Is the second great exodus of the Arsenal players set to begin? by ED
I don’t know about you all folks but I am dreading the summer transfer window this year, not because of the usual lack of activity from Arsenal in terms of incoming signings but that there is a genuine possibility that we could be set to lose many Arsenal players including two of our biggest stars in Alexis and Mesut Ozil, who would inevitably kick start the exodus and turn as back to a feeder club.
The days following Sunday 15th Of May (Last day of the season) will be crucial in terms of the defining the direction that the club will head in. It’s no secret that our top players are going to be on the radar of Premier League and other European clubs, the only question being are we going to be able to hold on to them? Well that will depend on what we will have to offer them next season; If the best we can do is a ‘mickey mouse competition’…. Yes it’s the oldest competition in the world, but for players of Mesut and Alexis’s calibre it’s an insult…. then no.
When RVP left the club to head to ‘Old Trafford’, I have to admit like many people here I was angry at the at time, I felt betrayed I even went to the extent of calling him the third ‘incarnation of Judas’ second of course is Ashley Cole and a plethora of other insults that insinuated he was a money grabbing wh*re and I am sure a lot of you felt exactly the same. Thing is folks (and this will piss you all off but it’s the truth so, sorry not sorry as they say) it had absolutely nothing to do with money more to do with ‘I’m not winning much with Arsenal I think it’s time to move’, and before you criticise me and start calling me nuts, ask yourselves the question was there any point; in the final 2 seasons of RVP career at the Emirates was there ever a realistic possibility of silverware…. I’m not talking FA cup, a competition that could be won by a side who had just been relegated, I’m talking about the kind of competition like the Champions League or Premier League that solidifies your stature amongst the most elite in the game, you know the ‘world class players’.
Yeah that left a rather sour taste in my mouth too, but the reality of the situation was that most of the players who left the club in the past did so because the constant failure to obtain any sort of silverware… As I have said many times before and will say again, Wenger is the ‘root of all of Arsenals problems’… yes silent Stan and the board are also contributory… but the fact that they have allowed him in excess of 16 million to spend on teenage boys debunks any myth that suggest his hands are tied… You give me 16 million and I’ll bring back a world class player and come back with change. The constant let down of being unable to sustain a title challenge will have these players questioning whether or not they want to do this all over again, much like we are questioning whether we want the same package all over again…
I think the best description for how significant the decision we take after May can only be described by the iconic ‘red and blue pill’ scene from the matrix and I am your Morpheus attempting to open your eyes to the bull·$%3#. We can either take the blue pill, essentially hit reset, wake up believing Arsenal are on the cusp of success repeating the same season of false hope all over again; you know premier league contenders in September, out of the running by march. Or we could take the red pill, begin a new adventure and see how far just how far or where we go. I don’t know about you but the prospect of new challenge is tantalising for me, I refuse to buy into the bull and as long as we keep him on its never going to change.
In all seriousness should Wenger stay… I don’t think Mesut and Sanchez will be signing up to another season of disappointment, I’d be pissed if they were to move to any of our premier league rivals, but wouldn’t blame them either….