Arsenal 2-2 Man City – 2/4/2017
Having suffered 4 defeats in their last 5 league fixtures the Gunners managed to halt the slide and somewhat ease the pressure on under fire boss Arsene Wenger, for another few days at least. Manchester City would have come to the Emirates feeling pretty confident and Pep Guardiola’s adventurous team selection made their intentions clear from the outset.
Not many managers are bold enough to field 6 attackers at the Emirates from the start. Some would call it over confidence; others would read between the lines and say it’s an acknowledgement of his own team’s defensive short comings. Make of it what you like…
Two sides who continue to show they are defensively inept and a whole host of attacking talent on the pitch meant we were always going to see goals, all be it sloppy ones.
The Gunners failed to sparkle but their refusal to fall away despite having gone behind twice could lay the crucial foundations on which their revival can be built on.
With the unrest currently surrounding the Emirates stadium, the game itself became something of a side attraction. The Anti-Wenger protests continued and videos emerging of Arsenal fans fighting amongst themselves continue to bring shame on our real supporters.
Most of the pre-game talk was around the Q&A session with members of 16 different fan groups, hosted by the club chief executive Ivan Gazidis earlier in the day. The club were presented with the latest survey results from the AST (Arsenal Supporters Trust). The results highlighted that 78% of its members were AGAINST Arsene Wenger being offered a new contract and communicated some of their qualms with the club.
Tim Payton of the AST was in the room and joined Jim White on Talksport this morning to provide us with an update of what was discussed.
- Ivan Gazidis told the supporters that the last 6 weeks had been a ‘catalyst for change’.
- Gazidis was very cautious around discussing ‘personnel issues’ and was unclear on exactly what the changes would be.
- He reiterated that the club has NOT put a contract offer in front of Arsene Wenger and a decision is yet to be made.
- The board is actively reviewing the performances of the club on the footballing side.
- Any offer made to Arsene Wenger will need to be reported on the stock exchange, Arsenal FC is a publicly listed club and so any stories suggesting he has already signed are to be taken with a pinch of salt.
- Tim Payton does not believe Arsene Wenger will be the manager next season based on the fact he will be uncomfortable with the restructure the clubs hierarchy are currently cooking up.