The mood of the Arsenal fan base is difficult to determine.
A quick glance at Arsenal Fan TV gives one impression. “Wenger out” and “Enough is enough” being the most popular clarion calls of their colorful characters. Such sentiments easily stoke passion and pride amongst the onlookers and are certainly effective in earning social media views. Being at the Emirates itself however, the mood is decidedly more reserved.
Even following the side’s home mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich, the boos resounding around the ground appeared to be solely aimed at the referee. Such an interpretation of the match echoed Wenger’s post-match comments in which he claimed his team’s come-back was derailed by referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos’ decision to award Bayern Munich a penalty and Laurent Koscielny a red card in one fell swoop.
Such an interpretation likely appears bizarre to those not in the habit of referring to themselves as ‘Gunners’, but it’s interesting to note that the fans and Wenger seemed to be of one mind. Those that refrain from Arsenal Fan TV that is.
Thus one can’t say with any certainty how Arsenal fans will react to the latest news from The Emirates. As reported by the Telegraph, the club believe that the appointment of a Sporting Director, as opposed to simply sacking Wenger, is the most appropriate course of action. Thus giving Wenger little reason not to sign his new two year contract.
The new role would encompass much more than just the first team. Indeed, subjects as disparate sports science and logistics are thought to come under the new remit. The benefit to Wenger of having someone at his side willing to challenge his thinking and inject life into his operations is obvious. Arsenal have been nothing if not consistent in recent years as their fans would readily agree.
Dick Law has worked closely with Wenger at the club since 2009 and the new appointment could easily be interpreted as paving the way for his departure. By the same token however, the move may represent a freshening up of Arsenal’s structure which may lead to Wenger being eased out by the powers that be.
One thing for certain is the appointment will certainly be a change at the Emirates. Whether such change is deemed sufficient by the fans remains to be seen.