If you’re an Arsenal fan, you know exactly what this is all about.
There are 3 days left in the transfer window and this summer has been hugely depressing. The frustration and disappointment has turned into pure anger. Maybe I’m on my period, who knows, but I am so sick and tired of all this shit, I really am.
It has been 8 years without a trophy now. And I’ve said many times we don’t want the club to put our future in danger by recklessly spending money we don’t have. I don’t think any Arsenal supporter out there wants that. What we do want however, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask, is for a squad that can truly compete. And that means Arsene Wenger assembling a squad that can challenge for trophies.
On the 29th July, which was exactly a month ago today, I wrote about how Arsenal have conned the supporters. I received a lot of abuse about how I was wrong about Arsenal not making any purchases and how it was all a PR stunt and we wouldn’t be strengthening the team.
And now we are 3 days away from the transfer window closing. It’s amazing that after 8 seasons of the same old shit, some Arsenal fans can’t see the wood from the trees.
Look, I am a realist (you have to be when you support Arsenal) and I obviously understand the financial fire power of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. But spending £100 million in the transfer window is not what I’m asking. All I want is a squad with enough numbers to compete, and with enough quality.
Our first eleven is okay. Let’s now delude ourselves in thinking it is the best in the league, because it isn’t. The starting elevens of Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all superior (and that has been proven with our abysmal record against the Top 6 in the last 2/3 seasons). All I want is Arsene to bring in some players to help the squad when we do have injuries – which we are experiencing already.
We don’t even need to spend £15 million plus on a player. What is wrong with our scouting system? Swansea bought Michu for £2 million. Benteke joined Aston Villa for £7 million. Clint Dempsey has moved to Fulham and Tottenham for £3 million and £6 million respectively. You may be thinking I’ve lost the plot and pointed out average players – but that’s exactly me point. We are so threadbare we need to make up the numbers with not world class players, but players who are very good and would do a job for us.
The problem is threefold. Arsene Wenger has far too much power. This means he’s a jack of all trades and a master of none, which is clearly evident when it comes to our lack of guile in the transfer market. It is unreasonable to expect one man to do everything and Arsene has enough on his plate than to identify players who will improve the squad.
Then we have our “negotiating team”. I put that in quotations because I’m not sure we have one. Dick Law, the mysterious man who can’t complete a deal is apparently well off the pace. ANR heard a rumour that when negotiating with Phil Gartside of Bolton, they valued Gary Cahill at £12 million and Dick Law offered £4 million. And you’ll remember that’s when Phil Gartside went mental in the press, slagging off Arsenal to anyone who would listen. Cahill then moved to Chelsea. Now you can say that that’s complete bullshit but it makes a lot of sense even if it’s not true. We don’t have the personnel to make deals happen, or we consistently under-value players and therefore won’t offer enough to buy them.
And finally, we have the board. “Silent” Stan Kroenke really is something. Although he hasn’t said anything (he could be a mute) this piece from Arseblog is a great insight into what his plans and intentions are. He’s there for the long term as it is a long term investment to him which will make him money. He won’t pump money into the club and as long as Arsenal is a profitable business, Arsene Wenger will have a free ride and complete control over the club. And then there are the board members, who can only be described as dinosaurs when it comes to footballing affairs.
This all means Arsene Wenger can do what he likes. So we’re in a vicious circle where nothing will ever change. Even the threat of losing out on 4th place in the league and possible Champions League qualification means little now as we are making enough money from the supporters and sponsorship deals. And that means Arsene Wenger will pretty much be here forever.
So I’d make yourself comfortable because things aren’t going to change in a hurry.