Reffing hell: The staggering numbers on the MIB + Opinion on Wenger madness

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So amusing watching certain sections of the media lose their minds over Arsene Wenger. You have Matt Dickinson of The Times calling on Wenger to serve community service and you have Tony Evans of The Standard demanding a 10 game ban to stamp this problem out before the game spirals into ‘anarchy’… the latter goes on to say that blaming refs is a deflection tactic, and players make more mistakes than refs.

What is going on here?

I am all for calling Wenger out when he’s done something dreadfully wrong, but let’s be clear here, the man is usually respectful to a fault. Wenger teams are respectful to a fault. Yet he’s being hauled over the coals like dropped a live feed of himself defecating on a Cenotaph? Was it right, no. Is this Paolo Dicanio like ill-discipline? No way.

Short story here is the second longest serving manager behind Arsene Wenger in the Premier League is now Eddie Howe. What a joke, right? Youngest manager in the league is the second longest serving. Anywho, what I’m pointing out here is that a ref making a bad decision at most gets him relegated to the Championship for a week. A terrible mistake in the Premier League can mean a loss, a slump in form and a P45 in the post.

There’s a lot riding on guys who are firstly unaccountable to the media. They are faceless, which doesn’t help. Why aren’t the allowed to speak about their thought process or atone for their errors? Would help them massively. Humanising a brand of official who wears black and generally gets on your nerves would be a very good start.

Secondly, and I truly don’t mean to be disrespectful, but the age in which a Premier League footballer starts to decline is generally 29 years old. They’re mostly done completely by 34/35 years old because the league is too fast. A quick look at the 18 or so refs in the league reveals the average age is a whopping 42 years old. The oldest, Roger East, is 51 years old. Unreal. We expect these guys to chase after young boys less than half their age? It’s madness.

Thirdly, we give them no tools to do a better job. Purists think football evens itself out, like there’s a God of the good game, tallying up the rights and wrongs, dropping out levellers. It’s an utter nonsense. Football should be played to the rules. If there’s a hawkeye that calls offsides, we should use it. If a ref can’t be 100% on a penalty decision, he should be able to call in to check. If football fans have 5mins added to their game, but all the decisions are right, they’d not have a problem.

Injustice isn’t fun. It’s horrible. I also totally understand that Arsenal won off an offside goal. Shouldn’t have happened, but hey, we should have had an earlier penalty and a red card for Mustafi getting elbowed in the head.

Listening to all these journalists lambast Wenger, who by the way apologised after, need to have a real think about what they’re publishing and why it’s counter-productive. The UK media is powerful, if they all decided we should call for technology, you know what, I’d place money on it we’d have it within 2 years (and I appreciate Evans mentioned in his article this would be nice, but it should have been the lead of the article, not buried in a paragraph 75% in).

… and look, it’s no pipe dream. The Germans are working on it now and early testing has proved very positive.

‘There were 44 clearly wrong decisions before the winter break, from which the video referee could have clarified 33’

They’re not going crazy with the first iteration of the tech, but they’re taking on contentious decisions.

‘Video assistants would only be called into action in four situations; when there are irregularities in the awarding a goal, if a referee gets a decision to award or deny a penalty wrong, for offenses that should have led to a red card, or in cases of mistaken identity regarding a booking or sending off.’

Why can’t we have this in the Premier League? How can a person be against more accurate refereeing? The Germans are saying this is not meant to take on all decisions and it still won’t be 100% accurate, but it’s minimum interference, maximum benefit (more details here).

…. and look, when you get more decisions right and there’s less injustice, the referees will by proxy earn more respect, there will be less abuse and everyone will enjoy the game more. Well, bar the masochists and the traditionalists.

That’s me done, be back with a podcast tonight!

 

263 Responses to “Reffing hell: The staggering numbers on the MIB + Opinion on Wenger madness”

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  1. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Pierre

    That’s the difference he is a professional who earns a fortune

    He should bevable to control
    Unless he feels it is he’s fUlt an that’s why he was getting like a Sunday morning manager .

  2. Dissenter

    Rambo,
    “self-awareness” tablets”??
    WTF are you smoking dude? You needlessly called me a moron so I gave you a dose of your own medicine.

  3. Bay Area Gooner

    Hi all,

    Just seeing the new about Granit on BBC website. IF this is true, I want this asshole out of the team this summer. Complete head case.

    If he stays, he owes and explanation and apology and needs someone to mentor his ass.

    The last thing we need is a racist in our midst.

    We get enough of that shit here in the US with Old Donny Pee Pee head trump

  4. Wallace

    Swiss Xhaka, 24, is believed to have been with a friend who had visited him in London and was returning home.

    The man is understood to have arrived late for his flight back to Germany and was not allowed to board.

    It is at this point that the racial abuse is alleged to have occurred….

    “The allegation was made by a third party. Officers attended and spoke with a man in his 20s. He was not arrested. He voluntarily attended a west London police station where he was interviewed under caution. Enquires continue.”

    – bbc website

  5. #WAHT

    I was very glad when Xhaka signed but it seems that he’s going to take some calming down.

    I guess RVP arrived with that kind of rep so there’s hope but he really needs to get his head down and let the football do the talking.

  6. Wallace

    ” “I was a little bit different from Jose in the respect that I wanted to build the football club and wanted young players to be part of that.

    “Nonetheless, the first team weren’t doing great and you have to find solutions to correct that. I think Jose is finding solutions now. There was a period earlier in the season when he wasn’t getting the decisions and his emotions boiled over. You see him now – he is calm and in control. ”

    – Ferguson on Mourinho

  7. Cesc Appeal

    I really don’t get that at all, in putting ‘white’ into an expression designed to cause offence you are implying that it is a negative, then being white yourself creates a problem there, surely?

  8. Rambo Ramsey

    vicky, in this day and age you simply cannot say stuff like that. Sensitive matter.

    Even ordinary people won’t be able to get away with that let alone a famous footballer celebrity.

    Plus there’s the issue that he was already in the news. Its like stripping naked when you know there’s a spotlight on you. Stupid and unnecessary.. funnily mirrors his on the pitch troubles too.

  9. vicky

    RR

    Think he will get a reprimand/warning from police at worst. That said he is doing his best to fall out of favor of Arsene and possibly some sections of the fanbase as well.

  10. DaleDaGooner

    As usual, some of you are so blinded by Wenger-hate that objectivity becomes nonexistent. Moss totally ruined the game with his buffoonery. And what was the 4th officials job in all the decisions, I agree with Pedro’s video assistance call. Taylor would have gotten a punch if it were a Sunday league. He was being a dick as well. We’ve seen what buffoons like Mike Dean can do to a game. Some of you need to assess whether you’re really Arsenal supporters.

  11. Dissenter

    I dont even understand why the red card is being connected to this Xhaka incident.

    He did something dumb and shouldn’t be treated any different, for better or worse because he’s a footballer; no special favors and no sanctimonious condemnation from silly commentators with holier-than-thou attitudes.

  12. Rambo Ramsey

    By ‘won’t be able to get away’, I was referring to escaping the hounding you are likely to be recieve from the media. I doubt this case will hold but public image and rep matters right?

    Next time Xhaka is at the mercy of a tight decision from a ‘white’ ref, this may well make the difference.

  13. Redtruth

    The Mirror 2nd February 2015

    Thierry Henry has admitted that he cried when he left Arsenal-with incertainty over Arsene Wenger’s future behind his decision

    Lying b******

    The Guardian 3rd October 2005

    Thierry Henry’s decision to defer contract talks until next summer has presented Arsenal with the doomsday scenario they dreaded. The Highbury hierarchy is aware of the strength of interest towards their captain emanating from Barcelona, with the Spanish champions convinced the sentiment is mutual.

    The timing of Henry’s comments – “I want to concentrate on football rather than worry about contracts” – could not have been worse for Arsenal, coming as they did only seven days after the vice-chairman David Dein declared himself “quietly confident” that his captain would prolong his stay beyond his contract expiry in 2007. Arsenal have been hit by the tightening of UK tax law, with which a loophole was removed that had previously allowed them to pay players higher net salaries; Barcelona, meanwhile, are offering their own players ever more lucrative contracts.

    Indeed it is believed Henry was prepared to join Barcelona this summer. In June Dein met Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta and the subject of a transfer for Henry is believed to have been raised.

    However, the Catalan club did not follow up their interest, balking at the £30m-plus fee they were informed that Arsenal would demand. With fewer than 20 months remaining on Henry’s contract, Arsenal’s bargaining position has since been eroded, as the value of his registration will have amortised further by next summer. It is then that Barcelona are expected to make their definitive move.

    In the absence of a contract extension from Henry Arsenal would be fortunate to realise much more than £10m for the France international. However, though Real Madrid have also registered interest in him, the Spanish capital would not be a favourable destination and it is believed Nike executives unwilling to see the Nike-sponsored player arrive at an Adidas-sponsored club ahead of their largest portfolio in club football could prove decisive.

    Sources close to Barcelona anticipate that money saved during a summer of transfer inactivity in Catalonia will be channelled towards a bid for their prime target and it is expected that delivering the striker will constitute the central tenet of Laporta’s campaign for re-election. But, just as Henry could prove to be Laporta’s meal ticket, the downside for Arsenal would be equally significant at a time when they are attempting to entice fans into their Emirates Stadium.

    Since Patrick Vieira quit Arsenal for Juventus in the summer, it is expected that the effect of Henry’s departure would be felt far deeper. “If they lose Henry it could move pretty quickly to turmoil.” said Robin Clark of BLM Sports Marketing. “Losing two club captains in two seasons doesn’t say a lot. They’ve never succeeded in Europe and that is another thing for sponsors ; how far is their Global reach? That’s unclear because at the moment they’ve only done it domestically.

    The way Arsenal could insulate themselves from the impact would be to engage another player of similar potential. Arsene Wenger said he was looking to answer Henry’s request that he sign one or two “world class” players during the last transfer window but could deliver only Alexander Hleb, a player of undoubted talent.

  14. Paulinho

    Xhaka’s incident at the Heathrow is just more evidence of him being a ‘nutter’, and why Wallace loves him so much.

    We’ve been asking for a loose cannon racist for years, and now everyone is complaining. Can’t please some people.

  15. EN1AFC

    For anyone in doubt as to why we are stuck in neutral with the handbrake on every season just have a read of The Godfathers posts. “Be careful what you wish for” how about… Fuck off.

    Pathetic attitude and what’s holding us back as a club from moving forward. I would rather finished 10th, 14th fuck I would even enjoy a relegation battle if it meant we could progress and challenge for the league in the next 5 years and get to the latter stages in the CL. Cause that ain’t happening under Wenger. I really hope the Arsene FC fans fuck off when he finally does leave. What will be the excuses when Our title challenge dies in February, or when we fail gloriously against Bayern, or worse yet when Sanchez leaves at the end of the season? Change is desperately needed at the club.

  16. Wallace

    Paulinho

    “We’ve been asking for a loose cannon racist for years, and now everyone is complaining. Can’t please some people.”

    i saw that Johan Djourou came to Xhaka’s defence on instagram the other day when some idiot Arsenal; fan was trolling him. if Xhaka was a dick/racist I doubt he’d have been so quick to leap in.

  17. Wallace

    Xhaka was given the captaincy at Moenchengladbach at 22yrs old. would suggest that’s probably the relevant detail when posters are wondering about his character.

  18. Cesc Appeal

    RSPCA

    No, because he has clearly meant to offend her judging by the comment, just a weird one bringing up the fact she’s white, Xhaka is white skinned, but maybe it is some sort of expression aimed at denigrating Western people, like from the UK, France, USA etc, ‘white’ not so much in the sense of skin colour but in that way, which again is weird because he was born in Switzerland though is of Albanian descent.

    Just a bizarre insult from him.

    Incredibly stupid as well and if anything severe comes of it (no one knows the full facts yet and it could be a something of a nothing) then that could cost him his place at Arsenal, I don’t think we would tolerate something like that.

  19. Wallace

    Red

    “That c*** Henry was angling for a move a good two years before his depature to Barcelona..”

    hmm, if that’s news to you you definitely don’t want to be going and googling Vieira’s links to other sides pretty much every summer of his Arsenal career.

  20. Joe

    Wallace

    That proves nothing. People come to the defence of trump as well.

    I’m saying this in general terms not that xhaka is a bad guy.

    I thunk more should be made of who died he and his pal think they are wanting to get special treatment and then yelling at the poor BA agent. You come that late for your flight , what do you expect to happen

    And for xhaka to go into a yelling tirade is what’s bullshit. For anyone to do that is bullshit.

  21. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Cesc

    The press will turn on him for sure….

    The fact he ain’t doing it on the pitch , arsenal supporting joutnos will slaughter him..

    Up there with debauchy an park for me I’m afraid .

    Waste of money

  22. Paulinho

    Xhaka just seems a bit odd, he goes from giving players handshakes and hugs to overreacting to the slightest provocation.

  23. Terraloon

    Cesc. I think you will find that once you mention anyone’s colour it’s considered to be racial irrespective of the colour of the person making the comment.
    For me one of the most stupid places to kick off in such a manner is an airport.
    If , and we don’t know the full facts yet, the person to whom the comments directed and or the person who reported it believe the comments were offensive then it won’t be just a slap on the wrist.

  24. London gunner

    Looooooool

    I’m no big fan of xhaka but how on earth are people claiming he is a racist for saying white bitch when he is white himself.

    Doesn’t anyone else see how that ridiculous it is.

    Of course blame him for being rude and for being pretty shitty at making insults. It’s most likely as a non English man he just isn’t all that good at swearing In English so it came out wrong. I have a strong feeling the guy doesn’t hate white people loool

  25. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Boris

    Think people are seeing if from his Albanian roots….
    Trying to provoke trouble …..
    No story move on to the next gory scandal …

  26. Cesc Appeal

    RSPCA

    Just have to keep our fingers crossed nothing comes of it, otherwise you can already imagine one of those countdown shows, top fifty transfer flops in football history:

    ‘In at number ten, Arsenal uncharacteristically splashed out £34 Million on defensive midfield Granit Xhaka, the Swiss enjoyed a mixed start to life at Arsenal but struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and faced criticism from fans about a lack of self control on the pitch, having given away penalties and having already been sent off for Arsenal in his short spell at the club, Xhaka again found himself sent off for a horror lunge against Burnley, only to then be involved in an altercation with a British Airways employee at Heathrow subsequently, where he was charged with racial abuse. The Swiss exited the club after Chelsea offered £80 Million for the player stating Xhaka is exactly the character we’re looking for though wish he would direct his ire at those with darker complexions.’

  27. Wallace

    Joe

    “And for xhaka to go into a yelling tirade is what’s bullshit. For anyone to do that is bullshit.”

    have you seen footage of him yelling at her?

  28. London gunner

    I personally don’t get the big deal

    He had a mare at the airport and was ejected from the stadium. Give him a 5k fine and give the money to the white bitch haha.

    Honestly next we are gonna call black rappers racist for using the n word

  29. Rambo Ramsey

    London Gunner, no, its reported he used German language not English. Which I suppose was the one smart thing he did as it gives him benefit of doubt. If he had put it in plain English words he’d be getting slaughtered even worse as everybody there would have heard and understood him.

  30. Joe

    Wallace.

    Yelling tirade. Swearing tirade. Whatever you muppet. You’re missing the point

    You truly are something wallace

  31. Cesc Appeal

    Have to be honest, when the headline said Xhaka involved in racist attack/abuse, whatever it was, I did think f**k, f**k, f**kety, f**k what on earth has he done?

    Then when I read it, just a baffling choice of words, unless as I say, it has something to do with an Albanian slur against us lot over here, decadent Westerners etc.

  32. Wallace

    Wenger has said it numerous times, every top manager has said it, these days when the numbers are so big you check every little detail before you sign a player. then add to that Lucien Favre being Wenger’s best mate and there’s no way we make the signing if there are doubts over his character.

  33. Joe

    Wenger also told villa to hire Remi Garde.

    He is not really too good at his judgment lately

    Sanago.
    Park
    Kallstrom
    Gallagher

    Wenger makes more mistakes than he gets right

  34. Joe

    Wenger also told villa to hire Remi Garde.

    He is not really too good at his judgment lately

    Sanago.
    Park
    Kallstrom
    Gallas

    Wenger makes more mistakes than he gets right

  35. vicky

    Pires says he is unsure whether Alexis will renew his contract. Seems like he won’t. Will be interesting to see whether we are willing to keep him for another year left in his contract?

  36. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Remember
    Years ago someone recommending always sunny in Philadelphia ….

    Just started to,watch it …

    Shows still going I understand ….

  37. The Godfather

    “Wenger also told villa to hire Remi Garde. He is not really too good at his judgment lately Sanago.
    Park
    Kallstrom
    Gallas”

    I know like

    Sanchez
    Mustafi
    KOS
    Bellerin
    Monreal
    Santi
    Iwobi
    Sagna
    Rosicky

    Need I continue …. yeah you mentioned four players who combined cost less than Ospina …

    Yeah keep showing us your lack of any football IQ

  38. Joe

    Oh shit. Godfather. I don’t have time to list all of wenger’s failures

    I’ll start with:

    2005- 2017

    Wallace and Godfather Trump on at the same time

    What a joy

    Still waiting for godfather to explain how being 3 points behind league leaders in la
    Liga isn’t competing for the league haha

  39. Redtruth

    Sanchez- Good
    Mustafi- Shit
    KOS- Liiable to fuck up when under pressure
    Bellerin- A novice defender
    Monreal- Hardly a world beater
    Santi- Not consistent enough to be considered a success
    Iwobi-lol
    Sagna- Strange choice ?
    Rosicky- Injury prone career says it all..

  40. Joe

    Sanchez
    Mustafi
    KOS
    Bellerin
    Monreal
    Santi
    Iwobi
    Sagna

    Haha. How many time have all those players combined to challenge for the league.

    If the players are great. Must be something else holding them back

    Oh right. Wenger. The. Fraud.

    Great point godfather. Thanks for bringing it up

  41. Joe

    Red

    There no point

    That same poster said just earlier

    “Be careful what you wish for”

    Shows how much he knows about football

    About as much as Wallace

    Which isn’t much

  42. Joe

    Jeffers
    Silvestre
    Squiallaci
    Santos
    Richard wright
    Kallstrom
    Gallas
    Gervhino
    Chamack
    Park
    Sanago
    Denilson
    stepanovs
    Bischoff
    Diawarra
    Inamato
    Alumunia
    Cygan
    Mendez
    Wreh
    Vivas
    Elneny
    Ramsey
    Walcott
    Ox
    Chambers
    Jenkinson

    Should I keep going.

  43. The Godfather

    “JoeJanuary 24, 2017 22:32:21
    Oh shit. Godfather. I don’t have time to list all of wenger’s failures I’ll start with:2005- 2017Wallace and Godfather Trump on at the same timeWhat a joyStill waiting for godfather to explain how being 3 points behind league leaders in la
    Liga isn’t competing for the league haha”

    Sometimes I wonder if you fell down the stupid tree and hit every branch. So now according to the jobless nearly 60 year old loser, who still lives in his Mum’s basement, Wengers career started in 2005!!!

    You are beyond help. A total simpleton who is only around to make stupid people feel they have a chance in life !!!!

    Again it’s pretty rich to start judging Wenger when they had to go into an austerity policy to build a stadium and coincided with the Arrival of financially doped Chelsea and City.

    You are not even worth a response

  44. Bamford10

    Godfather

    “Again it’s pretty rich to start judging Wenger when they had to go into an austerity policy to build a stadium”

    Wenger has had plenty of money — and frankly has spent plenty of money (in one way or another) — since 2011. He has accomplished fuck-all.

    It is high time for him to fuck off. He is finished.
    How is anyone still making such a simplistic argument in defense

  45. The Godfather

    Jeffers
    Silvestre
    Squiallaci
    Santos
    Richard wright
    Kallstrom
    Gallas
    Gervhino
    Chamack
    Park
    Sanago
    Denilson
    stepanovs
    Bischoff
    Diawarra
    Inamato
    Alumunia
    Cygan
    Mendez
    Wreh
    Vivas
    Elneny
    Ramsey
    Walcott
    Ox
    Chambers
    Jenkinson

    ………..

    Please keep going and expose what an absolute dunce you are. First of all considering all the players mentioned equal roughly the same amount of money that Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll, Alberto Acquillani and Robbie Keane, it shows once again that you know nothing football and especially arsenal .

    Until Ozil, Wenger has always shopped in the value section and built those players into stars and top performers .

    George Weah (Monaco )
    Henry
    Fabregas
    Viera
    Pires
    TOURE
    Anelka
    RVP
    NASRI
    KANU
    GILBERTO
    KOS
    Wilshere
    Adebayor
    Sagna
    Ashley Cole
    Bellerin
    Santi
    Sol Campbell
    NASRI
    Ljunberg

    All These players reached their zenith under Wenger and barring injury played their best football under him.

    So when hopeless non-entities jump on the bandwagon of an era of financial doping and start shooting off at the mouth to the baying mob of simpletons, I can only pity anyone who is cursed to breath the same air as you for even a micro second ….

    ….. the list continues as the likes of Bellerin, Iwobi and the next generation continue to grow .

    People

  46. The Godfather

    “Godfather“Again it’s pretty rich to start judging Wenger when they had to go into an austerity policy to build a stadium”Wenger has had plenty of money — and frankly has spent plenty of money (in one way or another) — since 2011. He has accomplished fuck-all.It is high time for him to fuck off. He is finished.
    How is anyone still making such a simplistic argument in defense”

    Dude you are entitled to your own opinions but not your own set of facts. Wenger has had to basically sell to buy until he got Ozil.

    So it’s only fair to give him a mulligan from 05 to 13. They had very little to work with.

    Now is he culpable for last seasons debacle? Yes. Granted there were long term injuries to key players like Sanchez and Santi, nevertheless he refused to buy for depth and that’s on him.

    If they don’t win it this season, he also at fault for not finding a capable replacement for an aging Santi

  47. Bamford10

    Godfather

    Apparently you haven’t spent much time on Le Grove over the past few years. The arguments you’re making have been demolished here many, many, many times at this point.

  48. The Godfather

    And it’s funny how high people rate Klopp so highly but are ready to give him the benefit of doubt because he has missed just one player and basically fallen apart.

    Yet Wenger who consistently losses multiple key players through injuries is repeatedly pilloried and abused.

    Just look at the list this season alone !!! Klopp can’t even handle losing Mane

  49. The Godfather


    GodfatherApparently you haven’t spent much time on Le Grove over the past few years. The arguments you’re making have been demolished here many, many, many times at this point.”

    Don’t know what you demolished but the facts are clear … how was Wenger expected to win vs Teams with blank checks when he had a roster filled with kids, bargain fledglings and fading players.

    Again you are entitled to your own opinions but not your own set of facts ..//

    I have Already said that he is culpable for all the failings since the 2013-14 season

  50. Black Hei

    Godfather

    Well to be fair, quite a few on Le Grove have likened Klopp to be “Wenger with a beard”.

    Still it is all about the immediacy of today’s environment. The minute you fail to perform, you are a Wenger.

    Pep will probably be crowned as the “bald Wenger” soon.

  51. The Godfather

    “GodfatherWell to be fair, quite a few on Le Grove have likened Klopp to be “Wenger with a beard”. Still it is all about the immediacy of today’s environment. The minute you fail to perform, you are a Wenger. Pep will probably be crowned as the “bald Wenger” soon.”

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha thanks for injecting some humor here bro. These gloomy moaners have cast such a dark shadow on this place and the beautiful game as well

  52. Redtruth

    Daily Mail 1st September 2007

    Arsene Wenger has defended his tight grip on the Arsenal purse strings by declaring: “We don’t sign superstars, we make them”.
    If Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov is successful during the looming power struggle at the Emirates, Wenger could be armed with the spending power to rival even Chelsea. {2} {R} But the Frenchman insists that whoever triumphs in the boardroom, he will continue pursuing his policy of signing promising talent and turning them into big names. Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka and latterly Cesc Fabregas are the pick of the players who arrived in north London as relative unknowns before developing into world-class players under the Arsenal boss. And as Wenger is adamant that recruiting established stars does not represent value for money, he will continue to prize potential over experience. “I’m not scared to spend big money. If there is a player that I feel we need then of course I will buy him,” he said. “But at Arsenal we make the superstars. If you find a special player then fine but I have not seen a number of what you might call world-class players available. “Maybe some have a world-class price, but they are not all world-class players. If you sit down and give me £30million to buy one, could we find one? “For £30million I will be told ‘sorry he is not available and you can not have him for that price’. “Chelsea maybe tried to sign Ronaldinho and they have more money than anyone in the world, but he has not joined them. “For me, for £60million a guy must take the ball at the kick-off and score every time he touches the ball. “The highest we have ever bid for a player was £15milllion for Antonio Reyes. We have never bid higher because the quality hasn’t been there. “I will only pay what I think a player is worth and there are not many world-class players better than we already have. “I don’t know why everybody wants us to buy. We have started the season well, qualified for the Champions League and are playing in a convincing way. “We are in the process of turning Cesc Fabregas, Denilson and Abou Diaby into world-class players and I enjoy doing that. I buy maybe one player but I work with what is realistic. “I have a team that I can honestly say will be successful. Are they hungry now? Yes.” He added: “I’m surprised that people think I have no money to spend. We were maybe a little bit short for a brief period but not now. “We are not short of money and our results will come out soon and you will see.” Wenger believes his approach to squad building requires greater skill than buying established players, but is not concerned that his rivals in the Barclays Premier League will try to muscle in on his territory. As prospective teenage signings know they will be given the opportunity to flourish at Arsenal, Wenger is confident the Emirates Stadium will always be their preferred destination. “It’s harder trick to pull off buying younger players,” he said. “But I am not that worried about the competition because players always go where they think they get a chance and not many clubs have the patience to give them that chance. “They will make them wait until they think they are good enough. “Because we start them early, they mature earlier and people integrated into our training sessions know exactly what they have to do.” Wenger’s belief that the squad he has assembled can once again turn Arsenal into title challengers helps explain his decision to allow Thierry Henry to join Barcelona during the summer. The 57-year-old hinted that Henry’s presence was hindering the development of his younger players. “The young players have to take more responsibility,” he said. “When he was here Thierry took on a lot of responsibility – when we didn’t score he wanted more and more of the ball. The young players always thought he was the solution.”

  53. Black Hei

    Wow, Trump is really going to build the wall. He is really nuts.

    Let’s make US great again, with China as a template. We will lower our currency, raise tariffs and build our own great wall to keep out invaders.

  54. Black Hei

    Joe

    That interview posted by RT was relevant at that time. Arsenal was in a good place and that was shown in good performances in 2007 and 2008.

    And then City happened followed by Lehman, and any suggestion of having $$ becomes relative.

    The key was Adebayor, He was the poster boy of the post-Henry success but he left for the $$. But I don’t blame him after those interviews where he says that as a village African guy, it is his responsibility to get as much cash as he can to support his family.

    It is sad that his own folks do not recognize him as a very accomplished footballer but only see him as an ATM.

  55. Redtruth

    Arsene in wonderland, Wenger’s happy – without £100m!

    ARSENAL are unbeaten, top the Premier League, sell out every game and have become Britain’s richest club.

    By David Woods / Published 25th September 2007

    Arsenal boss Arsene has his team at the top of the Premier league.

    And all this without Arsene Wenger having to dip into a pot of money of over £73.9m.
    The Frenchman even told Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood and major shareholder Danny Fiszman in the summer he would spurn a £100m transfer kitty if it was offered him.

    It is fast becoming a tale of Arsene in Wonderland at the Emirates as Wenger continues to pick up bargain buys rather than paying huge transfer fees.

    In their first year at their new £400m home, the Gunners boosted their turnover by almost 50 per cent to £200.8m and pulled in £90.6m from match-day revenue.

    That equates to over £3m per game – and more than doubles the £44.1m netted in the last year at Highbury.
    Profits before player trading and depreciation increased to £51.2m from £13.7m and there’s that lovely cash reserve of £73.9m as yet unspent.

    Best

    And although the new stadium has ensured a long-term fixed-rate debt of £260m, money looks sure to keep pouring in, with a season-ticket waiting-list of a staggering 41,000.

    With Wenger having recently committed himself to the club until 2011 and with the team playing football rated by many as the best in the world right now, the board’s argument that they have no need for a foreign investor is looking more and more persuasive.

    Russian Alisher Usmanov and American Stan Kroenke are both hovvering.
    But with Chelsea, under their own Russian owner Roman Abramovich, looking in freefall and Kroenke appearing to want to come onside, the threat of a takeover appears to be receding every day.

    “I don’t think Abramovich has helped the Russian cause,” admitted Hill-Wood in reference to Usmanov, who currently owns a 21 per cent stake in the club.

    “I like to feel ours is a stable business run by reasonably civilised people who live in England – although Danny (major shareholder Fiszman) doesn’t all the time – who understand the values of the club.

    “We are custodians of Arsenal Football Club.
    “Although the shareholders control the shares, the club also belongs to fans – people who pay every week to come to watch. And to disrupt the way it’s run at the moment I think would be a tragedy.”

    Star

    Arsenal have been revitalised despite the sale of their star player and all-time record goalscorer Thierry Henry in the summer for £18m to Barcelona.

    Wenger didn’t even use all of that money to make his two main buys, Croatian international striker Eduardo Da Silva and French full-back Bakari Sagna.

    In fact, Hill-Wood revealed yesterday the deep-thinking Wenger had dismissed any suggestion of going on a wild spending spree, despite two fourth-placed finishes and no silverware since the FA Cup in 2005.

    “Danny and I had dinner with Arsene in June and Danny asked him ‘what would you do if we gave you £100m to spend now?’ and he said ‘I’d give it back to you’.

    “He has an economics degree from Strasbourg University and is lucky enough to understand the figures better than the board and he doesn’t want the club to go bankrupt.”

    Bargain

    No wonder Hill-Wood can’t stomach the thought of an Arsenal Football Club without Wenger.
    “I do think about who we’d replace Arsene with and then shut it out of my mind because I have no idea,” he admitted.

    Wenger has always been a genius for spotting a bargain – who had any idea he was going for Eduardo this summer?

    But ever the forward-thinker, the Frenchman’s one major worry amongst all this good news was that selling clubs might start to hike up their asking prices – something Abramovich and Chelsea have had to handle, and not done it very well.

    “When we discussed the results at a board meeting, Arsene’s only comment was ‘can you please report Arsenal are poor’,” revealed managing director Keith Edelman.

    “He’s concerned if people think you have too much money, it will be more difficult to purchase players.”
    Right now, with the Gunners riding so high, it doesn’t look like something that he’ll have to tackle come the January transfer window, despite that tempting £73.9m pot.

  56. TheBayingMob

    “That c*** Henry was angling for a move a good two years before his depature to Barcelona.”

    Truth … red …

  57. qna

    BH: Wow, Trump is really going to build the wall. He is really nuts. Let’s make US great again, with China as a template. We will lower our currency, raise tariffs and build our own great wall to keep out invaders.

    First, I am not a Trump supporter. He is a nasty human being. But he is not given nearly enough credit for how he is winning. Its not his fault that democrats didn’t vote. If anybody wants to get angry, be angry at those that didnt vote. Also, he is a member of the Republican party. No matter who the candidate, that person is going to get roughly 40% of the vote and once in power that person is going to implement party polices.

    Political parties in western countries are always made up of strange bedfellows. The Republicans have always been a marriage between christians (the ones who take it really seriously), big corporations especially those that are opposed by left voters, gun lobbyists and so on. They want low taxes and few social benefits.

    What Donald Trump is doing beautifully is finding specific popular groups that are not being adequately represented and giving them what they want. For some people, its a wall. For others, they dont want to see people dressed like muslims walking down the street or mosques being built. He will give those people what the want. He signed the bill on no US funding for organisations that are involved in abortions. Do you think he gives two shits about that? No, he is giving those people what they want cause it doesnt conflict with what he wants. He is going to roll back regulations and taxes. He probably wants this for his own businesses, but more importantly he is giving certain powerful groups what they want. With every decision there will be a consequence, but he really doesn’t have to worry about those consequences as long as he gives the people who will re-elect him in 4 years time what they want. Nobody (or very few) that voted for him cares about the environment, or rights of minority groups like muslims, police on black deaths, LGBTs. So he wont do anything for these. Moreover, if he can do something against these things that will give his people what they think they want, he will do it.

    The funny thing is that when most people around the world hears the slogan “Make America Great Again” we think about what we thought was great about US in its history – strongest economy, first man on the moon, leading technology and innovation, Facebook and Apple. When these people that voted for Trump hear that slogan they think different things. None of them are thinking the same thing: some are thinking “America used to be great when there werent so many mexicans”, or “no more muslims”, “no more gay marriages”, or “christian morals restored”. It really is a great slogan, because its achievable to those that have low expectations of what makes America great.

  58. kc

    If you want to blame someone for Trump, look no further than the DNC. They signed their own death warrant. Debbie Wasserman Schultz rigged it for Hillary. Bernie easily wins that election. HC was a bad candidate plain and simple. Half of the Democrats checked out after Bernie got railroaded.

  59. Frank Mc

    Piers Morgan is a cunt of Biblical proportions, how anyone can post a video of the vile cunt is totally beyond me.

  60. Wallace

    qna

    “But he is not given nearly enough credit for how he is winning. Its not his fault that democrats didn’t vote. If anybody wants to get angry, be angry at those that didnt vote.”

    a lot of democrats did vote, just not enough in the right areas….

    “Here are the final numbers via Wasserman:

    Clinton: 65,844,610 (48.2%)
    Trump: 62,979,636 (46.1%)
    Others: 7,804,213 (5.7%)

    With all the numbers in, Clinton ended up winning 65,844,610 votes, which is 48.2% of the total votes. That vote total is good enough to give Clinton the third most votes of any presidential candidate in history (Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 elections are first and second, respectively).”

  61. Wallace

    “Wenger 10 game ban. Xhaka’s got heat from the cops. Just need BFG to drive a car through a wall on meth and we’ve got our Arsenal back.”

    – @arseblog

  62. Mr church

    Red what do you like about Arsenal FC?
    Good question for ‘Wolfs in Sheep’s skin posting in an Arsenal blog!

  63. BacaryisGod

    I’m shocked by Xhaka’s comments at the airport. The club should immediately give him a four match ban starting at Southampton to think things over. That should teach him.

  64. Wallace

    fascinating as usual from arseblog’s tactics guy…..

    http://arseblog.com/2017/01/tactics-column-subtle-switch-ozil-changes-game/

    “Arsenal will badly miss Xhaka for the four games he will serve his suspension. He has grown in stature in the role in front of the back four, and has accepted the peculiar demands that Wenger expects from his deepest midfielder, with and without the ball. These demands can sometimes leave him exposed – at times against Burnley, it was just him and the centre-backs that were left to defend the counters, though he did that very well. And with the ball, Arsenal have this peculiar build up style which can make it seem as if he’s disconnected from the rest of the team. Thankfully, the quality of his passing and receptions allows him to navigate adverse situations.

    In any case, Aaron Ramsey in front of him generally balanced his duties well against Burnley, using his runs to stretch the play, not just by moving up and down, but side to side, getting into pockets. There was still a visible disconnect in the midfield at times but that’s not to be avoided – it’s purposeful. There’s a good example of that at the start of the second-half in the move that eventually sees Ramsey scorpion kick the ball over, where Xhaka is imploring Mustafi to bring the ball with him forward up the pitch. Xhaka doesn’t come towards the ball. He steps forward too, and the player that’s marking him is unsure whether to follow, or close down Mustafi. Against teams that drop deep – or even press, it matters not – Wenger wants to try open up the middle of the pitch and then pass the ball through to one of the attackers in that empty space.”

  65. underrated Coq

    Hah! football nerds, always trying to make their favourite players look better than they actually are. First Ozil, now Xhaka.

  66. Bamford10

    Godfather

    “And it’s funny how people rate Klopp so highly but are ready to give him the benefit of doubt because he has missed just one player and [has] basically fallen apart.”

    Really bad argument. One, fallen apart? They’re two points behind us and in fourth. Two, Klopp is working with a weaker squad than Wenger is. Three, to the extent they’re not playing as well because of Mane’s absence, how would we be doing without Alexis? Four, Klopp beat out Bayern for the Bundesliga title twice and won the double once IN THIS ERA. Wenger has done fuck-all in this era, and with more resources.

  67. Bamford10

    Mr. Church

    Well, one, Red thinks Coquelin is as good as any holding/defensive midfielder in the world, so there’s one thing he likes about Arsenal.

    Two, for reasons his analyst is still trying to pin down, he seems to have something against almost all post-1989 football and footballers, so you might ask him about Arsenal pre-1990.

  68. Bamford10

    “Arsene Wenger will risk upsetting Alexis Sanchez by leaving him out of the Arsenal team to face Southampton in the FA Cup.

    Wenger is expected to rotate his starting XI for Saturday’s clash to allow the likes of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck the chance to shine.”

    -Mirror

  69. Bamford10

    Arsenal Supporters’ Trust to ask Gunners fans about possibility of safe standing at Emirates Stadium. – Mirror