As usual, it's all been said already. Most of us can accept losing IF, we give it all we've got. I said a few days ago either on this thread, or another, that when I walked out of the stadium after the Paris final, as disappointed as I obviously was, I held my head up, knowing we gave it our best shot with 10 men. Last night's capitulation is simply a fucking embarrassment. The most troubling thing and the biggest indicator of where we are as a club, is that our performance and the outcome will surprise almost none of us. The saddest thing, is that it no longer hurts the way it once did.
This Club is part of my being and has been from earliest memory (it's a family thing), but as much as I know that the visceral love will always burn, even if it's deep inside, I honestly don't like the Club anymore. It's no longer the Arsenal that I knew and that's nothing to do with being a crap side....God knows I've seen plenty of dismal teams, notably mid 70s, mid 80s and mid 90s. No, I fear that the soul of the Club has been removed and that die was cast the moment Kroenke walked through the door.
No point me trying to analyse last night's game and beefing about what's wrong with the team, it's been said a million times and everyone on here knows the details. It's the future that is important and I'm afraid that it looks very grim indeed. Wenger, in league with the board (both pre and post Kroenke's arrival) undertook the death of our club, but he became the far lesser problem, because without the owner giving him the amount of rope he did, then Wenger could have been sacked years ago. The very real and largely unsolvable problem, is Stan. As many have said, it's mid table at best under his ownership and that wont bother him one bit, unless the money dries up.
Emery is not the answer, he's a second level manager at best. I know that he inherited a pile of crap, but some additions were made and even with the same squad, I expect improvements in organisation, coaching, motivation and attitude from the players. If different managers can't have different impacts on the same group of players, then what's the point of a manager ? He's now had a full season, but let's be honest, it's as though Wenger never left. Forget the Valencia games, they were the oddities (also, we could have been 3 down in the first leg, before we scored). It was the last 6 or 7 league games that tell you all you need to know and last night...against an English league side....was merely a continuation of that run of form. Bang average squad or not, there's no excuse for the end of season collapse in the league, when so much was at stake. It piled the pressure on last night's result and we all know how we perform under pressure. As long as Kroenke owns the Club, we're doomed and the manager is to a large extent irrelevant, but I expect more from Emery than he's been giving us and while I'd give him next season, we'll know by Christmas.
I've a decision to make. My ST renewal is in and having wrestled with the decision every year for the last 6 or 7, I'm as close as ever to saying fuck it. Frankly, I rented it out for 4 years and this season sold lots of games via ticket transfer. Other than that, the seat mainly sat empty this season. I must be nuts for even considering dropping over a grand, when I have no real desire to (a) go and watch a dying side and (b) line fucking Stan's pockets. I just find it very fucking hard to let go of the ticket that I've had for donkey's years and that gave me great memories at Highbury, when our great Club still had its soul.