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Have Arsenal Fans Finally Lost Patience With Wenger?

What a mess. It was all going so well at 1-1.

Debutee, 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had torn through Manchester United’s back line and laid off striker Robin Van Persie who managed to squeeze the ball into the far corner.

Arsenal were in the ascendancy, United were on the ropes and it looked as if we might actually sneak a win. Wrong.

As the board went up on the sideline you’d assume that Arsene Wenger might have been bringing on an extra attacker, some fresh legs to win the match. Wrong again.

The numbers went up. At first glance it looked remarkably like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s number was being held aloft. To rub salt in the wounds – it was (far from) fan’s favourite Andrey Arshavin.

Oxlade-Chamberlain Makes Way

Then the chants started. “Spend some f***ing money,” they yelled at their manager. Wenger looked up and shook his head wearily.

Post match, Wenger cited fatigue for withdrawing Oxlade-Chamberlain. Then he went on the offensive: “I’ve been a manager for 30 years and have made 50,000 substitutions. I don’t have to justify every one,” he said.

Sadly Arsene, you have a lot to answer for.

He went on to add, “He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] was sick in the week. Arshavin is captain of the Russia national team. You have an 18-year-old kid making his first Premier League start and a player who’s captain of his country and they are querying the substitution?”

Woah wait a minute! Point one – if Oxlade-Chamberlain had been so ill, why start with him? Point two – Arshavin is captain of the Russian team because no-one else sadly wants it. Point three – starting with Oxlade-Chamberlain shows how much faith Wenger has with Arshavin. Point four – refer to point three then ask yourself, why bring Arshavin on when he’s an idle nuisance?

Gary Neville got it spot on. Arshavin looks so un-interested it’s laughable. He doesn’t want to be here, the fans don’t want him here. So not only was it a crap call to haul Oxlade-Chamberlain off, the bad judgement to bring Arshavin on was something a none league manager would snigger at.

Ultimately Wenger threw the match by subbing off a player in the midst of a brilliant Premier League debut to bring on a player whose form has ranged from inconsistent to dreadful this season.

To take off a player who’d set up the equalising goal and had been the sole bright light in a dismal first half, for a sputtering dud like Arshavin, reeks of bad judgement—if not incompetence.

Wenger managed to somehow snatch defeat from the jaws of victory—or at least a respectable draw against one of the world’s top teams.

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