IMG_4010 - CopyWhen the admin of BEC announced that the challenge of this week would be : “Snap and tell a story”, I remembered a simple picture with big meaning which I took on July 2012 in Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. I took this picture when i attended open training session of Arsenal Football Men’s team.  At that time, Arsenal came to Kuala Lumpur as a part of Asia Tour. The next day after the training session, they played  a friendly games against Malaysia Men’s football team.

I will not talk about the tour as a whole because I will only emphasize on this picture which I took. When I was in the training session, I saw an Arsenal fan brought a banner reading : “In Arsene We Trust”. Some of you may be wondering why Arsenal fan trusts Arsene and who is Arsene.

Arsene Wenger is a coach of Arsenal Football Men’s team. He was appointed as a coach in September 1996. Before joining Arsenal, he was a coach of Nagoya Grampus Eight from 1995 to 1996. Arsene came to “revolutionize” Arsenal. In 1995-1996 Premier League season, Arsenal finished  fifth and they had been without trophies for 3 years. Those “years without trophies” ignited his appointment as a coach.

Two years after his appointment, Arsenal won Premier League and FA Cup. Although Arsenal always failed at trying to win Champions Leaguie, but at least , from 1998 to 2005, they won 11 domestic titles. The problem began to soar after Arsenal failed to win 2006 Champions League edition.  It seemed that fortune was not on the side of them because they began to have difficulty winning any title.

In the middle of “Arsenal crisis”, many people started to doubt Arsene, especially mass media in England and supporters. In contrast, Arsenal board of director always show their support to Arsene.  Even though there are supporters who doubt him, other supporters always support and defend him. They show their support by carrying banner reading : “In Arsene We Trust”. These banners were not only appeared in Emirates Stadium (Arsenal’s homebase in London), but also in Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

Personally, I am an admirer of Arsene Wenger. Despite his failure not winning any title from 2005 to 2014, I always admire him because of his integrity. It was reported that he rejected very interesting offers from Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, and England football men’s team. Big money is not his priority as long as he wants to stay in Arsenal. And as long as the board of director and supporters want him to stay….

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