It’s the same old story season after season.
We will compete for the trophy that matters most to the board, which is 4th place and Champions League qualification. We will have the highest ticket prices in the league, never teach defence and finally, we will sell our best 2 or 3 players in the summer.
Arsenal would like to paint the picture that these players are unloyal, selfish and mercenaries who are only after money.
But let’s get really, every footballer is like that.
Gone are the days of players like Ray Parlour. He’s said numerous times that when it came to contract negotiations, he never even looked at how much Arsenal wanted to pay him. They gave him the contract and he signed.
But these days agents are ruining the game and unsurprisingly, are trying to get as much money as they can for themselves and their “clients”.
Look at the players that have left Arsenal over the last few seasons. We have Robin van Persie, Alex Song, Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, William Gallas, Eduardo, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Alexander Hleb, Mathieu Flamini, Jose Antonio Reyes and Thierry Henry.
With the exception of Thierry Henry and Eduardo, and possibly Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal fans are quick to call those players traitors, back-stabbers and pathetic human beings only interested in money.
Despite the fact that most of them have gone on to win major honours with their new clubs.
But the fact is, Arsenal are the Ajax of the Premier League.
They have to sell their best players in order to balance the books, and to please the board. Arsene Wenger is getting a lot of flak at the moment but it’s the board where we need major changes. Silent Stan is living up to his name and no-one has any idea what his plans are. Has he invested anything into the club? He must be the only major shareholder to not endear himself to the fans by spending some money.
People say Wenger must go but who else could do better under those circumstances? Most managers that would join Arsenal would demand some money to spend.
And that brings us to Jack Wilshere.
Over the last few games, and the season so far, it is obvious that Jack is our best player. He has the desire, technique, temperament and potential to make it at the very top, and he’s only just turned 21. You can see he loves the club and the disappointment he feels when Arsenal lose, he’s a fan just like us.
But there’s only so much players like that can take. Look at all the other players listed above, they may have left for money but they’ve gone on to win things and are enjoying success elsewhere. Arsene promises the future but tomorrow never comes.
And we’ve seen recently there’s no such thing as not selling to a “rival”. We’ve sold (and released) players to Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that players are leaving The Emirates to much bigger clubs. Arsenal are seen as a stepping stone to bigger things, and we’re no longer the final stop in a players career. I may be mistaken, but the last notable player I can think of that ended their career at Arsenal was Dennis Bergkamp.
So you can’t say Jack won’t be tempted by pastures new.
Manchester United seems the obvious choice because he is Alex Ferguson’s type of player. Gives 110% in every game, is special and would be a long term solution for replacing Paul Scholes. Wilshere would shine at somewhere like United where the determination levels of the team never drop. You can say whatever you like about Manchester United, but there’s no doubting that every player in their squad is a winner. Winning is all that matters and if a player is going through the motions then Alex Ferguson gives them a b*llocking and drops them. There’s no threat of that happening at Arsenal were players can do what they like.
And with United’s spending they know they could offer Â£35 million and Arsenal would sell him. Arsenal’s reputation as a selling club is problematic in the transfer market – Torres was sold for Â£50 million, Carroll for Â£35 million and we sell Robin van Persie for Â£24 million?! And Cesc Fabregas was around the same price.
You will argue that their prices were because their contracts were due to expire. But who’s fault is that? Arsenal allow their best players to wind down their contracts without any consequences – just look at the Theo Walcott debacle this season. It’s ridiculous and I don’t know another “big” side that lets this happen as much as we do.