Last night, I sat down and watched Match of the Day with an Arsenal fan within my midst. He sat there and watched the show from behind the sofa, in absolute desperation at the fact his beloved Gunners were being torn apart by the Villains.
Some fans have blamed the referee, and before Alan Shearer made a very good, and correct, point on the Koscielny-Agbonlahor penalty incident, my mate might have been in this class.
After he realised that he could not direct his vitriol at the referee, he directed it elsewhere - in the direction of Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy.
Then he uttered these words, with the subtraction of the odd Saturday night party fluid induced expletive:
‘’Why doesn’t Wenger just realise his time is up, walk away and let someone else have a go.’’
I looked at my bleary eyed mucker quizzically and asked.
‘’Who do you replace him with though?’’
He stared toward the ceiling, got lost in his thoughts for a while and replied... ‘’Laudrup, we should bring in Michael Laudrup.’’
We spoke about his comment briefly before he ditched me and went to the pub. I carried on toiling with MOTD, but I kept thinking about it, and the more I did the more it made sense to me.
Had the drunken ramblings of my despondent Arsenal fan touched on something that actually made sense?
My mate is not one of those crusading #WengerOut hash-taggers, he remains a fan of the Frenchman, and thoroughly respectful for everything he has done at the club.
As do I, but he, like many Gooners, just feels as if he has lost his touch.
The clubs failings in the transfer market are obviously one issue. Not snapping up the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Gustavo for the sake of a few million quid was ludicrous - while the Luiz Suarez deal was farcical. The clubs current injury crisis makes their decision to sign one and move on 27 this summer look ridiculous.
But on this occasion Wenger really has to take a portion of the blame. The money is there, the targets are for the taking, and the Frenchman will just not buy.
His decision not to sign a new goalkeeper is one that puzzles many the most. Wojciech Szczesny was poor yesterday, while Brazil’s international goalkeeper Julio Cesar would jump at the chance of a move to North London, that would be so easy to implement.
Laudrup has done his business. He has signed absolute gems from Spanish football and also has his team playing some of the best football, not only in the UK - but all of Europe.
He is a man who has played for some of the biggest teams in world football, so would not be phased by the baggage that comes at Arsenal. And he is also a man who has won silverware recently - Wenger has probably forgotten what it feels like.
I expect debate, and I expect disagreement - but you have to admit that the time is coming when Wenger Out is no longer a pantomime chant.
And Laudrup could certainly step up into the void.
What do you think? Drunken ramblings or reason? Laudrup in for Wenger?
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