Well, the mirage that was our Renaissance has well and truly come unpicked in the last two weeks. Poorly executed game plans, a lack of fight and the recurring injury nightmare that is Arsenal.
Aaron Ramsey is out until March with a hamstring injury. He’s been back, what, 5 games? It’s same old, same old. As we’ve said many times on here before, the soft tissue injuries are usually preventable. I mean, you’d expect more risk of that occurring at this time of year, but not with a player who has hardly played over the last 3 months. It just looks like carelessness.
Old Raymond rent-a-quote has an opinion…
There are two solutions. Either Arsenal sort themselves out or Aaron has to go to a club… where training is more balanced,
The medical staff can only cure the problem but football coaches cause the problem because they are responsible for football training sessions
People point to him not working for team at the moment (always amusing when it’s bloggers) miss that he works on a global training programme to educating professionals and amateurs alike. So think what you like about him because he upsets your vision of Wenger being a rational progressive thinker… but somewhere in there, he has a point. We don’t know how to keep players fit, and this has been a long term issue. Like, a ten year issue.
… and look at Jose, he’s keeping Cesc firing. And the rest of his squad / aging backline.
Still, let’s not beat down on ourselves. LVG is starting to implode, as I predicted. He’s getting away with a lot of shitty performance by playing long ball. He’ll come unstuck though. They shouldn’t be looking up, they should be looking down… I reckon Liverpool might catch.
Oh, and how about busting out diagrams in a press conference? He had as all wrapped up in his king of arrogance bullshit… then it all unravelled. He DOES care about this press. Little ol’ insecure Louis. I thought it was funny. The most arrogant ones are always the most broken inside.
Let’s also celebrate that we have Boro at home at the weekend. Win that, we take a quarters in the FA cup. I’d love an Arsenal / United final. What a day that’d be! That trophy is ours to be retained.
We also have the best draw in the Champions League. I’m hoping for at least a quarter final. Maybe a semi if the draw is fair to us twice.
I mean, on the face of it, it could be a very good season. It’ll always be tarnished by the what ifs though and I think that’s what makes us so frustrating. Wenger has a lot of positives about him. The frustration is that attention to detail, planning and progress aren’t two of them. If they were, it’s hard to believe we’d be doing anything other than dominating.
Well, let’s not get carried away… competing for serious honours, over slopping around in the nearly drip tray.
Final piece of the puzzle. That TV deal. Oh my days. We’re over double the TV revenue of any other league on the planet. We just went supersize. Say what you want about Scudamore, but the man could sell Park Chu Young to a Champions League team in need of a world class striker. He’s outrageous.
£10m a game before international rights are organised. But, like I’ve said before, it’s the best product out there. In Spain, they have three teams with some top players, but outside that, you’re really struggling. They don’t have the investment because two mega clubs dominate the TV deals. It’s so short sighted. Under this new deal, the bottom club lands £100m. In our league at the moment, the small clubs may have had one danger player, but now, they have 5 or 6. You can lose to any team. No one rolls over. Everyone has a good fitness set up. Everyone has access to the same technology. I mean, look at Southampton! They can afford to invest in world class infrastructure. This secures the league once again… amazing turnaround. Interesting that the second best TV deal is the Bundasliga (I think because of their deal with terrestrial Chinese TV) and that’s £2.5m a game.
It’s an arrogant thing to say, but it feels like the cyclical nature of league football might be over. We’re too dominant. That could come unstuck, for sure, but look… people don’t go to games in Spain and Italy. We pack out the stadiums week in week out… 93% capacity fill across the league. Unless we’re priced out, that’ll stay the same.
My concern is that this new money goes straight into footballers pockets, rather than on lowering ticket prices. The business models of football clubs are ridiculous… 70% of revenue going into staff pockets is a sad way to operate. I’m not calling for a wage cap, but there has to come a point where it’s not just one party benefitting from this glut of money. At some point, there has to be a consideration for the fans. At some point, football has to wake up and realise that if young people don’t get indoctrinated early doors, you lose them forever… you don’t lust to sit in the cold stands, you’re taught about it because your parents take you as a kid.
There needs to be more long term vision on this. I know Arsenal’s marketing team recognises this, but really, it should be all the clubs collectively working out what they can do, now they have all this additional revenue… to make things better for the fans and help secure the next generation.
Well, that’s what I’d be thinking about if I was Scudamore. The Italian product is crap because the football is boring, but, more importantly, no one likes to watch a game with an empty stadium.
Right, that’s your lot. LATERZ x