So Stan Kroenke and his crew took another cheeky £3m from Arsenal this season for advisory fees.
Nice work Stan.
Don’t really understand the point. When you’re a mega billionaire, is taking £3m from one of the clubs a little bit like stealing from a homeless man’s begging cup to pay for a coffee?
You have to wonder what the advice was?
‘We strongly advise nobody questions the manager on the obvious, thank you kindly.
Now give me that fucking money’
The whole setup is a big grubby if you’re a sport purist. We’re not being run for love, we’re being run as a portfolio pet project.
Worst thing is that the manager runs us like a pet project and because he suits the motives of the owner… i.e. Cash in the bank so he can fund the Rams move to LA, well, he stays in a job for as long as he wants.
… harsh, but let’s face it, Wenger is working in a ‘lifestyle job.’ He works for the joy of existing, but he doesn’t stress himself with pressure of winning. That’s why he can afford to ignore glaring issues each year. Because it doesn’t matter.
Matteo Renzi, leader of an Italian left leaning party, said that the Labour Party must enjoy losing by bringing in Jeremy Corbyn. Then he said…
“It’s not a question of being Blairite or anti-Blairite, it’s a matter of ‘Do you want to go to elections like you go to the Olympics, to win or to participate’?”
I like that line. I think Arsenal go to the Olympics, safe in the knowledge it’s not the winning, it’s knowing that your mum will give you a big ‘well done’ at the end regardless of what happens.
Before the infamous ‘specialist in failure’ jibe, Mourinho was a accused by Wenger of ‘fearing failure’… when you think about that, imagine, in sport, not fearing failure? Imagine using that to jibe a winner?
I mean, that’s the level we’re at with Arsenal. Wenger doesn’t fear failure, because he doesn’t have to fear it.
Security breeds contempt. Contempt breeds complacency. Complacency breeds mediocrity.
… and look, you can say, ‘well, we’re not mediocre’… but when you look at our standing in the global finance stakes, we’re pretty mediocre. We’re one of the richest clubs in the world with one of the least competitive attitudes to winning.
It starts with the manager, it filters to the players and it infects the fans who forgive a man who has dined out on success that’s so cold it’s started to go moldy.
But that’s Arsene for you. That’s Arsenal until he goes.
Anyway, too depressed for a big write up today.
I’ll catch you tomorrow when we can start talking about the NLD!