What is oArsenal’s target? (4th & Profit or 1st & Glory) by MK
Targets, goals and objectives whatever you call them, we are all directed by them and they are meant to give us a guideline to successfully move through our day-to-day activities with a long term goal in mind.
You may wonder how this links to Arsenal but I have serious questions about the REAL target of our current decisions makers. You can put up a smokescreen to hide your real beliefs, but the proof is in the pudding.
· Are the board content with 4th place as long as they make a profit? I would say YES.
· Do we do everything in our power to be champions? I would say NO.
People will say it’s crazy to think Wenger doesn’t want to win the title, I’m not wholly saying that but just like the person who wants to lose weight but is eating fatty foods every day won’t lose their desired weight, Wenger can’t win the title with his penny pinching philosophy.
I understand not trying to compete financially with the crazy spenders as there isn’t much value to be found in this crazy market – but Wenger’s stubborn behaviour and reluctance to compete when top players are available at a reasonable price has left us short, when real players of quality have come available we haven’t acted decisively. Wenger is following too many strict guidelines in the transfer market which is preventing him from getting his nearly men to the next stage.
The only time I see the Wenger we need in the market is when the player in question is a prospect. He acts swiftly and aggressively when he targets a younger player. This is definitely helped by the fact that younger players are cheaper and Wenger feels it’s less of a risk. I don’t think this logic makes sense as I’ve seen us go into seasons with a sub-standard attack or lack of bodies because Wenger would rather take the risk on a Sanogo, Bendtner or Park Chu-Young instead of spending an extra £20/£30 million to reinforce the squad. I remember Debuchy and Monreal having to play Centre half because we refused to bring in a 4th option to cover. Wenger will say he couldn’t find value but in reality the extra 10m had no impact on our season when the reinforcement may have allowed us to pick up more points during a gruelling season.
Wenger would rather have £200 million sitting in the bank when our squad has holes in it. For the last 5 years we have been 2/3 players away from the title and lacking investment in key areas that have come back to haunt us.
How many times have we seen our team miss out on a top player because of a few million to only go around and pay Kroenke’s company £3m for ‘advisory’ duties, this for me highlights the real goal our board has, which is PROFIT over glory.
When will the board get the message?