The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Those Who Still Clamour for Wenger, Please Tell Me Why

In additional to the letter that Arsene Wenger writes to the fans each week where he says exactly what he says at media briefings - ie excuses - there is the weekly newsletter.

This week's newsletter basically says in the "on the pitch" paragraph; that we should forget the Champions League because we're out - although more diplomatic language is used; and they say our exit from the FA Cup was a shock - really? I'll get back to that just now.

In the "off the pitch" segment they write and I quote: "Arsenal legend Pat Rice received an MBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Rapper Dizzee Rascal was named as Muse's special guest, ahead of their upcoming gigs at the Emirates in May. Arsenal Ladies season tickets went on sale, the Club supported Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month, Arsenal passed 50,000 followers on Instagram , and finally, Lukas Podolski toured some of London's famous landmarks." Is it just me or the action for the Gunners appears to be "off the pitch" and not "on it?"

I want to revisit Arsenal's shock exit from the FA Cup and discuss who is to blame. My good old friend and Star columnist Mugambi Kiai; who is a die-hard Gunner; signs off all his non-official emails with "Arsene til I die!" And despite the world of Gunners rising up against Wenger, Mugambi sticks to his guns that Wenger is the man for Arsenal. Mugambi puts the blame of Arsenal's poor 8 year long run squarely on the board.

But my question to you Mugambi is do we really lack the players to do well in the league? Yes we could do with bigger players but I think Arsenal have a very good squad! Wenger said it himself during his tantrum on Monday that he started the Bayern game with 11 internationals?

Are you telling me that it's the board's fault that the 11 internationals couldn't get past a Championship side? Arsenal have players who have shone for other clubs and country but somehow can't shine at Emirates. I would sooner blame the players rather than the board. But whose job is it to ensure the players perform? It's the coach's.

Perform or go! The Coach should instill confidence in the players; create and change formations based on who we're playing; and instead of just saying he has 11 internationals, ensure that they are 11 internationals who can play together. Don't tell me that we were unlucky against Blackburn because we hit the post; it isn't the first embarrassing loss this season. What's the excuse for the other games? Like losing to Bradford City! Manchester United are not full of superstars.

Yes they have a few but they are full of great team-work. And that has been developed by the coaching staff and not the board. I am not shocked that we aren't in the FA Cup; because my eyes are open to the fact Wenger can't get the boys to perform. Wenger said this week that the fans should be careful what they wish for and that we would regret him leaving.

Well here's my two cents Arsene; I can't possibly see what I would regret considering we've won NOTHING in eight years! In fact do you know what I miss? Silverware! Grrrr! Now to end with a smile. I got this off facebook: BALOTELLI: "I didn't participate today because of the laws of the Champions League but I do not know why Messi didn't participate."

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