Arsene Wenger has had a fair bit to say recently about the short term thinking displayed by a lot of football clubs these days, while trying to end the speculation about his own future as the Arsenal manager. We know that the Frenchman is a man of principles and will stick to them, although the Arsenal fans wish he would be a bit more flexible sometimes.
Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea in a game that could have a huge saying on the season for both clubs. The Gunners are coming off the back of the best performance in a while, knowing that a win will put us just five points behind Chelsea with a game in hand. The Blues, on the other hand, are in a bad way. The Blues have lost two and drawn one of their last three home games against Southampton, Swansea and QPR.
Arsenal fans should give a great big thankyou to Roman Abramovich. Nothing that happens this year will do the Gunners as many favours as the crazy billionaire Russian has done us this week. It is common knowledge that Abramovich was desperate to get his hands on the Champions league trophy, and the man who finally did what a host of other very well paid and expensive managers failed to do has been rewarded with the sack.
“Europe at the moment is like the Titanic, but we live in football like nothing matters.”
Arsene Wenger once again stated his case for the defence of Arsenal Football Club and their self sustaining policy. He knows that Arsenal are in a privileged position due to massive earnings, but is concerned about the ridiculous amounts of money that Chelsea, Manchester City and teams across Europe like Paris Saint-Germain are spending.
“A club can buy players like PSG has done or Manchester City or Chelsea, with unlimited resources, but overall football suffers.”
“We are not mega rich because we don’t have unlimited resources.”
The little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin has not looked very happy playing for Arsenal every time he has appeared on the pitch this season, even though Arsene Wenger has given him numerous chances to make an impact off the bench, and according to the Metro he has dropped behind Yossi Benayoun and Thomas Rosicky in the pecking order at the Emirates.
Arshavin is now seriously worried that he may lose his place in the Russian team for next summer European Championships despite working as an ambassador for his country in their World Cup bid last year.
The Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has knocked Roman Abramovich out of the Top Three in the list of Russia’s richest people.
Abramovich has never been below third before, and although he raised the value of his assets to £10.6 billion he slipped down to seventh.
Usmanov has leapfrogged into the number three position him with a even more massive figure of £12.4 billion, but they both have some way to go before catching the richest Russian, the steel tycoon Vladimir Lisin, who is worth £17.7 billion.
There is no doubt that if Usmanov wanted to he could buy out Arsenal 10 times over…..
I nearly actually spluttered my cornflakes all over the screen this morning when I can across the most ridiculous Arsenal rumour ever invented. Of course it’s from the News of the World…
The story goes that Andrei Arshavin is very unhappy at Arsenal, and his form has dropped even further since he has been relegated to the bench by Arsene Wenger. His contract runs out in 18 months and there has been no indication that either side are considering an extension, which means he will be allowed to leave this summer.