The past is the past in this crazy world we call football, and yet, looking back on the good old days still seems to be a favourite past-time of old school fans (and even some new ones). It’s as if some supporters are so unbelievably pessimistic about what’s going on in the here and now that they feel the need to regurgitate the success that their team experienced in years gone by. It’s a weird sensation, but hey, if it makes fans feel better then who are we to judge?
The one thing that we will say against this is that if it’s the other way around, and notable players or figures from a club’s past are the ones getting in the way and making all of the headlines, then we aren’t on board with it. In fact, we aren’t even a little bit on board with it.
You can probably tell by the article title that Arsene Wenger made some form of comment about Patrick Vieira returning to the Emirates in the press recently, and as you can imagine, we couldn’t care less about it (well, we care enough to make this post, but you get where we’re coming from). We’ve said it before and we’ll continue to say it until we’re blue in the face: Arsene Wenger was once a great Arsenal manager, but he isn’t anymore, and he hasn’t been for a very long time.
Patrick Vieira was once a great Arsenal midfielder, but he isn’t anymore, and he hasn’t been for a very long time. Get it? Good. The media doesn’t seem to understand that, and neither do the fans. It’s not like we enjoy being incredibly negative or anything like that, but in equal measure, we don’t like living in fantasy land.
We don’t really feel the need to see Vieira return in any kind of outside role, because it just doesn’t feel like a logical step forward for the club. At the same time, we don’t feel the need to see Arsene making comments about the club that he is no longer associated with. This is the era of Unai Emery and these supposed legends are doing nothing but detracting from what he is trying to build. They can say otherwise and that’s absolutely fine, but in our mind, we know they’d be lying.
Do you enjoy old school legends commenting on the current state of the club?