News is looking good around Laurent Koscielny signing on with a a new deal this summer. For me, arguably our hottest player outside Aaron. The 26 year old is good on the floor, sharp in the tackle and an exceptional reader of the game. An absolute gem of a find, probably the last seriously impressive bit of transfer treasure hunting undertaken by the club.
Sign him up Arsene!
In other news, Arsenal members are losing their minds over the membership packs this year.
A BEANIE HAT! FOR FREE!
If I could wear hats (massive cranial area makes it look like I’m pulling a woolly condom over my head), I’d love that. We’re also getting some books.
The price of membership has gone up by 10% due to operational costs. Feels like another operational fail. I appreciate everyone has budgets, but when you’re sitting on a mountain of cash, perhaps penny pinching with fans loses relevance or punch.
‘Costs are rising because we’ve just spunked £100m on outrageous talent’
Feels a better reason to put the cost of a membership box up than…
‘Paper is more expensive this year’
I mean, internally, how does it happen?
‘Hey Ivan, we pulled in an extra £40k by up changing the membership packs’
I mean, does that get any sort of back patting? A bit like Abramovich’s wife looking to get credit for reducing the weekly shopping spend by £8.
Still, these are the realities of operating like a business. Football clubs are super relaxed about raising wage bills at the top, not so relaxed about costs elsewhere. That’s why you’ll see unpaid internships at some of the biggest clubs in the world. It really is odd. The same happens in marketing, monster agencies making kids work 6 months unpaid. Fashion and publishing are no different. I find it all a bit distasteful. Sharing the wealth not high on the agenda.
Not to say the club don’t care. They do nice things like Christmas drinks tokens for away fans… but because ‘fans first’ isn’t a celebrated club value, things like 3% price hikes and membership packs price jumps slip through the net… which devalue the good work they do.
That starts at the top…
Still, I guess when you have a captive audience and you don’t suffer with consumer promiscuity, why would you put fans first? They’re already in. Retention isn’t a cost. The only cost you have is luring in fans from overseas. Internally, a heavy focus is on cracking the overseas gig… home fans are generally determined by lineage.
Business is business. Objectives are objectives. If you’re paid to cut costs, that’s what you’ll do. We’re not the only ones in this position. That’s why protesting ticket costs is futile. Clubs aren’t suddenly going to chop their costs because a few people can’t afford what is essentially a luxury purchase. The only way in for the man that can’t afford the splash purchase is safe standing.
… if Germany can make it work, so can football. If Festivals can make it work, so can football.
That’s coming at some point… not when we’re talking about Hillsborough every other week. That’s a political hot potato until at least 5 years after the inquest is closed. Well, in my opinion anyway…
In other, lighter, more interesting news. The Arsenal boys have been singing FA Cup songs on the Arsenal site. Good work lads.
Hilarious. You can half tell who is going to leave? Sagna and Vermalen. Shoddy effort. Per, Jenko and Chambo… good work lads. Exceptional effort!
Arsenal should do more things like that. I dont’ watch Arsenal player because it requires effort to get to the site. But I watched the Youtube. Break it out Arsenal, get more people hooked on the players personalities.
Right, busy morning. I’m off. Catch you all tomorrow. x