This is what makes me laugh about project youth. Loyalty swings one way.
- Put players who aren’t ready into the first team
- Sacrifice trophies
- Persist with players that aren’t ready for 200 games
- Pay players that aren’t ready based on potential
Then when they come good… those players do one. Apprenticeship done. Scrap that… how can it be an apprenticeship when you’re getting paid more than most seasoned pros?
This whole Robin and Theo debacle is absolutely ridiculous. I mean, I don’t even care if Theo leaves. He has a vastly inflated idea of what his value is. Don’t get me wrong, that’s been inflated by giving him a £60k a week contract when he was barely worth £25k. The point is, if Arsene wants him to sign on, you’d expect him to sign on. Wenger, rightly or wrongly, has put his neck and career on the line in the hope that Theo would sign on again. Now he’s supposedly going to the Euros without penning a deal.
If he does that, he’s effectively putting himself in the shop window. Classy stuff.
The Robin scenario. Well, this one is slightly easier to understand. You only get one career. Robin has always wanted to compete with Arsenal. He hasn’t won any trophies in his career yet. Nasri and Clichy left and landed the big one in their first season. Cesc went away and bagged three. All will be classed as his mates. What’s he getting at Arsenal? How much investment do we realistically need to compete with City? We need to shave 20 goals of our conceded tally. We need to make up a minimum of twenty points in the league stakes. It’s a daunting task and one that feels like a 4 year plan over a 1 year plan.
Patrick Vieira upset a lot of fans yesterday with the comments below.
‘It will not only be City who would like these kind of players. I don’t think you have so many good talents like Van Persie who have just one year left on his contract. There will be a lot of teams who will want a player like Van Persie.
‘It was a shock for Arsenal to lose Nasri and Fabregas and if they lose Van Persie, it will be a drama. If Robin decides to leave, that means maybe next year it will be Walcott and the next year maybe it will be Wilshere. It will be difficult for Arsenal to keep all their top players. But if they keep Robin, they will send out a positive message to all the clubs around them.’
I think firstly people need to get over this Patrick Vieira thing. He’s being paid by Manchester City now. His loyalty is to them. His job is to comment in colour of sky blue. Not make untrue comments about how amazing the situation is with Robin Van Persie. We had the chacne to sign Paddy for Arsenal, we didn’t, so he went and worked on another project. It doesn’t make his comments any less true.
If he goes, it’s another slap in the face of Arsene Wenger. The only way he’s going to get round this problem is by making a splash in the transfer market. Signing 4 big names. Sending out a message to the rest of Europe that we’re a serious player. If the worst happens and Robin does decides to leave, we have to replace him with a top, top talent. We can’t go out and sign a 21 year old from Ligue 2. We have to maintain the ‘now’ quality levels in the squad. Robin goes, Cavani or Giroud should come in. Theo goes, let’s go and make a splash on someone who can make a consistent impact on £60k a week. If we wen’t out and made some serious moves this summer… it would send a message to the rest of the squad. Everyone wants to play with great players. Why leave when you know you could be lining up with the cream of Europe next year?
We can’t let this summer beat us again. We can’t let Robin and Theo wait all summer for offers. We have to set a deadline and actually stick to it this time. Last year, it was so obvious to everyone what the outcome would be. This summer is feeling pretty familiar already. Let’s make a decision now and start making enquiries on what we’re going to do about it.
Last year we were a rabbit caught in headlights. This year we can’t allow that to happen.
On the transfer front. I think the M’Vila story is stalling because we’re focusing out attention on one or two other high profile defensive midfielders in Europe. Watch this space. I think we’re definitely going to bolster there, but I’m not sure the Frenchman is the first choice.
Right, that’s my piece for today. If you want to hear my sweet, sweet voice, I did a piece for the Arsenal American Podcast with NorthBankLower yesterday. Check it out. I’ll also be coming at you next week with a podcast and we’ll finally be getting Geoff on over the next month for a chat.
P.S. One of my female pals was grabbed by a man posing as a Police Officer in Finsbury Park last night. He tried to drag her away. Please pass on this message to any north London ladies you know. The Police weren’t interested this morning when she tried to lodge a complaint, ‘Did you get his Police badge number?’ they asked. Top Policing.
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