Let me begin by saying had our club signed a player or two I wouldn’t be writing this, idle thumbs and all that, but listening to comments made this last week when Peter Hill Wood, our chairman, accused footballers of being greedy and said all but 4 of our squad are disloyal, it got me thinking. Is it the player or is it the clubs fault. Is this a clear case of don’t do as I do, do as I say?
A few years ago that same chairman said that Arsenal football club were responsible and understood that parents in particular couldn’t afford to buy their kids new kits every year, so unlike other clubs, they would only replace our kit every 2 years. Good, sensible , loyal and certainly not greedy.
So every other year, we had a new kit, meaning every year there would be a new kit for sale, good compromise and fair on the fans after all it would be boring waiting for two years to see a new kit.
Then they introduced a third kit, which means every year we now have two new kits, so what does that mean?
It means we change our kits every season times two, no difference to anyone else, only being the crafty bastards they are, they’ve done it under the radar, very sneaky Mr Hill Wood.
So last year the home kit remained unchanged, but a new white kit was introduced and the Barca with hoops third kit came in, I’m trying to remember how many times that kit was used, I think I remember once against Blackburn in the worthless cup and once against Seville away in the Champions league, it was probably more, but enough to warrant over £49? I’m not so sure, then of course we have the shorts and the socks to add.
I’m not sure which one, but one of those two kits will disappear this summer, so the shirt is out of date already.
So this year we’ll have a new home kit and a new away one and next season two new away kits and so on, so how different is that Mr Chairman to the players constantly asking for more money? They have the best teachers showing them what greed really is… …you lot.
The other thing you said was, in effect, Arsene Wenger is forced to buy young talents because they are cheap, and would no doubt be grateful to be playing in the first team, cracking message that Pete, boy does that punch all the right buttons for any talent out there, add that to the fact that when they hit 29 (unless they’re French and sulk a lot) they get slung out, any wonder then that Hleb is getting twitchy? he saw how well Gilberto was treated, second top goalscorer and vice captain to bench warmer in 3 months, hero to zero. mmh, I think I’ll stay for another 4 years, I’ll be 31 and captain… …I think not.
This brings me onto Diarra, we said here on Le Grove in December, don’t sell Diarra, let him rot in the stiffs, then in January when it became apparent that he would be sold we said, don’t sell him to Harry, loan him, as he’ll be worth double that at the end of the season, what happened? We sold him for £5.5 million and surprise, surprise, Tottenham have now offered £10 million. Harry of course will bite his hand off.
We seem to be a sugar daddy to Portsmouth these days, is it because Harry is a Gooner?
My question is sir, who makes these decisions? Christ you are supposed to be running a world class football club and you make errors that any idiot could tell you were unbelievably dumb, we told you time and again and we get berated by the AKB’s for daring to question your wisdom. Some wisdom!
You build a stadium that we can’t get out of after a match and on a cold night at a midweek Champions league game that’s a real bastard, I know a lot of blog authors don’t live anywhere near London and don’t actually go to Arsenal games, so don’t understand leaving early or why, but many on this site do attend, so why did you not give the Mayor of London the £10 million you promised him to put escalators in Holloway road tube station? Do you have any idea how long it takes people to get home? I bet it doesn’t take you long and I bet you don’t go to Arsenal station either, so why would you care a monkeys about our journey?
I stay in the ground for 45 minutes to let the crowds go and I still have to queue for 20 minutes to get a train.
Finally we know the stadium is being paid for out of property sales, sponsorship and matchday income, so at the very least we have the £30 mil we get from the Sky, plus the EPL and Champions league money so we have at least £50 million, we were told we have £70 million later revised to £25 million and we can’t even spend that, why is it so difficult Peter?
Thing is the players and directors can afford all these little luxuries, but the average fan, the working class man or women can’t, especially in this climate.
Please come on here and explain the above to your fans, we know you read our site. We support our board, the manager and we certainly support the club, but sometimes we just don’t understand the strange decisions.
I look forward to seeing you in the comments section, or email me and I’ll publish it.
Have a great weekend Grovers and enjoy the Euros, we may just buy some of the players on show, if of course we can afford them.