Arsenal: Deluded in Wealth

Couple of weeks ago – can’t exactly remember with whom – we were talking about who would make a suitable replacement for Arsène Wenger in the event ‘it’ happens and names such as Martin O’Neil (for his commendable management of clubs running on tight budgets), Guus Hiddink (for obvious reasons) and Frank Rijkaard (as I felt his philosophy fits well to Arsenal’s) came up.

Yes Wenger’s shot the club’s stature to rocket heights since he arrived (the club is worth some $1.2b at the moment and has reached the lucrative Champions League group stage 14 successive years) but for whatever reason(s), this same man and club has settled for a policy that sees a teenager with no experience whatsoever at the top level (club and country) arrive for £15m when the likes of Steven Defour and Arturo Vidal cost their new clubs around the same amount.

So who’s deceiving who when same Arsenal that deems it most appropriate to spend a sum on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finds it difficult to do so in the very much needed instances of Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba and so on? I’ll just put it this way about Wenger… at another club, he would be out of a job and Jose Mourinho will gladly emphasise this point anytime, anywhere.

Take a Ibrahim Afellay for instance, what’s stopping Arsenal from getting he who cost Barcelona a mere €3m just over a year ago? He has had limited playing time ever since and really has no concrete future at the Nou Camp where that alien Lionel Messi is untouchable, Pedro stays consistent, Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sanchez have just arrived and a talented indigenous midfielder Thiago Alcantara is just itching for a starting spot? All that without mentioning Xavi, Andres Iniesta and probably Seydou Keita.

Alas, Arsenal can actually get the necessary, albeit more expensive yet much needed experienced players to solve this whole mess without fuss what with about £90m available in the transfer kitty (excluding whatever could be added from the prize money of reaching the Champions League group stage). So why players such as Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Cahill, Samba, Ricardo Montolivo (all linked to the club now and then) and others of such calibre are not Arsenal players yet miffs me.

If the club insists on being self righteous in an arena that has (sadly so I admit) long dropped the notion of basing the transfer value of a player on his experience, achievements and reputation (Andy Caroll’s a good player but he’s worth more than way too many strikers much better than him including teammate Luis Suarez), then nothing less than the six years going on seven without a trophy should be expected.

As for the dissipation we got at Old Trafford, worst I’ve ever felt being a Gooner since the 6-1 loss against same club in 2001 and I cannot feel sorry enough for Gooners who paid to watch the match live. To their credit, they sang on rather than boo the players at the end.

Never could I also ever imagine I’d witness an Arsenal side field some six players that cannot boast having ten appearances with the first team making the squad for a Premier League match against Manchester United. Really? You would do that against your arch-rivals?? Just quantifies mediocre the state of the club.

Problems at the club are bare to see, solutions to them even more so and the sooner the better because I’m in no mood to go two decades without a league title or any other major title at that.

This article birth as a mere comment at http://t.co/yV01ZLp but guess I had quite a bit to say hence the above. Sincerely yours, since late ’97 till the Mayan Calendar comes to pass or whenever after, I stay a proud Gooner!h whom – we were talking about who would make a suitable replacement for Arsène Wenger in the event ‘it’ happens and names such as Martin O’Neil (for his commendable management of clubs running on tight budgets), Guus Hiddink (for obvious reasons) and Frank Rijkaard (as I felt his philosophy fits well to Arsenal’s) came up.

Yes Wenger’s shot the club’s stature to rocket heights since he arrived (the club is worth some $1.2b at the moment and has reached the lucrative Champions League group stage 14 successive years) but for whatever reason(s), this same man and club has settled for a policy that sees a teenager with no experience whatsoever at the top level (club and country) arrive for £15m when the likes of Steven Defour and Arturo Vidal cost their new clubs around the same amount.

So who’s deceiving who when same Arsenal that deems it most appropriate to spend a sum on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finds it difficult to do so in the very much needed instances of Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba and so on? I’ll just put it this way about Wenger… at another club, he would be out of a job and Jose Mourinho will gladly emphasise this point anytime, anywhere.

Take a Ibrahim Afellay for instance, what’s stopping Arsenal from getting he who cost Barcelona a mere €3m just over a year ago? He has had limited playing time ever since and really has no concrete future at the Nou Camp where that alien Lionel Messi is untouchable, Pedro stays consistent, Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sanchez have just arrived and a talented indigenous midfielder Thiago Alcantara is just itching for a starting spot? All that without mentioning Xavi, Andres Iniesta and probably Seydou Keita.

Alas, Arsenal can actually get the necessary, albeit more expensive yet much needed experienced players to solve this whole mess without fuss what with about £90m available in the transfer kitty (excluding whatever could be added from the prize money of reaching the Champions League group stage). So why players such as Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Cahill, Samba, Ricardo Montolivo (all linked to the club now and then) and others of such calibre are not Arsenal players yet miffs me.

If the club insists on being self righteous in an arena that has (sadly so I admit) long dropped the notion of basing the transfer value of a player on his experience, achievements and reputation (Andy Caroll’s a good player but he’s worth more than way too many strikers much better than him including teammate Luis Suarez), then nothing less than the six years going on seven without a trophy should be expected.

As for the dissipation we got at Old Trafford, worst I’ve ever felt being a Gooner since the 6-1 loss against same club in 2001 and I cannot feel sorry enough for Gooners who paid to watch the match live. To their credit, they sang on rather than boo the players at the end.

Never could I also ever imagine I’d witness an Arsenal side field some six players that cannot boast having ten appearances with the first team making the squad for a Premier League match against Manchester United. Really? You would do that against your arch-rivals?? Just quantifies mediocre the state of the club.

Problems at the club are bare to see, solutions to them even more so and the sooner the better because I’m in no mood to go two decades without a league title or any other major title at that.

This article birth as a mere comment at http://t.co/yV01ZLp but guess I had quite a bit to say hence the above. Sincerely yours, since late ’97 till the Mayan Calendar comes to pass or whenever after, I stay a proud Gooner!

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