Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill Wood yesterday came out and said,
‘Nowadays, a lot of people sign four year contracts and you heave a sigh of relief. Six months later they come marching in saying they want double the wages.’
‘The only answer is to tell them they are on that contract and that’s it. Unless you do that, the game will become chaotic and descend into anarchy.’
‘I think there are very few people who have really got the tradition of the club at heart. You can name them on one hand. Actually I can’t name them on one hand and that’s a great pity’
Pretty hard hitting stuff that Peter, but unless you get the other clubs to dig in with you and say no to these players, we’ll miss out and that’s a fact.
He also forgets to mention the club are raking in £3million a match, plus £30 million a year from the FA, £25 a year from Uefa etc, etc.
Whilst I agree that players are greedy and selfish, there’s nothing you can do about it, he goes on to say, that’s why Arsene buys them young, they may only stay for 5 years but what can you do? That was a clear swipe at Flamini no doubt, but had he been on a contract that wouldn’t have been an issue.
So Arsene says he was building the best young team in the world and he believes in them, and PHW says he’s doing it because it’s cheap.
Interesting. It goes on to say we’ve never spent more than the £13 million we spent on Wiltord all those years ago, I question why Hill Wood stays in football then, that’s the game now isn’t it?
And as I have said before, if he feels that way, why do we get charged more than anyone else to watch our team, you can’t have it both ways Peter. You can’t call the players greedy and then charge the fans more to watch than any club in the world, that’s having your cake and eating it.
I really do agree with you, but there you have the dilemma, you will now be seen by any potential signing as cheap, tight and the place to be when you’re starting out, but when you want a pay rise, you move on, that could be dangerous.
What do you think?