Nothing more boring than waking up and the world of news hasn’t moved.
Robin Van Persie is still no nearer his move to United and we still have to plough on with this story hoping for a conclusion that doesn’t leave us in a worse position come the start of the season.
Everyone has a different comment on this story, the most prominent one appears to be about money. It is difficult for a business like Arsenal to risk losing £25million. That’s basically a seasons worth of Champions League money down the toilet. On the flip side of things, losing Robin Van Persie could be the difference between Champions League and Europa Cup. Sometimes you have to stop thinking like a business. This is football. How much more potential do we have as a club with Robin in the side?
The answer to that question is loads more.
How much potential to earn big next summer does Robin have if he sulks all season should we keep him? Well, probably a lot… but that’s not the point for me. If he wants to earn mega, he’ll have to have a great season. He’ll have to be professional and he’ll have to continue his fitness and form. We’ve got him over a barrel if we want to play that game. Why not I say? If we were serious about keeping him, we can’t have needed the money that bad… we were about to plough £32million a year into him over 4 years.
I don’t understand why we don’t make stand for footballing reasons for once. He’s our Captain, that’s a commitment, he should see it through. What’s the point in this massive TPA fund and the additional Queensland Road money if we can’t use it to bolster the squad? We’re not spending any money. We don’t spend any ever. Teams like Bolton lay out more than us on players. That’s shameful when you consider how much money we generate. By selling Robin, we’re admitting that it’s all about the bottom line as usual.
Someone once told me you shouldn’t chase money in a work career, chase success and the money will follow… Arsenal could learn from that. Chase the success. Forget about the pennies all the time because while you’re always obsessing about the financials, you’re never progressing. We’re stuck in a failure loop. Each season we sell our best players, then fail as a result. Then because we fail, our best players want to leave. The only way you break that cycle is by not selling your best players. Make a stand. See what happens. It’s the one thing we haven’t tried!
Anyway, I don’t want to keep hashing over old comments. Simple fact is, we shouldn’t need to balance the books after spending £35million. If we’re putting rainy day money aside, we’re heading down the route of self fulfilling prophecy. I’m not saying we need to be outrageous in our outlay – but for gods sake – being scared of buying players just in case we miss out on Champions League sends out completely the wrong message to players and the fans about the faith the board have.
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… and please, if we missed out on the Champions League, do you really think Stan and Usmanov would allow us to go under? This strategy is all about Stan not having to ever dip into his pocket. Keep us batting around 3rd place every year, pay off the debt, have a nice big saleable asset at the end of it all