Not enough is made of the class Arsenal fans regularly show. The club is in a full blown crisis after one game, the culmination of 5 years bad management… and what do we do?
Send an open letter…
… two of them.
Not just that, we also voted Lukas Podolski man of the match on the club website. He only played 2 minutes. Well and truly sticking it to the man. Have that Ivan…
Just jokes of course. I get to write an open letter to the club every single day. I’m not an action group. I’m just a blog. Action should always come from democratic fan groups. The AST are a powerful voice representing many shareholders… Black Scarf represent anybody, but I’d say they’re quite grass roots, despite their rather swanky website. It’s serious that both have been called into action so early on. People have criticised both groups for their inaction this summer. A bit rich if you ask me. You can’t protest to a club that state times are a changing… you have to see what happens. Nothing in this case… but for me, that’s down to ineptitude over a pure ignorance of the issues.
I find it quite incredible that the AST have to suggest that it might be a bad idea to offer a manager who has overseen the stagnation of the first team for 8 years, a new contract.If you look at his record in the transfer market, it’s been dodgy at best. How many teams have £500k of waste salary at their club? Arsenal don’t now, but it’s a hugely important point. Stack up Arsene’s signings over the past few years, who would you say has been the best? I’d say Arteta… hardly spectacular. Look at the duds, and the list is long, very long for a manager who is among the highest paid in the world. Mourinho said yesterday he’d leave a club if he hadn’t won a trophy for three years. Like him or loathe him, when you have all the resources in the world at your disposal and you head into a Champions League game against Fenerbache with only 13 fit first team players… you really should be questioning whether you need a fresh challenge.
… and jeez, what about Arsene’s comments yesterday? Totally f*cking mental.
“Even if you go on the Eiffel Tower and you throw the money away, you play with the players you have.”
He really is a man on the edge. He’s been like this for a few years, totally out of touch with the realities of business and life in general. The excuses just never end…
“The big players have gone to Monaco. I think Arsenal are still more attractive than Monaco on a European level, but it doesn’t stop the players going there. It is the money. You cannot say they go to play in the Champions League, because they don’t. But I believe we are still a very attractive club for players.”
When have we ever batted in the same leagues as the super, mega, totally against FFP clubs with transfers. We’d never have been in for Falcao or Moutinho. Never. Not in a million years. Crazy, because if you look at where the Suarez bid has gone price wise, we could have been in for him and Cavani. Looking at Falcao and seeing he was in the same school year as Obafembi Martins and Kanu makes me glad we didn’t go there… but the above comments are another example of Wenger liberalising the truth. He’s a politician… a bad one these days. He can’t massage the realities of what is going on now. Other clubs have done their business early, there are hundreds of players out there who could improve our squad… and we’ve squandered plenty of chances.
Paul Lambert, a very good young manager put it quite simply…
‘I’m not one of those who likes to relax after a season and then scramble around for players.’
‘I like to get new players integrated into the group from the first day of pre-season, and that seems to be going OK.’
Not rocket science is it? Where was 24/7 Arsene? Jollying it up on Al Jazeera TV at the Confederations Cup.
Telling journalists they got what they wanted was also embarrassing. Having a go at people for predicting the train wreck… isn’t it a managers job to predict the problems and address them before they happen?
Even worse was the admittance that the club have been working on transfers 24/7 but they haven’t been able to find the players. Shame on your scouting network if that’s the case. Spurs started the season with 4 new players having spent £60m. They don’t even have the Champions League. There’s no excuse… it’s negligence.
All the negativity at the camp has been created by one man who controls who we buy, what we pay and what contracts he’s going to offer. Ivan has gone on record numerous occasions and said as much. The mess that was Saturday wasn’t hard to predict, I said as much in the preview. We’re a light weight squad with injury prone players. That the realisation occurred so soon is probably a huge long term benefit. How bad is that? Losing to Villa is a good thing. It’s terrible but it’s the truth. How bad is it that our £2m a year CEO hasn’t stepped in to take control of what’s going on? You don’t need to be a football coach who’s made 50,000 substitutions to see that our squad is in poor health. You don’t need to be an expert to see that if you don’t invest in your side, you’ll never improve.
Sadly, the weekend brought down the curtain on Chambo’s season for at least 6 months. Gnabry isn’t ready for the first team… we’re really thin on the ground now. What’s worse is that we’re panicking over losing a player who started 17 games in total last year. That’s less than Gervinho.
That only means one thing… Snap buys straight from the bargain basement. Which will mean a 50% success ratio at best. Expect Flamini to sign on the dotted line to start the ball rolling.
We have very experienced Fener on Wednesday night. We’re blitzed for players. Sagna will have to play in the middle with Mertesacker. Jenkinson at right back, hopefully Gibbs will have stopped crying by then and will slot in at left back. Midfield should be Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey with Rosicky in the hole. Outwide, I’m thinking Cazorla left, right Theo… with Giroud up front. It’s a good side that should be capable of turning anyone over. Trouble is, if we end up having to chase the game, we really are up sh*t creek, with a massive hole in our boat, and no paddle, or life jackets.
We have to win that game… because if we lose, the spiral of negativity will start for us and it could get our of control very quickly. Our season simply cannot be over by mid-September again.
No positivity from me today. Arsene needs to jump start that right away. Pay clubs what they want. Pay the players what they want. Do your damn job.
See you in the comments.