So the Arsene to PSG rumours have started to spice up again. This morning, The Telegraph have said that the Qataris have let there inner circle… which apparently consists of journos… know that Wenger is ready to quit Arsenal this summer. Or next summer. Or at some point in the next ten years. (
wasn’t it the Telegraph who were duped into believing the £4 billion takeover bid for Arsenal? It was The Times. It was The Telegraph)
The article alludes to this being a ploy by Wenger so he can wrestle more transfer funds from the club this summer.
Wenger has had plenty of funds over the last 4 summers. Instead of spanking his surplus on better players, he instead decided to blow it on over inflated contracts for average players.
Look, if these rumours are about anything, they’re about Wenger’s bargaining power when it comes to a new deal. It puts pressure on the Arsenal hierarchy to rustle up something special when it comes to October time. The same thing happened last year when apparently Madrid were making a beeline for him.
Simple facts are these…
- Wenger will never get the same power he gets at Arsenal anywhere else on the planet
- Wenger loves it in England
- Wenger loves power
- Wenger likes the fact the board don’t interfere with his signings. He wouldn’t get that at many other clubs
- I’m pretty sure Wenger has been fighting the sustainable football battle for years… for him to manage PSG would be disgraceful hypocrisy
- Did I say Wenger loves power?
As for trying to prise more funds from the club this summer, from what I’ve been hearing, it won’t be much of a battle. The club are looking to make a statement this year (they were last year). All the big clubs in Europe are in talks with big players as we speak. Expect huge moves all over Europe this summer… and expect some very big surprises (I’m talking generally). Big money is coming into the game and there will be a lot of opportunity. It’s the perfect storm for Arsenal. More money from sponsorship’s is coming, more money from TV will have landed, hopefully we’ll land Champions League… and Arsene Wenger has something to fight for. His future at Arsenal. Well, his future as the all controlling dictator.
Arsenal can’t manage a sustainable business model without fans in the ground. We can’t pull in masses of new commercial income if we don’t have a product on the pitch. The only way to stop United achieving financial dominance through FFP is to at least attempt to match their success. We’ll never be as big as them as a club… but a few trophies will certainly bring in a few new telecoms deals and could definitely increase out potential kit deal price tag.
Success is the only way you can define yourself as a football club in a global economy (AngryOfIslington demonstrates the advantages of commercial income here)
Talking of tickets, which I did about 16 lines back, I’m heading into Arsenal later on to hear what they’ve got to say about their new membership enhancements and ticket schemes.
This could be interesting. Apple gave $100billion back to shareholders. Could Arsenal decide that all that cash in the bank be fed back to the fans?
I can’t think of what sort of enhancements to tickets there might be. Could they start a reward scheme for fans who bother their arse going? Could they introduce an app that lets you sell you ticket back to the club at short notice? Could they be bringing in cheaper tickets for kids? I mean, jeez… I could sit here and guess at the news all day. It must be pretty bullet proof otherwise they wouldn’t have invited me along.
Anyway, for the record, the only fee I’ll be taking for this is a sandwich. I’m just telling you that before the ‘oh, he writes for the club’ b*llocks starts.I understand why Arsenal court the bloggers. I work in the digital marketing industry. I do the same thing for brands. My reputation as a blogger and as someone who sells the idea of transparent social media depends on me practicing what I preach. Take that as you will, but I’d never jeopardise either.
Unless it was one of those £14 salt beef sandwiches from club level…
If anyone has any pertinent questions they’d like me to ask about tickets… or about anything else, let me know in the comments.
A lot of people went to town yesterday about the unfair criticism Bacary Sagna took yesterday as he we exposed in the main by Theo Walcott and his lack of tracking. Sure, I get that, Walcott took a hammering as well. However, it doesn’t detract from the fact that the French right back has had a poor season and he was making fundamental mistakes. Also, here’s an idea… if Theo isn’t giving you cover and it’s making you look bad, pull him to one side in the tunnel… after he’s taken Robin’s shirt… and give him a b*llocking. Can you imagine what Theo would be like if Bac gave him a dressing down? He’d probably wet himself. You’d spend the rest of game telling him to stop playing deeper than you.
Final piece of news, Gareth Parker from the Homeless FA is hosting a comedy night on the 13th of May. Last years was great fun, loads of hilarious acts and plenty of booze. Get your £15 tickets here.
Have a good one.
P.S. Check out Santos being Santos here.