I foolishly made an error in yesterday’s post because my eyes wanted me to believe an untruth. Namely, that Arsenal’s corp team had somehow mustered the 2nd richest shirt sponsorship deal in the world.
I. Was. Wrong.
Arsenal may have moved a shade ahead of Chelsea (3rd), who also boast £40m a year deal, but it won’t be by much. The only caveat I can see here is maybe the club insisted they wanted to have second sponsor, either on the training kit, or on the home kit. Like Everton have with Angry Birds.
Upon further investigation, the Evening Standard had this:
Arsenal’s agreement with Emirates means the airline will appear on both matchday and warm-up attire.
Arsenal will however be able to add a sleeve patch from next season, which were it to be on a par with fellow members of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ could net them between £5m and £8m.
Still, it’s not that bad, Barca’s Rakuten deal was £47m a year and they’re Barcelona (and I still don’t know what a Rakuten is), home of trophies and great players. Being in the top 5 in the world for shirt deals is still miraculous considering we’re serving up turd pies at the ground these days (even though the stadium naming rights appears to be part of the deal which is the little PR trick they have going on).
Most of what I pointed to in the surrounding article rings true, we get a good deal relative to the market because we have deep ties with the airline. The club is taking an additional £15m a year for the name of the stadium as well. The deal isn’t wet your pants in the boardroom great, but still, it’ll do.
In news related to kits, it has been revealed Arsenal will be wearing red shorts for the second time in 40 years when we play City in the League Cup final this Sunday. I mean, I like the colour combo, but really? Are players going to be identifying their peers on the pitch by glancing closely at their crotch area? Sounds stupid to me. We’ll have an away kit vibe about us and that is not pleasing.
Arsenal.com teased that AMN might be in the consideration set to play back up CDM at some point in the future. Here he is talking:
“Me and the coaches then had a few discussions where they believed that I had enough technique and some of my talents were wasted out wide when the game goes through the middle. They took a gamble with me by deciding to play me in midfield for a few games.
“It paid off, I had a few good games in there and they saw me start to grow physically. My footballing intelligence started to get better too and I sat down with Carl Laraman and Steve Gatting, and we made a plan on how I could develop as a central midfielder.
I’m not saying we need him there right now, but he has plenty of the attributes you need to make it in that position, and we’ve been crying out for his type of power for the last 2 season. He could be all the bits we loved in Coq, with all the bits we hated in Coq, reworked into good bits.
Poor explanations aside, I think he’d be a smart move there at some point.
The most exciting piece of news to emanate from British soil yesterday was the City defeat to Wigan of all teams. Absolutely incredible that Pep managed to blow a pretty easy FA Cup final route by losing 1-0 away from home at a team 3rd placed in Football League 1.
Sure, the FA Cup isn’t a priority for Pep, but come on, no one with a squad that deep can pretend they didn’t care for the game, or that rotation lowered the chances. That’s an atrocious result. Not just that, a potentially damaging one. Fabian Delph took a red and misses the League Cup final, Sergio Aguero slapped a Wigan fan, which could also result in a suspension IF the FA moved like a proper organisation.
Not just that, there’s obviously the psychological burden of losing to a really shit team.
Say it quietly, but is Wenger going to do it again? He has a habit. The Houdini of the management world. There’s not a box of rubbish he cannot escape, deftly breaking free of the doubt chains before drowning in failure, rising to suck in a breath of fresh contract with which he swipes with a final majestic flick of a pen, to an audience of one (Stan).
Take a bow Wenger, the extension is yours (shudders).
Anyway, we can but dream.
Also, Matt and I are recording the podcast today.
Also, I’m just going to leave this right here. xx