Transfer deadline day is here and my oh my, could I not be any less excited about it. Wenger has literally crapped all over my summer dreams of having a squad strong enough to challenge for the league and if rumours are to be believed, we’re likely to finish the period making a healthy profit by turning out a £3million surplus.
Would it be safe to say that season ticket holders have been duped into buying up their £1000+ tickets with an early flurry of big name signings?
I said at the start of the summer, the big test as to whether we’ve moved on as a club will come in the shape of how much we invest. By coming out with a profit again, we’ll have once again demonstrated that we’re not serious about anything other than club profits every year. We’ll have shown the players who have left that they were right about our ambition and we’ll have shown the players who have stayed that they’re unlikely to ever play for a competitive Arsenal side.
Hey… I might be totally wrong here. We might go out and sign a Michael Essien whose best years are way, way behind him… say 5 years in the past. That would be a super intelligent move. Sign a player who has an injury record to match the one of Abou Diaby. A great player in his prime, no doubt… but why are a club with a transfer kitty of well over £60million looking at loan deals for high risk players? It’s absurd.
So who does this sit with? Is it Arsene Wenger penny pinching, or is it Ivan Gazidis and Stan Kroenke looking after their assets value? See every year Arsene Wenger heads into a season totally unprepared to challenge, he chips away at his legacy a little bit more. Sure he’s pulling in a huge salary, which I’m sure he enjoys, but he’s rich enough, when does protecting the board get onerous… what is the point in finishing your careers as the manager with the greatest record of selling his best players. Someone mentioned to me the other other day that it was incredible what he does every year with transfer fees. My retort was that not many of the other great managers sell their best players year after year. If Pep Guardiola sold 2 of his stars every year, he’d have still competed in the upper echelons of European football, but he wouldn’t have nailed the trophies and the glory.
Who is going to look back at Pep Guardiolas tenure and talk about the debt he left Barca with? No one…
How can anyone sit back and look at our transfer strategy of hemorrhaging talent every year and marvel at it? We clearly don’t need to do it (please, someone tell me why we need to do it?)… and the manager seems to struggle with the correlation between refusal to replace talent with in-house talent wanting to leave. For a man who boasts a degree in being a smart ass, that’s quite an incredible over sight.
The rumour mill has us potentially looking at Clint Dempsey and Chek Tiote. I couldn’t be any less inspired by those two signings. Also, if we wanted them, why are we pissing about on the final day of the transfer window to nail down the deal. We’re like the old ladies who hang around the supermarket for the yellow label rotiserre chicken to get discounted.
Ok… so I do that. It’s not the point. If I were cash rich beyond my wildest dreams and I could afford to by the actual machine that turned those beauties, I’d never need to queue with the blue rinse brigade again.
Why have we sold Alex Song without a replacement in mind? Why have we pathetically caved to Theo Walcott and taken him on his word regarding a new deal… insisting he’ll play. Where is the back bone? Why has Stan Kroenke stripped the first team of its prime assets without properly reinvesting. We’ve stayed still again. We have a great starting 11 if they find form. We don’t have a squad. This is ground hog blog posting yet again. We’re relying on a wing and a prayer that injury prone players defy the odds, kids come good that have disappointed and foreign imports hit the ground running.
Maybe that’ll happen… but the odds are, as usual, heavily stacked against us. It’s a shambles of a way to run a football club… well, a football club that has genuine desires to be the biggest in the world.
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Things could change, we might roll in 3 players last minute, but the idea that other clubs looking to contend will roll over and sell key players last minute is a naive one.
P.S. Cheerio Nik B… off to Juventus. Oh, and nice one on the group stages. Olympiacos, Montpellier and Schalke.