The backdrop: Rumours are that Arsene Wenger is on the cusp of signing a two year contract extension on his managerial career. This might be laughable but instead the tragedy is that it might be entirely true because the governing board if you can call it that consists entirely of one person who we know knows nothing of the sport. In fact, that is true of any team that he owns in any sport they might play. Whether it is the St Louis Rams, the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, or the Colorado Rapids. They're all symbols of meandering mediocrity. Lost souls who crest dunes after dunes looking for an oasis in a desert of Stan Kroenke's making.
When it comes to Arsenal, Silent Stan has shown the passion of a neutered tom in a hellhole of mollies in a world of heat. When was the last time you saw his lugubrious countenance in the Emirates or heard any statement? Come to think of it whatever he has said about Wenger in the past sounds little else then a grab bag of platitudes. There is always a note of relief in Silent Stan's mien that he pronounced Wenger's name correctly which is about his extent of involvement. It gives you an idea of how Wenger has never been pushed by anyone in his sphere.
So hear the note of manic defensiveness and touch of paranoia in Wenger's tone when confronted by the media on the rumours or the loss at Blackburn as he splutters indignantly about this being an exclusive Q & A about Arsenal's upcoming encounter about Bayern. And when he's finally asked he responds, " Don't talk about Bayern today."
Wenger has had his way forever. Never challenged. Never been asked hard questions. And when he does on occasion face the spotlight, he responds with the same prickly arrogance which leads him to pronounce falsely that he's won more FA Cups than any other manager or trumpet his 14 consecutive appearances in the CL. As much as one respects all his undoubted glorious achievements leading Arsenal to the shining city on the hill, this is not the same Wenger, it is an atavism that now buys reactionary and desperate last minute purchases for considerable amounts of money. Unfortunately, they also don't justify their price tags with their underwhelming performances.