Mesut Ozil continued the love in with Arsene Wenger with more press conference chat.
“I thought: ‘What he is telling me is what I have missed at Real: transparency, trust, respect. He told me exactly how he sees me [as a player], how he wants to use me, what he expects from me and what he hopes I will contribute.”
Wenger has a vision of how this new team is going to be set up, and I’m guessing the German sits at the middle of that vision. Which is magic… because he is the German Cesc I’ve been dreaming of since the real Cesc dumped us.
These glowing comments have caused an issue though… amongst panicked fans.
‘Without Wenger’s stability and ability to attract players, we’re doomed’
Now, I’ve not heard many people say Arsenal can’t attract players. Bar Gustavo and Lewandowski, we’ve been fine on the attraction front. Mainly because we’re based in London, we fill our stadium, have Champions League football, amazing facilities and have the ability to shell out £200k a week these days. We also have a manager with a world class reputation, there’s no denying that. However, Arsenal are bigger than Arsene Wenger. If he goes, you just bring in a manager with a plan, some trophy winning experience and you’re away. Football isn’t rocket science. Attracting star names isn’t a difficult formula. We’ll survive beyond Arsene.
Who was Arsene before Arsenal? A very good manager who’d been sacked by Monaco and carted off to Japan.
What did he do? Came to England with a plan to dominate by exploiting weaknesses in British clubs transfer policy… and a vision of canning the boozing of alcoholic players. Simple stuff now, revolutionary back then.
That’s why earning a new deal should be insentivised, not just dished out because United made two bad decisions… firstly employing someone without a big reputation outside the Premiership. Secondly, changing CEOs at the same time. Ivan should tell Arsene that he’ll happily splash out on a new deal if things are ticking along nicely come March. That gives the manager a bit of a kick up with arse right now. He’ll have to start planning his January window this second. He’ll know he can steam through to November quite possibly with maximum points… but we all know what happens in November and December. A season and a new deal shouldn’t be decided because of a friendly fixtures list. Let’s see where we are in January. If it’s all gone to sh*t, then he has a month to prove his worth and sort it out. If it’s going well and we’re in contention, he has January to recruit the right players and have a charge at the league.
Show us what you’re about Arsene.
If he reverts back to the usual, then we can part ways, we’ll never progress, we’ve seen that over the duration of this deal… if he shows a genuine interest in changing his mindset, let him have his two year deal. If the manager shows ambition and the want to progress, I’m happy to see him stay in charge. One mega signing doesn’t have me convinced though, especially if it was made just to secure a new contract. The rest of the summer was pretty garbage as far as I’m concerned. Even the manner in which we made our major signing was pretty opportunistic.
Anyway, back to Arsene. Signing star names hasn’t been the issue. How could anyone say he’s not capable? He’s never tried! The issue over the past 8 seasons has been keeping them. We’ve lost countless stars down to ambition and team structure. The missing link hasn’t been so much in bringing them in or pulling them through the ranks… it’s keeping them long enough to reap the rewards.
You know how you keep them? Win trophies and bind their association with the club with glory glue. Build a winning machine and players will want to play for free. Or they’ll at least come without a monster premium. Again, this concept isn’t rocket science, but it’s a massive issue the club have avoided addressing.
Just like the ticket situation. When I sat with marketing and PR at Arsenal, they showed me all their amazing wizardry and fluff that was going into getting more people into the ground. The big point they were missing? Big players fill big grounds! Simple. Instead of concentrating on how to help people shift their spares, focus on why the tickets are spare in the first place.
A drab product!
There’s an exciting reason to watch Stoke in the cold on a Tuesday now.
Long may the gold rush continue. Throw a Reus, Gundogan and a Suarez into the mix and you’re eliminating the churn of spares totally. Arsenal tickets become gold dust again.
‘Hey Pedro, you gots me some spares?’
That’s how it’d go everyone. Packed stadiums, all the time.
Right, that’s all I’ve time for this morning. Catch you in the comments!