Arsene Wenger eh?
Did you hear him yesterday? You know, saying he was concerned the fans wanted him to spend big. Apparently it’s not about spending big, it’s about quality. Ahhh, quality signings like Silvestre, Almunia and Denilson!
Arsene, it’s time you took yourself up a pseudonym on Le Grove and interacted with us in the comments section. We’ll throw some names your way, honestly, I reckon you could make a massive saving using our scouting network!
It was good to see Gazidis backing the manager as usual. This adds fuel to my theory on Wenger… if he didn’t have the money for the past 3 years, he has used his silence as a power consolidation tool. A bit of a dark theory you might say… well, where is the benefit in his vow of silence? There is none. If anything, lying to the fans has made his job twice as hard because if we’d been made aware of the situation money wise early on, we’d be far more forgiving.
If it comes out that this was the case in his book in ten years time, I won’t regret a single word I’ve said about him. He’s looking out for number one and that’s all that has mattered to him over the past few years. His personal battles should have been with the trophy cabinet, not his ideology versus the fans…
I’m dismayed that we’re being spun the same press script as last year already. What does sufficient funds mean? Why do we constantly have to be told that the money will be spent wisely… like we’re 8 year olds who’ve just had a birthday windfall? Who was asking for money to be spent on bad players with poor quality anyway? I’ll give you some examples of money spent badly.
- Almunia, Mannone, Fabianski – New contracts
- Theo Walcott – £60k a week
- Silvestre – 2 year contract £50k per week
Less of the ‘fans don’t know’ rubbish.
Le Grove has called how the season will end 3 seasons straight, where is the credit for that? Instead you’d prefer to tell us and the fans how this season was an over achievement because people predicted worse!
When your child is sitting in prison for armed robbery, do you thank your lucky charms because his teachers said he’d be a murderer?
I’m getting sick and tired of Arsenal.com. The people who run the club forget we’ve been watching football for 20,30, 40 years… we know a good player and we know a bad one. You don’t have to be a horse to be a jockey. Football is a game we’ve all played. Now whilst we might not have hit the heights of top level football, lets not kid ourselves that’s an intelligence issue.
Telling the world Fabianski is a top class keeper no longer holds the mystique it used to. All it does is clarify the point that you’re losing the plot. Who are you to tell the fans he had a great game against Fulham? We all saw he was diabolical, he’ll have known he played terribly and my guess is that he’ll take no pleasure from the last few games. He should have been pulled from the firing line after his first clanger.
Wenger’s art in years gone by was to take an amazing raw talent and turn it into something world class. He tried to take that technique into the average player band. He made Song average after 4 years, shame he failed with Diaby, Denilson and Almunia. His belief in his own convictions is killing the fans passion for the team and that’s a rocky road to disaster.
Will Gazidis man up and share his true thoughts with Wenger or is he a fully paid up member of the dwindling club of AKB?
Apparently Wenger will have his new signing wrapped up early in the transfer window. Wenger likes to do that to bed the players in… and to make sure the Emirates cup sells out. Gazidis should consult the last 4 years and see how many times he’s taken transfers into the last day. Yet another example of the de-fanification of Arsenal. We’re now customers, set demographics, walking wallets… corporatism has infected the blood stream of our club and it’s only going to get worse. Arsenal.com seems to be more about tricking us into spending more money than being an infomation portal for the fans.
It was disappointing to hear that the down grading of the two cup competitions was here to stay. Apparently Gazidis said (at the AST meeting)we still had to prioritise competitions. For me, that’s not on. If we’re only playing for 2 competitions, season ticket prices should reflect that… and hey, maybe player wages!
Still, the best news of the AST meeting was that Arsenal have finally taken some advice from Le Grove and sought professional help on the injury front. They’ve got a company in who use GPS player tracking which helps the club manage players fitness with supreme accuracy. I have a friend who works as a physio at a London Rugby club and he said all the ruggers teams use the tech and it’s pretty special. I think Fulham use something similar and their record of player fitness shames ours. I’ll do some digging over the next few days and see what I can find out. Regardless of what happens this summer, that is a major step in the right direction. If we can keep a squad fit, that’d be the equivalent of 6 new players! Wenger will be pleased…!
As for the Arsenalisation stuff… couldn’t give two hoots. What good is a bunch of Arsenal posters in a stadium where you can’t stand up and sing?
Focus a bit more energy into bolstering the playing staff and filling that dusty trophy cabinet! That’d make us feel more at home!
P.S. Before we go, I had to partake in Charity walk for a friend’s company. Turned out it wasn’t a walk, it was an 18 mile trek up 10 peaks. Now, after some stern words with my friends company, it turns out the Charity don’t pay you to do this sort of thing… they actually expect you to get sponsorship. Whoops…
Anyway, if you’re feeling generous, stick a few quid on this page, I’ll be forever indebted!
Tony Adams, you’re excluded. I wouldn’t want to take money from a man so desperate he has to coach at Gabala FC in Azerbaijan.
Bad time Tony, bad times…
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UPDATE: Gazidis said the staff read the blogs… we told you that a while back. Normal corporate companies would have to pay hundreds of thousands to get the type of market research Arsenal can get for free.
Your voice on the internet is heard… that’s nice to know.