Happy Monday one and all. I’m feeling chipper after watching United get taken down with embarrassing ease by Chelsea. The state of their starting line-up was unbelievable in its weakness. I pondered the question on Saturday…
Is recovery time affected by interest in the cause?
Rooney and Van Persie are still out
Nik B will likely be back two weeks early on Friday
I called the Robin injuries earlier in the season, and I don’t have any evidence to support him being out for any other reason than being injured, but we’ve seen similar things at Arsenal with Thierry and Cesc in their final years.
Onto Tom Fox. I forgot to mention his comments about fans not being interested in the way the club is run, but more interested in trophies.
“Whatever we do commercially is not anything our fans really want to know or understand”
“They want the club to be successful … and be able to compete.”
I find this a fantastic statement due to the narrative of this issue being solely centred around Arsenal PRing sustainable dreams to fans for 10 years. Name me a set of fans who, before suggesting a name we should sign, work out the cost of their contract, our total transfer budget based on surplus cash then subtract the additional cash we’d need to bolster elsewhere?
You probably can’t. Simple facts are these… football fans have an insatiable passion for their clubs. They gorge on content. The internet has taken obsession to new levels. 15years ago, passion release could only happen when you saw your pals or opened a newspaper (that sounds bad right?). Now fans can have dialogues with other Arsenal fans at anytime, anywhere on a multitude of passion enabling devices.
People of all professions can go through the clubs finances and analyse them better than the people analysing them club side… their marketing efforts can be detailed, the PR campaigns picked apart, their sponsorships scrutinised. I mean, honestly, people watch so much football these days, that even the scouting networks can be challenged.
Blogs like mine take obsession to levels you can’t publish in the papers, Swiss Ramble redefined football finance talk, so much so the Liverpool big guns at Liverpool commented on his work… so Tom, whilst I appreciate the sentiment of ‘fans only care about trophies’ could be true for some… for most these days, the 360 view of the club is what keeps them ticking along. It’s no longer about merely winning a trophy, it’s about how you got there.
It’s the same with football on the TV.
‘Fans only care about footballers and the game’
… could easily be a comment in a programming meeting. When the reality is, we’d rather listen to experts with real insight over some footballer who was relevant ten years ago in a totally different game.
In other news, James Horncastle reckons Vucinic of Juventus is meeting the Arsenal people today to talk about moving over for the rest of the season. The former Roma man has found himself on the periphery this season, so a move off Juve’s wage bill and a fresh challenge might work for him. He’s powerful, has a fairly decent goal record and he has that work ethic and aggression that makes Eastern Europeans stand out. I’m not an extensive watcher of him, but have caught glimpses of him this season. He has a great reputation and he’ll certainly have something about his game we’re lacking at the moment. He’s also experienced and a winner.
Wenger says he’s still in the market for players. I think whoever we pick up will be opportunistic and I’m highly doubtful we’ll be making any sort of major splash. All the big clubs are mostly in the running for trophies, so the big players aren’t leaving. Then you have people who are gunning for small clubs who come with a risk tag.
The clubs focus over the next 6 months will be a right back, a box to box player with plenty of energy, a striker and most likely a player like Draxler. If we bring in 4 players like that and exit the remaining dross, we’ll be able to contend trophies across the board next year.
That’s not to say we won’t compete this year, however, City are steam rollering the league at the moment, Chelsea are quietly demolishing sides… Arsenal are too, but we don’t have as many bodies as they do. I think that’ll bite us in the back side when the fixture list hits hard again. Especially if we progress in the FA Cup and the Champions League (Bayern lost 3-0 in a midseason friendly… CRISIS). Ozil complained on TV (I think) that the lack of a winter break has left him tired (even though a shoulder injury gave him a mini breather), which, as I said at the time, explains his dip in form. I still find it amazing that people moan about him. I think it’s a case of some fans looking at his facial expression rather than what he does. He’s incapable of having an emotion… so don’t expect him to look like he’s into things at Arsenal. Carlos Ancelotti still misses him though, which tells you a lot.
“I think we made a mistake when we allowed [Ozil] to leave the club,”
Next game up is a Friday night excursion for the FA Cup, I’ll talk later on in the week about what we can expect. I’m hoping this might be the perfect chance to see Zelalem…
Right, that’s me done, have a good day!