David Ornstein is seen as a god amongst leakers in the world of Arsenal. He’s the New Yorker of sporting journalistic integrity, what he says goes. Mainly because he represents the BBC, and also, he clearly has a few pretty bang up sources.
This week, he was put to shame. The man more reliable than a disappointing British summer was thrown under the bus by the club this summer after he reported Arsenal were in for £150m spending spree. By the end of the window, he was reporting the club had no money despite netting out at +£27m profit.
Yesterday, he fought back with one of the most damning Arsenal related tweet in the clubs history. Here’s the goss
One of the most beastly exposés of a clubs operations I’ve ever read.
3 key take aways from this piece:
Arsenal did not plan their summer properly. Arsene Wenger literally blew it with a self-indulgent ego trip by not telling the club what he was doing until after the FA Cup final. As I said last week, the strategy for the summer was three fold.
Make an early decision on the contract rebels. Losing £100m was not an option. That we didn’t even discuss a deal with Ozil is farcical. That we didn’t take Chamberlain’s request to leave seriously was even more laughable. That we’re going to have to suffer the indignity of Alexis picking up injuries all year and fighting for a January move for a pittance is so poor. We should have known the deal by early May and made plans accordingly.
Bin the deadwood. Arsenal has known about the issue for years now. There was no excuse not to force out players way earlier than the last week of the window. Give players no option. Or at the very worst, give them 6 months to find a new club. At the core, players want to play, if you make it clear that’s not an option, they’ll move. All of the ‘we have no money issues’ centre around dead wages clogging up our ability to finance new players without breaking Premiership wage increase rules. We could have pulled in £150m in fees at a minimum, and we could have had £60m in wages to play with.
Rebuild the squad: A proper scouting network and approach to the summer would have seen the DOF moving out players whilst moving in new ones. We were fighting so many internal fires, bottlenecked by a control freak manager, that we forgot how far behind we were this season. We added two players to a broken squad that finished 5th. Unreal how poor that is. But clearly, this happened because we were so disorganised behind the scenes.
Director Of Football
Arsenal paid an extremely heavy price for allowing Arsene to be both the manager and the Director Of Football. The plan of who to sell on, versus the execution in Ornstein’s tweets is beyond average. If Wenger wanted to move on Giroud, that should have been the decision. If the manager wanted Jack out, he should have laid that out in no uncertain terms. If he wanted rid of Mustafi, that should have been enforced.
Arsenal left the summer for Wenger to solve despite him having an awful ten-year record of managing summers. It is cataclysmically bad foresight from the club to continue to allow this sort of unprofessional management of the windows to carry on. Wenger’s power grip is damaging our reputation, it’s harming our finances, and it’s creating a toxic atmosphere in the ground. We need a someone with a superb reputation, a footballing philosophy, and a track record of getting shit done to join the club in a powerful capacity that gives them scope to hire and fire.
The CEO should be ashamed:
I thought Ivan G was one of the good guys at the club. I appreciate he was humiliated this summer when his catalyst for change was squashed on the tarmac at Highbury House, but his lack of control, and his lack of ambition for who we want to be is tragic.
Everything is coloured by results…a positive performance at Liverpool would have coloured this transfer window very differently.
The manager and players know that the performance at Anfield was not good enough and they will be focused to put that right after the international break.
Absolutely unbelievable for the CEO to come out and try to palm off this summer as a success. I thought he’d take the opportunity to kill Wenger with this summer, but he’s in on the mess. Firstly, why would you send this as an e-mail? Secondly, knowing what he knows, and thinking what he thinks, why would he associate himself with this mess?
The worst part of Ornstein’s tweet was the reference to Arsenal thinking a Leicester style PL win is our only option.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Literally, get lucky.
There’s no strategy behind what Leicester did. There was no plan. That was just a total fluke.
Ivan G has gone from championing our ambition to become the English Bayern, to hoping we might luck out like a club with 25% of our revenue. Unreal.
There are so many clubs in the world operating interesting models. Team Redbull, Atletico, Juventus, even Spurs.
All have very specific goals and objectives and all of them have different approaches on how to achieve them.
We’re by far the richest out of the three, and our club are leaking that things are so bad under Wenger, that luck is all they have.
“When you look at the world of football, and you think about the great candidates that there are … you don’t find any better candidates than Arsene Wenger,”
The club searched the world, spoke to great managers, and the best man for the job is someone who wants to operate a Leicester City strategy? How can you be surprised when your Chairman, Sir Chips, just told reporters he prefers horse racing to football. The worst thing, who was surprised?
Arsenal are so unambitious it’s frightening. The keys to our club are with no hopers and quitters. We are no longer a sporting entity, we’re the rich kid with all the gear and no idea.
Ok, you’ve read the rant. Now listen to our take on today and what the future holds. Much more upbeat.