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Welcome, Graham! ~ Gunners Town Admin
To All Arsenal Fans
The press speculation mounts – Guardiola could come to Arsenal. Wonderful. Excellent. What I have always wanted. It is a natural fit and would take the Wenger style of playing to a new level. So do we go for him? Do we make him an offer he cannot refuse and then pay off Arsene. Yes we do but with one clear unchangeable condition – only if Wenger agrees. We cannot dump Wenger. He has played fair with us. He has never broken a contract. He has always seen out the term of his employment. And this with mouth watering inducements for him to go to almost any Club in the world.
Wenger is unusual. He is a man of his word. Arsenal FC, too, have to be men of their word. Actually this is not addressed to the Board because I am sure they will not pressure Arsene or persuade him to go unless that is what Arsene wants. I would fully expect the Board to act ethically and not apply any squeeze.
No, my comments are addressed to Arsenal Fans and especially to those who have the knife out for Arsene, and there are a few. Men – no ladies yet in executive positions at the Emirates – who have a contempt for our manager – who recoil from his every utterance and who will only find bad in him. These are people who see him as a failure – “past his sell by date” – self serving and out of touch. A manager who has failed Arsenal and should have gone when Vieira scored the winning penalty against Man U at Cardiff in 2005. I do not agree with them but they are out there.
Let me be clear. Wenger is not a God. He is fallible. He has made mistakes – some on his own admission. Forget that. The issue here is that he has always conducted himself properly. He has been straight with AFC.
There is another point – any Club is entitled to dismiss any manager if during his contract the team is failing. The results are not there. The points are being dropped. The Cup runs are brief. Attendances are falling and if that was happening at Arsenal the Board would have a duty to the Club – the fans, the shareholders, the staff, the players – to call it a day and reach a deal that was fair to the manager. But that does not apply to AFC. We are top of the Premier League.
So there is only one solution – canvass the idea with Wenger. Talk to him about the option. See what he says. Maybe he will at the age of 66 and with his private life undergoing change be content to retire at the end of the season and Guardiola would be a perfect fit. But Wenger because of his standards and his ethics and his achievements and his present position with the team in number one spot must have the right to say he wants to see out his contract. He has always been fair with us. We have to be fair with him. Anything less and the standards of AFC drop and supporting Arsenal is partly about playing success and partly about doing things the right way. We must handle Wenger in the right way
My name is Graham Perry and I have been a lifelong Arsenal supporter since 1952 when I saw the ten men in red shirts hold out heroically until the 84th minute at Wembley.
The Arsenal thing was confirmed by a meeting with Alex James during Easter 1953. As with most of us it is a family thing with my father always waxing eloquent about the Chapman years.
I am married with four children and five grandchildren. I have been a solicitor in a legal aid practice and have just stepped down after 13 years as an Immigration Judge.
Arsenal is in the blood. The goals and the excitement matter but so does the Community thing and sharing Arsenal with friends and family over so many years.
Want nothing more than to see Wenger hold aloft the Premier League Trophy again.