I’m an Arsenal fan. Yes, there have been no trophies since the FA Cup of 2005. Yes, if Cesc goes, we’re looking at another year of nothing. But that does not phase me.
Lately, Arsene Wenger is the kind of man that you either love or hate. If you troll the blogs, you know many fans are ready to bid him a brisk “adieu”. But I think this is not fair. Check out this article published on the official club site http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/-cesc-should-stay-and-lead-us-to-success- where he is quoted as saying “We are not here to make the money. We are here to keep our best players. We have managed the Club to be in a position to say ‘no’. For any money. We have that potential to do it because we are in a healthy financial situation.”
Also, see the latest Financial statement http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/arsenal-holdings-plc-half-yearly-results where Peter Hill-Wood says “I also want you to know that we are proud of the fact we continue to compete at the highest level while staying true to our principles. We continue to operate as a self-funding Club.” Bottom line: it’s all about the money. Even with unbelievably poor performances last season like the 4-4 against Newcastle (let us never speak of it again) and the debacle that was the Carling final (seriously, let us never speak of it again), and the fact only Van Persie was among the top 20 scorers for the season… we still managed 4th place.
So everyone thinks we need to bust the bank and throw money behind a bunch of stars. Ain’t gonna happen. And getting rid of Wenger won’t change that, since the upper management are probably even more cognizant of the fact Gunners are a “self-funding club”.
What’s the next step then? The illustrious winners, MU, have 3 persons in the top 20 scorers of the season and 3 persons on the top 20 assists lists; 5 different persons in all. We’ve got 3 persons in these lists, in third and fourth positions. MU gained 44 goals from the top 20 scorers and 37 top 20 assists. Arsenal had 18 and 25 respectively. Mind you, RvP didn’t play most of the season either, and I honestly believe if he did he would have been the league’s top scorer. All that to say, we need depth in the team. And we really need another striker of RvP’s calibre. Or even 80% of his calibre. Not being too picky at this point. However, the important thing is getting the best value for dollars, and players who can grow.
Another post to come on who’s coming and going, and who really should have been gone a couple seasons ago… yes, I’m glad Almunia is going.