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Arsenal balls: fans who want Wenger sacked should support Spurs or godless Chelsea

by | 8th, December 2014

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not going to be sacked, and certainly not dismissed mid-season. Any sane Arsenal supporter with half a memory should concede that Wenger’s Arsenal are a big improvement on much of what went before. The level of expectation should tell them that.

If they doubt it, look at local rivals Spurs.

And any Arsenal fan who wants the club to be like Chelsea, please go and lie down. The money that funds the Blues and has bought success is tainted. Theirs is an ugly story.

Arsenal, the FA Cup holders who boast in their ranks the exceptional Alexis Sanchez, are misfiring. But a 3-2 loss to Stoke City is not the end of the world. True fans know that joy transcends the pain.

Nigel Adkins, the Reading manager, explained what losing means when his side missed out on promotion last season:

“It’s important to feel the pain and the hurt. That way it makes you work even harder. The dressing room is very quiet and I’ve emphasised to the players how important it is to remember this feeling for next season and the future of their careers.”

It’s the pain that makes you a fan not a supporter named Henry in his new Chelsea kit. When Arsenal won the league title on the final might of the 1989 season, it wasn’t the expectation that made your writer explode with joy and run onto the Liverpool pitch. It was the shock that after 18 years of watching in hope more than belief, they’d actually won the thing.

Manchester City fans who followed them up and down the divisions as Manchester United dominated English football, know that feeling of euphoria when they won the Premier League for the first time. And those United fans who called for Moyes to leave are the plastic fools who cannot have understood what it meant when United after 26 years of waiting finally won the title.

Being a fan is not about glory. It’s about pain before the sublime moment of triumph.

Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch might have in advertently triggered the arrival of James Corden and football as another celebrity training ground, but he made sense when he opined:  “We simply curse, go home, worry for a fortnight and then come back to suffer all over again.”

Three nil down to Stoke,

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