Arsenal will certainly struggle to challenge for any silverware this season! by Adam Kemp
In February Arsenal’s end of year report stated ‘Arsenal holdings is now operating free of short term debt’ – unaudited net debt stands at £137.05M whilst its cash reserves have risen to £115.2M. Arsenal was in a very strong position financially before the end of last season which proves wrong that the Emirates are no longer a restriction. On turnover alone, Arsenal is one of the wealthiest clubs in the world and consistently makes a healthy pre-tax profit in excess of £30M year on year. Wenger could have spent a further £50M on players this summer without making a dent in our financial constraints.
There has been a revised Premier League broadcasting deal which Arsenal will benefit further from, Nike’s contract due for renewal and not to mention the 6.5% ticket price hike last season on what is already the most expensive venue in Europe. Add this to the combined sales of Alex Song and Robin Van Persie which saw us make another £10M transfer profit is just taking us all for idiots. Yes we brought in three experienced players whom may or may not have the required class to be potential icons. Robin Van Persie and Alex Song were arguably our best two players last season and we have not adequately replaced them. We continue with the trend of selling our best stars and replace them with slightly inferior players and integrate the stars of tomorrow to the squad.
The trouble is that this tried and tested method has seen Arsenal going from one of the planets biggest clubs to a renowned academy producing talent for its rivals in search of silverware. Whilst us fans blindly follow a tight board whose only concern is to fill their pockets. We have refused to have any aid from our billionaire tycoon shareholder whilst the fans are punished by paying the most money to watch a declining team year on year. It is not right and the blame is still to lie firmly with Wenger as he honestly believes this group of players can achieve something. When we were winning titles did Wenger ever complain about his rivals and find excuses for his shortcomings? Did he hell! He is delusional and not up to the task of taking this club back to where it belongs.
Everything about Arsenal has always been class. The style of football was pure class and the players on show were just sublime. We overhype this current squad and put the likes of Diaby in this bracket. At best this player is average along with the vast majority of his peers. Wenger states “You never expect much from us, but we always have a good potential to surprise you. If I listened to the predictions on the same day last year, it was predicted we would finish between 10th and 15th. We finished third.” No.. Robin Van Persie finished third and without him we would be playing in the Europa League this season.
He has now been sold as financially we would not offer him what he required. Giroud and Podolski have not scored and look quite average and will not be able to replace Van Persie. We needed to go out and buy somebody like Neyman or Falcao whom could have at least raised some expectation over silverware. How can we expect to sell our top stars and not replace them and then expect to improve the following season? Wenger has had the finances to go out and buy 2 or 3 top class players without compromising our morals. To make another profit on player trading for a club of Arsenal’s size and stature is beyond a joke and I am so angry at how they operate.
I would also like to congratulate Dick Law and his team for officially being the world’s worst contract negotiators. In a time where loyalty has abandoned Arsenal Mr Alex Song asks to commit his future with a £15k wage rise and a further 2 year extension. Our response was you have 3 years left to run and will talk later. Alex Song’s performances merited his requests and yet we flog him to Barcelona as our fringe players cannot be sold. Simply Arsenal has so much desire to make a profit from player trading that when they cannot sell the likes of Chamack and Bendtner they sell their better players. The contract situation with Walcott is beyond a joke and I hope that if we win nothing again Wenger resigns. Really Wenger and the board have duped all the fans and have once again screwed our chances of seeing on-the-field success.
Liverpool away and I cannot wait for Giroud’s Hat Trick!
by Adam Kemp