Ugh, watching the Ryder Cup on American TV. The commentators know the crowd are embarrassing, but won’t call it out. It’s like watching a Donal Trump rally out there. Where do they find these people?
I mean, should really keep quiet… American’s literally everywhere right now (Sergio Garcia & Bello making miracles happen as we speak GO EUROPE).
Onto the Arsenal. The open top bus parade for the financials dropped. Not really that much of interest this year. Our cash pile, plus our debt equates to about -6m right now. The lowest it’s been for a long times.
Other notable additions. Ivan Gazidis is raking in 50k a week. Slight pay rise to him. Ken Friar picked up 11% for reasons unfathomable. It’s all part of the, ‘take this money and keep quiet’ routine. Our board is embarrassingly old these days. How does it work with bringing in fresh thinking? Does Ken stay forever?
Other notable points. Our commercials are flat. We’re tier two in the world of global powerhouses. This will mostly be because sponsors don’t see the benefit in putting the mega bucks behind a team that doesn’t win the mega trophies. We’ll only hit United levels of revenue when we start winning things.
The only thing Stan can do to open up opportunity like that is to move the manager on and bring in someone who can deliver consistent success year on year.
… which might be an issue if Robert Pires is to be believed. He reckons Wenger will step down when he wins the league next. Which is upsetting if true. The Frenchman also has his eye on becoming a Sporting Director for the club. It’s a nice notion, but let’s be real here, what power would he have under Wenger and what qualifications would he have post Wenger? Surely you’d want him to have been around the game since he retired? Maybe I’m missing something?
Love the man, but do you not have to have something going for you beyond just being a world-class handsome hero of an explayer? Maybe that’s enough?
Our wage bill now sits at £195m! CRAZY. Especially as we don’t have any mega stars like City or United. I don’t mean in terms of talent, I mean in terms of salary. Just goes to show, all this, ‘we can’t match United for £200k a week wages’ is bollocks. We have massive fire power to compete with most clubs.
Ivan is confident…
“Our ultimate ambition is clear: to win major trophies and make Arsenal fans at home and around the world proud of this great club. Proud of our values, proud of the way we act and proud of our team.”
There you have it. Basically mission complete from an Arsenal perspective. Everything is in place for Wenger to make it happen this year.
Starting tomorrow… with Burnley!