Reading through some of the aftermath of the Chelsea game yesterday and the general consensus seems to be ‘pretty good performance, standard result’…
But as Alex rightly pointed out in one of his substandard match reports, there’s no need to be down. The rest of the clubs around us are in a mess. The big question for me isn’t whether United get their shit together, it’s whether Liverpool do. I think we’ll comfortably make top four and really, that’s the sorry state of my dreams… Can we make top four in style?
The offshoot of that is, if we do make top four, is that enough? Are the club just happy to exist? Just churn through the money? Just fatten the wallet of Stan Kroenke… the least interested sports club owner on the planet. I mean, here’s the issue, how can you ever get bored of Arsenal if you were never interested in the first place? We’re in owner purgatory as well as managerial… Stan will never do badly enough to merit a fire sale… he’ll never do well enough to maximise the clubs potential.
We are literally a number on a property portfolio…
Actually, that might be unfair. Ultimately, Ivan controls the clubs destiny in the post Wenger revolution. He’s probably thinking the same as us. He knows the drill. He’ll hear the reports. Trouble is, who are his football men? Who is his Txiki Begiristain? Are they any good? Who brought in Shad and said… ‘Guys, we can easily make it work with two heads of fitness, what could possibly go wrong?’.
Who looked around the world of global youth set ups and said, yeah, the best person is Joncker. I mean, really? What the hell were they thinking? In the words of Eddie Murphy, ‘What youth sensations have you produced for me lately?’
Shouldn’t we be looking at, say, Southampton? Or perhaps Barcelona? That makes sense, right? Look at whoever the best in the business is and make a play for them. Offer a 25% payrise, a bigger budget, complete control of the set up… give them everything they don’t have at Southampton.
What did we do? Pinched a failed number two from Germany.
… because look, being youth team coach at a club isn’t a premier role like being a number two is. It’s a demotion.
He might be incredible. Ivan might have made a dream signing, but the point is, it’s a risk because I don’t see the what’s ‘current’ about this guy. Is he massively better than what we had? Which bar local kids, brought through quite a few names. My concern is the appointments we’ve made at a lower level have been tarred in bad selection or mired in blurred structure. What’s going to happen when the big one comes? What does the advisory board look like, because the current one looks to be making some very confused decisions.
Many questions. Many, many questions.
Here’s another big fat one for Ivan.
Why are you not paying the staff London Living? Why have you put them on zero contracts?
Where’s the class Arsenal? What’s the saving a year? Does it equate to a Diaby? How many millions would putting a few pounds on the lowest paid staff cost in real terms?
My guess is it’s negligible, problem with sports clubs is they’re tight outside their stars. Understandable if you’re in the out group the elite of Premiership football, but when you have £100m picking up dust, it’s embarrassing, when you’re the beacon of a community, it’s spiteful… what are Arsenal playing at?
Look after those who look at you. Look after the vulnerable. Look after those who want to work. Support the community.
Loads of businesses do it. Marketing brands make staff work for free. The music and art business is a disgrace. Football clubs should behave better. They’re paying average players millions to work 10 hour weeks. Give a little back. What’s the point of all this new TV money if none of it finds its way back to the fans or the people who support the whole system?
Sad part is, we market off the back of our class. For shame.
In other news, I forgot to mention the Courtois head injury yesterday. What’s going on there? We have the concussion protocol, yet doctors are still keeping players on. I understand why managers keep players on, a bit like an army major sends his wounded troops back over the trenches. It has to stop though.
Could the league do something like give a free sub? I know that’s open to abuse, but if video evidence supports a clear head injury, maybe it’s a solution? I just find it baffling there can be any choice other than subbing a keeper who has clearly been knocked out. The man was bleeding out of his ear and it still seemed like there was a debate. It’s going to end badly if someone doesn’t get on top of this soon…
International break is back again… Is it called that because it literally breaks me with boredom.
I don’t even know where to start here. Although the good news is we should see Theo making his way back over the next month which is bloody massive for us. I miss his face. And goals. I hope there’s a very smart plan for him when he comes back. We can’t keep losing him to massive injuries. He’s key to pushing us to top 4 supremacy.
Right, I have a magical day that’s is totally blocked out with meetings.
Have fun, don’t touch flames.