Sooooo, after coming home from Austin for 18 hours I’m back on the road, I’m in Texas again. This time, I’m sampling Dallas. What a lifestyle.
So what do we have to talk about on this fine day?
Arsenal. Sweet Arsenal.
It’s been a pretty rough week for the club on the PR front. Highlighted as one of the obstructors of the reduced ticket pricing was pretty shameful, but again, totally Stan Kroenke. We’re customers to him and if people are paying £64 for an away ticket, then there’s no reason to reduce your prices. Such a shame our billionaire is tight.
Running sports clubs feels such a waste on a man like Stan. When wifey is propping up business, and you got your little sideline going on in sport, surely you can kick back and have a bit of fun? Why would you jump into sport, as a billionaire, and not be all about the trophies and mega glories?
I just don’t get it. Stan has the saddest sporting existence out of any of the billionaires. He’s not interested in dick waving competitions, which is really weird. All he cares about is winning in the long term profit stakes… but here’s what I don’t get. When you’re Stan, you’ve already won at life, ten times over. So what’s the point in portfolio building like he does? He gives his clubs no love. I read his basketball team has some of the worst commercials in the US. So he’s not even bleeding it hard on a business front?
It’s mad. I wonder what he talks about at parties? I wonder if his pals tease him?
‘Yo Stan, your clubs, like, you know, suck ass’
Anyway, each to their own… but know this, when I make a few billion, I’ll be letting loose on my club.
Chelsea dropped out of the Champions League. Sad times for English football. I really don’t understand how we can have so much money, but so little quality in Europe. Hopefully by upping the level of our coaching, we can start to dominate a bit harder in Europe. We all coo over managers like Arsene Wenger over here, when the reality is he’s been a mega failure in Europe his whole career. I mean, we can’t really hope to up our European game until we have coaches capable of helping us do that.
I still think it’s way harder for English clubs to make it work than their Euro counterparts. Our fixtures are way more congested, we don’t offer up a winter break and we also don’t have a league full of poverty teams you can play in second gear against. I mean, La Liga really is a shit show in that sense. It’s pub teams most of the time.
Back to Arsene Wenger. It was interesting reading around post ‘that banner’, because in seasons gone by, we’d be talking about how ungrateful Arsenal fans are. Bar a massive Ian Wright hissy fit, the response hasn’t been too crazy from the press.
I think people are accepting now that the club isn’t moving in the right direction. Arsene Wenger isn’t learning from mistakes, which really, is an absolute basic of existing in any job. He’s no progressing the club. But, to ladder back to what I was saying about Stan earlier, he’s not really in the sports results business. He’s quite happy to let Arsene use the club as his pet project. Providing those dollar bills continue to pour in…
When you can openly tell a press conference you’re bored of answering questions about how average you’ve been, you do have to throw that one back at the manager… if you’re bored of the questions, maybe you should recognise that boredom possibly comes because you never address the issues.
I’d really love to hear Arsene Wenger tell us why this season has gone awry. I’d love to hear a real assessment of what went wrong. I’d also like to hear what he plans to do about it. The press always whack skippy about how good Wenger is at answering questions… but I’m not so sure. You hear Pep or Klopp talk, and they’re real footballing men. They’ll tell you what their sides lack, what they plan to do about it and you’ll be able to see them action it.
When does Wenger ever give you an insightful overview of what he needs to do? What actually went wrong?
That’s why I’m so game for a new project. If we have to drop out of the top four for a couple of years to get things back on track, so be it. I like being in the biggest competition, but really, it’s a bit of a waste if you have no chance of winning it. We need to clear the decks, build for the future and have someone who is a proper strategist in charge of proceedings. We’ve seen from Pochettino and Ranieri that you don’t need a ten year plan, you can turn a club around in 2 years. I still truly believe that if Ivan gets the next manager right, we can win the Champions League within 5 and we should be able to win the domestic league within 2, maybe 1 if Wenger doesn’t fuck up the squad too badly between now and then.
Anyway, Watford on Saturday. More FA Cup. I wonder how many players Wenger will rest, because that’ll give you a good sign of how hard he’s gonna go at the unwinnable game at the Camp Nou.
Apologies this post is garbled, penned on a plane in a rush!