A rant at Wenger and the Arsenal board! by OzzyAFC
So, Arteta and Debuchy are out for what could be the rest of the season? In a statement I read today Arsene Wenger has said that the management team are working very hard to bring in one or two players and there is a massive amount of discussion about Kristian Beilik and his potential and suitability for Arsenal moving forward.
The thing that really has troubled me ever since the end of the last transfer window and has made me become an anti-Wenger proponent is this: At the end of last season every man and his dog could see that the team needed new signings in a number of key areas, from the most intelligent fan to most casual followers, all the discussion was around strengthening in defence and also in the front line. At the back of everyone’s mind was the fact that Arteta was growing older and more injury prone and, while he has performed admirably in the past, he has never really been a natural DM and has at times struggled in the role given to him by Wenger.
At the same point Sir Chips Keswick stated in an article in the standard that Arsenals financial restrictions were at an end and that (should they wish to) Arsenal could purchase almost any player they wished, excluding Ronaldo or Messi – AND THAT THEY HAD IN THE REGION OF £100,000 000 in the transfer kitty.
Over the summer we saw Jenkinson go out on loan and Thomas Vermaelen sold for 17 million and Sagna go to Man City on a free. In came Debuchy (good purchase but hardly played), Sanchez (brilliant buy) and Calum Chambers (very promising) and then………on the final day of the window we brought in Danny Welbeck (Jury still out).
Last season held much promise for us until we hit Christmas and got thumped by Chelsea and Liverpool respectively and, while we made the fourth spot in the end and won the FA cup. I, like probably most other Gooners, thought well we can only get better, and while I was erring towards being an “Arsene Out” follower I thought “lets see what happens and give him another go”.
This season has really been quiet atrocious for a team that was supposed to be improving and moving forward. We have gone back four years, and then today rolls round and Wenger says that its our injuries that have forced him into the transfer window!
TWO WEEKS IN AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON??????????? Did this man learn nothing from previous years??? Everybody in the world has known since Jesus was a boy that we need a strong competent and commanding defensive midfielder, a Centre-back to bolster the existing defence, and an out and out goalscorer.
While we have been very unlucky with injuries the question remains as to what the hell is going on in Wenger’s mind? Does he really believe that at some point his strange master plan will fall into place? That he will win the league and be celebrated to the heavens, and have the opportunity to say “I told you so”? Or does he think that the constant “We are building a team for the future” line is going to keep fooling the people who pay his wages (Us the fans)? I find it inconceivable that he has not really wanted to get involved in the transfer window until the injuries have forced him to.
Now I know we have Chambers and we have Bellerin, who is coming on well and Coquelin who is doing a job. They are not really the world beaters we need to make this season a stand out one and really move the club back into the elite group we once belonged to. They are all promising and may one day be so, but to rely on them now because we have little option is unfair on both then and us.
My rhetorical question is; when is this rubbish going to end? When will the management and board wake up to this inadequate style of management and realise that the team needs to win things to be a financial success – by really pushing the brand worldwide again and making Arsenal the team that is on everyone’s lips from Azerbaijan to Zebrugge and making the fans happy and proud. When will they realise that to do all of this we need to buy key players in key areas and not quibble over the price? That we need to come into line with the way the world of football is, regardless of if this goes against the “Arsenal Way”.
And when are they going to realise that the foundations of the club is the fans and that we are getting impatient and that we are not stupid and that we are expecting change for the better. Chips was either lying or Wenger’s transfer nous is well and truly warped and whichever it is its NOT acceptable on either count.