It is a great thing when a man stays with what he believes. The fact is that I am not even sure what to write about Wenger, except that he has been winning matches this season and that is the most important thing. Although my favourite coach is Mourinho anytime, any day, I still pray and wish that Arsenal would break their 8 year jinx and win a cup. Truth is that I am a "floating" fan of Arsenal.
I have an interesting fan-ship history - I am currently a Chelsea fan. Before Mourinho, I didn't have a club, and I was interested in whatever team was winning. I came to Chelsea in the hay days of Mourinho, when the "Special One" brought his electric energy to the team and then Mikel Obi also joined them. The combination of Mourinho’s drama, Mikel's motherland affiliations and Abrahamovic's eccentricity made me fall in love with Chelsea. I stayed through the thick and the thin for as long as Mourinho was coach. Then he moved to Real Madrid and Abrahamovic started changing coaches like shirts, I moved on. When Mourinho moved to Real Madrid, I moved along to the Serie A. However I had an issue, I also liked Barcelona under Pep Guardiola, and had to spread my loyalty. When Barcelona is playing against other teams, they have me on their side, but against Real Madrid, sorry! And yes, maybe I am actually a Mourinho fan.
However, in my heart, I always admired Arsenal under Arsene. I have admired his discreetness, his shrewdness, his concept of finding teenagers and turning them to world champions, his confidence in his own act. Sometimes, we need a bit of confidence in ourselves and in the ability of our endeavour to succeed. He has it, and his ways impress me. So many issues have battled him along the way though - One of them is the pressure of being around other people who are pulling big punches at their similar endeavours - in this case, Chelsea, Man City, Real Madrid, just to name a few. Also the pressure of listening to the world around him screaming at how his endeavour may not have the potential to succeed and the pressure of not getting the kind of result the other top 3 teams were getting - No cup for 8 years. Having looked at Wenger situation, I envisage that in life, we all face these same battles. The impact these have on us are far reaching and begs for the question "What do we do? What has Arsene Wenger done?
When we see other people in our same endeavours pull big punches, their efforts scream at us, "why can't you pull such a big punch!", even the fans scream "pull the big punch too!", but the fastest man does not always win the race and the strongest man does not always win the battle. You cannot run your life trying to outdo the punches of others; you may not have their body size, pocket depth, their upper body strength or even the same goals. So you need to come up with your own strategy and set your own goals. The Holy Scripture says "They that compare themselves are not wise". Success is not the achievement of other people's goals. Success is the achievement of your own goals. I have always told my guys that Arsene's goals have been - play all the competition, and ensure you finish among the best, don’t lose money, keep a good ROI (Return On Investment) for Arsenal club and ensure we stay in the mind of the people.
The truth is that only one team can win the Premiership, no matter how much money everyone spends, so why try to win at all cost (as in Chelsea and Man City), and your prize money cannot cover the cost of your business for the year? So Arsenal had to set their own goals - win if you can, but always stay among the best, and that goal, Arsene achieved. The first moral is, you must set your own goals and define what success will be to you. To some teams, their goal will be to not get relegated, some other teams like Tottenham, success might be to break into the top 4 and play the champions league, so you see every team, every man, with their different goals. Set your own goal, focus on it, achieve it and ignore the punches of other teams, big or small.
Secondly, when the world around us keeps screaming at how our endeavours may not have the potential to succeed, I think we need to do a few tests. The first is to check if the world knows our goal or if we are aligned, headed in the same direction? If the goals are not aligned, then you have a right to ignore them and focus on achieving your own goals, like Wenger. This is called confident assurance based on knowledge. If the goals are aligned, then you may need to make a change, that is called listening to the voice of reason and not being self-conceited,
Thirdly, if you are not getting the result the big players are getting, check and see if you are putting in the same level of effort. If you are not, then work at doing that. If you cannot, then you have to keep bringing in your "A" game until you are in a place where you can cause big changes to happen. So the advice is, always check the possibility of putting a greater level of investment into your endeavour - Can I find more money? Can I buy better players like Wenger bought Ozil? Can I get fresh equity injected into the system? Can I get more education so that I can also up my result? What can I do to be better? This is what the scriptures call "being followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promise". Let the success of other people challenge you to do your best. Follow in the path of successful people and you will succeed. Success can be replicated. The same works, the same effort, and you are on the same path to success.
Let me end with the parable of the sower, some seeds fell on good grounds and they bore, some 30 folds, some 60 folds, and some 100 folds. They may not all have borne fruit at the same rate, but they all bore good fruit. The truth is, we can all bear good fruits in all our endeavours and that should be the first of all our desires.
In conclusion, I watch keenly, I pray Arsenal keep the form up and win a trophy this year.