Strange thing to say I hear you say, don’t Arsenal always put Arsenal first?
No is the simple answer, they put the board members and the club management first, then the players welfare second, then the club third. Don’t even get me on where the fans come in.
The reason we need to start putting the club first is the same reason Robin hasn’t signed a new deal, we aren’t ambitious enough, the con is FFP (Financial fair play) and that’s the excuse they use for not spending money.
We seem to be the only well supported club that thinks it needs to follow those rules. Barca and Real are basically bust, the situation in Spain right now is interesting as pretty soon the banks are going to go tits up and they will start calling in loans, the fact that Madrid have always been bankrolled by the government means squat as the government are on the verge of going bust too, ditto for Portugal and Italy.
So outside of the sugar daddy clubs of Chelsea, Man City and to a certain extent ManU – financial prudence is a must.
For those three though the rules of FFP come in to keep the balance, but as they ignore it anyway, we have to be smarter.
I’m not suggesting we go on a spending frenzy, I’m suggesting we spend what we have, and that my friends is quite a lot.
The fact that we give our ordinary dross such ridiculous salaries is the only reason we can’t flog them, this needs addressing, then we should get rid, there need to be accountability.
How can we be already paying Theo £60k a week, who sanctioned that? How can we have paid Bendtner £52k a week to sit on the bench, Djourou just got a massive pay rise and he wants out, trouble is he isn’t worth jack and we couldn’t give him away, same for Denilson, Lansbury, Squillaci, Chamakh and Park.
So someone sanctioned those salaries and that someone needs to be put in a box and not allowed to do deals anymore. That someone really does need a lesson in economics.
And as for Arshavin our record signing why is he out on loan? If we don’t like him then sell him and get him off the wage bill.
We need a squad of 25 players that are good enough for the Arsenal, not a squad of overpaid paid kids, over the hill crap players and a few diamonds that we all know will eventually be sold. We also seem to be getting the reputation as a feeder club. Arsenal FC – who would of thought it stood for that?
Another way of dealing with the situation is to stop acting like the big boys bitch club. Say to Mancini you can have Robin but we’ll have Edin and Adam in exchange and you can pay the difference in their salaries, that or sod off he’s not for sale.
Please don’t think I am saying sell RVP, I’m not, I’m saying play hard ball, don’t roll over and let them abuse you.
To go through another summer of will he, won’t he? will be unbearable, Wenger needs to man up, we’ve had this with Vieira, Henry and Cesc in successive seasons, it’s time to put the club and the fans first.
The other way of doing things would be to give Robin some help, buy a Llorente, a Martinez, buy a top centre back, get a winger and all that can be done by selling the dross, getting rid of the potentials, spending what we have and putting that brand of Wenger football back on a decent squad, give the fans hope instead of going into another season full of dread.
Throwing money away on wages for loyalty doesn’t work, look at the players we have sold over the last 8 years and you would have a team that could win the league.
Robin doesn’t want to leave, he wants some help, so do we. Not sure about Vertonghen’s decision though, why would you want to play in a team that isn’t in the ECL? Either it’s not that big a deal as we are led to believe, we aren’t as good as we think we are or he’s not that good, time will tell.
Time to stop buying players that take a season to bed in, great players don’t need that time, Gilberto, Freddie, Henry, Pires and Dennis didn’t. So please don’t be serious about Doumbia.
Time to start playing hardball Arsenal, with the rich teams, the young overpaid players, the dross and with your club’s management team who are crap at doing decent deals with sponsors, unless of course I’m missing something?