A bit of a crap night last night, our slightly irritating neighbours took another 3 points and went past us on points. They’ve been blessed with a lack of injuries so far and it’s hard to deny that they’re looking a bit of a force if they can keep their players fit. Scott Parker is going strength to the strength and that still sticks in the throat. Not as much as Adebayor banging in goals, but there we go. Parker apparently made just as many successful attacking passes last night as Modric. Villa are looking unbelievably bad. The appointment of Alex Mcleish is looking like a dismal one.
The manager has been in ‘you misconstrued my comments’ mode.
“I have a few more years to go,”
He reckons he’s here until 2014 unless he’s shown the exit door by the board.
There’s more chance of me getting the nod as Arsenal’s Chief Surgeon than that happening.
The translation was quite interesting. He acknowledged that his long term vision had failed.
‘It’s true, a new cycle is starting. When we left Highbury, I set my sights on a long-term project with a young team. It didn’t produce the results I’d hoped for. Yes, we have to rebuild.’
Fair play there sir. We’ve known that for 4 years. Admitting the problem is half the battle won. Benefitting from that admission when you see that experienced players add more to the squad is the other half. If Wenger does decide to stay on until the end of his contract, I’d imagine he’ll try and restore his reputation with the fans and leave on a massive high. That would work for me. The biggest problem he’s had with the fans has been his failure to acknowledge his mistakes.
It’s a shame he saves interviews like that for the French press. It’d be nice if he did stuff like that for one of the papers over here. Some fantastic questions were asked and once the interviewer got him past his standard responses, there was some interesting stuff.
‘I was thinking about a 10 year old kid who might have come to watch Arsenal for the first time with his dad in 1996. I was thinking that he’d now be 25, and he will have known only one chap on the bench. That makes me think I’m the manager of an entire generation.’
I’m nearly that kid, I would have been 12, so I remember the tale end of the George Graham era. It will be strange when he does eventually move onto a new project, but I don’t think that’ll be a bad thing. He’ll have left the club nearly debt free, he’ll have raised our profile and given us some of the best years we’ve ever known. He’ll also leave us with a production line, great infrastructure and hopefully, a fair amount of cash to invest in new players. We have a lot to be thankful, but things don’t last forever, like I said, let’s hope he leaves things on a high.
Ivan has been doing what he does best. Smashing the crap out the sustainable business model drum. He was at a conference talking about how we’re so amazing at sustainability, we don’t even look at the FFP rules.
“We believe in what we’re doing outside financial fair play so we’re not relying on any kind of rules nor are we really changing what we do.
“We believe that what we do is the right thing to do for our football club. This idea of a sustainable model means that we can look forward with real confidence and say Arsenal will be at the top of the game five years from now, 10 years from now and 20 years from now.
Our model is truly awe-inspiring. We can’t compete with anyone for transfer fees or wages, but my god do we shame clubs with benefactors. That’s a trophy right there my friends. It’s great to be a financial case study of greatness, but I don’t think too many people will be celebrating how amazing it is until it gives us something other than a moral advantage on the pitch.
I do think we’re a bit like fair trade chocolate. Slightly more expensive than normal confectionery, not the best but palatable, but a chocolate bar you can eat with a kind of smug self-satisfaction that you’re supporting a good chocolate bar. Sad thing is though… you’d rather be eating stick of exploitation chocolate.
Sad scenes erupted in Turkey when Eboue was pelted with lighters and bottles. I’m not sure whether it was because he was black or just slightly annoying. Regardless, it’s really not the way to treat a footballer and it really doesn’t paint Turkey in the sort of light I’m sure their North London expats would want. It did make me laugh though, all the ‘experts’ on Turkish football somehow justifying the Besiktas fans bad behaviour because they’re proudly left wing. That’s like me smashing up a pensioner then justifying it because I have a degree from Cambridge in fine arts.
Below is the video. Turn the music down unless you want the whole event to be trivialised.
I know what’s going on there is horrible, but please, less of the ‘bring back Eboue’ nonsense. He’ll be fine.
I don’t know whether I told you this the other day, but I’ll tell you again because I thought it was interesting. Apparently Usmanov bought into Facebook because he owns a controlling stake in the biggest social network in Russia (VKontakte). The reason he sees a future in Facebook is that in Russia, he makes 5 times per user what Facebook does, if they can replicate that with their 5% stake in the American site, they’ll be absolutely buying Lionel Messi for Arsenal in no time at all. Clever stuff eh?
Arsenal are apparently going to use tomorrow night to thrash out a deal with the Directors of Dortmund for a January move. Does this all sound a bit Cesc Fabregas when Barca came over last year? I mean, Dortmund have their financial issues, they owe about £70million to the banks, but is selling your best player in January, for £30million, just before the European Championships a sensible business move? Surely the prize of £30million Champions League money and keeping your best player who is still a kid is the more sensible option? I’d love to see the move happen, but honestly, am I the only one who thinks it’s a nonsense? They’re 2nd in the Bundasliga, not 16th. Not to mention Goetze said there was an agreement to stay with Dortmund for at least 2 years.
If you think that footballers are a nightmare, I was reading about Le Bron James and his moment of genius last summer. After 8 years at the Cleveland Cavaliers (same time period Thierry was with us), he had a choice to make, to stay, or go on a free. He announced this choice on a national TV special called ‘The Decision‘… surprisingly it didn’t go down well!
Imagine if you were a Cavaliers fan and a legend of your club did that to you?
It was interesting reading his thoughts on buying a stake in Liverpool and how the History is so incredibly impressive on a global scale. The article also highlighted the problems basketball is having splitting the £2.5billion TV revenue. The players want 57%, the owners want to give them less than 52%. As a result, the season start has been delayed. Disgusting eh? What about the poor fans suffering in the mist of a horrible financial crisis?
Right, that’s your lot for today, if you’ve been having problems with the mobile site, that’s my fault. I’ve been doing something I shouldn’t with the mobile app. Nothing seedy, I promise. Also, if you’re getting your subscription via Google, I might be moving it over to WordPress this week. Just to keep it all tidy.
See you in the comments!
P.S. Make sure you follow our Twitter feed tonight, I’ll be posting pictures to the Le Grove Instagram and Tumblr later.