So Liverpool march on to the FA Cup final, Andy Carroll justifies every penny of his purchase price and King Kenny gets a shot at a Cup double come what May (and keeps his job for a year). I know there are plenty of Arsenal fans looking on in envy. Geoff is one of those fans. I am to a certain degree. Cup final day is always an amazing event. Drinking beer in the sun, heading up Wembley way, seeing a great game with a 50/50 split of fans... it's all plenty of fun. But I tell you what, I wouldn't trade their potential cup double for our potential top 4 position.
Simply put, dropping out of the top four for Arsenal would be an absolute disaster.
We break even as a club. Each year, any profit we make either comes from player sales or one of our many property deals. So, we break even and Champions League brings in £40million worth of revenue. If we miss out on top four and win two cups. We'd make about £1.1million. Where do we think the other £38.9million is coming from? I'll tell you where. That £50million we have sitting in the TPA. That would leave us£11.1million transfer kitty for the summer.
What could we get for that? Not much. That might not matter though. Robin Van Persie wouldn't sign on, so we'd have to sell our best player. Then when he's gone, how are we expected to recruit big names with no Champions League to boast of? We could obviously, but it'd be far tougher.
Winning trophies is amazing. It's an embarrassment that we haven't for so long. We can't let that blinker the stark reality of our predicament these days... without Champions League, we could could become an also ran like Liverpool. They're scrapping around the midtable area, they're loaded up to their eye balls with crap players on silly money (I know we have similar problems) and it's going to take another £100million to get them out of that hole.
We all want success, but when it comes to cup competitions these days, that success has to come complete with top 4 status. It makes no sense on any level to prefer a cup win over a a top four spot. We need both. If we miss out it affects gate receipts, recruitment, overseas revenues and potential sponsorship deals.
I'm democratic though. I appreciate some of you just vommited up last nights mixed grill at the above post, so I'll let you vote.
Results back tomorrow.
We've got a tough game against an in form Wigan tomorrow. They should be a walkover at home. However, we've seen them nearly turn Chelsea over and we've seen them beat United convincingly. You sometimes get a miracle story in the Premiership, we need to make sure that them beating us doesn't cap off a good few weeks for them.
I think the home fans will boost the players and hopefully they'll leave any form of complacency in the team bus. Kieran Gibbs is back in contention. I'd imagine after the Santos horror show we were put through last week, he'll go straight back into the side. I think we'll probably see Rosicky thrown back in the mixer again after another poor showing from Ramsey. That said, I have no clue.
I'll give a firmer match preview tomorrow. I'll leave you with some stats lifted from the Guardian website.
• Arsenal have scored 19 goals in their past six top-flight meetings with Wigan at an average of 3.16 per game
• Wigan are the only Premier League side to have played at least five times at Arsenal without ever taking even a single point
• If selected, Bacary Sagna will be making his 150th Premier League appearance
• Wigan have kept only two clean sheets from a total of 16 matches against Arsenal in all competitions
• Robin van Persie has scored or assisted 59 goals in his past 50 games in this division
Have a great day!
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