Dad, noooooooooooo! | Vermaelen admits his errors | Wenger taking credit in the press

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What a dream player...

I’m sure it was only the other days I was talking about how Arsene Wenger’s defense of ‘sensitive’ Gervinho was pretty embarrassing in a ‘dad coming down to your school to tell off the bullies’ kind of way. Well, no sooner had I said that… has a players actual dad come out in the media to rip the manager a new one.

“During a football match the exertion is extreme. In my opinion Mr Wenger messed up a lot during April and May last year. I don’t blame a young man that he got persuaded — I would be, too.

“Wojciech’s form is a result of playing with injury for two months and that he had a problem with a metatarsal in August. OK, he recovered, but after a week he was playing again in the Premier League. How can he be in good shape?

Oh no… Dad… please… keep quiet…

“Transfers were not Wenger’s strong side recently. Good players went out, poor players came in. This guy makes permanent mistakes. His players are often injured — that makes you think about his training process as well. ‘

Nooooooo….

“His team play in a disgraceful manner. They lose 2-1 to Tottenham, conceding two goals in the same way in two minutes.  ‘

“So there is a huge possibility a rival saw Arsenal as a team who constantly make the same mistakes.  ‘

“I think that he is burnt out as a manager and as a person, too.  ‘

…00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000….

“He lost control with journalists. At a press conference he complains that they dare to ask him questions. ‘

“I think that it is a good time to make a break for him.  ‘

“It would be good for him to take the pressure off his shoulders and nerves and reset himself. I believe that he is a good coach and teacher but recently he is boiling up.  ‘

“And the plan for running this business got burned out, too. It would be good to make some modifications.”

…oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….!

Jeez, talk about embarrassing. I mean, take him to task over things privately, but don’t go to a media publication. You’re really going to put the cat among the pigeons that way! The statements are pretty crazy as well. The keepers form doesn’t come down to playing with an injury, it comes down to a poor attitude. Coming back from injury early doesn’t affect your kicking, it doesn’t affect you missing 50% of long range shots and it doesn’t force you into messing around with the ball inside your box when you have players bearing down on you.

If there’s some Yin… be sure there’s some Yang for the manager. That came in the shape of a Telegraph article that looks to put all the credit for the recent turn in form onto the shoulders of the manager. We’ve kept two clean sheets right? Not 11 in a row? Well, according to the article, Wenger demanded more attention be place on the backline and he personally oversaw the sessions. He’s the man responsible for the two clean sheets.

‘Wenger has always been completely hands-on with the coaching although it is understood that there has been more delegation over recent months.’*

*(I’m not a control freak, but the defensive improvements are not Bould’s)

Whatever has gone on, it appears that either Wenger has made a conscious effort to improve our preparation… or the club have made a conscious effort to get stories out into the open that indicate Wenger is taking preparation more seriously. As long as the club are improving, I don’t care who gets the credit. Sport is collective glory, not individual.

Some more interesting quotes arrived from our captain.

‘I have made mistakes,’

‘If I played flawlessly in all the matches I would be Lionel Messi. As a footballer you know you what may happen when you play badly.

‘I’m not worried though – it’s only the last games, I have played about 35 times this season. This is Arsenal, they are not a bad team and there is a lot of competition.’

I’m not quite sure you’d be Messi Thomas, but you’d certainly be a better defender. It’s good that he’s accepted he’s not been the best this season. That’s the sign of a real leader. I just hope he can pull his finger out and be the player we need him to be. According to that Telegraph article both he and Koscielny will be here next year with possibly one addition. Good news. Lets hope the preparation improves and the defence is drilled to within an inch of its life!

Right, that’s me done. Have a great day.

 

269 Responses to “Dad, noooooooooooo! | Vermaelen admits his errors | Wenger taking credit in the press”

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  1. gambon

    Haha

    Szczesny has been forced to distance himself from his dads comments, no doubt by the Fuhrer Wenger himself.

    Wenger cant be criticised, not under any circumstances.

    Wenger is infallible.

  2. Ric

    Still though Pedro, I think Geoffs two posts this year have both been called; “Our Arsenal is back!” And “Wenger finally got it right!” Or something like it, so all in all I think you are looking way better in the comparison.

  3. Bennydevito

    I think people taking a swipe at Pedro based on posts of yestermonth or yesteryear where he’s stated his opinion and subsequently it hasn’t quite panned out as such, is a bit snidey and unnecessary really. If we all wrote blogs on a daily basis especially on days of nothing to write about we could all play the hindsight criticism game all day long. Pedro does a great job and this is the best blog where we’re all free to air our opinions so I think a certain level of respect ought to be shown.

  4. bayo

    gambon

    Honestly, I agree with your players out list 100% but I have watched capoue and I have not been very impressed. I think coquelin is at the right level for his age but if he wants to leave, no big deal..

    Personally…..I will go for sanchez, strootman, jovetic (arsenal need to be fast as I feel most big clubs will be targeting falcao, cavani but if they cant get them…will have to buy jovetic)

  5. kc

    Maybe Szczesny’s dad wants him to leave Arsenal. I know I wouldn’t want my son playing for such a lunatic loser like Wenger.

  6. Bennydevito

    Gambon,

    Ha ha! Nice one. I haven’t negotiated my fee yet! Maybe a case of peroni? Seriously though I was merely just saying that criticism with hindsight is something we would all fall victim of if we all aired our views daily on a blog.

    Incidentally though your list of guff in our squad was spot on.

  7. Ric

    kcMarch 21, 2013 15:10

    Actually I think you might be on to something of greater importance right there…

    I for one cannot see how anyone could reccomend AFC as a good spot to develop for any GK let alone a young one. I mean its been clear since the days of Seamans tenure and especially Lehmanns departure that Wenger neither knows nor cares about coaching keepers. In fact he made several comments over the years where he agrees with the Cruyff way of defending. IE rather sticking a sweeper defender in there and hope he’ll contribute to more up front than he ruins at the back.

    Anyone that honestly expects him to do anything wisely with regards to the GK situation is basing their assumptions on fantasy. Because I’m sure there are more that will agree with me here when I say; Wenger has NEVER done anything sensible with regards to our GK situation. Maybe apart from ditching Almunia in favor of SZCZ, wich in all honestly should have been a bad move had it not been for the fact that Almunia was Almunia and any Seventeenyearold with gloves on is a btter option than him in Goal.

  8. Nasri's Mouth

    @bennydevito

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

    IE How many people were saying that Walcott was definitely 100% leaving?

  9. Jidster Talabi

    Gambian I am a fan! You say it as it is, so please don’t ever stop doing that.

    Your list of the players to leave was actually spot on, however: Have you got something against Meade? His name appears twice!

    Arsenal simply need to encourage competition for all places, and Arsene needs to have his powers greatly stripped down. We will however finish in the top 4…that I know.

  10. Ric

    PS. Is it just me or was this one those newsstories better left alone?

    Now that Wojch has come out and apologised for his fathers comments, what has been gained? Nothing.

    Wenger just looks like an even bigger dick now for making Wojc speak out against his own father in support for “fatherfigure#1”.

    Two days max, with no official reply and this story would have been buried.

    Shambles.

  11. Pedro

    Cheers Benny, if I could be assed to go through the million comments posted on here, I’m pretty sure i could find some bullets from others.

    Fact is, Ric still comes here every day to read my stuff.

  12. VIX AFFAIR

    Nasri’s Mouth(AKA Elton John)

    I see many poster’s on here,have been giving you a lot of barrage..

    Great Stuff…!!!

    By the end of the night,you’ll have the pick of town
    Elton John…

    Your chat up line,whilst plying your trade at Piccadilly Circus,would probably start with..

    Who’s your favourite musician…?
    Hmmm Boy George/George Michael

    Who’s your favourite player?Hmm..Chamakh

    Who’s your favourite politician?
    Hmm..Peter Mandelson.

    Who is your favorite partner..?
    Hmm..David Furnish

    If you can’t see,that the whole shenanigan’s happening at Arsenal,are largely due to Arsene’s design…

    Then mate,you truly are an Elton John…

    Word’s escape me….An absolute Elton,you are..!!

  13. Nasri's Mouth

    @vix

    There’s a bit of a common theme with you. You get your facts wrong, get it pointed out to you, then go straight to the insults.

    @Pedro

    Absolutely, considering that his dad was a goalkeeper himself, he should have known not to say it. It’s certainly up a level from showing your son how to dance at the xmas party

  14. VIX AFFAIR

    Pedro

    Hugely embarrassed,or not…

    His father,spoke the mind’s of many rational AFC fans,about Wenger..

    We can bury our heads in the sand,for all we like..

    As a bitter pill,it’s very hard for AKB’S to swallow..

    But the father spoke the truth..”The Gospel Truth”..!!

  15. VIX AFFAIR

    Nasri’s Mouth(AKA-Elton John)

    Meowwww..what you’re going to do-kick me in the shins,with your high heels?

    Or scratch my eyes out..?..Meowwwww..

    So defensiveeeeeee…..Ohhhhhhh..!!

  16. VIX AFFAIR

    Pedro

    You do a great job,banging out 365 post’s a year.

    Whilst watching the circus of AFC unravelling before your very eyes,takes not only great courage,passion& commitment,but supreme mental insanity…

  17. arsenesabemejor

    Ric its doesnt count as you are the only one who knows what you were trying to do, miserable fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Jeff

    So now we hear that Szcsesny’s sorry for his dad’s comments. Taken in context, we have really sunk so low that we can’t even tell if we’re closer to the other side. So it takes the parent of a player to remind us of our realities. How does that make the board and owner look? What about all the pundits who care more for their TV jobs and political correctness than the truth?

    While all these people heap endless praise on Wenger, the club continues to crash and burn but do they care one jot about that? Of course not! It’s only a club. It will bounce back. Well I don’t see it like that and many on here don’t either.

    You would have to be very blind or selective in your observation not to see that Wenger is no good for Arsenal. It doesn’t matter what he did in the past. It’s always the present that counts; always. We’ve had eight long years of watching Wenger’s runaway train, laden with failed philosophies and ideologies tearing through each season while the board continue to shovel in more fuel. We’re way past political correctness and naïve musings from well meaning figure heads.

    If we finish fourth we get to do this all over again in year 9 of failure. What makes anyone think it’s going to be different in the coming season? I have zero confidence in Wenger and cannot wait until we get a worthy manager who’s going to overhaul the team and the wage policy. Until that happens, the club will never again achieve greatness and will continue to be a private joke among the managers who actually want to win things.

  19. VIX AFFAIR

    JeffMarch 21, 2013 16:59:33

    Good post..Try relating that to the Nasri’s Mouth’s of the world(AKA Elton John)

    & the Keyser’s of the world(David Furnish-his bum pal)..

    We are stuck,with Arsene& the machination’s,as long as the Elton’s & the David’s are out in force,waving the rainbow banner’s for Arsene to stay..!!

  20. Pedro

    Hey Ric, I could just ban you now instead.

    Cheerio. I didn’t even take the time out to read your comment.

    Vix, if you feel the same, you can fuck off to.

  21. arsenesabemejor

    vix affair it says it all when you cant even spell the insult !!!haha priceless , you need to work much harder at school

  22. VIX AFFAIR

    arsenebemajor

    Sorry maybe English,was not my strongest subject,but I sure did excel in Maths..

    In fact a Msc/Mphil in Mathematics..

    What about you?

  23. Pedro

    Vix, I don’t care about your credit. If you’re rude to me on my own site, you can go.

    Also, don’t be rude to other people whose opinion doesn’t match with yours… it makes you look dim.

  24. JJ

    How embarassing for Wojciech. Could you imagine if your Dad came to work and blasted your boss in front of everyone?

    Good thing that the kid apologized for his mental Dad because in the real world he would find himself out of job 9 out of 10 times.

    It kind of makes me wonder how crazy is crazy Jens dad?

  25. JJ

    A little surprised at the stick Pedro and this blog is getting. If you don’t like it then why come here? It makes no sense.

    Personally le-grove is part of my daily ritual. Shit, shower, shave, le-grove.

    Keep up the good work Pedro!

  26. nasri's mouth

    @vix

    i think you’re getting little confused (again). i’m not bothered by your insults in the slightest. as I’m not homophobic, comparing me to elton john is simply comparing me to a massively rich musician with an interesting taste in wigs.

  27. VIX AFFAIR

    Arsenebemajor

    How is my grammar?

    I don’t see any comma’s,full stop’s in your posts.
    Going forward, you begin your first line of sentence with a lower capital,for starter’s.
    Subsequently ending it, without a full stop.

    What’s your point?

    Mate,let’s crash some copula’s & differential equation’s together..

    I’m sure,we will have bundles of fun & laughter together…

    Furthermore, whilst we are at it,do you think Arsene should just chuck in the towel,come the end of this season?

  28. Bennydevito

    No worries Pedro, I don’t always comment and I don’t always agree but I always try and keep it respectful and I read le-grove every day.

    Ric, a bit grandiose of you there, I really don’t think you’re that clever – trying to pass yourself off as some sort of Sigmund Freud that you can deliberately manufacture what Pedro writes by virtue of what you write….. Hilarious! …..

  29. JJ

    Johnny – If only Giroud was as efficient as you.

    How are you liking today’s grammar lesson from Vix while on the shitter?

  30. VIX AFFAIR

    Johnny5

    Me too….Great way to start my day..

    It goes like this:-
    Shitter-Le Grove

    Breakfast

    Mathematical Models

    Shitter-Le Grove

    Mathematical Models

    Now here’s the interesting part..

    W/end Result’s

    Lose

    Le-Grove-Le-Grove..Piss & Moan

    Win

    Shitter-Le-Grove

    Mathematical Models

    Draw

    Watch Barca/Real Madrid

    & then

    Shitter-Le Grove

  31. Ric

    Yeah right as if you didn’t read my comment Big P!!!
    You still need fill for tommorrows post, no? 🙂

    Thanks Vix back at you… oh and arsenesabemejorMarch 21, 2013 16:39:44
    the only thing failed with that was your understanding of it, you PHLEB! (Athough if we really want to go into them big words how about ; You effing santorum?)
    Look that one up and call me in the morning aiight?

    I want to end off tonight with this gem from my man P up there; “Also, don’t be rude to other people whose opinion doesn’t match with yours… it makes you look dim.”

    Yeah…

  32. Ric

    BennydevitoMarch 21, 2013 17:45:30

    Honestly did not think myself that clever either Benny, until P proved me wrong.

  33. Hitman

    Chesney Snr is a doomer! Haha.
    Sign him up for LeGrove. Have an opinion my son.

    Outburst just confirms what the players ( and their dads and everyone) thinks about Wonger at the moment.

    Wonger must love his £7m to put up with all the ridicule he is getting. Laughing stock. Has very little credibility left.

  34. VIX AFFAIR

    Ric

    I feel your pain,but just chill a little..

    Take some time out,Le-Grove is a drug..

    Just look at Gambon,banned,but is somewhat more restrained in his comments lately..

    I know the whole AFC & the double-edged sword behind it,sometimes leaves an uncomfortable taste in one’s mouth..

    But what can one do?

    Other than divest one’s emotions & focus on more pertinent issues that govern’s one’s life/happiness/whole being..

    Le=Grove is just an outlet,for everyone to voice their opinions & Pedro provides that platform..

    His view’s might not be palatable sometimes,but we’ve got to respect the time & devotion he input’s into the running of this blog..

    That said,I think you should have the “Freedom of Rome”,to impart your views.

    But every now & again,sometimes,we have to take a step outside of the gladiatorial arena..

    All that said..NM(Elton John) is an arsehole,along with Wenger & the BoD..

    BoD & Arsene must go…ASAP!!
    Today(on the shitter)

  35. VIX AFFAIR

    arsenebeamajor..

    Amazing,you started your first line with an upper capital..!!!

    I should start charging you mate..

    Screw you over,like AFC & Arsene does to you on a yearly basis..

    Almost 10 year’s & no cup’s..

    How can you continue to support this regime?

  36. higz

    Wow the Elton John comment still getting 0 laughs but he persists with it?

    Let’s just keep it football guys. We all love football and arsenal (although I think most of us hate the current arsenal set up). But no need to start a vendetta against another fan (unless its keyser than I may share your frustrations)

  37. VIX AFFAIR

    Higz

    What,let’s rehash the same mundane convo,that’s been done to death on here..

    Players
    Stadium Debt
    Player Sales
    Player Recruitment
    Tactics
    Video Analysis
    FFP
    Owner(s)
    Contract extension’s

    Possible player recruitment(Summer & Winter Window)

    Ongoing saga with top players(Sell,or Retain)

    Annual Feb Capitulation(out of all comp’s)

    Beat Spurs..Europhia(for a few days)

    P&L Announcement

    PHW-End of Season Statement(Wenger-Re-Signs)

    Rinse,Repeat,Cycle…for another season

  38. wanger-wenker

    the chesser dad outburst is exactly what the club needs. Why should it be expected that the manager is above criticism. Lets face it wanker wenger gets hardl;y any from the media. They treat him like some historical saviour of total football. Even when we get thumped 8-2 and other appalling results like bradford and blackburn, the ponces still refuse to blame wenger and attribute the blame elsewhere.
    Sure it can be argued that a parents intervention is a bit embarrassing, but it can seen as supportive. Personally i would take anything to rid my beloved arsenal of this senile arrogant clown.
    2 results and the wenger-lovers are claiming wengers a genius and has turned it around!
    We will get results despite the idiot in charge and thats down to a few players making the difference on the day, (cazorla when he is in the mood).
    As jeff says, getting 4th place will only keep this pathetic charlatan at arsenal for further years doing the same routine of aspiring for 4th place and with no chance of winning a trophy.
    Wenger wont go and wont be sacked as it looks like the board are in awe of him. If the money keeps rolling in, they are happy. So the only route is for the pressure to get to wenger and whether you view chessers dad as out-of-order or not, those comments can only add a bit more pressure on the arrogant fuckwit!

  39. kwik fit

    Isn’t it unbelievable the poison chalice that is the Arsenal Captain role. It all started with TiTi , sold to barca
    Gallas released
    Cesc Barca
    Rvp Mancs
    Now Verm ?

    Lets hope Jack doesn’t get the role eh!
    Squid for captain anyone?

  40. VIX AFFAIR

    Royal Bludger

    Coming from a guy,who is completely & utterly obsessed with Gambon..

    Whose every fucking post is littered with Gambon references..

    Gambon this,Gambon that..

    Royal Bluger=Peter Tatchell:-(The Relentless Gay Activist Campaigner)

  41. wanger-wenker

    @pedro. keep up the very good work mate. Your website is brilliant and the articles interesting, informative and well-written.

  42. Zacharse

    Alright all you opinionated MF’s here’s your AST Report:

    > Update 93, Wednesday 20 March 2013
    > AST Analysis of Arsenal Holdings PLC Half Year Accounts for period 1 Jun to 30 Nov 2012
    >
    > The following report is a short analysis produced by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) of the financial performance of Arsenal Football Club for the first half of the club’s latest financial year (1 June 2012 to 30 November 2012). The full year report and accounts that cover season 2012-13 are published in late September.
    >
    > For the first time we are also publishing a simplified version of the Club’s accounts in table format as feedback suggests that members appreciate a snapshot view.
    >
    > The figures in the table are all drawn directly from the club’s accounts with the exception of the half year split between wages/other costs analysis where an estimate has been made as the club do not make full disclosure until year end. We have also included our own estimate of the results that will be published for the full year end up to 31 May 2013.
    >
    > In the analysis that follows we explain some of the key factors behind these figures and then go on to address some of the questions that members have put to us.
    >
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    > Arsenal played 29 home games in season 2011-12 and staged an Emirates Cup compared to 2012-13 when there will be 26 home games and no Emirates Cup.
    >
    > In addition to there being three fewer cup games in the first half of the reporting period, there was also one fewer EPL game played, which is why the match-day revenue looks poor in the recent six month figures. The impact of the three Coldplay concerts (stadium rental) in 2012/13 vs no concerts in 2011/12 is not reflected directly in “matchday income” so has been discounted for this comparison.
    >
    > There is also a ‘B’ game to refund season ticket holders for at the end of this current season as only six pre-paid cup ties will have been played, costing approximately £1.4m.
    >
    > Overall we believe that matchday revenue for the year will fall by about £4m.
    >
    > This is a disappointing performance and matchday revenues are well below the 2009 peak of £100m (32 games), despite recent season ticket and Club Level price rises. We conclude that Executive Box revenues are down on their original levels, when many were bought on three and four year packages although the Club maintain box revenues have remained very consistent.
    >
    > Broadcast revenues
    >
    > Broadcast revenues for this period will be flat, despite finishing third in the Premier League last season. Whilst there was growth in the UEFA TV pool, we understand that nearly all the growth in Champions League revenues (20%) went to non-English leagues, as the English broadcasters did not up their TV bid in this contract round. There was also an impact in August from Arsenal not having to play a Champions League qualifying game.
    >
    > Premier League TV revenues were a little higher in the first half of the year as the club had two extra televised games.
    >
    > Commercial revenues
    >
    > The club have played down the potential to generate substantial extra income from secondary sponsors, but will be booking an immediate increase generated by the new Emirates deal from 1 December 2012 by agreeing to combine the five year extension to the remaining 18 months of the old deal.
    >
    > The deal was announced as being worth £150m over five years but we believe that Arsenal will actually spread this out over an accounting period of six and a half years, giving the club an annual value of £23m for their title sponsorship in the period 2012-19 and stadium naming rights until 2028. When this is added to the existing agreement of £12m to be paid from 1 December 2012 to June 2014, it means the overall value of the Emirates deal from now till 2019 averages circa £25m per annum, with some front-loading of cash.
    >
    > This accounting process explains most of the uplift in commercial income we have assumed for the second half of this financial year. We also note that the values currently given to the Emirates deal by Arsenal are for the full value of the contract.
    >
    > Emirates have subsequently stated that there are some bonus clauses within this deal (although not what the bonus targets are although it is suspected that Champions League qualification is one of them), so we will need to wait for publication of full accounts to see the full benefit of the new arrangements.
    >
    > A new shirt manufacturing arrangement is also under negotiation for 2014-15 and an uplift of at least £10m pa should be achievable on the current £10m pa provided by Nike.
    >
    > However, we remain well behind the leading ‘brands’ in this area such as Man Utd, who have been getting well over £20m a season from their Nike kit deal since 2002, and this season will bank around £38m from that source. They are currently in discussions for a significantly enhanced contract.
    >
    > Property and player loans
    >
    > In the first half of this financial year various ‘in-fill’ properties around the old Highbury ground were sold, as was the Queensland Road site, but most of the £20m revenues from these sales were received after 30 November 2012. In the second half of the accounting year there should be more revenue from further in-fill house sales (perhaps £10m) and the club will then be left with the Holloway Road and Hornsey Road sites. There’s still substantial spare cash to be generated from property debts and assets held in the balance sheet over the next two years of over £30m.
    >
    > Wages
    >
    > Despite the huge increases of recent years, the wage bill continued to grow and will grow further in the remainder of the year as the new deals for the ‘British Core’ come on stream. We believe the wage bill for season 2012-13 will be approximately £155m, an increase of about ten per cent on last season when one-off items are excluded.
    >
    > In our last commentary we expressed continued concern at the club’s policy of paying players in a narrower egalitarian spread than the pyramid style of most sporting organisations.
    >
    > The manager has since confirmed publicly our assessment, and described this as his ‘socialist’ approach to team remuneration. We see the downside of this approach in the long list of players on loan or sitting idly by because their achievable wage elsewhere is so far below what they are being paid at Arsenal. Quite how the benefits of the socialist approach have manifested themselves is unclear, but Arsène maintains it helps team spirit.
    >
    > Our view is that at present Arsenal have about £25m per annum of non-productive wage costs.
    >
    > Ivan Gazidis has on more than one occasion responded to our questions on this issue by agreeing that a change in approach to the current wage structure is required, but it appears that actually implementing changes is akin to turning an oil tanker, no doubt made more difficult when the manager has such a big say in transfer and wage remuneration decisions.
    >
    > Non-wage Football costs
    >
    > These costs cover team support, travel and medical costs, stadium running costs, insurances and retail costs of sale (running costs of The Armoury, etc). They are remarkably constant other than being slightly impacted by the number of games held (approx £600k per home match day).
    >
    > Amortisation
    >
    > This is the cost of buying the team spread over the length of the relevant players’ contracts and includes costs like agent fees, Premier League levies and contract extension fees as well as the actual transfer fee paid for a player.
    >
    > As a minimum, we would expect the club to spend the amount of the annual amortisation charge on new players every season with extra sums spent to replace players who left at significant gain. Over the past two seasons Arsenal have spent close on £120m on new players and the amortisation charge has more than doubled as a consequence to over £40m pa as players sold at substantial profit (over £100m) have been in part replaced.
    >
    > In this accounting effect, £40m should be the minimum for summer 2013 spending. Replacing Arshavin, Squillaci and quite probably Bendtner or Chamakh would roughly match up with this amount on a specific player basis.
    >
    > Profit on player sales
    >
    > Following on from £66m of gains from selling Fabregas, Nasri, Clichy, etc in 2011, Arsenal booked a profit of £43m in 2012 largely from selling Van Persie and Song. Most of the clubs competing at the top of the game do not rely on player sales for income. If they are a talent developer then they will, so clubs like Spurs and Everton have relied on gains from sales to balance the books. Arsenal’s gains have increasingly come from player dissatisfaction forcing the club to allow developing players to leave before their sell-by date. Consequently, Arsenal are now a buyer of mature talent as well as a buyer of developing talent as one would expect from a top club, but this change in direction has not fully been taken on board by media and commentators alike.
    >
    > Cash
    >
    > Arsenal’s headline cash figure is always bloated by upfront season ticket cash that is then needed to pay the wages and bills for the rest of the season. There is also an allocation of cash on the balance sheet that the club can’t spend because it’s held to the order of its bond holders of the stadium loan (debt protections).
    >
    > At the May 31 year-end this ‘unavailable’ cash accounts for close to £100m, and whilst by November some of the season ticket money has been spent it is estimated by the AST that close to £60m of the November 2012 cash figure of £123m is “tied up”.
    >
    > The AST estimate that the ‘spare’ cash available for investment in the squad was approximately £60m during the recent January transfer window.
    >
    > Over the next six months we think that ‘spare’ cash available will grow organically by £20m as further funds come available from property assets. From next year there is also the new TV deal and so it is commonly accepted, and never refuted, that the club has £70m to spend in the summer on a combination of transfer fees / wages.
    >
    > Remember too, that part of the annual football club cost base covered by season ticket revenues is an allowance for new player spending and Arsenal’s cash flow will allow some of that 2013-14 season ticket cash to be added to the “free cash pile”. This means that a bold club may well feel able to increase its spending in the summer knowing that further season ticket and commercial revenues are due.
    >
    > Overall financial performance: what does it mean for Arsenal?
    >
    > Arsenal’s income has been fairly static for a long time, but that will now start to change as the new Premier League broadcast, Emirates and kit sponsorship deals kick in. In the meantime, Arsenal has been running at an operating loss before gains from player sales, as the club aimed to use the property cash raised from the redevelopment of Highbury to tide them over until the new deals were available.
    >
    > This will to some extent mask the flat revenues secured from ticket sales and secondary sponsorship deals. In this regard the cost of selling the best players and not competing at the business end of the season for trophies is increasingly telling on the business model.
    >
    > An additional problem has been that many of Arsenal’s better players have forced exits, adding unplanned profits from their sales. A failure to reinvest the proceeds raised from sales has led to the club sitting on a spare cash pile for over two seasons now, as the manager has struggled to find sufficient better players he wants to invest in.
    >
    > With many of his recent purchases not working out (Chamakh, Wellington, Squillaci, Park, Santos and Gervinho) the spotlight is moving onto the quality of the squad he has chosen to construct and the decisions that have been taken on wage expenditure and ‘keeping the financial powder dry’.
    >
    > There is no doubt that with a more judicious and effective use of wage expenditure, together with the courage to utilise the cash reserves that Arsenal have in the transfer market, there is cause for optimism that Arsenal have a considerable opportunity to strengthen the team in the summer transfer window.
    >
    >
    >
    > Some key questions:
    >
    > Q1. How does the wage bill compare with other clubs?
    >
    > For the 2011-12 season, the top wage spenders were:
    >
    > Man City £200m Chelsea £171m Man Utd £160m
    >
    > Arsenal £143m Liverpool £130m Spurs £94m
    >
    > Everton £63.4m
    >
    >
    >
    > For season 2012/13, Arsenal’s wage bill will rise by 10% to approximately £155m.
    >
    > This demonstrates that considerable resources are available to invest in the squad and is partly explained by the relatively high wages that Arsène likes to pay to players who would fairly be described at best as ‘squad players’. Just one example is the fact that Nicklas Bendtner was on a higher salary at Arsenal than Luis Suarez secured in his first two seasons at Liverpool.
    >
    > Arsenal’s wage bill places them as the fourth largest spenders in English football and, although there are exceptions, there is generally a close correlation between wage expenditure and league performance. The club we have had the closest rivalry with over the last two seasons for a Champions League place is Spurs, whose wage bill is currently around £1m a week less than that spent by Arsenal. Manchester United’s wage bill is just over ten per cent higher than Arsenal’s.
    >
    > At the end of this season both Squillaci and Arshavin will come off the wage bill, and quite possibly other experienced squad members, which will add to the financial firepower that is available to the manager.
    >
    >
    >
    > How much could Arsenal spend this summer?
    >
    > The AST estimate that Arsenal could spend in the region of £70m to £90m on transfers this summer (assuming qualification for the Champions league). This does not take into account the wages these players are paid, though there will be money available from the departure of some squad members and known increases in revenue that would cover additions to the wage bill. Arsenal can comfortably plan for a wage bill of £180m in season 2014-15 when all new revenue streams are fully on line. This level of wage spend equates to 60% of revenue which is seen as being prudent and sensible.
    >
    > How much debt is left and why don’t Arsenal pay it off if they have spare cash?
    >
    > In simple terms the penalties for early repayment don’t make it worthwhile. Total gross debt at Arsenal reduced in line with expectations and stands at £219m (stadium debt) plus £27m in debentures (A,B,C and D bonds held by supporters). Interest rates are fixed and with scheduled repayments known until maturity the stadium debt will be zero come September 2031. The cost of servicing the debt in the last financial year was £13.5m in addition to a principal repayment of £6.2m. Debt service remains very manageable given the football revenues and is not a major factor in other spending decisions.
    >
    > How much will failure to qualify for the Champions League cost Arsenal?
    >
    > Over the last few seasons Arsenal have earned approximately £25m per annum in broadcast payments and prize money from participation in the Champions League (based on reaching the round of 16).
    >
    > Failure to qualify for the group stage of the competition would see a loss of this revenue but there would be some income from competing in the Europa League, where we estimate that a run to the quarter finals could earn in the region of £2m in broadcast/prize money.
    >
    > The club have also indicated that there would be a reduction in the cost of season tickets, and match-day tickets, allowing for Europa League games being classified in a lower price category (probably a mix of B and C).
    >
    > Therefore one has to assume that not being in the Champions League will lead to smaller gate receipts (cheaper ST prices and less in matchday sales for the European games) of approximately £7m.
    >
    > As a good educated guess, it seems that failure to qualify for the Champions League would cost the club in the region of £30m.
    >
    > Of course there are many unknowns here. The opportunity cost of not being in the Champions League is as high as £75m (on the extremely optimistic notion that Arsenal would win it). We also know that not being in the CL will dampen demand for high level corporate tickets and season tickets and there would be reduced bonuses paid on sponsorship deals (including the renewed Emirates deal). Arsène Wenger has also noted that it would be harder to attract leading players without Champions League football.
    >
    > But, in summary, the increasing revenues from UK broadcast monies and sponsorship deals at Arsenal perhaps means that not qualifying would have an impact that would not be disastrous in the short-term, but it would probably mean a reduction in the amount Arsenal can spend on transfers this summer.
    >
    > March 2013
    >
    > © Arsenal Supporters’ Trust

  43. Keyser

    “Shitter-Le Grove
    Breakfast
    Mathematical Models
    bullShitter-Le Grove
    Mathematical Models
    Now here’s the interesting part..
    W/end Result’s
    Lose
    Le-Grove-Le-Grove..Piss & Moan
    Win
    Shitter-Le-Grove
    Mathematical Models
    Draw
    Watch Barca/Real Madrid
    & then
    bullShitter-Le Grove”

    Anyone worried by the amount of time SDE spends in the toilet ? It’s almost like he’s the attendant for a GloryHole somewhere.

    Come out of your cubicle SDE, wash your hands at least you deviant.

  44. Thomas

    It’s embarrassing that the GK problem STILL hasn’t been sorted out. I’m mean fuck what the hell is the cunt paid for?

  45. kwik fit

    Wojciech Szczesny’s dad, Maciej Szczesny, once punched Roberto Mancini in the face during a game in 1991.
    Wouldn’t it be brill if history repeated itself and he punched another premier league manager.

  46. Pedro

    … and I’ll tolerate most things on here… but out disrespect isn’t on.

    We’re all Gooners, we all like a debate… but I’d never cunt of someone’s character.

  47. SUGA3

    good on you Pedders, whilst I may personally disagree with some of the stuff you write, I can always respectfully disagree and there are a lot of things I agree with you on too!

    personally, I am not a fan of the slagfests that have been going on here recently, but I don’t miss a post 😉

  48. higz

    Vix, completely understand that there’s only so many many times we can moan about the same old same old, but still no reason to persist in a pretty mediocre gag at poor old nm ha ha.

    To be honest I only post every now n again purely because there’s only so many times we can talk about New signings, shit squad and waste of money w o spend.

    Back to football- I think if we do clear out the shoit on big money ( park, nik b, chamakh, djorou, squillaci, Santos, arshavin, denilson) then we can certainly afford 3 good signings plus making a saving on our wage bill. Realistically it could be capoue, Jovetic and isco but knowing arsenal that’s probably as optimistic as can be. Although still think we def need cb and gk on top of that.

  49. Rustycannon

    Chezzer apologised! And you don’t think now other players wouldn’t be coming round to say “But your Dad had a point”? And the board still does not think he is not washed out and lost the change room? If we finish 4th (and I wish)it will be from the players’ self inspiration and pride.

  50. SUGA3

    Szczesny Sr is hands down my favourite sports pundit on the Polish TV, he simply said as it is, all things consiered, this was probably highly inappropriate, but it does not make it any less accurate!

  51. Higz

    Gambon your disciples are evolving… They now try everything they can not to refer to you, whilst practically copying exactly what you say.

  52. Keyser

    Any less accurate ? Why ? There’s no way Szczesny can come of this as hard done by, the club’s given up a lot to give him the chance he needs, Wenger’s kept faith in him through mistakes and his eccentricities even if he was injured he played for Poland at the Euro’s and made mistakes there aswell, yet we kept him as first choice.

  53. SUGA3

    Keyser,

    he was only kept as first choice because Wenger was unable to get a decent keeper, even though there were some that are the dog’s bollocks available on free transfers, like Cesar or Boruc, where the latter would put a massive rocket up Szczesny’s arse like he just has for the Polish NT…

  54. SUGA3

    because let’s be honest here: Mannone is fucking gash and Fabianski was not really tested in either of these two games he played and I can still recall a single flappyish moment anyway!

  55. Keyser

    He’s got a father who was an International Keeper right ? His Dad, ffs, mate come on, it doesn’t really matter what Wenger could or couldn’t get, he’s a Wenger lovechild he’s been given a massive oppurtunity, hopefully his apology for his dad is sincere.

  56. SUGA3

    Keyser,

    actually, this comparison crossed my mind as well, but the difference is that Szcczesny Sr knows what he is talking about here…

  57. Keyser

    Yeah so why doesn’t he think about what he can do to help Szczesny sort out his erratic form rather than play it out in the media ? Do they have a good relationship ? Szczesny needs to be working hard in training to get back into the team, not make public apologies for comments his fathers made, surely ?

  58. tom

    Szczesny Sr should keep it buttoned. Imagine dropping your kid in it like that.
    Adds a whole new layer of pressure on the boy.
    Bad parent. 

  59. tom

    Luckily Wojciech has personality and will bounce back.
    Good Keeper. 
    Still, I think we will get a new GK in summer. 
    Most likely a mature one who will compete with Szczesny.

  60. Johnny5

    Tom,

    It’s a nothing story. So what if he talked smack about wenger. It has no bearing on the team it didn’t knock us out of a cup or cost us three points. It really is bullshit that it even made headlines.

  61. tom

    Open season on AFC as usual. Everyone and his dad having a pop.
    That story was bound to be picked up.

    I think Szczesny is good enough already but an additional keep of quality and experience could provide competition to help him prove it.

  62. Johnny5

    Tom,

    Don’t you think that wenger has kind of made himself a target of such criticism though? I think he has really. Also chezzer is never good enough, not in the slightest he needs at least 2-3 seasons of coaching and working alongside a seasoned pro of the cech mould.

  63. tom

    I think Szczesny is a bit of a Wenger project and perhaps brought on too soon but he is a major talent who has performed well up till things got a bit patchy toward the end of last year.
    His form got him dropped not his inability.

  64. tom

    Yes, Wenger is a target. He has been unconventional in many ways and that makes him stand out.
    Daring a strategy that could only be said to be partially successful.  There werent many alternatives though.
    The main complaints have varying merits that range from valid to specious.

  65. Lordbergkamp

    tom – not sure what games you’ve been watching. This major talent can’t stop long shots and clearly cannot command the respect of the defenders.

    He always looks like a mistake is imminent.

    The fact the flappy looks likes the better keeper says a lot. And by ‘wenger project’ do you mean over zealous over commitment to a youth project that won;t possibly ever bear fruit?

  66. teddyblue

    Sczeczsny has not been good this year and I think he should be dropped from the first team, but to be fair, let’s not pretend like most of us weren’t at least a little excited about him in the beginning. Like around the time of that CL qualifier against Udinese.

    Maybe it was because we had Almunia and Fabianski as goalies before him. But Sczeczsny at this point isn’t much better than either of them, or even Vito “I forgot I could use my hands” Mannone.

  67. ikon

    I kind of feel Szczesny has got it in him not just to be the number 1 for this club, but one of the very best we have seen at this level. He has been playing with a calamitous defense all along, and has performed decently. There were many saves which earned the team points. Koscielny is a far far better defender than Vermaelen, and maybe when Szczesny comes back, he will have a robust back four to play with.

    Good competitor this guy is, let cut him some slack.

  68. peanuts&monkeys

    @Jeff March 21, 2013 16:59:33. Kick-ass comment, as usual. Couldn’t have summed up better than that. Everytime i read your comment, i lose the impulse to write anymore in LG, coz you just say everything, so well, that all i want to express..

    For the record: I wish Scesczny’s dad goes on and on and on and on…