Will Wenger’s stubbornness be Arsenal’s downfall? A fan’s perspective

July 13, 2012 in Premier League

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As a life-long, die-hard Arsenal fan our recent drought in trophies is becoming an increasing concern for me and a source of almost constant frustration. But do I have a right to be so wound up? Most Arsenal fans would exclaim “of course,” Manchester United and City would smugly agree and so would Chelsea. They have money, they are a constant threat for titles and their fans are so annoyingly self-assured. But what about Newcastle, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton fans? Under Wenger we haven’t failed to qualify for the Champions League once, we’ve reached two cup finals since our last title win, last season we closed a seemingly impossible 10 point gap with Spurs and of all our main competitors the only ones to end the season with 6 points from us were Manchester United. On paper it looks pretty good; we’ve not won anything for 7 years, but nor have many teams. So it’s not so bad right?

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Arsenal Vs. The Money Machine: Counting out from ten, nine…

July 5, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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Yesterday, Robin van Persie announced that he will not sign a new contract at Arsenal.

Back in the midst of of late December or November, I know it was cold and I know it was wet, and I remember an article that named Arsenal as the model of how to run a football club. Now I can’t remember where I read this, because as established in the first sentence, my memory is for jokes, but the thrust of its point was this - Arsenal’s balanced wage structure and value of growing players over buying them gave them a stability over the long term. This stability would lead to long-term success, while flashier, more big-spending clubs would shine bright before fading away. Looking back at this now, I can’t help but wonder if this was written by UEFA, whose cherry picked ‘role model’ teams, championing  financial restraint and growth, keep getting talked up before getting their ass handed to them. And Arsenal, who have to consider both their ever-diminishing impact on the Premier League and the fact that for the life of them they can’t seem to keep hold of world class players, might have to bring an end to the era of being holier than thou. Or risk losing everything.

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