Epic?

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Good morning from me, I hope all is well in the sunshine of this February day. Arsenal vs Liverpool. It’s going to be massive. So dust off that hangover and start getting excited.

First up though, Ray Parlour was in the press talking about Arsenal’s finances. He dropped this little pearler into his Daily Mail column.

‘I understand why supporters are frustrated at the lack of trophies, but there has been an awful lot going on inside the club during that time. I know for a fact Arsene didn’t have a lot of money to spend. It all went into the stadium, trying to pay it off as quickly as they can.’

Now there Ray, this looks like a bit of creative revisionism going on here. Sure, when we moved, Arsenal were broke. We had to defer the Robin Van Persie transfer because we were strapped for cash. However, reading Ray rewriting history feels a bit PR to me.

Firstly, Arsenal are tied into a long term mortgage. So we can’t pay off the stadium early. That’s a total nonsense statement from the off. Secondly, we didn’t have to play the skint card through that period. Stan could have invested some of his billions in the club to give us a cash boost, but he didn’t. Why? Because it didn’t suit him to. The sustainable model simply meant that his investment was worth more when the new commercials dropped.

We’ve also always had a pretty large wage bill. Wages correlate to league position in the main. So while Wenger has done a good job over the years, he hasn’t exactly performed miracles. He’s spent less on transfers, but he’s spent a shedload of cash on wages. So much so, he cleared £500k a week off our books last summer by shifting deadwood that didn’t play.

Someone made an interesting point about transfers. Whilst the manager hasn’t had cash like City, he has had funds, he just hasn’t spent it particularly well. The summer we missed out on Chelsea, Arsene opted instead to spend £24m on a teenager from league one and Gervinho. One went on to be twice player of the year for Chelsea, the other two… well, one is in Italy after being a total flop, the other is still trying to make his mark.

Point is, Arsenal can’t plead poverty. We’ve just been impoverished compared to Chelsea and City. During that same time, Ferguson, using sustainable funds, more than matched them. So whilst money is important, it’s not the only factor that drives success.

Onto today. Liverpool. It’s going to be a tough game. I’m not hugely confident if I’m honest. Their two strikers are going to be a nightmare and I fear that away from home, they might turn it on.

Still, we’ve both had a week off. Both teams will be energised and well drilled. So the encounter doesn’t have any excuses wrapped around it. The better team will win. On paper, that’s us. How that plays out in reality is another story. Brendan Rodgers has injected a new belief into that Liverpool side. Today is a cup final for his boys. If they lose, they’re out of the title race. If they win, they close the gap and they’ll get a boost of momentum.

For Arsenal, a loss and the next 3 weeks start to look depressing. Win and it could be the start of something glorious. It’s a massive game for both side and the game has epic written all over it!

Right, see you in the comments, enjoy the game!

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  1. Johnty79

    I said Ozil was wrong signing and been proved right.

    It may hurt in the short term but finishing out Side top four is what we need.

    Just imagine if we won the league. What do you think would happen in the summer. Wenger wouldn’t sign anyone and would probably weaken the squad more.

    Would u rather win the league knowing we won’t challenge again as long as wenger is manager.

    Wengers principles and decisions have been terrible for 12 years. He only got away with it as other managers have made even worse decisions.

  2. Simon

    Sensible

    Thanks.

    It sounds like a shit fest! Still at 2-0 I’d expect us make a game of it.

    Hope we show character by getting a result against Man U. I can imagine the Germans in particular being very unhappy with themselves. Per whipping himself, and occasionally whipping Ozil for being his gimp.

    I’m over the comments. Their mechanisms gone!

  3. samsensible

    United will be tough. They were always going to raise their defensive game against us they did at Old Trafford but with Mata there they do have someone who can create for the strikers.

    They may not play for Moyes, but the Unites team will put in a performance against us.

    So we will have to play like we can. Which we didn’t yesterday.

  4. Simon

    Sam you and Johnty should start a blog!

    “I said Ozil was wrong signing and been proved right.”

    This place is a clinical psychologists dream!

  5. Simon

    Sam

    No. Don’t think they exist tbh.

    Love that you are textbook: babble facts and insight. Get shown up and start name calling. Class.

    But I am sure of this – AKBTY!

  6. Norfolk

    I just heard on talk sport that since 2008 Pep Guardiola has won 17 different trophies and had a year sabbatical
    Balance that against Wenger’s achievements in the same time !!
    It seems clear to me that anyone who asks the question “but who else is better” is deluded in the extreme.

  7. Sam

    Simon,

    Johnty is a spud I don’t wanna go anywhere near the twat

    I am asking if you are an AKB?

    I never met one before

    Someone saying… Hey… I am an AKB!

    I would like to see one

  8. Norfolk

    This place is littered with AKB’s.
    No matter how much people claim they don’t exists, they do.
    I’m married to one.

  9. Norfolk

    Thank you and goodnightFebruary 9, 2014 10:07:11
    @NorfolkEven Laudrup and Martinez has won a trophy in last 9 years.

    Sad isn’t it?

    I really don’t mind not winning anything if I’m honest. God knows it happened often enough before AW arrived. What bugs me is that in my opinion, Arsenal is a team who should compete for everything they can, always. Is seems to me that for AW it’s a business exercise and that means he balances the needs of the shareholders and the club. He thinks success is measured on the balance sheet, hence for him the Trophy cabinet is secondary.

  10. Norfolk

    Thank you and goodnightFebruary 9, 2014 10:13:09
    @Norfolk
    Funny how a lot of these AKB’S have gone missing though eh?”

    Not funny at all………..It’s great.

  11. Thank you and goodnight

    @Norfolk
    Exactly mate. No one has a divine right to win year in year out. But they have the right to genuinely try as opposed to going into every season with top 4 only in mind. There’s something wrong from the top down. I want Wenger and the owner and board to go. All the same shit.

  12. SpanishDave

    The frustration is knowing that whatever happens Wenger will still be here making the same old mistakes time after time, year in year out.
    The man is bullet proof, the only manager in the world who has the smug satisfaction that he enjoys, being stubborn and myopic.
    The board are frightened of him they will not sack him, and he knows it.
    The media laugh at us and it hurts me to know that this will continue for many years to come until the results finally catch up with him and Stan feels the financial hurt.
    Wenger gets 8 mil, the fans have the worlds highest season ticket prices and some still think we are in heaven with god at the helm

  13. Sam

    Simon,

    Are you really sure you think Liverpool did not plan to finish us in the first half?

    Do you think it was just luck?

    Are you sure you don’t know we have been really toothless in the first half? n other teams know it

  14. Wenger's Plastic Bottle

    was on media lock down yesterday but thought I’d click on the link

    Wow

    We got Toasted!

    Liverpool celebrated like they were the team on top of the league

    Players got to take full responsibility for that.

    Can we come back from that defeat??

  15. Doublegooner

    This scenario of ‘AKB’ or ‘Wenger Out’ will just roll & roll.

    The whole thing is ridiculous. Wenger will sign his next 3 year deal & everything will just carry on exactly the same. The annual stalemate.