Seems there’s so much to talk about with Arsenal at the moment. A beleaguered manager, a CEO who looks like he’s caught a dose of the same malaise our board has been suffering with for 15 years, as well as a squad of players very much disinterested in the fight.
Well, there’s a new battle on the horizon. The job that we forgot to take care of this summer. While Arsenal’s hierarchy were busy ballsing up this summer, they forgot to pay attention to what was coming next summer.
This from Gambon (long time commenter)
One thing that i’m not seeing being discussed, is the absolute disaster awaiting the club next summer.
The club will completely unravel in summer 2018, for the following reasons.
Due to under investment, the appalling decision to retain cash in an inflationary market, and terrible contract management, we will not be able to possibly come out of next summer anything less than massively weakened.
– Sanchez will leave with no fee coming to the club, and need replacing
– Ozil will leave with no fee coming to the club, and need replacing
– Cazorla will leave with no fee coming to the club, and need replacing
– Mustafi will almost certainly leave, and not just need replacing, but upgrading
– Bellerin will want to leave
– Ramsey will be on 12 months left, and judging by his shambles comment will not be renewing
– Wilshere will be leaving with no fee coming to the club, and need replacing
– Mertesacker retires, and will need replacing, again, with no fee coming to the
– Koscielny will be 12 months older and even more frail physically
– Cech will be 36 years old, and we will need a new GK
So next summer we will have to spend £150m just replacing 3 out of contract players, an amount the club may not want to spend, and Wenger would never have the guts or the knowledge to spend.
Thats before we get round to upgrading the under performing areas of the squad such as GK, CB, CM.
These players all enter their final 12 months
Rome is burning, and the coach is lording it up in Paris on his second job, hitting the fans with precrime of being negative and damaging his players confidence.
Anyway, a very tough couple of years coming up.
I’m at a loss to work out what the common thread is with Arsenal at the minute…
1. Ivan G sent an internal e-mail that seemed to allude to him truly believing the summer was a good one. When the CEO is backing such a horrendous shit show, it’s pretty easy to see why he’s had such difficulty convincing Stan K to move Wenger on. What I can’t work out – is what a lawyer whose every move is supposed to be a chess play – stands to gain from such a suicide note?
- He knew it would leak
- It didn’t reassure the fans
- It didn’t reassure the players
- It won’t motivate anyone to think Arsenal are an ambitious club worth moving to or staying with
We know he was game for moving Wenger on, why didn’t he either keep quiet, and let the season roll out Wenger’s way – or state that the summer was Wenger’s, and he deals with the playing side, and he trusts the manager. By making that statement, he’s made himself complicit, which seems crazy. I mean, crazy, when you consider how badly he was humiliated by Stan’s decision to give Wenger a new deal.
2. Ornstein said the reason the club held back on the window was the ‘preserve funds’ for the following two windows. Unless that’s preserving funds for a new manager, that comment makes little sense.
- At the top end of the market, that cash will lose value, because players will naturally become more expensive
- The cash devalues even more when you don’t let the manager build a squad that can compete. Straight off the bat, it’s clear CL is now an even bigger non-starter than it was before. By preserving funds, we have thrown away the chance to compete for the top 4.
- Wenger says he’s still in for Lemar. How is he going to manage that? Ornstein said we were using Sanchez money to make that deal happen… but now Sanchez will go on a free, as will Ozil? Where’s the cash coming from for a £92m player?
- Also, the club leaked the warchest stories at £100-150m. Where did that money go? Has the club seen the writing is on the wall and pulled all transfer fees?
3. Stan has already backed Wenger despite tremendous failure on the pitch, behind the scenes, and on the balance sheet. Yet he clearly had a part to play in preserving funds, what happened there?
There is something incredibly suspicious going on at Arsenal. It’s run so badly now, it’s hard to work out the difference between gross negligence and strategic genius. My guess is there’s not a lot of the latter going on, but we’ll have to find out over the next few months.
My hope? That this is the precursor to Wenger being moved on. He’s made his bed, he has to lie in it, if he survives and we have a good season, he stays on to fight another day. If it goes really badly, it’s curtains.
… one thing we know for sure. The club pulled the plug on Wenger this summer. That’s come from the most reliable source at Arsenal. Let’s hope the reasoning is the protection of the next manager.
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