Before all the ‘Arsene Knows’ brigade jump aboard and have a go I do realise what the great man has done for the club, of course I do. He is the most successful manager in Arsenal’s history. He has transformed us into an mediocre side into one of the biggest four teams in the Premier League.
But some of things he comes out with are so ridiculous.
I’m not sure who his PR man is, but he’s not doing a very good job.
Arsene has come out and said he doesn’t know why he’s under pressure to buy a Â£40 million player.
Who the hell has actually said they want Arsene to spend that on a single player?
â€œIt is not one player who makes a difference. It is up to us as a team to show personality, strength and belief. If we can find one more, we will do it, if not we will not limit our ambitions because of it.
â€œI do not know why we are always under pressure to buy Â£30m or Â£40m players.
â€œI am under pressure to buy good players – it is as simple as that. And good players are not always necessarily linked with the price.”
Talk about getting all defensive.
I’m sorry Arsene. We’re so sorry for putting you under so much pressure to buy a Â£40 million player. Because obviously the rumours of Messi and Kaka joining Arsenal won’t go away.
And talking about the team showing personality, strength and belief – I failed to see any of those things against Fulham at the weekend and the first match against FC Twente. Along with our paper-thin squad, we don’t have any desire on the pitch.
Am I the only one who thinks that a central midfield of Emmanuel Eboue and Denilson isn’t good enough to challenge for honours? Am I the only one who realises injuries are part of the game? Last January was a glaring example of how close the title was – just another player (no, not at Â£40 million) with a bit of experience would of helped.
I don’t want Robinho, I don’t want Ronaldo.
I just want half decent replacements for the players that have left, and Arsene can do that without breaking the bank. I don’t have specific examples, but with a scouting structure as good as Arsenal’s he should be able to pick out a few players. We’ve lost Gilberto, Lehmann, Hleb, Flamini, Diarra, Hoyte and Senderos, and the only player of quality that’s been brought in is Nasri, who is still very young.
And if you can’t get decent replacements, then why let them go!
You don’t have to be a genius to see it doesn’t add up.
I also don’t get the signing of light-bulb head. Arsene talks about bringing in experience yet he releases Gilberto, who has been there and done that. This is a player who won the World Cup and is a fantastic professional.
Let me say this though: I hope I am completely wrong.
I hope Arsenal fight for all the major honours and Arsene Wenger has the last laugh. I hope I look like a complete idiot as the season comes to a close. I hope come May I get put in my place, and get a torrent of abuse because I couldn’t see the forthcoming success. Unfortunately all the antics over the summer and the performances this season haven’t given me much confidence for the campaign ahead. And the signings of Silvestre and Bischoff just scream of desperation but Arsene will tell us all that “this season, we have the same numbers as last year”.
So that makes it okay then.
It doesn’t matter if the ‘numbers’ brought in are crocks and can’t even play for us. What the hell is going on?
The only saving grace tonight is that McClaren is completely shite at qualifying for major tournaments.
I’m going for a lie down.