Happy 19th Birthday, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain!
Arsenal are the club that are ridiculed. Arsenal are the club who are pointed at and giggled at by the written media, opposition fans and even our own who are using the van Persie situation to twist the knife just that little bit more. It is Arsenal that are sneered at for passing the ball and not being ‘British’ enough. I must be living in a warped parallel universe.
We are one of the few big clubs who are standing on our own two feet, trying to organically grow our club by building a new stadium. We are the team looked upon by so many as if we are abnormal.
This isn’t to say that everything at the club is correct, it isn’t. Supporters are rightly annoyed at the ownership squabbles and why the new owner has hardly spoken a word to the supporters about his vision and where he wants to take the club.
We have made contractual mistakes which has weakened our hands etc etc but on the larger scale, we are doing a good job considering we have the candle burning at both ends.
The one person I look at without skepticism is our manager, Arsene Wenger. Like those young players who come through the ranks, our manager has made mistakes, it would be ridiculous to think that any manager has gone through a career without making many errors along the way but he has stuck by his principles. Stuck to what he believes in. Arsene Wenger had the chance to manage other clubs with a larger ‘war chest’ on top of a much larger salary but he also turned those opportunities down because he has the club in his heart, just like us.