It has seemed to many Arsenal fans for some time now that the majority shareholder Stan Kroenke was more concerned about running Arsenal Football Club as a profitable business rather than a successful club on the pitch. An eight year wait for a trophy, while seeing the best players like Fabregas, Cole, Nasri and van Persie sold for one reason or another, did nothing to distract from this opinion.
Wenger should not be given new contract yet by Dave N
Do Arsenal play in red and white? I wonder sometimes because everything seems either black or white with us at the minute. One minute, Wenger has lost the plot, his passion and any tactical awareness he once had. He was an accountant, a tool of the board, and many fans and football experts thought he should leave Arsenal.
Just a month or so later, and he is a tactical genius, the best manager in England, if not the universe. The Mirror reports that he is set to be offered a bumper new thee year deal, and everyone thinks it is a brilliant idea, except me.
On September 28th 1996, Arsenal Football Club signed the paperwork making the fairly unheard of Frenchman Arsene Wenger the new manager of the Gunners and the rest, as they say, is history. Wenger is now seemingly as much a part of Arsenal as the white sleeves or the cannon, and after Stan Kroenke’s glowing praise this week, things look set to continue that way for the foreseeable future.
The players have huge respect and admiration for Le Prof, while many of them, such as Aaron Ramsey, owe him a lot for his faith and for improving their careers significantly. Hopefully, they will want to repay him in the best way possible, by marking his 17th anniversary at the club with a win away to Swansea City.
The majority shareholder of Arsenal Football Club is the American billionaire Stan Kroenke, who with his family owns lots of other sports teams in America. His nickname `Silent` Stan is well earned, because we rarely hear anything from him, even on his rare visits to see the Gunners play, but he has recently given an interview and revealed a lot more than usual.
Dear Gooners, yesterday Michael wrote an excellent article about how he came about to love the Arsenal. It is great to see that it is not just the club’s successful history and prestige still attracting fans during these trophyless years, but more so the impeccable and timeless ethic our club has displayed on and off the pitch since its establishment. Arsenal just have that something that other clubs do not have. Call it swagger if you will, the way which Arsenal have conducted itself on many different fronts is something we can all be proud of.
Wenger the enabler by dboy
I have to admit that the signing of Ozil has got me excited, but having said that, I am not completely happy with the way Arsenal transfers were handled. I can’t help thinking that the signing of one big name player was the plan of Wenger and the board all along. This signing was nothing but a PR stunt on behalf of Arsene and the board to fool fans once again.
An outline of the board’s view of how to run Arsenal F.C by MJ
I have noticed people still feel that Wenger is the one to blame for Arsenal’s complete and utter failure in the transfer market. I must clarify straight away I am not what can be labelled an ‘AKB’ in fact far from it. For the last 2-3 years I have felt that Wenger has lost touch with the modern game of football. However, I do feel many of you are overlooking the ‘business model’ that has been put in place at Arsenal. Clubs are run solely by a few men in suits sat round a rather large table, in which they discuss how they wish the club to be run. They discuss all the possible routes the club can take, how to make the money and how to spend it.
The facts Arsenal fans need by Big Gun
Dear Gooners, If we are to unite as one voice to try and resolve these issues at Arsenal, we need to look at exactly what the problem is. I wrote an article not too long ago and I mentioned it, but most fans are still seeing red and will blame everything under the sun as to why Arsenal is in such a predicament.
Revolution under way at Arsenal, be a part of it. By Captain Jack
To all fellow GOONERS who have been taken for a ride for the past 8 years and looks like its going to happen for the 9th year running, unless we start doing something about it. Let me explain…
What is the problem? by Big Gun
Dear Arsenal fans, What a testing time it is at the moment to be a gooner. I have just finished watching a few of the fans reactions after the game, and well I think it is safe to say that the majority of us are waking up to the fact that the board and even Arsene Wenger do not necessarily have ours and the players best interests at heart. Yes, many of us saw this coming over two seasons ago, especially after all our best players had been sold and replaced with inferior quality. Alarm bells should have rung then already, but due to what Arsene had achieved prior to that, it was a difficult thought for most to process and act upon. Who would have thought that a manager capable of building a team such as the Invincibles, would decline to such a state where fans were calling for his head? I think the answer can be summed up in one name. David Dein.
Everyone Please Calm Down! by Chunners
I know we’re all hurting after the Arsenal v Villa horror show, but this is the time our team needs us most. I sincerely request everyone to have faith, at least till the 1st of September. We will buy world class players. For what’s remaining of this transfer window, let us for one last time stand by our manager. Let him do what he feels best, without fear, and then, come the morning of September 2nd, if we still feel hard done, then we revolt!
The End of the Line for both Arsenal fans and the glory days of the club? by Ozzy AFC
It’s been a while since I published anything on this site, though I read the entries put on here on a daily basis and I feel it’s time to put things into their proper perspective. I love and support my club and have done so for over 35 years and its time, I think, to shine a spotlight on the current situation and to try and stir all loyal gooners into doing something about this dire state of affairs.