I’m hugely disappointed with the way this season has panned out. I was hoping for a strong finish from our first team and to hopefully finish within a few points of the top two teams. Instead, we’ve blown chance after chance and we’re stuttering to a slightly improved finish on last year.
Like I said yesterday, Wenger can’t perform his usual trick of fielding loads of exciting kids in the last few games to get the world excited about project youth. He does that at the end of most seasons and the AKB’s use those kids as the reason he didn’t buy in the summer.
This season, we’ve got third place to win before such tactics can be employed.
I’ve been pretty disappointed that we haven’t seen more of Carlos Vela this year. If he reminded Wenger of Robbie Fowler before Christmas, surely he should have been given a run in the team? Denilson reminded me of a unfit crab before Christmas and he seems to get a good go in the team more often than not.
I’d have liked to have seen more of Fran Merida. He’s off to Madrid because he wants to play football. Why not stay here? Well, he seems to have gotten the Carlos treatment this year. Genuine talent, no games. I can’t understand Wenger’s mindset? I bet it’ll be the same with Jack Wilshere next year.
So what makes Gooners think Wenger is going to splash the cash this summer? The AKB’s have the same faith as the realists every year that Wenger will strengthen where necessary.Here’s how I reckon it’ll pan out…
We get till the end of July… no signings (Bar Chamakh who we’ll be told actually cost us £10mill in wages because salary comes out of our £2mill transfer budget).
‘We’ve still got a whole month to go, stop your moaning!’, cry the AKB’s!
Then we get to the last week of August.
‘Wenger knows who he wants, he’ll get 50p off it he does it at the last minute’
5:30 deadline day. Arsenal register zero players, Wenger says…
‘If you look at the average age of my squad, I would say I do not need players. I believe in my team”
Why will he change his mindset this year? What would make him sign Gary Cahill with Rodwell as an understudy? What’s going to make him go out and buy Hugo Lloris… surely that would kill Chesney? Don’t get me wrong, Chezzers looks class, but he’s playing in the 2nd division and he’s dropped a few clangers. Do we really want to risk the Premiership on a keeper who is 19? I don’t…
Does anyone truly believe Wenger will accept he’s lost on Denilson (Who a mate of mine confirmed is a complete tw*t in a social setting)?
Will Wenger admit that actually, Theo isn’t delivering? Or toe Arshavin up the arse when he’s kicking off in the press every week?
Realistically, if you forgot for a minute that Arsenal are a Charity for young kids who can’t carve out professional careers elsewhere… who would you sell? I’m gonna put some names out there…
- Denilson (Too average to comprehend)
- Silvestre (Not good enough in his prime, certainly not good enough now)
- Eddie (Not the same player)
- Almunia (Spains #18)
- Fabianski (Has a clanger ratio better than Cesc’s assist ratio)
- Eboue (Too old to play back up)
- Simpson (First Division at best)
- Randall (Not good enough)
- Merida (Gone)
- Walcott (Kieran Richardson with more pace and costing us a bomb)
That’s a lot of dross that probably won’t leave. If we shifted them and signed some mid range hungry replacements, we’d be in a good position to compete… however… Wenger has got his excuse for this year already… World Cup inflation!
Our experienced players are too sloppy and our younger players don’t have the drive. Wenger should stop fantasising about the average age of his squad. He says he doesn’t look at a passport when he signs a player… well, we know he certainly looks at the birth certificate. Here’s an idea, why not look at their injury record and why not look at their quality?
No more Silvestre type signings please.
Does the set up need a fresh eyes approach? You can’t be a revolutionary for ever, can you? Does someone need to make a big decision at board level? I’m not suggesting we sack Wenger… but the board can’t go on pretending that this type of season is 1) An over-achievement 2) Was not preventable 3) That for a club of Arsenal’s stature should only be able to compete in two competitions.
Who has the balls to challenge King Wenger? Who sits him down in an office and tells him that he needs to have a rethink? Who bursts the Project Youth bubble? Can you see Gazidis, a Wenger choice for the job, having a quiet word? I can’t…
Are you the type of person who thanks your lucky charms you’ve finished in a respectable position and seen some good football along the way, or would you prefer to see a bit of risk? You know, maybe not get the chance to celebrate record profits, but maybe , just maybe, see a prize of sorts decorating the Emirates bare trophy cabinet.
…and you know what, I’m not snobby enough to pretend I wouldn’t love an FA Cup or a Carling Cup.
So, we’ll do what we do every year. Renew our tickets, spend the whole summer having the same conversations we have every summer… then come the start of the year, roll out the blind faith until it all falls apart in exactly the same way as it always does.
Being an Arsenal fan post invincibles is a world of de ja vu so I might as well get the ball rolling…
‘Have we signed anyone yet?’
On a lighter note, I met with a guy from the FA yesterday who was adamant the Wembley pitch is a dream and the players complaining should get longer studs in their boots! Do you need any more evidence as to why the FA have so many problems? Oh, and Gooner talk has pointed out that our net spend since our involvement in the Premiership has been £1.7mill a year… anyone got that Champagne? Finally… check out our buddies post at Memoirs of a Gooner.
Have a low net spending day Grovers!