Some Arsenal fans are living in 2012 with their views on what’s going on at the club, and it seems Arsene Wenger is living in 2012 with some of his tired sound bites.
“The world has changed,”
“The appreciation today of the quality of a player is just down with the money you spend. If we had bought Coquelin at Christmas for £40 million, everyone would say ‘What a signing’. I am sorry he didn’t cost any money, he is still a good player.”
I LOST A POST 1000 WORDS LONG AND THIS IS ALL I COULD RETRIEVE.
Come on Arsene, that sort of comment is so off key. No fan on the planet is giving you grief about not buying Coquelin for £40m. What we’re upset about is is that it took you so long to 1) work out you needed a player in that position 2) you didn’t realise it was Francis. Save your ‘people don’t appreciate players unless they’re expensive’… because we’ve spent 20 years appreciating players that cost very little.
Anyway, I love Coq and so do you.
Apparently Wenger hasn’t ruled out moves for Sterling, Milner and Cech. Three signings that would make it very hard for me to stand up from my desk to make a tea. Imagine the scenes next season. We’d be title contenders with those three alone.
I’d also imagine we’ll sniff around Reus again this summer. We nearly landed him last year, we had the deal agreed with Dortmund… the player had eyes on Barca… then Barca snared Suarez. Sad times for Reus, but could be good times for us if Dortmund want some funds to fuel a crack at the Champions League next year (they won’t qualify this year).
Tonights game is all about rotation. Arsene Wenger is very much a man who does not believe in the rotation of players. I think it’s impacted our performances over the last few games. Giroud and Santi Cazorla certainly look jaded. I’d like to see Ozil given a rest as well. Our last 6 games have boasted the same starting 11. Not a good plan to continue that if we want a full compliment of players to choose from in the FA Cup final.
I’d be looking to bring some of the fringe players in from the cold gutter of the sidelines.
Hey Jack? I’m giving you a game old boy. I reckon we could do with his surging runs and Roy of the Rovers antics. He’s looked hungry of late and he’s certainly looking very fit.
Tomas Rosicky won’t be staying on this summer as he looks for game time in the twilight of his career. Swapping him in would be a nice gesture, he never lets us down, he moves the ball at pace and he’s incredibly positive going forward.
I also think it’s time to give Theo a start. Wenger said that the reason our English contingent hasn’t seen much game time of late mostly centres around rehab and easing players in. This is either the truth, or it’s a big fat lie to soften the impact of ‘you’re not good enough’ vibes. Giroud looks dead at the moment, could Wenger offer Theo the chance to shine centrally tonight? It’d be a curve ball… but look here Arsene, don’t say Theo can play centrally if you don’t think he can… it’s mean. No one should be mean to Theo. He’s easily hurt.
Final words of today are geared around Arsene Wenger’s laughable turnaround on FFP. He’s gone from talking about it as the saviour of global football… the backing the prospect of the regs being loosened… TO ALLOW MORE COMPETITION!
Crazy turnaround. But one I agree with. We can all change our minds, right?
If I make £100m and I want to spunk it all on a football club. That’s my right. Part of the beauty of a football club is one day you’re Man City in the second division, the next you’re a grotesque Arab experiment in football domination.
That’s cool. One going from playing Ashford FC one second, the next, you’re not showing up to Champions League games because they’re boring. That’s hope. That’s dreams. FFP killed dreams. FFP killed many fans right to complain about the boredom of group stage Champions League games.
Point here for me is that it highlights this…
FFP was used by the club to disguise the fact that our business model of sustainability was a sham to cover up the obvious fact that Stan Kroenke didn’t want to spend money.
We couldn’t afford players. Stan could afford them. If he’d speculated, imagine where we’d be now? We could have been up there with United for revenue.
We didn’t though. We didn’t and we’re still in a good place, but we’re 5 years behind the major clubs in Europe.
Anyway, tonight, WE DINE IN HELL. Which is a new pop-up Indonesian restaurant on Holloway Road, before enjoying the game in silence, because it’s a boring game.
BIG LOVE x