Barcelona won nothing for 6 years!
April 7, 2010
Between 1999 and 2005, they won zip, sod all, not a sausage, not a tin pot in sight.
They had a wonderful youth set-up, the fabled La Masia, producing some potentially great young kids.
Real Madrid, during those lean years for the club from Catalonia, were well under way with the Galacticos project.
Florentino Perez, the President of Real at the time, planned on spending whatever it took to prise away the best players on the planet, with one new Galactico landing in Madrid every summer.
The master plan was to buy titles at any cost.
Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo the Original, and David Beckam were duly signed between 2000 and 2003.
The policy worked to some extent, they won a couple of league titles and even scraped a Champions League.
Barcelona, in contrast, and in the background, were planning for the longer term.
I’m sure during those years without any trophies many of their fans lost faith in the project… ring any bells?
The Arsenal world has seen to full effect the culmination in the Barca youth project in recent weeks.
Youngsters such as Xavi Hernandez, Andreas Iniesta, and Lionel Messi were coming through the ranks and beginning to make first team appearances, but some of the Barca faithful did not believe in them.
They wanted the Directors of the club to spend big money like Real were.
I think you all know where I am going with this one.
Chill out, stop reading the trash goon blogs that brainwash you into believing we need 2 goalies, 4 centre backs, 3 wingers and a budgie.
Patience is an extreme virtue when supporting The Arsenal, we knew that building the stadium would limit our spending for a few years, this is something that many now pretend was somehow hidden from them.
Yes the long-term ideology was that extra revenue from bigger gates would help finance big money transfers, but it’s not even been 4 years since we moved into our new home.
We are getting there though.
Huge reductions in the debt, constant Champions League participation, challenges for the League title, semi-finals galore… ok no silverware, yet, but we have not fallen by the wayside.
Just stop and think about what the club has achieved in such a small space of time.
We are now a genuine Super Club, with Super Club resources.
Wenger will never be a manager to go and spend 100M on 3 players in one summer… but I think the time is now here for him to go whack 25 large on one player if he knows he is right for the team.
Following the crushing 2nd leg defeat in Spain to Barcelona, Wenger made the following comments..
“We are at a stage where we develop the players. Today in midfield we had Walcott who is 21, Bendtner up front who is 22, Nasri, Diaby and Denilson are 23, 22.” he said.
“I think they have shown some great qualities and will be stronger every year. We have to add something that is for sure but we have some time to think about that.”
He may surprise many this coming summer.
Keep the faith.