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Arsenal Vs Aston Villa 1-3

There is a misconception amongst the Arsenal fans. That the club doesn’t spend money on transfers.

In the season 2012/13 Arsenal spent around STG48.7 million on 4 players (Cazorla, Giroud, Podoslki and Monreal) and in the season 2011/12 around STG50,5 million on  8 players (Arteta, Mertesacker, Santos, Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Park, Cambell).

“We are there to spend money,”…….. “People say: ‘Buy players, buy players, buy players … ‘ But who?”

Arsene Wenger

A fan holds a protest banner as Arsène Wenger watches Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Football

 

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RVP goes to MUFC

I am an Arsenal fan but as people close to me know i am not an Arsene Wenger fan.

Yet, the decision to sell RVP finds me in complete agreement. It seems that AW has learned his lesson after the Fabregas-Nasri fiasco last year when he stubbornly held on to the two players until the last few days of the tranfer season. Their inevitable departure and the panic, last minute buys left us in shambles and only RVPs sensational season kept us in the Champions League positions.

RVP is 29 years old and prone to injury. He has had one great season in all his Arsenal years. The rest were mere half seasons. He should never have been a striker for a team to rely on. I would have preferred that he was sold to a league outside the premiership, but that’s the Arsenal fan in me talking. In my opinion MUFC have paid way too much for him and we got the better end of the deal. It does not change our ambitions which unfortunately is simply to qualify for CL next season.

At least the whole deal shows that Wenger has finally learned from some of his mistakes.

However, what bothers me is this.

After we stuck with RVP all those years when he was injured i expected him to show more gratitude and loyalty to his club and manager. I know football now is a completely professional sport but these things still matter to people. I don’t think RVP left because of a higher salary. That was an extra. A bonus. He joined MUFC because of his desire to win trophies. He joined MUFC because he believes SAF is more capable of doing it than AW.

For all the Arsenal fans’ boasts that AW is building teams for the future and developing talent, it seems that he shows no loyalty to players (see our contract policy for 30yr olds and our treatment of Eduardo) and inspires none from his players. After Bergamp’s retirement I can no longer see a Del Piero, a Scholes, a Giggs, an Inzaghi finishing a career at Arsenal. Not with AW at the helm.

People criticise RVP for leaving and showing no loyalty to the club. That all he cares about is money. People should wake up and realise that Arsenal Football Club is the most capitalistically run club in the world at the moment. It’s all about profit and loss and balance sheets. By simply handing over captaincy to the next player will not change this reality.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Football

 

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The Arsenal – extra

I am considered to be one of the most pessimistic Arsenal fans around. Yet, even i never expected what happened last night. An abject performance by everyone involved. From Wenger to the last player.

Arsene Wenger has been responsible for the club’s greatest period and deserves loyalty from both the club and the fans. There is a no question about that. Unfortunately he has been leading the club in the wrong direction for years now. The results have been getting worse for some time now with an increasing frequency.

I used to think that Wenger knew what we needed to do in order to get the club back to winning ways but refused to compromise his philosophy regarding the type of football to be played at the club, its youth (which never produces any great players, we still just buy them) and transfer policies.

Now i think it’s because he does not know what he is doing anymore. His abilities have either abandoned him or he is just stuck in the ways which made him so successful 7 years ago while others have caught up and surpassed him in the meantime. It’s not that he does not want to change, it’s because he does not know what and how to change.

I used to get angry whenever i saw him protesting to the 4th official or listening to his excuses regarding bad pitches. Not anymore. I just feel sorry for him because even he can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and he just looks so exhausted. He looks like he has given up.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Football

 

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