Rumours are rife that Arsenal might be considering a switch to Adidas as there kit supplier when the Puma deal expires next summer. @DarrenArsenal1 reckons there’s £50m a year on the table, which would be a hefty jump, no doubt predicated on our trophy-laden last 4 years. Did Puma bring trophies back to the club? I can’t rule that out.
Adidas does raise the bar though. A proper kit maker, with trendy sub-brands for the hipster fans. Hopefully, the new kit deal with put a visual marker in the sand for the new Arsenal when Wenger likely leaves. We also have the added benefit of the club being able to bring back the bruised banana kit, which will make the German firm their money back in a season.
Arsenal had to release their gender numbers, and they’re pretty shabby. The club is stocked with 73% men, and though any disparity in pay is bad, the mean gap is 16%, but the median shows women earning more.
“I am convinced a diverse organisation is a more successful organisation and we have worked hard over many years through our ‘Arsenal For Everyone’ programme to ensure we are an inclusive club.”
“We have been acutely aware for a number of years that there are more men than women working at all levels of our club and that, particularly at the most senior levels, there are still very few women.”
It would not be hard to bring a female voice onto the board. It’d also be great to bring in some non-nepotistic youth as well. We need to find people with specialisms the club desires. We need those people to have actual voices.
Goes without saying there’s also a real lack of diversity when it comes to ethnicity across the whole club outside the players. We have one Asian in the first team, Takahiro Yamamoto, the only diverse person out of 25 people. It gets marginally better in the academy, where you have one female (Kate Green), Ameesh Maneek (Head of Ops), Kwame Ampadu (coach) and Ryan Garry (coach). Still not great out of 22.
I’m not saying you should hire any old shite to make up numbers, more that it’s pretty clear that throughout football, it’s much easier to cut a break if you’re white and male. It’s also much harder to make it if you’re a person of colour… whereas, if you’re white with a big name, you’ll keep being gifted chances regardless of how shite you are. I find it quite incredible how many unreal black footballers there have been over the years, and almost none of them make it to elite clubs.
Again, I don’t want to keep on going on about it, but why isn’t Vieira at Arsenal? What about Lauren, a man who speaks so eloquently and with intelligence about topics broader than football?
The club needs to do better across the board (great pun)
Right, that’s all I have today, see you tomorrow. FOOTBALL IS NEARLY BACK
— Benjamin. (@BenjaminMass) March 30, 2018