Happy afternoon to ya’ll.
Not much floating around the web at the moment. Transfer window is shut. I’ve vented.
What else is there to do other than shut up and support the team?
I guess today we could explore some of the mental theories people have been putting forward for the debacle.
Value of players is wrong:
Arsenal don’t dictate value. The market does. We live in a world of Manchester United. They blew £36m on a teenage striker. This isn’t new. They blew a huge amount 10 or so years ago on Wayne Rooney. There’s nothing wrong with what they’re doing, because they can afford to do it.
Everyone baulked at C Ronaldo going for £80m. But are they now? Everyone choked on Aguerro’s fee. Are they now? Everyone was staggered Madrid paid £75m for Bale, but are they now?
Players hold their value. Even failures. Look at Di Maria. Weak season, leaves for a similar fee a year later.
Value is what the market dictates. Inflation is caused by teams with massive sponsorship deals and the influx of TV money, which means this is only going to get worse. You have to pay what the rate is. The alternative, which is doing nothing, doesn’t win you trophies.
Wenger is doing what’s best for the club:
Winning trophies is what’s best for the club.
Simple as that.
Saving up cash serves no business purpose. It serves no playing purpose. It’s essentially a bad business practice, especially when you don’t have a team capable of winning major honours.
Spending money makes money. United have monster financial power because they spent their way to success. That success attracted mega sponsors. Mega sponsors pay mega money.
So the cycle continues…
Welbeck was kept secret to protect against rising fees:
Look, the premise here has some logic.
If you’re a complete idiot.
Trying to sign a world class player on the last day of the transfer window, in itself, denotes desperation.
Here’s something harsher. Having Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott in your front line alone tells you that we’re desperate.
Welbeck being injured didn’t affect our bargaining power. It didn’t double prospective transfer fees. It was an out and out lie.
Clubs don’t pick their fee based on your squad. They pick it based on their value of the player and willingness to sell.
It’s an Arsenal fan special.
‘Oh Wenger fucked up like he always done? There must have been a special plan there if that’s the case’
Call a spade a spade.
It’s a balls up. If it wasn’t, it’s incompetency.
If your plan is to not address the issues, it’s a stupid plan.
There comes a point when you’ve got to stop trying to shape bad decisions as smart ones or ones that are ok because Wenger has a nice footballing philosophy.
Anyway, I’m off to NY tomorrow. So I’ll stop the moaning. Give me some topics though, it’s hard not to drift back into the Arsene induced depression I meet yearly.