Arsenal players appear to have leaked to David Ornstein that the split in the dressing room is 13/14 in favor of rejection of the 12.5% pay cut. Mikel Arteta has apparently stepped in to try and convince players that they should do the right thing and work with the club to form a united front.
The leak looks like a defensive tactic to show the fans that the negotiations are ongoing, and they are close.
UPDATE: Players are basically there on the deal. WOOOOO!
The process has to speed up. It shouldn’t need to be handed over to the PFA. It shouldn’t need the input of the fans. Players should accept the small sacrifice for the greater good and hope the world returns to normal so we can finish the season and stop having this conversation (I do fear what the conversastion will be when this is over).
One argument that people keep sending my way is this.
‘STAN SHOULD PAY OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET’
I’m always happy to give the KSE org a textual boot up the arse. They’ve run Arsenal in uninterested fashion for many years, of that there is no doubt, but overall, they’re kind of the type of owners that we’d hoped for. They let the board spend what they earn, they don’t fuck about with the day to day, and they let the people at the club do their thing.
The problem is we’ve trusted people that have severely lacked in the vision department. Ivan G was weak for 10 years, letting Wenger do his thing while he reaped the big dollars on the sidelines. However, the club invested in a great ‘on paper’ plan when Wenger left… but again, they gave it to Gazidis who didn’t follow it through. He ducked to Milan at the first chance and left a huge power vacuum that was filled by… a two CEO type system. Sven was murdered. We scuttled about at the bottom of the barrel with a shite manager for 18months, ran a transfer window with no Technical Director, and no real leadership.
Outside that, Stan has been great.
Back on the topic of Stan forking out.
There are two ways that you can have your football club run.
The self-sustaining model. Spend what you earn. Leave the operation to work like a business.
This works for Liverpool. It’s now working for Chelsea. It works sublimely for Manchester United (cash wise).
Or, you can have the billionaire plaything model. That means your club is run like a hobby. Owners do as they please, they get involved in decisions, they pump cash into the system, they get the club banned from the Champions League, or they let a super-agent run the show. Things are run badly. Manchester City cheat. PSG are run by the players. Wolves do odd things. Both have murky ownership structures BUT the fans could not be angry if the owners took money out of the club. They did a deal with the devil. That’s their hateful pact and the consquences are theirs.
Stan runs us as a self-sustaining model. The deal is that he doesn’t put his own money in during the good times and he doesn’t take out during the bad.
In fact, he took £3m out the club for ‘fees’ during the bad times and the fans LOST THEIR SHIT. Rightly so. We are not a piggybank. He never did it again. He leaves it to run like any other property in his portfolio of businesses.
That’s why he’s not going to fund the players right now. That’s why Raul and Vinnai are reworking the operation to survive a period of very little revenue. That is how it should be.
Let’s get one thing straight, the club does not have to pay non-sport workers. They could bin them all off because they are not producing right now. Stan hasn’t allowed that, Vinnai hasn’t, Raul hasn’t. They are supporting the staff within the means of the club. That means taking from the fabulously rich (players/execs/coaches) to support the not so rich.
This is the correct approach.
Normal businesses are doing this the world over. Higher earners lose more of their pay-cheque to keep lower earners in the job. Bonuses are disappearing. Exec leadership are foregoing pay.
Arsenal is no different. The players are just employees. No one cares that they have short careers. Long careers don’t earn normal people £230m between 40 people. 12.5% is not affecting your pension plan. It’s not going to see anyone default on their mortgage. It’s a very, very small price to pay in the grand scheme of world football, and it’s a drop in the ocean compared to what players in Italy, Germany and Spain are dealing with.
I am firmly with Arsenal’s exec leadership here. This is a generous offer. Players should take it.
I think they will because they are good humans.
One piece of good news is that it seems absolute that the season will finish. It’ll be behind closed doors, but hopefully it’ll be on TV. Fingers crossed.
Right, see you in the comments. x