The state of our Club and the future prospects part I

Since the Annual AGM this year, there has been much discussion about the direction in which the club is headed, the uncertainties on the horizon and the prospects of success with such a young squad. Much of the current negativity and inward self flagellation is due to an altered perception of what supporting a club really means. Modern fans seem all too impatient and I would argue that those who complain bitterly about the failure to win a trophy for trophies sake really need to examine the history of this club, if they are to avoid being called themselves merely trophy hunters like those whom we despise from other clubs such as ManU and Chelsea.
The modern Arsenal Football Club began to change for the better under George Graham, when the barren years of mediocre football and lack of success ended. The title win at Anfield was the beginning of our current mind set. We began as a club to believe that we were every bit as good as  Liverpool and the top domestic sides. Arsene Wenger has profited from this foundation and taken the club onto the next level, where we have become a force to be reckoned with in Europe at the highest level. The Champions league is the only trophy missing from the cabinet that would allow Arsene Wenger the satisfaction of having been proved right to keep true to his ideals.
We have seen players come and go, the talismans become legends and very rarely does their exit from our club mean that their careers are enhanced. We have pride in our brand of football and the brand was redefined when Arsene Wenger came to our club. He brought with him a scientific approach to fitness and playing the game of football which is now copied the world over. His ability to change players from unknown to a world star is unrivalled. The players really need to subscribe to his doctrine in more ways than the desire to win trophies or have huge bank accounts The statistics will show him to be the most successful manager that Arsenal has ever had.
He stands shoulder to shoulder with the last man to revolutionise the way things were done at this club, the great Herbert Chapman. To choose between them would be silly in my opinion, because Herbert Chapman did things that were decades ahead of his time. The run of success in that era was broken only by the second World War. Herbert Chapman died in 1934 before he was able to see those final glory days before the war. Having come from Huddersfield in 1925, His Arsenal Football Club gorged themselves upon a veritable feast of trophies from 1930 through to 1938. If he were alive today, I feel certain that he would approve of the determined way that Arsene Wenger has set about managing this club.
No-one who really understands and appreciates what Arsenal Insider tries to do as an Arsenal blog will disagree with what I am about to say. In the time since Arsene Wenger has been at this club, and during the years that we have had unrivalled economic prosperity and good health, what some fans need to realise is that there is a time and a place for their negative comments and expressions of frustrations. In the face of obscenely rich Billionaires and repeatedly unjust FA persecution on and off the field of play, Arsene Wenger has maintained a degree of consistency and success that could virtually disqualify anyone from having the right to criticise him.
Yet he would be the first to say that no-one is demanding sycophancy or trying to deny their right to hold a different view. But I share his dismay at  the sheer impatience that affects some of our fans. That is why Arsenal Insider allows fans to vent constructive but not destructive criticism of our club. I have attacked fans in my columns for leaving the ground early or not singing. I have in turn been attacked for holding these views and not realising that “he who pays the piper calls the tune” Well my reply is I would rather not have “your kind” at this club. You don’t deserve to be supporters of The great Arsenal. It means to me  that you really do not appreciate or understand the journey that this club has been through since 1971. But am I being harsh here?
When I call for success and a trophy, it is because I feel that this is necessary to be able to keep those players at the club whose heads are turned by the lure of riches and success. This is a necessary evil in these days when players are truly professional and mercenary, and the integrity of kissing the badge only lasts for as long as the player needs the club more than club needs him. I would predict that the days of players staying for ten years at a club are over. The players often fail to look at themselves in the aftermath of defeat, seemingly only wanting to blame others for their lack of form or lack of desire. The players need support from the fans, this is our duty, this should be our goal.
When I call for a big name, or another world class star, it is because that the fortunes of this club over the many decades have invariably been highest when we possessed the best players of the generation. From the Irish clan in the seventies to the French clan in the second millennium, to the next cosmopolitan clan over the next five years we now have the very best prospects and to replace them once they have left will be a major challenge. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to witness the play of Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira just to name a few, not forgetting Liam Brady, Rocky Rocastle, Ian Wright and David Seaman, Nigel Winterburn Lee Dixon and Stevie Bould. All legends.
I have criticised players themselves, and can stand accused as someone who could also be labelled as disloyal, but when I criticise, I criticise the players for not giving that 110% that we all illogically call for. I expect and demand no less than an unswerving almost blind loyalty to our club. I would rather that we sold the mercenaries or the players who only turn up for European fixtures as they do this club a disservice. I feel intense pain and frustration when a player who is paid to do a job professionally, cannot even perform the basic technical skills that gave them the right to call themselves a professional footballer.
What we all share as Gooners is a love of this club, a desire to see the club succeed. We are one big family, the Board, the manager, the players and the fans and in  part two of this mini thesis I shall allocate scores to each family member and comment upon what I perceive to be their future prospects.
By Fabregas the King.

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