Rwandese President Paul Kagame took to Twitter on Friday night to air out his frustrations after watching his favorite Premier League team Arsenal lose 2-0 to newly-promoted Brentford in the first game of the new season.
The Gunners were well beaten on Friday, August 13 thanks to goals from Sergi Canos in the 22nd minute and Christian Norgaard in the 73rd minute, condemning them to Premier League defeat at Brentford Community Stadium in West London, United Kingdom.
Kagame had not tweeted on his account since Tuesday, July 20 when he wished Rwanda citizens and his followers across the world a Happy Eid Al Adha. But on the midnight hours of Saturday, August 14, he did not mince his words, calling out the Gunners for what he termed was a poor performance that fans did not deserve.
“What?? It’s football, it’s a loss for Arsenal against Brentford. Brentford deserved to win and they did.
“The game itself aside Arsenal and the fans don’t deserve to kind of get used to this….NO !!! I say this as one of the big fans of Arsenal. The change has taken too long to come!” he ranted in one of his posts.
Kagame, whose country is one of the official jersey sponsors of Arsenal FC under the Visit Rwanda campaign, also questioned the club’s plans that have been failing to materialize all season, especially when it comes to signing new players. To be specific, Ben White, one of their signings, was among the defenders at fault for Norgaard’s goal and The Bees’ second of the game.
“It’s been a struggle of about decade(s) -ups & downs-more downs until this point. Can’t we have a plan that really works??
“One part to look at is how we deal in the market- players we buy to execute the plan. The touch & go mentality does not bring change,” Kagame went on.
The Rwanda Head of State concluded by urging Arsenal fans not to accept mediocrity as it has been known to be a winning club. He called upon the club’s hierarchy to act on the problem as they are currently bearing the brunt of the burden.
We just must NOT excuse or Accept mediocrity. A team has to be built with a purpose to win win win. So that when we lose….it was not to be expected!
“I am sure we all know on whose shoulders the heaviest burden rests. I hope they know too or even accept it!”
It was Brentford who started the game on a high note but they had to wait until the 22nd minute to score the opener when Canos dribbled past Arsenal’s defenders after a clever pass from Ethan Pinnock to sneak the ball past Bernd Leno and in the 73rd minute Norgaard netted the second. Canos’ opener was the first The Bees had scored in the top flight since 1947 and the first in front of a fully packed stadium.
Controversial British media personality and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was more brutal with what he expects from Arsenal this season.
“I have zero expectation of anything but continued mediocre mid-table misery from Arsenal this season, so at least it won’t be the hope that kills this time,” he tweeted right before kick-off at 10 pm local time.
The defeat leaves Arsenal rooted to the bottom of the table, even as more teams are set to play on Saturday and Sunday.
The start gets more daunting for the Gunners as they play Chelsea and Manchester City in their next two games, both of their opponents having featured in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, May 29, which the Blues won 1-0.
Arsenal’s last meeting with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium was in a pre-season game that sent a message on Mental Health amongst football players, dubbed the Mind Series. The Gunners lost 2-1, then 1-0 away to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who featured in the same series.