Arsenal fans have been complaining for years that Arsene Wenger acts like he he owns the club, and the reason he is so tight on buying players that cost fortunes is because he believes that the money is coming out of his own pocket, and he is trying to save every last penny on a transfer deal and get the very best deal for the club. This is why everything takes so long under Le Prof.
Now he has publicly admitted that he is obsessive about spending Arsenal’s money in a new book – Game Changers: Inside English Football, written by former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley.
This is what he said: “I personally believe the only way to be a manager is to spend the club’s money as if it were your own, because if you don’t do that you’re susceptible to too many mistakes.
“You make big decisions and I believe you have to act like it’s your own money — like you’re the owner of the club and you can identify completely with the club, because if you don’t do that I think you cannot go far.”
This is very telling about Wenger’s philosophy, and also explains why Le Prof is so scared to take chances. It was okay when he was buying players for a few million at a time, but I can imagine today’s prices causing immense anxiety if you look at it through his eyes.
Can you just imagine, if YOU yourself had to make a decision on whether to spend 50 Million or 60 million or any other fantastic sum on one real player. Can you imagine writing a cheque like that and not being sure that you are doing the right thing?
The angst must be killing him…
But US, the fans, would think nothing of playing FIFA and swapping players left right and centre and knowing we will win in the end, but its not real money, it’s not a real football club, and the players are not real people, with families and relocation worries and slightly dodgy ankles etc, and maybe a parent that needs hospital treatment that is depressing them at the moment.
Think about the difference between their decisions and yours before slating Wenger or the players. They are real people and Wenger worries about them, their families and their form on the football pitch.
Maybe we should too, instead of just criticizing all the time…