Ever since blogging about Arsenal since 2004 (and on this website since 2006), there have been a number of accusations banded around about my motives, support and supposed vendetta against Arsene Wenger. Regular readers however will know that I have stated many many times that I think Arsene Wenger is the greatest manager we have ever had and what he has done for the football club has been nothing short of miraculous. 16 consistent seasons in the Top 4? No-one else in football could have managed that in my opinion. Three Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups and so many happy memories have made Arsene a legend.
But that does not mean he is incapable of mistakes. I always call it how I see it, even if it isn’t all complimentary. It is strange that criticising any aspect of the football club immediately makes me a Spurs fan and anti-Wenger. Those are both ridiculous statements and people who have read my blog over the years will know that the majority of my posts are positive.
But it doesn’t mean I’m blind to the problems at the club. This summers transfer window has been nothing short of a disaster. People will say I am being overly negative but for the first time in about 8 years, we are finally in a position to build something special and create a team that can truly compete for the major honours. After 8 seasons of struggling to the Top 4 positions, we are now capable of spending big money in the transfer market.
Here, I answer the most common feedback I get from Arsenal fans:
You are a Spurs supporter:
Er… no, I’m obviously not.
Blowing £50 million plus on a player would make you happy:
Actually this is not true. In fact, I’ve stated that spending £50 million plus on Suarez is something I wouldn’t be overly happy with. With a £70 million “war chest” I would rather spend some on a central defender, midfielder and forward – areas we need to strengthen to really compete. A marque signing is not something I particularly want – I am not that fickle or shallow.
If we brought in 3 players in those positions, and our overall spend was only £30 million in total then I’d be more than happy with that. The thing that has annoyed me about this summer is the lack of guile in the transfer market and the inability to sign a single player of quality that would give both the fans and the players a massive boost.
You are anti-Arsene Wenger:
Nope, that’s not true either. He is a miracle worker and has done great things but I do believe he is reluctant to spend money in the transfer market and would rather “create” his own world class players (such as Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie). But Arsene needs to realise we’ve lost a lot of big players (and captains) over the last 8 seasons and we are at the point where we need to recruit experienced, top class player to create a squad that can truly compete at the highest level.
You hate Arsenal:
I love Arsenal but I am not blind to the facts. Saying Arsenal sell their best players every summer is not anti-Arsenal, it’s fact. Saying we’ve done poorly in the transfer window isn’t being negative, it’s fact. If we had signed quality players in the transfer windows then I would have reason to be more positive. How can anyone be positive about no new players coming in?