After crashing out 1-0 to a poor Blackburn Rovers side to end our last realistic hope for silverware, it is but natural that this post becomes an emotional one.
Let me make my position clear though before I start. I love Arsene Wenger just as much as I love Arsenal, and have defended him through thick and thin, through bar room brawls and street fights, through bloody upper lips and knees to the groin. But surely at some stage one has to draw the line and say enough is enough, and tonight is that night.
Mind you, no one will be more disappointed at Arsenal’s FA Cup exit tonight than Wenger. After all, he’s not just our manager, but also the club’s no.1 fan. However, a time comes in everyone’s life when one needs to move on, and Arsene’s time at Arsenal is now just feeling like a bad marriage which is agonizing on the kids.
Yes, we dominated the game. Yes, Gervinho should have scored. Yes, we were unlucky that Rosicky hit the bar. Yes, Walcott should have got a late penalty. Yes, Blackburn’s goal was a bloody fluke.
So, what’s Wenger got to do with all this. Sadly everything. The 11 men he choose to send out to battle today were his decision, and saving our players for Bayern Munich is just ridiculous. Lets face it, everyone knows we’re not going to beat them. They aren’t runaway leaders in the Bundesliga for nothing. And, the fact that we have so many ‘rubbish’ players on our books to complete the ‘squad’ is after all Wenger’s fault. Every year we hear about a clear out, and every year we hear about Arsenal’s youngsters needing one more year. Well Arsene, the Arsenal fans want our last 8 years back!
And once again that oh so crucial week in February will end us. Don’t be surprised if we crash and burn at home to Christian Benteke and Aston Villa in the league at the weekend either.