Gustavo threw a bucket of intrigue on the raging fire of transfer fury being created by Arsenal fans around the globe. He’s either in the know about an impending transfer… or he’s touting himself like a cheap piece of meat.
‘My contract with Bayern runs until 2015 but it is very important that I play first-team football to keep getting called up for Brazil,’ he said upon arrival in Basel for Brazil’s friendly with Switzerland on Wednesday.
‘I am in a very delicate situation at Bayern and this needs sorting out. I have personal and professional reasons to move.
‘I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It’s a big club we’re talking about here so of course I’d like to play for them.’
Rapha Honigstein corrected yesterday’s post. Apparently Gustavo hasn’t been available all summer. The decision has only just made to part ways with his services. A victim of a club that insists on competition. Though this does back up my assertions that Wenger is a reactionary manager. Though in this case, I’ll suck it and and accept we’re not bringing in Santos mk II.
Regardless of what happens in these last 2 weeks, you have to marvel at the contradiction that is Arsene Wenger. On the one hand he was this master visionary who looked 5 years ahead all the time. He helped mastermind the transition from Highbury to the Emirates on a pitiful budget. That, regardless of you view on him now, was a masterstroke. Possibly one of his most important contributions to the club.
Now we’re in 2013… he has loads of cash, plenty of resource, access to the best players in the world… and he can’t handle it.
Old strategy: take the best young players in Europe, train them up, make them feel special and attached to the club, dominate when they become old enough
Ok, it bombed on many levels, but you could see the vision. What do we have now?
2014 Strategy: Sign mature players for under £15m from clubs in difficulty, hope they move their games up a level and the club just make top 4… and turn a profit. A big, fat, weighty profit.
Is that a strategy befitting of the most cash rich club on the planet? That’s what I’m seeing. Our objective is top 4 mediocrity. We buy mediocre players in the hope they’ll come good. We pay mediocre wages to everyone. We finish the season bang on objective every year. Players leave because we lack ambition.
If top 4 mediocrity isn’t the objective, why does the strategy never change? Surely if something isn’t working, it’s broken and needs a rethink. Our summers have been the same plus or minus losing a few great players. We shop in the same places, we spend the same money, we never go above and beyond. We only buy if we’re the only club interested… or we’re getting an absolute steal.
Isn’t it about time we had a rethink? Gazidis worships Bayern Munich, a team that sacked a European Cup winning manager… I can’t find the quote, but I think Heycknes said, ‘they wanted a younger manager’… that’s visionary CEOing… or stupid. Regardless, there was a thought process behind it. Guardiola is the best young manager on the planet, if we bring him in and he replicates the Barcelona roadmap… we’re set for 10 years.
Where is our football vision both in the management team and on the board?
I can’t see it.
If you can’t see it, perhaps that’s because it’s not there. Maybe that’s what Ivan should be addressing, because I’m not critiquing the business… we’ve brought home the bacon this year, however, the manager is choosing not to eat it.
We need a manager hungry for bacon.
See you in the comments.