The news – or alleged news, to be more accurate – broke a couple of days after Arsenal’s announcement about Danny Welbeck: Arsène Wenger was not aware of the signing of the English forward on permanent basis.
Would you believe it? I don’t.
Arsène Wenger, the ultimate deus-ex-machina of the Arsenal Football Club wasn’t informed about a signing for his own team!
Absolutely unbelievable, especially if we look at facts supposed to back up this theory: according to reports Arsène Wenger didn’t comment on new signing, which proves he was not aware of the deal and was not happy about it – resulting in his refusal to comment on this news.
A manager who used to publicly support players like Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner during very troubled times and who never slated these players in front of the press, now decided not to express his thoughts about Danny Welbeck just to prove a point.
That would be childish, at best.
Worse would be if the manager would decide to play Danny Welbeck out of position as a matter of principle – something that was mentioned, too.
I genuinely cannot imagine Arsène Wenger acting like that only to prove a point.
That would hurt his reputation in the first place but would also affect Danny Welbeck’s performances on the pitch and the spirit inside the dressing room – something that always seemed to be primordial to Arsène Wenger himself.
He didn’t hesitate to protect his players beyond any credibility and often offloaded players who he thought could be disruptive for the group – as he did with Robin van Persie. He could have forced the player to stick to his contract, perhaps sit on the bench or do some housekeeping but he decided to let the Dutch go and preserve the good atmosphere within the team.
Why should he change his reasoning at this point?
And there is even more to come, listen to this: Arsène Wenger was forced to sign Andrey Arshavin and Mesut Özil.
Yes, Le Prof did not agree with the arrival of both players but was forced to make the deals to ease pressure on the board and the team.
If there is something I really cannot envisage is Arsène Wenger denying his own beliefs.
If Arsène Wenger wanted to sign a 16 year old from Botswana because he trusts that player more than a Mesut Özil or a Danny Welbeck, he would have done it – period.
He drove all of us crazy when he used to sign promising young players ahead of experienced (although less talented) ones, we know how that feels.
You might disagree with how the club works today – I personally find it a bit scary – but I guess we all agree nothing happens at the Arsenal without Arsène Wenger knowing it.
To me, this whole story sound very ridiculous.
Something which sounds even more ridiculous is how we Arsenal supporters seem to like to shoot ourselves in the foot: shall we really believe our manager is a fool who would put the whole season in danger just to prove a point? Shall we believe we are supporting a club that looks like a total mess, where everyone seems to work on his own?
We shall not.
We might consider the fact that Arsène Wenger will talk about Danny Welbeck and sing his praises on Friday, during the usual press conference; we might consider the idea that Ivan Gazidis, Dick Law and Arsène Wenger were in contact during deadline day and got thru the deal together; we might also consider the hypotheses that everyone at the club knows what is happening behind closed doors and everyone agrees on how things shall be done.
I don’t believe that we would have managed to go through the huge renovation process so well, had we a childish boss and a bunch of amateur directors.
We are on the up, we are signing many excellent players and we are no longer the joke club none was taking seriously.
We are entitled to enjoy all this, fellow Gooners.
Give it a try.
Thirty-something Italian, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since mid-ninties, when the Gunners defeated my hometown team, in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.