Back in the game… sorry for the down time… I’m rubbish at moving websites. It’s sorted now.
Welcome to the future, or the present for the next few years. This is the new Le Grove. After 2 months development, a failed move and some seriously massive obstacles (like moving 1 million comments), it’s here! Teething problems are bound to happen, so bear with us and let us know… but hopefully the experience on the site and on mobile is far less clunky than before. The hope is that you’ll spend as much time here with Geoff and I, putting the world of Arsenal to rights as you did before! What do we have to talk about today? Very little… Ryo has been loaned out to Bolton. We signed the cheap version of Gotze… big deal. Is he for now, tomorrow or yesterday? Who knows! What we do know is that once again the managers thoughts were on the bottom like… He’s in the press again extolling the virtues of a bankrupt Europe.
“I don’t know if you have seen the numbers in Europe but there are 1.6bn Euro losses [among football clubs, according to a Uefa report], that’s not debt but losses. “That is absolutely amazing. That means tomorrow if you had to stop your activity, half of Europe would be bankrupt. “It means that football has to respond and I don’t know if financial fair play will come in, but it looks like economically the whole of Europe is becoming a bit more cautious.”
He’s so patronising, like getting a degree makes you an elite thinker. Arsene, I earned a degree in finance a fueled it with Apple Sourz. Here’s my thinking on Europe vs Arsenal. If the rest of the continent is bankrupt and Arsenal are sitting on a huge stash of cash, we should be in prime position to spend.
1) Because you can drive a harder bargain when you know the seller is weak
2) there are a lot of weak sellers
Out of the top 5 at the moment, we’re the weakest squad wise. We should have signed full backs on Jan 1st, we didn’t and so far in 2012 we’ve accrued no points. No points, but we’ve saved £360k in wages. Brilliant business. I wonder how important those 9 points will be in May. I wonder what £90k a week for 5 months will look like versus losing £40million? Counting the pennies and losing site of the cash mountain… what’s the business term for that?
Ivan Gazidis has also been chatting in the press in embarrassing fashion again. He reckons City would love to be competing in the three competitions we are. Err… Ivan… which 3 would those be? The Champions League? Are you kidding me? We haven’t been contenders for that competition since we lost in the final in 2006. Competing for the Premiership? Again, which league table is he looking at? The only competition we have a slim chance in is the FA Cup… and that’s only if Wenger doesn’t decide to place his priorities elsewhere last minute.
He also went on about the sustainable business model, ignoring the fact that we’re already being out manoeuvred on that front. If we don’t have a decent team on the pitch by the time we negotiate the new commercials, how sustainable is our model going to look? How can we generate decent commercials if
1) We’re out of the Champions League
2) We can’t demand £50million a year in shirt / naming rights.
The reason we moved from Highbury was to compete with the big boys. So to hear Ivan say we make superstars is extremely disappointing. I know we can’t compete with certain teams on price or salaries, but I’m not unrealistic enough to expect us to be in for the elite. I want us to be in for Hazard early, Gotze at the start of the summer and I’d like us to pay the extra for players like Juan Mata. Making superstars is only sustainable of you’re supplementing them with world class players you can’t home grow. Look no further than Cesc and Nasri to tell you that. If we’d signed Arteta and Mertesacker last season, how many more points would we have made up?
News has leaked that Jack is out for the season with another fracture. That’s what I’d heard was the fear at the time and why I said we shouldn’t be too quick to judge the medical staff. Obviously more news will come out over time but if he’s picking up these types of problems without doing anything too physical, it could be a genetic make up issue. Let’s pray he doesn’t have a disposition to stress fractures.
Big Dave from the comments pointed me in the direction of Jack and the gambling tweets that have got him in hot water. I can’t for the life of me understand why you’d need to gamble as a footballer. If I was earning £80k a week, I’d feel like I was winning the races every pay day! Where does the satisfaction come from in winning a £10 bet if you’re hugely wealthy? The club need to seriously have a think about employing me to come in and teach the players the rights and wrongs of social media tools. It’d be fun…
1) Don’t take pictures of your genitals to share with female admirers, even if they are totes hot.
2) If you’re not allowed to gamble, don’t tweet that you’re checking the odds. It’s a big give away you might be involved in betting, although many of the 1.1million following you might not catch on, some will. Instead, ask Arsene about the stock market, his insight and knowledge will give you far better wins than a crappy ten pound bet will.
3) Don’t offer someone a fight online. Ask Arsene Wenger how best to intellectually battle someone. 4) If you can’t spell, ask Arsene Wenger, he has a degree in economics.
5) If you’re going to cheat on your girlfriend, use a landline… twitter leaves a trace. Don’t ask Arsene for advice on this.
We have a game tonight against Bolton, it’s away, it’ll be freezing cold and Owen Coyle has his side on the way up. This is a potential banana skin as it proved last year. There are no injury problems to report, so a fairly strong line up is to be expected. I don’t really care what happens as long as it follows a similar trend to the second half against Villa. We’ve been slow out the traps in the last few games so if whatever has been said at half time could be said before the game I’m sure the away fans would be muchly appreciative!
Good news in the race for fourth, Chelsea dropped points again, which was marvelous and City lost ground to United against Everton. The bad news is that Spurs continued their good run of form and Liverpool won again in convincing fashion. It’s going to be tight and there are going to be tumbles from here on in… we’re not out of the race for top 4 yet! If you’re up there, have a great night, if you’re watching it at home, drop a comment on Le Grove during the game!
P.S. Any constructive feedback you have on the site is welcome. A big thanks to Phoenix Studios for knocking the blog together bang on brief, a massive thanks to Tagadab for managing the move and a big thanks to Geoff for putting together the new logo, it looks superb! Also, if you’re on the mailing list, please be patient, I’ve had to merge two mailing lists into one… so I’ll be shutting down the both of them today and starting up a new one… which, when you’re technically retarded like me, could likely spell disaster.