Dear Arsene…A Letter From A Fan


Dear Arsene

When you joined Arsenal on 30th September 1996 I have to admit I didn’t know a lot about you, nobody really did, I can remember the phrase Arsene who? being used a lot. I soon learned who you were and was then pleased that Arsenal had hired you. Very quickly you made an impression at Arsenal and we finished a respectable 3rd in your first season. The next season was a dream season for Arsenal fans, one of the most prominent seasons in my mind, in the last few weeks of the season we regained 13 points on Man United to win the league at Everton and we also went on to win the F.A cup. It was my first double ever and I was so excited that we had actually won it.


The seasons that followed that were always full of beautiful football Arsene, you bought the best players and you changed the way football was played. Players had stricter diets and regular body and mental checks to enable them to play for you, you had a knack and knowledge for finding the best players and building a team around perfect striker partnerships, you used your knowledge to create one of the best teams in England, and you were responsible for 3 league wins, 5 F.A Cups, in that 2 doubles. You got us to a Champion’s league final against Barcelona, one of the best clubs in the world, yes we lost but we got there and that’s what mattered. We competed every season and there was always ambition there, you wanted to win, you wanted to make Arsenal the best in the world.


Arsene you will always be remembered for what is my favourite moment and that is ‘The Invincibles’. That was amazing, you had the perfect team there, everyone adored each other and when that team walked on that pitch they were a winning team, you could see it just by looking at them. Each and every player on that team deserved to be there and they were of the highest quality. They were your team Wenger, they used to come running up to you at the sidelines when they scored and there was an air of unity amongst team and manager. You made them and they made you, fully a team effort.

You were known as Le professeur for a reason. You deserved every bit of praise for what you have achieved at Arsenal in the past and you have achieved things other managers haven’t. But something went wrong after 2006, was it moving from the majestic Highbury to The ‘Souless Bowl’ that is the Emirates? or was it David Dein your right hand man and close friend leaving the club? Kroenke’s investment? Did you lose focus on football because you were concentrating on finance?

Whatever the reason, since 2006 we haven’t seen the Arsenal that you were so intent on creating. When you look at the team above compared to the team of today, there are just two players that would make it into the above team and that is Wilshere and Cazorla, ALL of the above team would walk into our team right now. You seem to have lost your way a little, it is understandable that you are under immense pressure, but had you just done things a little differently or kept up with your vision then we would be in a different state right now.


This season has been a real turning point for Arsenal, the team and your career are all suffering  and there seems to be no solution or even an attempt at change anything on your part. Since September you have admitted that you are responsible for the financial vision at the club, you have sole control over player’s wages and who you buy, you pick the team, the tactics, you hold the training sessions and you are also responsible for the football that has been played this season. Has it become too much for you to handle? Have you been caught up in the control so much that you can’t see where you are going wrong? We are in the midst of our worst season under you and our worst season in 30 years, you are persisting with sub-standard players, you make crazy substitutions and even your match reports leave a lot to be desired. The flashes of brilliance are getting fewer and far between now and when is enough enough?

You have made some bad choices in the last few years and this has led to a huge number of fans losing their faith in you myself included, I lost my faith in the summer when you sold RVP and didn’t replace him well enough. You have divided fans in their opinion of you and your fans are now the minority amongst those who want you to leave. We went from being a winning club to being a mid table feeder club that wants to be rich. This season has been frustrating and painful for Arsenal fans to endure, it hasn’t been just a couple of bad games, it’s almost every game…We just want our Arsenal playing good football again.


Gone is that man above with a smile on his face and a winning look in his eye, you look tired Arsene, you look like a man who has fallen out of love and doesn’t know how to end the relationship, we know that look because we feel it ourselves as fans. This isn’t personal I can assure you it’s purely football. I thank you for all the history, achievements and memories but now it’s time for you to go.

From A Fan

What would you write in a letter to Arsene Wenger right now? Please email your letter to Arsene to us at gunnersinarms@gmail.com.

All comments welcome, please be constructive with them.

4 Responses to “Dear Arsene…A Letter From A Fan”

  1. January 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Not one of today’s team would make The Invicibles. NOT ONE.

  2. 2 Narveen
    January 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    great article

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