Good morning party people, just a quick one from me today because I am away in St Louis. Always feel weird saying that, you know, because of Stan and his hatchet men. I mean, surely when you own a £500m ranch you have hatchet men on horses and stuff?
Anyway, JOKES STAN. Calm your legal people.
So apparently, the season ticket prices for normal season tickets are frozen… but Arsenal are getting their cut from the Diamond members. They’ve pulled a fast one and want £900 a seat these days to be more aligned with Spurs or some shiz like that.
There is ALWAYS a plan for more revenue. The guys in Diamond are furious. I would be too… getting hiked after this season is a mental concept.
Right, how about we talk about hindsight?
I saw some chat about hindsight being a wonderful thing when it comes to our last few seasons in conjunction with our striking issues. I can’t have that.
We cannot still be playing the shrugged shouldered, ‘there aren’t the players’, not after three years. I’ll give you that after one maybe, but three? Get out of my face and take your bag of excuses with you.
Things we’ve known for 3 seasons… Giroud is not very good. Theo is not very good. Those are two undeniable facts. Even when Theo banged in a ton of goals a few years back, you knew it was just a phase because he’s not technically very gifted (a whole blog needs to be dedicated to how we sacrificed technical ability over the past few years). You also knew that Giroud was one of those strikers that flattered to deceive. Even at the start of this season I wrote that they might be good players, but look, in a big game, with one chance, those guys are gonna flunk.
Also, they’ve been playing for 3 seasons with one of the greatest creators in Europe and they’re still duffers.
So, foresight said those two wouldn’t amount to much. Where are we now? In a situation where we’re crying about our goals. Wenger has done nothing in that sense. He added Welbeck, again, a good player, but one LVG binned for being poor. He ‘could’ be very good, but I sense if he didn’t have such a great smile, you might not be so excited.
So, in a world of zero strikers… we’ve seen Higuain go to Napoli because we wouldn’t pay £32m for him. Which, considering his goals, was a steal.
Then we switched up our attention to Suarez. We went cute. Super cute.
‘Hey Liverpool, here’s £40,000,001’
They said do one. The word on the street is they would have parted with him for £55m, which we had, but we dithered, then said, ‘no way, no striker is better than feeling like you’ve paid a premium’… and that’s how it ended. Well, it didn’t end that way, Barca said, here’s £70m, and that crowned them Champions League winners.
Who, with foresight, didn’t know Suarez was one of the best players in the world at that point?
We tanked a whole summer onBenzema last year. We didn’t go back in for Reus. We letLukaku go to Everton, despite being theDrogba we always wanted. We missed out on Aubameyang, a player who played in France… OUR FRICKING LAND PEOPLE. We also missed out on Dybala last season, a player who is pure mustard and totally hot right now.
I mean, we’ve missed out on some players. The worst thing is we haven’t even tried to go creative. You know, buy someone really young, or convert a winger. I mean, we gave up on Sanchez as a striker after 45minutes despite him having all the minerals to offer us way more than what we currently have in our team.
We’ve just accepted our lot and cracked on with nothing.
Here’s the thing as well…
‘There aren’t the strikers’
Then there is a striker, because the world is big, and we, as fans, fuss over a premium.
IF THERE ARE NO STRIKERS A PREMIUM IS PRETTY ESSENTIAL AS A SELLER.
* Well worth noting that when you have the most cash of any club in the world, finding a striker should be pretty easy. You know, in a free market, with loads of cash, you have leverage. We spent most of the last 10 years being a victim to clubs with more money, now we have money, we make out that it’s actually not an advantage to be rich? SO ODD!
We should be offering up huge money for two players this summer. John Stones and Lukaku. Those two are immense players, they’re young and they’ll be the bedrock of a team for years to come. Just go out and get them. Prem ready, classy players and one is an absolute bulldozer of a striker (and a very smart chap apparently).
Will we do that? Of course we won’t. Wenger doesn’t like spending money because it makes him accountable.
So anyway, point is, all this nonchalant, ‘well, hindsight is wonderful thing’, is just nonsense. There have been players available, there have been clear holes all over our squad that have been well documented, we have a mountain of cash. Hindsight is not an issue here, we can all look back and say, in the past, we saw it, called it and Wenger didn’t. The major issue with our club is foresight. Wenger doesn’t have it anymore. Which is incredible when you consider he spent 8 years of his career selling us the future.
Ivan has foresight. I know you think I give him an easy ride, but look at what he’s done to the parts of the club he controls. We’re a force in every area that isn’t defined by the coach and his actions on the pitch.
Crazy thing is Ranieri is just about to show up Wenger… they beat Newcastle last night and they’re just powering on. The greatest upset in English league football history? I mean, did anyone see this coming? Bar my mate Kieran, who I think might have been really smashed when he told me at least 5 times this would happen. But anyway, most didn’t see it happen and it’s so bloody amazing.
Right, I’m tapping out. Have a super excellent day and I’ll see you on the other side!