Welcome to Monday. The players are in agreement.
Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5 percent will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days. If we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger.
The agreement is based on the assumption we will finish the season 2019/20 and receive the full broadcasting revenues. The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income.
We are proud and grateful to our players and staff for pulling together to support our club, our people, and our community in these unprecedented times which are some of the most challenging we have faced in our history.
Wonderful news. There were some mutterings that alluded to the agreement not being 100% of the players, but I’m going to hope that’s incorrect.
Well done Arsenal. This is great news. Thank your lucky charms you’re not at Roma- their players just lost 4 months’ salary.
I made a horrendous math error yesterday; I stated that 71% of games were available for purchase, not 42%. That means the clubs have 160 games they can sell to big companies. That’s still a lot of football.
Quite a few people mentioned that the parallels I drew to American sport weren’t quite apples to apples. I understand that. I’m merely pointing out that there’s always going to be a market in the UK (and globally) for access to more games. If you enter a period where clubs can’t sell season tickets, there’s a massive opportunity to upsell the fans on new viewing options.
If Arsenal sold 200,000 digital season tickets for £90 p/m (9 months) that’d be £162,000,000. £21 a game. Maybe that’s a bit pricey. Perhaps they could charge £10 per game to hook more people into the season ticket. If you could find 500,000 subs globally, that’d be a £190,000,000. Simpleton numbers, but just trying to paint a picture of the things the TV channels could do to bring in a little more revenue. Appreciate you’d have to rework the entire HERO GAME model, but look, everyone is on their arse on the moment, no better time to give people options.
This sort of approach isn’t even an option for the Premier League. They have to recoup the £700m their members will lose if sport can’t have mass crowds. It’s that, or footballers lose a permanent 14% of their salaries. Something I very much doubt they are willing to do.
Today is two years since we moved on Arsene Wenger. No doubt a monumental moment in our history. Some crow that we’ve gone downhill since, but you shouldn’t listen those sorts. They’re the sort that proudly collects mainstream brand beer glasses they’ve stolen from the pub, you know the sort, parading a Peroni chalice like they’d pilfered a rare treasure from Egypt. Velcro trainers. Nescafe Gold Blend. Sainsbury’s-orange-reusable as a gym bag. Refers to partner as ‘the other half.’ 4000 receipts stored in their suitcase-sized wallet.
The man has grown in stature since his departure. Like childbirth, we only remember the good bits now. Quite possibly because Emeryball really elevated how much we need great football in our lives, Arsene Wenger is our Johann Cruyff, prime Wengerball is forever part of our DNA. That’s a legacy and a half.
Arsene needed to go, no doubt, he didn’t need to be disrespected so badly with Arsenal hiring a bin man to replace him. An adulterous bin man who blamed his side-bitch for the crash in our results.
Thankfully we’re now coming out the other side of that nightmare. We have a world-class coach at the club, hopefully, he’ll become a world-class leader of men. If there is a silver lining of this pandemic, it’s that the club will have to aggressively attack the fat in the system at a higher clip. The new reality will come at Arsenal fans faster than it was planned. I expect the wage bill to be savaged, I think we’ll sell on luxury big names, I think we’ll rebuild with youth in mind… and I think our big bet signing this summer will be in midfield.
The Barca execs expect this summer to be blighted with swap deals. I’d move on Lacazette for Thomas Partey. I’d take players from Barca in exchange for Auba. I think we’d all see some of the older deadwood moved on. I want the focus to be on young players. Names like Odsonne Édouard and Axel Disasi come loaded with risk, but that’s the market we’re playing in. Young, powerful, athletic with high ceilings. Give me names like that over expensive signings trying to eek one last mega-contract out of a leadership team in rapture of super agents.
I am still game for players like Pablo Mari. He’s a risk, sure, but at least he’s a cheap risk with a lot of potential. 26 years old is prime meat for a centre back. Blend him with exciting youth talents like Saliba, we could be in good shape next season.
I think next season is still a transition, but it’ll be one with the right foundational ingredients. We have some of the best youth talent in the league coming through. There are high hopes for ESR, I just mentioned Saliba, we have Saka, Eddie, Martinelli, Willock… then you go a level lower, some of the striking talent looks sexy. If you have great coaching, give it good raw ingredients so you can create the factory you need to pull off a Liverpool like rise back to the elite.
There are strong rumours about Saka not signing a deal, with clubs like Dortmund circling. Not sure why an established Prem left-back would go to Germany. That’s a kick-starter club, a total downgrade if you’re Saka. I’m also not sure he’d be wise to leave Arsenal right now. He’s young, he’s being looked after and he’s on the upward trajectory all players want. Go too soon and things can go badly, just give Nik Anelka a call!
I’m obviously biased here.
Anyway, that’s enough news for today, I’ll see you in the comments. x
UPDATE: Mesut Ozil refused the deal. Shocker. Not surprised though. He has limited time left on his deal, the club tried to kick him out last summer, exec leadership also asked that he be dropped under Unai Emery. Still a bit scandalous. Our highest-paid player should be better here.