As you all would know, the Arsenal AGM went by and it dawned upon me, ‘Has Arsenal’s ambitions fallen?’
The AGM mainly revolved around our objectives and how we will be competing with the opposition with the next few years. However I felt our objectives revolved around getting the champions league place rather than winning every trophy possible. I haven’t supported Arsenal for long but Wenger has always gone out to win trophies for the 15 years he has been with us. I feel that he would be happy with a top 4 place rather than actually winning anything.
Although many of us know, we are weaker than we were last year. With the loss of Fabregas, we are offensively much weaker and have for once dropped down in the odds to get 4th place never mind win the league. Not only that but the 5 other clubs competing with us have significantly increased their firing power with many marquee signings. Whilst it can be argued that our new signings haven’t quite stepped up to the plate bar Gervinho.
Financially, we are ranked the fifth richest team in the world in terms of revenue and that doesn’t even tap into our sugar daddy, Usamanov. We have the financial power to not only compete with others right now, but to compete within the next 20 years with our sustainable youth policy. Even reading a recent article, Usamanov would be prepared to inject 100 million to spend on new players and he is the sort of person to spend that all in one transfer window. I myself don’t understand why we must drop our ambitions to top 4 places when we are the third most successful team in the premier league. I remember last year were both us and Manchester United were the only title contenders. Now I would be happy with a top 4 place. Even looking at the domestic cups and Champions league, we are unfortunately unlikely to win any of them.
My fundamental statement is: We haven’t won a trophy in 6 years and the media couldn’t get enough of that, there is now a serious threat that we might not get 4th place. The media would lap that up. Could it be that the trophy-less seasons would then turn into Champion league-less season.
I am not a scare monger and neither an anti-Wenger supporter. Those who read my articles regularly will know that I have always been very positive about Arsenal even so during this tough start to the season and I remain to this day, faithful to Wenger. This is not an attack or criticism of Wenger or the players, I am happy with the way we are turning things round however I feel the board could do more to ensure that we were sitting two points off City rather than twelve. If we have the financial backing of individuals like Usamanov who is in fact richer than Abramovich. I dont understand why we can’t both be sustainable in the long term but still be competing for trophies in the present. Surely endless resources we have and the successful academy is not mutually exclusive. Can we have the best of both worlds?