There have been many stories in the media about Arsene Wenger and the possibility of the Frenchman signing a new Arsenal contract. With his current deal due to run out at the end of this season, the Club and the fans could be forgiven for getting a bit twitchy. Whereas there were calls for Wenger to go last season, as the Gunners endured another disappointing and trophy-less campaign, the form that saw Arsenal overtake Tottenham, grab the last Champions League spot, and shoot to the top of the Premier League, has convinced most people that it would be a disaster if Wenger was to walk away now.
A letter of our discontent by HighburyMan
Dear Arsenal fans. I am writing to you all as I plan to piece together a letter to the board from justarsenal.com.
The main aim being to express and detail the opinions of Arsenal fans regarding the daily running of the club. I wish to express the views of as many of the members of this site as possible. We all come here every day and express our feelings about Arsenal. Now it is time that these views are heard by the board, manager and all those involved with Arsenal Football Club. I have read some great articles that have been posted. I have also read some very in depth comments that describe how the majority of fans feel. I wish to put together a letter that will be sent to the club detailing these views.
Do Arsenal Even Have a Team to Field? by PH
In the last few days I have read many posts on this site complaining about the fact that we seem to have a threadbare squad. It gives me no pleasure to claim to have been the first to have pointed this out a few weeks back. So, what are we left with now?
Arsenal’s transfer troubles by Dan
Less than a month till the Premiership season begins and Arsenal still haven’t spent a single pound in the transfer window, with plenty of players leaving the Emirates but just one young Frenchman arriving on a free transfer.
Meanwhile the likes of Manchester City, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool have all strengthened their squads. So much for Arsenal learning their lesson from two years ago and doing their business early. Of course any signing like a Rooney or Suarez would take time, sometimes up to the last minute of the window.
What do we do now? by JS
As the season approaches, Arsene Wenger and the board are furiously preparing for the new campaign by launching bids, issuing statements to the fans as to what our plans and goals are and……wait, they aren’t doing that, they are releasing new kits for us to buy, reducing the wage budget and travelling to Asia to hoodwink the potential supporters over there as they have the rest of us. So what do we do now?
Of all the thousands of Arsenal transfer rumours that have appeared since the end of the season, surely this is the biggest bombshell we have seen yet. We all know that Arsene Wenger’s current contract ends at the end of the coming season and the Frenchman has always insisted that he has and will always honour his contract with the club, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t make plans for when it finally ends.
Arsenal must buy early – now is not the time to wait by DG
I have a question I would dearly like to ask the Arsenal board. When does saving money end up costing you money?
In recent years, we Arsenal fans have grown increasingly fearful of summer windows. Long periods of big stars courting opposition clubs, ending with a dramatic late sale and no replacement forthcoming until the next window…no thank you. When we do spend money, we tend to leave it late in the window, often buying after the season has already kicked off. We negotiate and haggle over transfers to save an extra million here and there, but is it really helping our bank balance?
ARSENAL’S FANS SHOULD STAND AND ASK FOR KROENKE EXIT by MA
I have been an Arsenal fan since the first time I saw the red and white jersey raising majestically high in the sky of Highbury. My family’s older generations have always been Liverpool supporters. But my heart beats for Arsenal and I am proud to be a Gunner.
Don’t blame Robin! by DK
“As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the Boss and Mr. Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.”
Robin Van Persie last summer
Mikel Arteta has been a mainstay of Arsenal’s midfield for the last two seasons, but is angry that the team keeps losing easy games and now have a fight on their hands to try and end up in the Champions League next year, which Arteta thinks is “unacceptable” for a club of Arsenal’s stature.
He thinks that, especially if Arsenal fail to make the Top Four, the Board simply must use some of their massive profits to improve the Gunners squad for an assault on the title next season.
Liam Brady has given a lot to Arsenal over the years. He began his professional playing career under Bertie Mee in 1973 and played over 300 games before a transfer to Italy with Juventus. After finishing playing, he had a couple of unsuccessful managerial stints with Celtic and Brighton before returning to his spiritual home as head of Youth Development and Academy Director at Arsenal just a few months before Arsene Wenger became manager.
Okay let’s say I am a bit of a cynic when it comes to Arsene Wenger or the board telling the Arsenal fans that he has more than enough money to buy “top, top” players, because no matter how many times they say it, it simply doesn’t happen!
Just yesterday Wenger was asked if he had enough money to buy Radamel Falcao and match his wages, and the Frenchman replied: “We can do it (buy Falcao). If we find a player of top, top quality we will take him.