February 28, 2009
Quite simply, NON !!
In the aftermath of yet another disappointing home draw today, against Fulham, many a Gooner is asking for the head of Arsène Wenger. They have no perspective.
This team is certainly not good enough, that much is patently obvious.
The sooner you fair-weather fans understand we are moving through a period of transition, not as a team, as a football club, the sooner you will understand why things are maybe not as bright as they should be.
The whole point of the move to a bigger stadium was to secure the “long-term” future of the club, and for all you Nuevo Goon numb nuts out there, long-term does not constitute 5 years.
The reason United, Real Madrid and Barca can constantly, season after season, spend multi millions on tapping up the best talent on the planet, at the best prices, is down to the revenue they generate as a club. We needed to move to a bigger stadium in order to generate that kind of revenue to compete.
We succeeded, we now generate the highest matchday revenue on planet Earth, but the stadium was not donated to us!
The next step is to obviously meet all out debt repayments, and get into a position that will allow the manager a decent amount of money to spend on new players.
The current economic climate is not going to help expedite this as swiftly as EVERYBODY connected to the club, fans, players, manager, the board etc, would like. This is through no fault of anybody, certainly not the manager himself. It’s the world in 2009.
Due to the exemplary stewardship of the club’s finances by both manager and the board, we can weather the storm, but it will mean more patience. It may mean giving the youngsters more time to develop.
Assisting, as fans of the club we love, this development does certainly not mean booing them at every given opportunity. It means understanding our plight, understanding we will get to where we all want to be at now, but realising this will not happen overnight.
If we can keep players like Fabregras, Walcott, Eduardo, Van Persie, Gallas, Diaby, Arshavin, Rosicky, Nasri, and Clichy fit, and maybe add another more senior player to the ranks over the summer, we can compete.
What we cannot do, yet, is go out and splash £40M on Karim Benzema, which pains me greatly as he will become a legendary striker. When he ends up at Real Madrid or Barcelona ( this summer is likely ) he will begin to show he is the most lethal striker of his generation. I forsee him breaking all Champions League scoring records within a decade.
Anyway, off on a tangent there….. back to we cannot yet be a Man Utd or a Real, but we will be, oh we will be. Of that there is simply no doubt. I can hear all you Neuvo Goons shouting “but we wanna win now” or ” it’s been 4 years since we won something” and “we are going backwards” even “we need a new direction, Wenger is not up to it anymore”
I love the club, I want them to win something every year, but sometimes in life you have to make sacrifices in order to protect the long-term. In this instance, long-term means the next 50, 100 years of this great club. A club of superior standing, with great tradition and past history, a club striving to be the best in the world through organic growth.
If we wanted to be another Chelski, it would be pretty easy, is there any other club out there a multi-billionaire would rather buy into?
We sustain ourselves, we make a healthy profit every year, and yes we have debt, but it is being managed superbly well. Even in this backdrop.
We are unique, there is not another club who have undertaken such a massive transition programme anywhere in the world.
We are The Arsenal, and we will be a Super Club, show the respect and patience the “club” deserves.