Gooners need dose of the three P's: Perspective, Patience and Passion

By Graham McNorthbank

I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone who supports Arsenal that our beloved club has lost four out of our six games to date this month.

Now, while I'm not saying that is acceptable, it is football, so to those who are again calling for heads to roll, I would urge you to be very careful what you wish for.

Should Arsene Wenger be sacked because the team has had a dip in form? Don't be so bloody ridiculous.

Of course it is disappointing, but this is November, people, and in November we nearly always suffer a few setbacks.

We're two points behind the league leaders, FFS, and we all know that key players are not firing on all cylinders, which collectively as a team is causing our rollercoaster form.

But Arsenal are still very much in contention for the Premier League, Champions League and Carling Cup and hopefully we'll have a prolonged run in the FA Cup too, as we build momentum until the end of the season.

The first P is all important: Perspective. For those of you who seem to have lost it, perhaps you should add it to your Christmas wish list.

Then there's the second P: Patience.

This season isn't even half way through and, as I said,we're two points off the top of the league. There are 24 games still to play and although we've had an indifferent start to the season, so has everyone else.

We're not alone in having mixed form, but I don't hear the supporters of other teams calling for their managers to be dumped.

I'm not one of the Arsene Knows gang, but he is, without doubt, the best manager in the history of Arsenal Football Club. Anyone who wants to argue on that knows nothing about football, let alone our club, and can quite frankly bog off to some of the Wenger hating blogs cos that is a fact that is not up for debate.

In saying that, I agree with Avenell Dave's idea that Arsenal should consider shaking up the back room staff. That doesn't necessarily mean sacking people, but some senior coaches with new ideas and training methods cannot be a bad thing.

Let's just be patient and see where we are by January. If new players are needed, the opportunity willl be there to do something about it.

And if at the end of the season we are trophyless again and we haven't improved on last year, then that's the time to ask some serious questions about ambition. Getting rid of a manager or even senior coaching staff mid season has never won any club anything in my memory, so think long and hard before starting any idiotic Wenger Must Go campaigns.

And that leads me to the third P: Passion.

The great thing about the blogosphere is that it affords everyone a forum to state their opinion, no matter how radical or wide of the mark their thoughts sometimes are.

Here on Arsenal Addict we are lucky enough to have some thoughtful, insightful and intelligent readers and posters and for that we thank you. We also have our fair share of muppets and are visited daily by some of the internet's kings and queens of the illiterati. Such is cyber life.

But that passion is fantastic and I would never want to dampen it. However, it would be great to see and hear such vehement passion in the Emirates Stadium on match days.

Anyone who has ever gone to an away game with Arsenal knows what an outstanding travelling support we have, consistently outsinging our hosts no matter where we go. Quite why we cannot do the same when we are at home, I've never quite been able to figure out, but if I could have one solitary wish for Arsenal FC, it would not be the Premier League, Champions League or signing Lionel Messi. No, it would be that our fabulous new stadium would become a sporting arena that other clubs feared visiting because of the 12th man.

To sort of paraphrase Delia Smith, Where the hell is that passion on match day?

Come on you reds!