Wenger kicks off today with a bit of a warning to those who foolishly expect clubs to reduce ticket prices.
“What will happen is the prices of the players will go up and you will need this supplement of money coming in to buy new players,” he said.
“I believe that the pressure on spending the money will become bigger and you cannot necessarily distribute the money to other people.”
He also went on to talk about the Chinese League spending big money on players and how that could dent the Premier League.
“China looks to have the financial power to move the whole league of Europe to China.”
But he added: “Will they [the CSL] sustain their desire to do it? Let’s remember, Japan started to do it a few years ago but slowed down.
“I don’t know how deep the desire in China is, but if there’s a very strong political desire, we should worry.”
China has been spunking big cash on big names. Jackson Martinez at £31m, Alex Teixera at £38m and Ramires at £25m. Pretty hardcore. They clearly want to build something. Does money talk to that level?
Would Messi move to China. Or is there a heritage thing here. China isn’t really a football nation. When was the last time you saw them in a World Cup? How many Chinese players are in our league? I mean, they’re so far behind the curve, I struggle to see the appeal of China for a kid growing up watching Barcelona and Milan.
Not to mention the massive cultural differences between Asia and Europe. The language for a start bares so little resemblance to ours, the place is FUCKING huge, so the travel would be a drain. Plus, it’s just not Europe.
Hey, I’m bias. China might be a fucking riot. I mean, it’s caked in culture. But for footballers? I have my doubts. I mean, we saw what the Leicester boys got up to in Asia, that passes by over here… but in China? Not sure that’d go down well!
Anyway, Wenger loves a bit of fear mongering. I love that he bitches about the price of players and says it’ll be a problem for fans because clubs need to spend the money. But then he doesn’t actually spend any money.
Maybe Arsenal should set up some sort of season ticket mechanism. If Wenger spends less than 25% of his transfer budget, fans get a 15% discount on their tickets. Rather than the £28 price increase they’ve levelled at the fans for next season.
A small amount really, why bother?
Anyway, my day if fucked. Happy Friday. x