Take a look at arsenal.com and scroll across to Teams, then go down to First Team, then Squad.
Under Strikers on the right hand side you’ll see Chamakh, Bendtner, Park, Campbell and Gervinho, go down a bit further and you’ll see Djourou, Santos and Coquelin.
Why on earth are they there? Bendtner said 3 years ago he would never play for us again, Chamakh went on loan to West Ham and got 3 games and Park was written off as a tax loss.
Djourou spent last year out on loan and Santos clearly will never play for us again.
Campbell is like Wellington, Sunni and Vela, he’ll be on our books until his massive contract runs out then he’ll disappear into the sunset.
That leaves Gervinho who can’t hit a Cow’s ringpiece with a Banjo and Coquelin, who may get a chance next season.
So maybe one player will stay out of all that lot.
We have all those players in the squad that will never move on because they get paid way too much by the club that doesn’t want them.
That isn’t financial prudence, that’s financial stupidity.
Also it clearly shows that we aren’t bad payers, because no one else in Europe can match their wages.
Is anyone brought to book though? No is the answer, certain people at Arsenal want the credit but are never prepared to take the responsibility for terrible decisions. Djourou even got a new 5 year deal a week before he went out on loan to Hannover, no wonder so many players think Wenger is like a father to them. He’s more like Santa Claus.
It has also emerged that Frankfurt are saying that the money we pay Bendtner is way more than they could pay him, so as I have said on many occasions, we pay players that aren’t good enough to make our first team so much more than they are ever worth, that’s why we can never get rid of them and we loan them out.
Add Squillaci and Almunia to that list as players not prepared to leave until their contracts ran out.
Yet we won’t pay great players what we should to get them, something is very wrong there don’t you think?
We penny pinch on people like Fellaini, but pay a shed load of average players way more than they are worth, then we blame our rigid pay structure.
If a team want £25 million for a player, that’s what they want, not £22 million, perhaps if we paid it we might get the player, a bit like when Man City wanted Ade, we said £25 million and that was what, 2009? And they paid it.
Are we saying that Higuain isn’t worth what Ade was? Hopefully that deal will be done today, what’s the point in a pre-season tour without the team that’s going to play next season?
Same with Fellaini, didn’t we lose out on Mata doing the same thing?
That isn’t being canny, that’s being stupid.
Still no news either on Bender, Cesar, Williams or anyone other than Sanogo, so I’m not holding my breath, what a shame after all that from Gazidis. (around season ticket renewal time of course)
Rooney is now not for sale, shame perhaps that’s what we should have said about RVP, Cesc and Nasri.
Or perhaps we should now refuse to deal with Madrid, Barca and ManU again given that we sell our best players to them but they won’t sell us Jack shite, or would that be too obvious?
Still it’s not to late yet, so we have to believe… …Fellaini and Higuain today anyone!
Have a hopeful day Grovers, at least we can watch the Lions!