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