Well hello and welcome!
After renouncing my love for Robin yesterday and casting him off into the ‘I never liked you anyway’ bin, I’ve awoken with new hope today. A new hope that things can be resolved. I’ve opened my eyes people. Opened them to the bargaining position Arsenal are in. I have a small hope that we might act like a football club for once, rather than an asset stripper.
The rumour and counter rumour going around yesterday made for interesting reading. No one had a consistent story. John Cross reckons he’ll go, Wayne Vessey of Goal.com reckons we’re going to keep him. What the hell is going eh?
My thought process on the keeping him front goes something like this.
1. He’s on £80k a week. He’s not exactly a massive resource drain if we keep him this year. We’ve had Arshavin as a second string player for 2 years now and he earns that. If we ship Andrey off this summer, we’ll have room for one more sulky £80k a week player.
2. If we sell him for £25million, I have my doubts we’ll plough that into a new striker. It’ll go into our ‘what if we miss out on the Champions League’ fund. That my friends, is not a French striker of African descent who can score us 30 goals per season.
3. If we keep Robin this season and he sulks. We bench him. If he’s benched, like an old car left in a garage, he’ll struggle with fitness and he’ll pick up more injuries… thus reducing the chances he’ll get a mega contract next season when he’s on a free. It makes sense for him to play well and take a good attitude onto the pitch. He literally can’t afford to sulk. He’s too old to have a Cesc season. He won’t have mega contract value next summer.
4.The Champions League is worth more than £40million to us. If we miss out next season, we’re heading into sponsorship renewal season without the golden goose of Champions League resting on our shoulder. That could greatly reduce our bargaining power.
5. London is a small place. It’d be pretty uncomfortable for him if he did try and strike to get out of the club. If we want to keep him, then I don’t see the problem with us doing it. It sends out a message to the rest of the players that we’re not push overs, plus it’s a small price for him to pay compared to the cost he’s had on our trophy cabinet over the past 6 years through his injuries. Some say it’s not his fault, sure, it’s not… however, we stuck with him, he should stick by us if we demand it. After all, if he breaks his toe tomorrow, we’ll still have to pay him.
Anyway, I’ve done a total 360. If we’re going to strong arm him into staying, I’d back that. I know it’s bad news to have a player at your club who doesn’t want to be there, but it’s not quite the problem it was last season. We have Podolski and Giroud to take the burden if he’s feeling like he wants to sulk.
In the world of team valuations. Arsenal sit in 10th. In the world of football club valuations, we sit at 4th (apt, wouldn’t you say?), just behind Barcelona. That’s quite some achievement off the back of very little on the pitch excitement. Stan Kroenke and his empty pocket approach to running a football team seems to be doing his portfolio the world of good.
There’s some chat about Theo holding talks with the club. Hopefully we’ll sign him up, if we don’t, he’s one who does carry too much value not to sell on.
How boring is this… same old, same old. Players want to leave, papers report a meeting, meeting doesn’t happen, papers report player wants to leave… blah, blah, blah.
GIVE US SOME GOOD NEWS ARSENAL!
There. Bratish moment out the way. Have a great day everyone.
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