Why do so many people want the Arsenal model to fail?
By Ian Jenkinson.
During the pre-season and now as the season has kicked off, millions of words have been written in the media, on the social networks and on the blogosphere about Arsenal and their transfer dealings or lack thereof. It has been a topic that has enraged so many fans, with venomous arguments taking place all over the internet. It is my feeling that this has always been the plan for a lot of people out in the football industry.
And it really got me thinking, why is Arsenal’s stance on transfer dealings, and how they generally run the club so rigorously slammed from all corners of the journalistic world? Almost every sports journalist out there loves having a go at us. They write article after article about how “miserly” the club and in particular Wenger is. Why?
They highlight the growing disdain of the Arsenal fans and tell us that Arsenal must now go out and spend big as this will be the only way to appease the fans. It’s not surprising that we find disgruntled fans when they are being constantly fed the same story from the media.
Some people aren’t allowed make up their own minds. And most of the time when they report on ANOTHER player that Arsenal have missed out on by being cheap or too slow in their negotiations they don’t even have the facts. Sometimes we weren’t even looking at that player in the first place.
They are just trying to apply pressure on the club. But you can almost hear the message “Boy, you Arsenal fans must be really annoyed, we think you should get on your managers back because if I were you I’d be pissed off right now”. This is the media trying to destabilise the fans and club.
I think there is a very clear, ugly motive to all of this. And i think it runs far deeper than the journalists.
I have my own personal thoughts on why Arsenal Football Club is so derided in the media for doing what is essentially the right thing. Football is big business at the moment. And it is probably at its peak now with billions being spent every year on TV deals, transfers, wages, merchandise, match day tickets etc. Absolutely massive money is moving around the industry and anybody who has a finger in the pie is doing quite well out of it. Owners, players, coaches, backroom staff, agents, referees and all the relevant bodies – FIFA, UEFA, PGMOL, The FA etc. are all worth a pretty penny at the moment from football.
And then you can take it down to the next level of people who don’t make as much money as the people mentioned above but earn a lot more than they should be earning due to the inflated current market. I speak about the journalists, the pundits, the TV presenters etc.
And it keeps going down, just like champagne glasses stacked in a pyramid. Pour the champagne into the top glass and soon even the bottom glasses will be full and ready to be enjoyed. And if you were a part of that pyramid you wouldn’t want anything to happen to the champagne would you? You wouldn’t want anything to rock the boat. Let it flow you would shout and don’t let anybody stop it.
I think Arsenal and clubs run like Arsenal are feared within the football industry. We, and other clubs run like us are the ones in danger of rocking the football industry boat. Let me explain.
All the people making big money in the football industry want this gravy train to keep on rolling, it is in their best interests to keep everything as high as possible. The more inflated the better because they stand to make so much money themselves. That’s why the journalists and pundits purr over the big money signings and write so sensationally about the big transfer fees. They love it when a player is sold for £50-60 million as it shows that the industry is still flush (without a thought to the fact that the fee and the players wages over the length of his contract could feed a small third world country for a year).
It is the same when there is a boom in a country in a certain industry. As for example, some countries which in the past 10 years have had a huge construction boom. When this happened everybody in the industry thought “great let’s make as much money as possible and f*ck anybody who tries to get in the way”. There was little thought put towards the long term well-being of the economy. Everybody’s wages went up to an inflated height. Concrete companies formed cartel’s, anybody who came in trying to lower prices were blown away, maybe even threatened. Governments became involved, brown envelopes were passed around. It became a horrible greedy sector. Everybody wanted a mansion, even if they could not afford one. And then one day, it fell off the edge of a cliff and left a lot of innocent people in an impossible position.
Does this seem familiar? You can apply the above to football now, the Monaco’s, Chelsea’s, Man City’s, PSG’s all trading amongst themselves, keeping everything high, the “governments” of UEFA, FIFA getting involved and the likes of Portsmouth and Leeds left up the creek.
How deep does the ugliness stretch? It is hard to tell but it could explain why we get so much anti-Arsenal bias by referees and also anti Arsenal bias from the TV stations and their pundits and commentators. I have stopped listening to all pundits, I never watch pre-match build up, I turn off at half time and I tune out at the final whistle, I generally record MOTD and fast forward the punditry such is the drivel that they come out with towards Arsenal. Are these people applying their own pressure?
Some of the refereeing displays involving Arsenal are disgusting, this being highlighted by Anthony Taylor’s display on Saturday. There is no excusing his decisions. He punished Arsenal players with free kicks and yellow cards and didn’t do the same to the Aston Villa players when they committed similar if not worse fouls. We didn’t play well but Anthony Taylor cost us the game. And there have been many examples of it before. Are the referees’ in on it too?
You see there are lots of people who would absolutely hate for a club like Arsenal to be successful, a club that could come in and show the football world that you do not have to spend the money that is being spent to accomplish what you want. It would nearly immediately crash the market, the champagne flow would slow down and the greedy glasses wouldn’t be full. That would cost a lot of people a lot of money.
It would be proven that splashing the cash isn’t the answer. And then the ripple effect would be felt all across the football world. That just would not do for these people. They would not let it happen, and i think these people have been a contributing factor in Arsenal’s barren spell. The combination of bias refereeing, bias reporting in the media (to the point that it has gotten fans to turn on their own club) and the unwillingness of any of the footballing bodies to do anything about the refereeing or up until now about the outrageous money being spent (we’ll see how FFP regulations are policed) I think has seriously hampered Arsenal on the field.
The whole thing stinks.
Over the past 15 years you look at the decisions that Man Utd have been given. But it suits the media, the journalists and referees to let Man Utd, the money spinning darlings of the Premier League be the benefit of such bias. It is all money, money, money.
In a time where people are claiming Arsenal have lost the plot it is possible that Arsenal are one of the only few who still know what the plot is. The market isn’t real and everybody knows it but many people are very happy to make hay while the sun shines no matter what the long term cost to football is. A crash is coming and it will hit a lot of people very hard.
Arsenal this summer have had accusations of being derisory and lacking class. Why? Arsenal have bid €40 million for a player. That is a fantastic offer for a footballer. Just because Cavani, Bale and Falcao are being bought by the sugar daddy owners at super ridiculous prices doesn’t mean that other players values go up. Arsene Wenger puts a realistic value on a player and places an offer. I truly believe that it is the market that is mad, not Wenger.
Further to that, Wenger not only puts realistic values on players he wants to buy, he does the same for players he sells. You don’t see Wenger coming out with statements like Rogers and Pardew have recently when an Arsenal player is being touted. Fabregas, Van Persie, Song, Clichy and Nasri all went for realistic amounts. I mean, is Gareth Bale 5 times the player Robin Van Persie is? The market seems to think so. The market isn’t realistic, but the longer the market is like this the better for all involved so it’s no wonder an upstart like Arsenal is being treated as they are by the media and the referee’s etc.
Some people may think I am mad but there is a lot of truth in what I write.
I know Arsene Wenger is on a lot of money and is doing well from this industry but he is almost single handed trying to pull football back into realism. I am top of the queue of people who thinks that we should spend money this summer and buy players, but not at that kind of money, it is absurd.
Football isn’t what it used to be, money has made sure of that and it has changed the face of many football teams to the point that some fans don’t recognise their own club but i’d like to think that Arsenal, my Arsenal will still be run the same, like it has until now, when the shit hits the fan. And it is on the way.
We the fans have been left to foot the bill of this bloated industry we see before us. TV subscriptions, high ticket prices, outrageous merchandise prices all of which are forced upon clubs who need to pay these outrageous fees and wages to players playing the same game that was played 20 years ago by players who earned a fraction of today’s bunch.
Don’t let the media drag you into their world. They will be fished out just like the referee’s, the pundits and all the others trying to stop Arsenal and their like from doing things the right way.
I look forward to the day when football gets back to normal.
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