You’ll have probably seen the letter a group of Arsenal fans has pulled together that’s gone out on the internet.
— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) July 15, 2019
The gist of the document that you should be reading right now is that Arsenal, despite all the trumpet blowing and promises, still appears to be as rudderless as ever.
We’ve been driving into the abyss for years, club leadership has been taking temperature checks using the wrong the metrics, we didn’t invest, we didn’t make big decisions when we needed to, we thought a cash pile was success, now the walls have come crashing down in one massive heap of average.
To make matters worse, Stan took the club private, so our access to exec leadership is even more pointless than it was before.
Football isn’t a business, it’s a community endeavour that grew into something so unlikely, fans let the raiders take grip in the game before we knew what was going on.
Arsenal feels like it’s being run like a super average business at the minute. We’re being outspent by Aston Villa and Leicester. Our strategy is confused. Our hiring policy is errant. The stadium is utterly bereft of excitement. Arsenal is an ordeal, not the joy it should be.
For too long, our fans just grumbled into twitter feeds, digging into opposing trenches to fight it out over details so insignificant, they allowed us to take our eyes off the core issue… leadership doesn’t care, no one is accountable for success.
Nothing quite summed up the ownership issue like Josh K turning up to the LA training session wearing an LA Rams t-shirt. At best, it’s an embarrassing oversight, at worst, it’s a spiteful jab at the fans that confirms our worst fears… we don’t matter.
This letter is the coming together of names that don’t usually mix. This is fans from around the globe making a statement. This isn’t a rabble demanding the Saliba deal goes through, this is a group of people that just want to see a better Arsenal. It’s a simple demand, but a necessary one.
What is the plan?
If we’re being run like a business, why is it such a sloppy one?
Why don’t we have spikey voices on the board that will hold people accountable?
Where is the innovation?
Where are the ideas people?
Why is no one EVER held accountable?
Raul might have that covered. Edu might be the saving grace. This season might be the final episode in a desperately repetitive Netflix series called Operation Transition that seems to have been on repeat for 10 years.
It might not be…
But the fans have spoken, they’ve asked the question, do you care?
I think this is a great first step.
Unite the voices. See what the club response looks like, then regroup, and work out the next steps.
Let us know what you think in the comments. If there’s ever a day the club is reading, it’s likely today.