Alright lads it’s Alex here back for round 2 after my sterling efforts on Monday.
Three things I want to touch on very briefly today:
1. The ‘Warchest’ – Yesterday Pedro retweeted an old article from him which prettily debunks this ridiculous myth; a myth that reappears ahead of each AGM like a turd that won’t flush. It’s purpose is to serve as a none-too-subtle emollient to soothe the concerns of frustrated shareholders on the only day of the year when the manager and board can be held to account in any meaningful way.
Is there anyone in the entire universe who is still taken in by it? We know a) the cash is there and available for Wenger to use all year round and b) he will not spend what is required to give the team a chance.
The whole point of PR is it’s supposed to be subtle. When hacks like John Cross, who have fairly good relationships with the Club, are groaning at the predictability of the ‘spin’ it is putting out, it’s time to rethink your strategy.
2. Second point: Even if we did win the league, I’d want Arsene to go. Professional sport is a hyper-competitive world. Teams and coaches are constantly applying fresh approaches in order to gain the competitive advantage. It’s why a team like Bayern Munich didn’t rest on its laurels after winning the treble, they went out and signed the best coach in the business. Adapt or die.
If we are able to turn things round and win the league, it will still have been an underwhelming campaign and when Chelsea and City turn up next year we are unlikely to be able to repeat our success. Similarly we will be no further down the road in Europe where we haven’t been able to beat a big club since 2006.
Arsenal is a great club but it is crying out for fresh ideas. As I said yesterday, the boss has done great things for this club and no doubt many on the board are true Arsenal fans. But they are analogue pogo sticks in a cloud-based, fibre optic, 4G hoverboard world. After Eton, the Arsenal Board room is the last great bastion of entitlement and privilege in the UK. Bring in the football men, the commercial guys, the guys with fresh ideas. And bring in a new manager, someone who can shake up tired training routines and tactics.
3. Final point linked to number two. There is lots of talk of our British Core being rotten. But in all seriousness can you identify one player who has developed significantly in the last couple of years under Arsene Wenger. What was once his forte is now perhaps his greatest weakness. The British Core have spent most of their lives under his stewardship and are all stagnating. The players that are shining Ozil, Cech, Welbeck spent their formative years with different clubs and coaches. The only player I would say who has progressed significantly is Laurent Koscielny. Perhaps I’m wrong on this but its food for thought.
Anyway that’s enough for me today. You can follow me @aldo_doel.
See you later