Emirates Stadium Must Unite to Give Wenger the Arsenal Send Off he Deserves
After 22 years, the run is almost over for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. There are three games remaining in the Premier League, with Sunday’s clash with Burnley the final curtain call at the Emirates Stadium.
A section of Arsenal fans have been unhappy with Wenger for some time and they chose to stay away from games. It had the desired effect as the Frenchman – the most successful manager in the club’s history – will be moving on in the summer.
There have been others who have stayed loyal to Wenger regardless, impressed with how he transformed the club in the 1990s, delivered great success at the turn of the century and kept the club competitive towards the top of the table while being hamstrung financially by the change of home from Highbury to the Emirates.
Whether they are Wenger loyalists or those who had been calling for his head, they will unite as one on Sunday to pay tribute to a man who many did not even know when he was parachuted in to replace Bruce Rioch in 1996.
If they had been united in the cause before now, things may have turned out differently. The silent majority are often the ones who tip the balance in elections, but in Wenger’s case it was the silent minority who did for him. Too often, the Emirates has resembled a morgue, which was only magnified when the stay-at-home fans had their say.
The silent minority have now had their say and whether they are feeling smug inside and giving themselves a metaphorical pat on the back, they need to put their feelings to one side and do justice to a man who transformed the game and who on Sunday will take charge of the club for the 1,233rd time.
There will be many Arsenal supporters who have known nothing other than Wenger during their lives as Gunners fans. For those supporters, it is a watershed moment as the next home game will have a new boss at the helm. Time will be the judge as to whether the correct decision has been made, but the clock must be stopped for the final 90 minutes to give Wenger the send off a man of his standing in the game deserves.
It must be remembered that Wenger delivered a league and cup Double on two occasions, led the club to a new stadium and a training ground the envy of most and a facility perfect to nurture the talents of the future.
Those are great things to have on an epitaph but of arguably as much importance is the type of football he delivered and the sides he built.
The great Wenger teams, with players such as Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira – to name but a few – delivered silk and steel. They’d run rings round you one second and kick you over the touchline the next. At times they were unstoppable – Invincible as it turned out in 2003/04 – and that is what Wenger leaves behind.
But there is one final home game; it’s now a case of whether his Arsenal side can deliver. Burnley manager Sean Dyche would love nothing more than to be the party pooper, but if these Gunners players have any pride they will deliver a rip-roaring performance.
Virtually to a man, Arsenal are superior to Burnley and they need to show as such and justify 188BET’s price of 1.55 for a Gunners win. For those who sided with Victor Landberd in Miracle on 34th Street, Megatron in Transformers and Voldemort in Harry Potter, Burnley can be backed at 6.30 for the win.
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