We’re not gonna take it right?
Still clenching your fist and cursing the board and Wenger? Come on, you guys should know better, except for loan deals the likelihood of any signings in the January transfer window is unlikely.
Wait, what happened suddenly that there seems to be a dearth of players wanting to come to Arsenal? We are still considered among the best in the world (pinch of salt please), we are supposedly among the richest clubs in the world, so why is it that no one worth his salt wants to come to us?
There was a time when Arsenal used to be an attractive proposition for the best players in the world to come and play for. We played great football, had the tradition and most importantly the players knew they could play with freedom and not much restraint. These things may still remain but then why does no ” top, top” talent ever comes to us?
Lets look at how the world of football operates nowadays. There are certain teams which have either sugar daddies or oil driven merchants who can pump in money to their respective teams without worrying too much about getting back their returns. Eg- Roman Abhramovich can sack as many managers as he wants, buy as many players as he feels because he can write off the losses he may incur due to the fact that it’s his own wealth that he has invested.
There is one more set of teams, the likes of City, United, Real Madrid, Barcelona who have investors who pump in a lot of money to the club, again not worrying if the debts continue to pile up on the respective clubs because they know the commercial implications of investing in such clubs will have diverse and profitable dividends. If the Glazers were to ask for their money back, United will need to shell out close to a billion dollars, but Glazers will not because Manchester United as a commodity will sell in the market and hence the Glazers know that it’s a sound investment.
The third set of teams are the ones who are self sufficient and dependent on the money they get from the revenue they generate from their own means such as ticket sales, marketing, player sales etc. Predominantly money generated from their own sources. Arsenal are like this, even though we now have a majority stake holder, the decision continues to be by the board which believes that the self sufficient model is the way to be for the club.
This model effectively means that even when there may be funds available, the funds will be first utilized towards repaying the loans, developing the brand etc. This has helped Arsenal become a better brand, but the football team is losing out, or are they? Let us take an example shall we, Juan Mata. Arsenal bid for him what was a very reasonable amount of money. What happened was Chelsea simply came and said `we will pay you much more`, so Mata chose Chelsea. He may also have had other reasons to join Chelsea, but money is a huge factor and if it does come down to a bidding war, we all know Arsenal cannot win because of the way the club is run.
What Wenger did was to retain the players he bought, the wages were on the higher side. So when you see a Diaby getting paid say 60k for a week, all of us exclaim oh no. But remember when Diaby was bought there was a huge hope that he could become someone like a Viera and Wenger, in the hope he may become one, wanted to retain him at all cost and hence the wages were high. That he turned out to be the medical table guest forever is another story.
Wenger’s way of thinking was this- buy players who can be bought under the budget, who have some potential and try to install in them the sense of this is my club; this gave me the chance to shine etc in the hope that they develop, play well and remain at Arsenal as we cannot afford to buy the so called proven stars. The sad part in this was, some of the players were over estimated and never truly had the potential needed to succeed consistently. The ones who developed the potential into substance conveniently ditched us when the time came to stand up and be counted (we all know who).
Now we all know where the problem is and what is the reality. Arsenal cannot buy big names or proven stars until and unless the player decides he wants to play for Arsenal only. We cannot get into a mad bidding war just to prove we can compete because that doesn’t make any sense. Arsenal and Wenger’s mistake has been the certain players bought, who aren’t even good enough to play for Arsenal. Someone who should have basic ability (denilson, Chamakh, Bendtner, Silvestre etc), and more importantly the awareness and passion needed on the pitch.
Hence when contract negotiations are stalled and players hold the club at ransom, the sad fact is usually Arsenal are in a helpless state because players either demand exorbitant wages or demands which we can’t manage, or simply use a lame excuse saying the club has no direction, knowing very well this was the same club which gave them direction.
Lets all be critical of Wenger about the signings which didn’t succeed because it was under his control, don’t keep blaming him and the board for not buying certain players because simply put, we cannot.
Till next time
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