Emery Social Media Response Underlines Why Arsenal Fans Have Become the Worst in Football

It was Oscar Wilde who once said: “most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

In the modern era, football fans have become a fickle bunch. With the ever-growing presence of social media through Twitter and Instagram, opinion is a highly-sought commodity in an ever-changing and fast moving world of news.

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Even more so in the football world in 2018 outside of the journalistic world, every man, woman, child and their dog is keen to have his or her voice heard. After all everyone has an opinion and indeed everyone is entitled to one. Even when that opinion really isn’t worth much.

Indeed the vitriolic, the fervent and the frustrated but always well-meaning sports follower is the very embodiment of the greater-spotted Arsenal fan. However, fan reaction over the imminent appointment of Unai Emery is the final straw. 

I say this as a lifelong fan. If I strain every synapse of my being, I can hazily recall Michael Thomas’ last-gasp goal at Anfield on a tempestuous Friday night on Merseyside in 1989 as a six-year old. 

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Like any fan I have lived the highs and lows (more of the latter in recent years) but in the era of ArsenalFanTV however, I have become increasingly exasperated at my fellow Gooner. Monday was too much to swallow. 

During Arsene Wenger’s swansong against Burnley, the hypocrisy in the air was rife. Many of the same fans that had called for Wenger’s head, openly and rightfully celebrated the tenure of the man who will go down as the club’s greatest ever steward. 

But at the sheer mention of betrayal, reaction was of disgust that a fellow fan could even suggest such a notion. It was rather nauseating to both see and hear.

After Wenger finally left after a 22-year love-hate relationship in North London, many fans (including myself I add) got their wish to see the Frenchman finally make his much-needed bow at the Emirates. The clamour for a big name replacement was huge.

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After Luis Enrique demanded a king’s ransom to take over and Max Allegri elected to stay in Turin with Juventus however, all signs pointed toward former player Mikel Arteta taking the reins in the Arsenal dugout. 

Fan reaction to Pep Guardiola’s number two being appointed was far from encouraging, for a man who is yet to take control of a single league game to date:


After a week to digest the news however, opinion began to sway in favour of Arteta but just as the an Arteta-era seemed destined, a late move for former Sevilla and Valencia boss Emery was rushed through on Monday.

Whether a panic appointment or whether the 46-year-old from the Basque country was a name that had been whispered in the Gunners’ boardroom in the months previously is yet to be disclosed, but having moved from a managerial assistant with zero experience to Emery, the reaction was predictably mixed. But embarrassingly so:


For a fanbase that wanted wholesale changes at the club, a late switch from Arteta to Emery is finally an example of rationale from a board who have been decidedly lacking in logic in recent months and years, going instead for a man capable of taking the reins from such illustrious company as Wenger – if not being the fan choice.

Having won eight major trophies in his 14-year managerial career, Emery is a winner and in Europe to boot. Something Wenger could only dream of having come so close in 2006 in Paris.

Of course, not every fan can be as well-qualified to judge as the next – that is certain – but the majority of fan opinion seems to be based on one rather well-documented result in the UEFA Champions League when former club Paris Saint-Germain famously surrendered a four-goal lead against Barcelona in the Nou Camp last summer.

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Emery will not suffer fools easily, as his well-publicised falling out with Neymar portrayed. Something which is in dire need at Arsenal. The players will know who their new boss is. 

Emery is a choice that some suggest is the safe choice, that he is not bold. But that is rather arbitrary one feels. The Spaniard is likely to bring a very fan-friendly counter-attacking style to the Gunners, but after such a promising managerial start in Spain, spells in Russia and most recently in the French capital have raised questions over his consistency at the top level. 

Change for Arsenal is good. It may take time to bring success back to the Emirates but Rome was not built in a day. Though the expectancy of certain corners of the Arsenal fan base would suggest they think otherwise.

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The very same voices that were so vocal in the criticism of Wenger with their A4 sheets of paper in protest, have rather laughably called for his immediate return and though probably in jest do not help in assuaging any bad feeling – indeed a growing sense – that Arsenal fans are rather becoming the laughing stock of football.  

There is no question that the job will be tough, with less budget. But having turned Los Rojiblancos and Los Che into attractive sides capable of playable winning football, Emery will arrive in London with something to prove to himself.

For Arsenal fans a new era post-Wenger brings about exciting times, but in amongst those will a spell of acclimatisation, but for fanbase as a whole, there needs to more unity, whether they approve of the club hierarchy’s decisions or not.

It’s time to back the manager.

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Arsene Wenger Reveals ‘Impatience’ at Arsenal Was Driving Force Behind His Exit This Summer

Former ​Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club lost patience with him towards the end of his tenure, after a lengthy period without major success.

The Gunners have won three FA Cups since 2014, but have failed to lift the Premier League trophy since 2004 and never won a European crown under Wenger. 

On Monday, Wenger returned to the club’s Colney training ground to pick up his belongings and say his final goodbyes, with the side on the verge of announcing their new manager.

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“We sat together and thought that would be better, to have somebody that comes in that has credit and patience,” Wenger told beIN Sports (via ​Standard Sport).

“There’s a great spirit in the team, it was a pleasure to work with them, there’s great potential in the team, somebody coming in and having time will fight for the championship.

“You felt always there was an impatience there, no forgiveness anymore.


“When you’re such a long time there there’s impatience. We were used to always huge success but nothing was good enough anymore.

“Even this season we played in the League Cup final, the semi-final of the Europa League and didn’t deserve to go out.

“Even if we had won the Europa League I could feel there was an impatience that was definite.

“It’s better you stop.”

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Meanwhile, ​former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery is believed to be the incoming manager and the Gunners’ hopes for success rests heavily on his shoulders.

It’s unlikely Emery, or any other manager for that matter, will leave behind a legacy as deep as Wenger’s. However, success in the form of trophies is the immediate goal for Emery as the club seeks to reinstate itself as one of the best in England and Europe.

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Wenger Reveals How Many Times He Turned Down Real Madrid & England to Stay as Arsenal Boss

Arsene Wenger has claimed he turned down numerous offers from both Real Madrid and the England national team, during his tenure as Arsenal boss.

The Frenchman stepped down from his position at the helm of the club this summer after a 22-year spell and is set to be replaced soon, with ex-PSG boss ​Unai Emery all but confirmed as his successor.

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It is still unclear what comes next for Wenger, who leaves the Emirates Stadium as one of the most experienced coaches in the game.

While his next step is unknown, it’s hardly any secret that he was wanted by some of Europe’s best clubs at different points in his career. However, he remained steadfast, a decision that was helped by financial constraints after the club’s Emirates move.

“When we built the stadium the banks asked me to commit for five years, the first time [I turned them down] was inside the five years and I thought no I could not do that, that would betray my club,” he said to beIN Sports (via ​Standard Sport).

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“Real Madrid I think I turned down two or three times you know. It’s one of the teams I loved when I was a kid. I just felt that it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal Football Club.

“You are always tempted to go to Real Madrid because they offered me the chance to take control of the whole club.

“At the end of the day, I said no once, twice. I turned so many clubs down you could believe it. At the end of the day, I was happy where I was as well.”

Wenger also reveals having turned down the England job, yet the FA’s interest in him was hardly kept under wraps.

“I turned them [England] down two or three times,” he added. “But at that time the daily involvement for me was important.”

Apparently keen to remain active as a manager, Wenger is likely to take up a project away from the Premier League, especially as he’s said he would hate to ever go up against his former club in the future.

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Multiple Reports Reveal Arsenal Will Appoint Former PSG Boss Unai Emery as Manager

​Arsenal are set to announce the appointment of former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery as their next manager, after interviewing several candidates for their managerial vacancy.

Arsene Wenger stepped down as boss at the end of the season after being at the helm for over 20 years. And the Gunners are now set to unveil the former Sevilla and PSG coach as their new man.

That is according to reliable BBC correspondent David Ornstein, who reported as much via Twitter.

“​Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as new manager,” Ornstein tweeted on Monday. “Thorough process produced 46-year-old Spaniard as unanimous choice. Available after leaving #PSG (1 Lg1 title, 4 cups), previously Sevilla (3 EL wins), not fluent English. Announcement + press conference likely later this week.”

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Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta was previously thought to have been the lead candidate. But according to the Telegraph’s ​Matt Law, they’ve had second thoughts over handing the job to an inexperienced head and CEO Ivan Gazidis isn’t keen on putting his own job on the line.

As the latest reports would have it, Emery will be the one to occupy the manager’s seat at the Emirates come next season after winning the Ligue 1 title with PSG this season, only to be replaced by Thomas Tuchel as a direct result of his Champions League failure.

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Wait, What? Twitter Gets Really Confused as Monday May 21 Sees a Night of Big Change at Arsenal

​So, gotta be honest, absolutely no idea what to make of this.

It’s been a mad hour or so for Arsenal fans on Monday night – and football in general, probably – as the world learned of a raft of changes all set to take place at the Emirates Stadium.

Andrea Pirlo’s testimonial, despite all eight of the first half goals, just hasn’t seemed to be enough. Alexandre Pato looking like the world’s greatest footballer while on the field with Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero, Pirlo himself, Andriy Shevchenko and Clarence Seedorf (despite that banger of a header he just scored) hasn’t seemed to be enough.

Why? ​Well, this is why.

UNAI EMERY IS GOING TO BE ARSENAL’S NEW MANAGER. NOT MIKEL ARTETA. It’s probably the most underwhelming big surprise in football history. Ever. Emery has just recently been relieved of his task of managing Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, and had flown in to London for talks earlier in the day on Monday. 

Things moved at a rate of knots, and the Ornacle himself, David Ornstein, announced to the world (as we were getting set for some football played at a tempo Jose Mourinho would be proud of) that Emery was the man to replace Arsene Wenger at around a quarter to eight.

It had appeared to be Mikel Arteta who was the man with the plan. But Ivan Gazidis found that his feet were a bit nippy and changed his mind, instead leaning to the more experienced Spaniard, who’s actually won some Europa League titles with Sevilla. Might well do Arsenal some good next season, tbf.

This, though, was preceded by the official news from the club, an hour before, that the one and only Santi Cazorla – another Spaniard – was to depart. His most likely destination was Villarreal. Time now to throw you over to tha Twittah, to see how you guys digested the double header of breaking news.

To Emery, the response was mixed…


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To Cazorla, it was not. They loved the guy, and with good reason.





But as outlandish and frankly, weird, as the Emery news was, Arsenal were not done. Not yet by a long shot.

Instead of just letting us all digest what was going on ahead of the Emery announcement this week, the club’s official Twitter account then insisted on letting us know a whole host of new squad number changes ahead of next season. It’s May, remember. May.

Despite being chastised for time by Arsenal fans, Petr Cech was handed the number one jersey.


Hector Bellerin was next, getting that number two shirt he admitted he was eyeing up just recently.

Again guys, it’s May. The domestic season literally finished two days ago.

But they weren’t done there. Next, Mohamed Elneny.


Nope, not done there either. Granit Xhaka will now be failing to fill crucial pockets of space as the opposition attacks in the number 34 next season. It’s his favourite number, as this little video points out.

I’m currently hoping that Arsenal are done for the night, to be honest. I’ve missed a bunch of Italian blokes do awesome stuff on the pitch really slowly. So I’m going to go and do that again now, hoping that you can save this weirdness for another day.

I’ll leave you with one more, though.


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