Imagine the scene, Laurent K with Mark Gonnella (Arsenal PR).
Laurent: No f*cking way Mark, what are you on?
Mark: Say it, please.
Laurent: No way, the boys will rip on me hard
Mark: Say it and I’ll let you take the Gunnersaurus suit home for one night, as long as you promise to dry clean it
Can you believe what he said? Nor me. Read this if you haven’t.
‘You may say that we haven’t won the title for a long time but he has not just built players, he’s built men too,’
*Spits coffee across laptop screen*
MEN! Where are the men Wenger has built? Sanchez who came ready-made man? Giroud who grew a beard on Wenger’s orders, but also came ready made?
The British core? The team that melted last season and sank to 2nd versus a Leicester on a 1/3 of our wage bill but showed double the fight? The team that’s dropped out the CL last 16 consecutively for the last 6 years? Failed to sustain a title challenge? The players who’ve all come out in support of a man who leaves the fans bored and the trophy cabinet bereft of major honours for 12 years?
Please. If he’s building men, someone needs to point me in the direction of where they are, because as far as I’m concerned, we’ve been chokers for over a decade.
… but all these interviews tell you exactly what you always knew. The club is run with an iron fist and for the purpose of self-preservation of one man, Arsene Wenger. At the cost of winning things, he’s signing a new deal and he has players queuing up to slobber all over him. It’s embarrassing. The only one yet to drop is Alexis Sanchez. Let’s see where that pans out.
I don’t think I’m the only one, but I can’t remember feeling so disappointed with the carry on at Arsenal. It’s like being stuck in the most boring dream of all time and all the people in the dream are telling me the dream is good, and these guys are Oscar-winning dream directors, and I don’t get it?
‘Dream McQueen, why are you saying this?’
‘Dreamen Spielberg, this is crap, surely?’
;Adam Sandreamer? Ok, figured you’d be down with this…’
It’s horrible. Powerless CEO. Owner who doesn’t agree with the fundamentals of sport. Players who think the taking part is more important than trophies. What a horrible, horrible situation with ZERO recourse.
”Along with a lot of people, he’s helped this club grow with a new stadium, a new training ground, and he built the platform for us to compete for the Premier League and Champions League every year.’
Oh gosh… tap me out of this Laurent. WE NEVER COMPETE. Someone put it succinctly the other day: What competing is: If you’re being ambitious last 4 in the CL and it’s being in the mix come what April.
What haven’t done either for over 10 years! SAD!
Arsenal, I’m not angry, I’m just totally flatlined that you settled for existing, versus chasing the big dreams. We opted to become the safe space for those who like the easy life. Case in point, Carl Jenkinson of banter notoriety earns £15k a week more than Danny Rose, arguably the best left back in Europe at the moment. Kieran Gibbs rocks £60k a week, double him. If everyone gets fat, no one complains and there goes the way you maintain your mantle at the top of the dictatorship.
Really, I am angry. We do not operate like a sports club. We operate like lifestyle business.
I’m really off now. x