Simon Jordan, the failed Crystal Palace owner turned rent-a-gob, reckons no-one would want to manage Arsenal because “the supporters moan about everything”. In reality, what it all boils down to is we’re complaining about a badly-run club. Jordan, of course, is an expert in that.
Radio Silence continues to play at Highbury House this morning – a key point from the recent #wecaredoyou statement – which means only one thing: a siege mentality at the club.
Sadly, it’s the hierarchy who are hunkering down in a bunker and not the squad bonding in a common cause. You know the spirit George Graham so admirably invoked after the points deduction in 1990. Oh, the irony that it was Southampton who succumbed 4 – 0 that Saturday afternoon, taking the punishment for our frustration at events.
At modern-day Arsenal, silence is golden. The board is powerless to act since the Muppet Show is in charge. For Kermit, Fozzy, Gonzo, Beaker, Statler and Waldorf, read Raul, Edu, Vinai, Huss, Enos and Junior.
And as with the television programme, our Muppets are silenced as far as the media is concerned. Not hide nor hair heard from them in months. You might wonder if they like the adulation but are cowardly when it comes to tough times. As I say, you might wonder that but I couldn’t possibly comment.
If they speak out, it’s a vote of confidence, something The Muppet Show is keen to avoid. Instead, they leak to the favoured ones that Sir Chips is thinking of quitting. He must still be on the throne contemplating because it doesn’t take that long to think about it.
Or they tell you that they back Emery. Except they never said anything of the sort, when push comes to shove; it was speculation; paper talk. Plausible deniability.
It’s Like a Kind of Torture…
Even quieter than usual, KSE doesn’t have a word to say. No positive encouragement in the press for a beleaguered head coach. No condemnation, either.
Other under-performing clubs in the division are acting. Spurs sacked Pochettino and yesterday, Everton ditched Marco Silva. Things at both clubs were going to wrong to similar degrees as Arsenal but only one club sticks its’ head in the sand, letting Nero fiddle while the club burns to the ground.
Bravo, Junior. Well done, Enos. Those brave words in the summer about how much fun this season would be and what exciting times lay ahead are as hollow now as they were then. Care to update us on how positive this season has been so far?
The top four was a well-labelled expectation from The Muppet Show before the season began. The end-of-season collapse was redefined as a “near-miss”. It was more sinister than that as the continuing slump in performance levels shows us.
At the weekend, Emery said he needed to go back and analyse where things went wrong. No, no, no! Your analysis is where things went wrong in the first place. I don’t believe I’ve ever come across a football manager who overthinks the game as much as Emery.
The Spaniard is beating himself, trying to be a footballing chameleon when he doesn’t even have the basics right. Until that happens, he is always doomed to fail. Increasingly, he is a tactician caught in a frenzy of self-doubt.
“If they do this, we do that to counter. But what if they then do this? Or that? Of move here instead? We should move here, there and everywhere,” as the magnetic counters whirl around the tactics board in a blur of colour.
The Muppet Show descends into chaos.
…To Have to Watch the Show…
Amid all the running around, Kermit the Frog was always an attempt to bring calm to the situation. I don’t get that feeling about Raul. He, I think, is the source of the infamous “noise” quote. Fans are an irritation, so emotional. Easy to rise in ecstasy or agony.
Judging by the comments I’ve seen, he won’t see many fans on Thursday night. Empty seats were the evidence Arsene Wenger’s race was run at the club and the same is true of Unai Emery.
The question is when will The Muppet Show recognise that?
And more importantly, when will they act on it?