The Civil War Between the AKBs (Arsene Knows Best) and the AMGs (Arsene Must Go)
The wounds suffered from three successive losses in a row hasn’t fully healed and the panic button has been pressed so hard, it’s springing out from the remote control. Football is a sport that is watched by millions worldwide and its fair to say that a lot of emotions and sentiments are channelled into the game.
Arsenal’s Champions League aspirations are on the brink of extinction and the poor results on the pitch coupled with the lack of transfer activity off it has not gone down well with many Arsenal fans. Many fans use social networking applications to share their opinions on Arsenal’s present predicament but Rwanda’s president Paul Kagawe (an AMG) has also asked for Arsene Wenger’s head on a plate:
“I very much support Arsenal – but to be honest Wenger needs to coach another team now and Arsenal needs another coach,”
“When a good team and a good coach fail for long to deliver, one of them has to change, or even both!!”
Things have gotten so extreme to the level where AKBs (Arsene Knows Best) are battled by the AMGs (Arsene Must Go) on Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the lot.
Don’t get it twisted. Tunde Green is a dedicated Gooner that has been supporting this team since the days Merlin was the Chief Wizard of Camelot. When I asked him why he launched that tweet at the AKB, his reply was:
Arsene Wenger is a great manager that has achieved so much in Arsenal but his stubbornness to heed to the words of those who love the club (players and fans alike) has been a big issue down the years. It’s not just about opening the club’s cheque book to buy the Gotzes, Hazards and aliens from Lionel Messi’s planet, Arsenal just needs good players that can deputize for the first team starters in the time of injuries or when they need breathers.
Take last season for instance, Arsenal gave its fans the best post-Valentine gift ever by defeating Barcelona on the 16th of February 2011. Arsene Wenger used his second string squad days later to play lowly Leyton Orient in the FA Cup but the Gunners could only manage a draw.
This season, the team has clearly struggled in its precarious injury crisis yet the manager has given deaf ears to the pleas of everyone involved at Arsenal. Even with three league losses in a row in which most goals conceded were as a result of the club’s lack of full backs, the transfer gates of Arsenal still remain shut.
Many tabloids have published stories of a potential move to the managerial post at Real Madrid after the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ had a bust-up with some key figureheads in his playing staff. Despite all these shenanigans, Arsene Wenger’s players still remain faithful to him.
Club captain Robin van Persie initiated a heated yet honest discussion in the dressing room after the final whistle, in an effort to understand why recent displays have dipped and re-enthuse his team-mates. Van Persie may not tackle players and throw punches like Monsieur Vieira, but he’s clearly the best man leading this team right now and his performances on the pitch have been truly inspiring.
Mikel Arteta is another player that has blended in the nucleus of the team and more games without him will definitely give a lot of fans a cause for concern. He has spoken about his team mates’ confidence in Wenger. Arteta reiterated that Wenger has done so much for the club and he deserves the confidence of the fans.
With barely a week left in the January transfer window, the media Vultures are back again with the endless publications linking players in and out of Arsenal.
On player departures, Footy Bible reports that PSG is willing to make an outrageous £20m bid for Theo Walcott. For an inconsistent speed merchant that will have a year left in his contract this summer, it might be very hard for the Arsenal hierarchy to resist such an offer. Besides, Arsenal has an Ox that’s raring to go like those Spanish bulls in a bullfight with matadors.
On potential player arrivals, Ajax is keen to sell Jan Vertonghen (via Total Football Madness). Footy Bible also reported that Arsenal is eyeing Manchester City’s Adam Johnson while Football Friends Online published that Trapzonspor’s Burak Yilmaz would love to play for Arsenal.
Burak Yilmaz has smashed in 22 goals in 17 league matches in the Turkish SuperLeague and he has netted three times in 13 games for the Turkish National team. Robin van Persie still remains Arsenal’s potent weapon upfront but his deputies are not up to scratch. Yilmaz goal scoring record shows that he’ll bang them in provided he gets the right service and he’ll get plenty of that in Arsenal.
To round it all up, Silent Stan Kroenke has brought out some money to place a bid for Major League Baseball side Los Angeles Dodgers. He already owns franchises in all other major American sports, namely the NFL’s St Louis Rams, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids…yet no one knows what’s happening with the funds at Arsenal.
I know someone who does though,
The manager that shares the same name with his club,
Whether you’re an AKB or an AMG, heed to the words of Thierry Henry,
“No matter what, you should support the team.”
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