The Telegraph is at it again, like clockwork, with the ‘greatest transfer budget of all time‘ article is out… remember last year when I plotted the warchest story against 7 years? Amazing.
Comments like this make me laugh, because they’re aimed at fans who don’t know any better.
‘Kroenke, the majority owner, is convinced that the club have made very definite progress this season and is sympathetic to how Wenger has been forced to navigate this past month without as many as five of his usual starting team.’
It’s not bad luck. Sporting injuries are down to managerial incompetence. Most fans won’t understand this, because the manager and the owner don’t. It’s a joke. We’re a billion dollar business and our owner, from America (home of sport science and data) is citing bad luck. Theo, Koscielny, Ozil and Ramsey are all out because they were badly mismanaged… and we’re reading articles like that in a broadsheet? Where is the exploration of that comment?
‘There has been no wobble in his belief either in Wenger or the club’s wider strategy’
Again, there’s a nice ring to it. Stan, standing his ground on Wenger. But based on what? Feels pretty lazy. No, it feels ignorant. How can there not be a wobble in belief? Same old problems, same old outcome? Same old injuries? Same old getting found out by better teams. If there’s no wobble in belief, it shows you the total lack of interest Stan has in driving this business forward. All he cares about is the long term appreciation of his asset. He’s not focused on glory. Which is so frustrating as a football fan.
Where are your balls Stan? Our whole club is built on self-preservation. The manager is preserving his power, the backroom team shut their mouths because they’re preserving their positions, the owner is preserving his wealth… even Ivan doesn’t seem like he’s doing much to drive the playing side forward. Is he preserving his job? What happened to wanting to kick things on? What happened to wanting to be best in class all over the club? Where’s the hunger to take a calculated risk and kick the club into the next level? There’s nothing about what we do that says… ‘It’s all about going the extra mile to win’… the pride is all in our deluded idealistic ideas of what success is.
Having a botched vision is not success.
Anyway, seems that if stories like that are creeping out, then the manager is going to stay on for more years. So expect two more years of stagnation unless the manager has a serious change of heart at 64 with regards to how he operates.
Rumours have spread that we’ve snapped up Drmic from Nurnberg in Germany. He’s banged in 16 goals for a club that is basically relegation fodder. He’s the 4th highest goal scorer in Germany in his first season. He’s Croatian, so obviously comes with a fiercely competitive attitude.
Heaters on f*cking bus. Jokers.
The lad is 21 years old, I can’t claim to be an expert on him outside a bit of BT Sport on a Sunday. He has a good left and right foot and his game is built around pace and getting in behind defenders. Now, I can only assume we’re signing him to compliment a bigger signing. Because surely Wenger wouldn’t be so gung-ho as to purchase a player with one decent season under his belt and make him out main man?
Yeah, he would. Now you can come at me with alsorts of ‘same old same, old’ lines if you like. It doesn’t matter if I haven’t extensively watched him, he’s not going to be a world class solution to our ongoing striking issue. You can come at me with all the ‘I’m gown wait to see before I judge’… and sure, that’s cool. Just like you did with Park?
Anyway, point is, Drmic doesn’t have pedigree yet. He might do, he might be the greatest striker or all time. But you need experience to hit those heights. Benteke is a superb talent. Big, fast with a powerful finish. He has a great season after delivering two goal scoring seasons in Belgium… won a new deal, absolute garbage for the first half of the year. Why? Because he’s young. He wasn’t mentally ready to be the big man. He wasn’t ready for the pressure. Maybe he will be next season. If you bought him now, he might be amazing. He might be garbage, but you’ve more chance of him being a potent striker for us the Drmic.
We are Arsenal. You need players who’ve been there and done it in the Champions League (like Chamakh). We need a Diego Costa, a Martinez or a Mandzukic. Players that are the right age, the right experience the right physicality.
We don’t need to mess around with risks, unless they’re understudies. Eden Hazard was a youth risk, 2 seasons later he’s smashing it. But he was best in class and Ligue One player of the season two years running (pretty sure that’s correct).
I really don’t want to have another summer of Arsene and Steve Rowley being smart arses because they’re both as deluded as each other these days. The whole thought of Arsene with a war chest strikes fear into me. More players to break, more false hope.
Still, as long as we make 4th for the next two years and there’s a good plan in place for when he leaves, I can stomach it.
Also, little word on our number one… remember what I told you about Song a few years ago? Meet MKII. I’ll let you know why as and when, but needless to say, we can do better.
P.S. If you tweet me and say, ‘is that blog post an April fool’, you need to know straight up that’s as effortless a Andrey tracking back.