Per the Fantasy world of Game of Thrones, “Azor Ahai is a legendary hero who could defeat the darkness and bring an end to the Long Night”. The negativity surrounding the club now is truly a darkness that needs to be fought. But who will be that Azor Ahai to end the darkness at Arsenal? Kroenke? Wenger? or one of their star players? Sanchez? Lacazette? The contender’s list goes on… Forgive me for the Thrones analogy through this blog, the season 7 finale just finished and I am still not over the fact that I have to wait more than a year for the next season.
When Arsenal moved from the old Highbury to the present Emirates Stadium, the fans were informed of the forthcoming financial sacrifices. Now in hindsight, it sounds like WINTER IS COMING (in Ned Stark’s voice)! Arsenal’s title challenge faltered; promising stars sold for financial gains; injuries plagued the players, but the manager always braved the storm to steer Arsenal into top 4 season after season. Finishing outside of it last season was probably the first-time Gunners realized that the WINTER IS WELL AND TRULY HERE!
It’s only three games into the season and the fans are already dreading about the long winter ahead. The club’s owner and Chief Executive went to hibernation in anticipation while the manager is left looking among his players for the PRINCE THAT WAS PROMISED. Transfer deadlines passed and for Arsenal to turn things around they must now look for solutions inside the club.
Watch Arsenal Fan TV for a few minutes and you will hear all about the things that gone bad at Arsenal Football Club. Personally, as an Arsenal Fan, I have only two choices. Support Arsenal no matter what or switch allegiance to another league and start following a new team. As a support from afar, I choose the former option and not inclined to change from that soon. I know I cannot elect who owns the club, who runs the club or, who manages the club. At the very best, I can only decide to limit my involvement in following the club. If that had been the decision, I won’t be writing this blog.
Being optimistic is a special trait and Arsenal fans sure knows Wenger has a ton of it. But witnessing the actions around the club, it becomes ever harder for the fans to view it all the same way as their manager. They don’t trust the manager anymore. They question everything from tactics, formations, player selections, staff selections, transfers and so on. It is not easy to perform for players anymore under this cloud of negativity. If they do so and win games it’s an achievement let alone the trophies at the end of the season.
It is no more a question of #wengerin or #wengerout. Fans have tried shouting at players on away games; chanting against owners in home games; making protests outside the stadium; reducing their presence albeit temporarily in a few games and; even flying banners on a plane. If that wasn’t making it clear to the people who make decisions I am not sure what will. Personally, I have always wanted the manager to leave on a high and there were plenty of opportunities to do so. But I now fear that the moment might never arrive. With him looking for the Azor Ahai to arrive with his Lightbringer, there is a danger of his legacy getting lost in the long darkness!