The last 5 years have been Wenger’s best
March 27, 2011
You would need to be serious numbskulls to not believe Wenger has excelled himself by creating a squad based primarily on players who have been promoted through the Academy and brought into the club at a very young age.. at a fraction of the price we would have paid had we signed them a few years later.
Let’s get this bit straight… to build such a competitive squad in such a way, in light of the billions spent by Chavski, City, Spuds, Utd & Co in the same period, has been nothing short of genius.
Stick it and get off this site right now if you think Fergie, Mourinho or any other manager alive today could have mirrored this… you are beneath the required intellect level to proceed if you do not think this to be the case.
Yes, tyranny rules OK.
Joking aside, what does “competitive squad” mean? Well, I grant you this, we have not been a winning squad, but you cannot deny the fact we have been right up there in the league for most of the last 5 seasons… with every chance we end this season as Champions. Falling away in the latter stages of the Cups in these lean years has been gutting to the maximum…. but at least we got to the latter stages.
We have had no right at all to be top four, let alone competing for the title, with the money we have spent in comparison to the clubs around us in the table.
Since 2006 and the move to the Emirates, Wenger has made the club a £27,850,000 profit…. that’s right a PROFIT. In this same period of time City have net spent close to £400,000,000. They will do well to scrape into 4th this season…. challenge for the title? Do me a favour.
The Chavs and the Spuds are next up with both spending just shy of £100,000,000 net.
The list goes on…. by taking into consideration the current 20 clubs in the Premier League, only Newcastle sit below us in 20th position in the net transfer stakes… and this is only just by virtue of the thirty-five odd million they have recouped on Andy Carroll in recent weeks.
Just think about those figures closely, clubs like Spuds have busted a gut and a few lines of credit just to scrape into 4th, while we have effortlessly strolled in, and competed for the title a few times… whilst making a profit.
I can hear the doomsday plums screaming “SO WHAT… WE WANT TROPHIES NOT PROFITS”
My simple riposte to these mental lightweights?
That shiny new stadium you sometimes sit in was not donated to us… you know!
It had to be paid off, and it more or less has… and NOT at the expense of competitive football.
We are Arsenal and we should not just be competing… but winning.. I hear you now say…. and I 100% concur with this view… but one must always pay close attention to the reason why Wenger has had to build a squad in such a way, the finances involved with the global recession in play and a new stadium always get a very cursory glance… why?
Why when he spent plenty of loot at Highbury? He is not trying to prove any point, he has spent money in the past…. but it’s just not been available.
The relevance of this period will become all the more clearer in the years and decades to come.
Yes I get annoyed with certain transfer market dealings, or none dealings… and yes certain players in this squad are clearly not up to much cop… but overall I am a very happy bunny.
You see, I get the bigger picture… I understand where the club is headed… the problem for some of you “Wenger out” brigade is that it is very hard to get this bigger picture…. when you have such a small screen!!
Supporting a club like the Arsenal is for life.. not just for a few choice glory, trophy-laden years.