Like any objective intelligent Arsenal fan I am aware that we have a few issues to address, but I don’t think booting the manger that has done so much for us out is the answer, but that is a whole different debate.
However, what does get me irate is certain ex-players who feel they have the right to stick the boot in.
We have so many legends that make constructive, yet supportive comments when asked, such as Dixon, Winterburn and Keown, all of whom recognise that they owe so much to Wenger. And then we have churlish bitter idiots like Manu Petit.
He told L’Equipe:
‘The defeat in the final of the League Cup has been devastating.‘
‘The club is in a transitional phase. It is also at a crossroads, sporting and economically. If he continues to sell its best players, it’s dead.
I can understand that Arsenal is in line with an economic logic, but to drop Fabregas and Nasri is a disaster, especially for the players who remain. Arsenal cannot afford to lose such elements and show that it has no further ambition.‘
‘Previously, the players left at the end of their career: Dennis Bergkamp,Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and myself [all left]. Today Fabregas and Nasri left when they were at the top. It’s very disturbing.’
Well thanks for being so constructive Manu, but I would like to pick up on a few points and add some personal observations as well.
1) Arsenal FC will never be dead because we have 125 years of heritage, passion and tradition behind us and no star player leaving will ever cause the demise of this great institution.
2) Losing Fabregas is a huge set back but we respect him for what he did for our club and his reasons for leaving. He gave us many incredible years before leaving for Barcelona, unlike yourself who gave us 3 and only one was special. You, like your compatriot Nasri, were an ingrate who went for the money after Wenger had made you a star. Perhaps Cesc will manage more than the 23 games and one pathetic season at the Camp Nou that you managed?
3) Arsene Wenger gave you your first break at Monaco as a defender and then in 1997 signed you for our great institution. If this was not enough he converted you into a midfield player where you had never played previously, which enabled you to win the League and FA Cup double and then a World Cup in your first year in that new position.
David Seager for Gunnersphere.com