By Walter Broeckx
That’s it the season is over and finished. City has spent most money, was top before the transfer window slammed shut so no point to add anything to this: City is champion of the season 2015-2016.
That is at least the impression you get when you see some people (lucky only a few passing by) on Untold but more so on other blogs.
So to win the league next year the task for Arsenal is rather simple. Buy, buy, buy and buy some more. We don’t have to see at who we buy. No just go out and buy the whole team of Berchem Sport from the 3rd tier in Belgian football (my local team yes) hand them over £200M over whatever is needed to spend most and we will win the league 2016-2017. I cannot guarantee it will be unbeaten.
Or having to turn the league table upside down, because it might be a season with 38 defeats and zero points. My local team would love it and it would surely take them to the first division in the next two seasons. But as you understand for Arsenal spending your money on whoever for whatever is not the wisest thing to do.
Sometimes I really wonder why teams even come out on the field any more. Because if you can believe some matches are won at the negotiation table during the transfer window, there’s no point. I even start to wonder if we couldn’t just call it a day for the referees and the PGMO also. Because if the only criteria is having spent more money than your opponent to win a match then we surely could do without referees.
Now I must admit that I have always been a firm supporter of bringing up your own players. My local team once was famous and produced many fine Belgian football players that went on to have great careers at other clubs. It was what I got used to when being a kid and I thought it was a great way. A lot of our own players were local even when we played in the top division in those days.
Our club captain refused even to become a professional because he was a plumber and worked in his fathers’ plumbing company. Seeing him almost every day as he lived just a few hundred meters away from me gave us a big link. Seeing him getting his newspaper on Monday morning when we were waiting for the but to go to school and then have a quick talk about the latest result… Those were the days.
We knew the pubs where some of our players used to have a drink. Or drank more than was good for them and ruined their careers. We knew when one of our centre back had been out to late the day before a match by just looking at his face after 5 minutes in the match. They were our local heroes; our boys.
So I do get more excited about a youth player making the step to the first team than about a new signing from another team. Now I know there sometimes is a debate where some say that when you buy them at the age of 16 they are not our youth players. Well I disagree. For me every player that has played in our youth teams is ‘one of ours.’
Of course I was and still am very happy with Özil and Alexis, Monreal, Kos and Per. And I welcome them with open arms when they come. But seeing Hector Bellerin living up to my hopes and expectations is as good as it can be.
So if we sign a big player I feel happy and excited. But if there is no big player coming over I am not really bothered. I then look at who is lurking around the team from the young players. Who could step up. Who could push forward this season. That is something I like to read much more than reading invented transfer bullshit stories.
But for some the league season played on the field is not really important. The only thing they find important is the transfer window and transfer activity of the club. One could wonder why they even bother to look at the matches.
I don’t really care about the transfer window and for me it would be great if they reduced this whole saga in to one week where you can buy or sell and that’s it. And after that we go back to what is really important for me: the game on the pitch.
For me the transfer window is a nuisance during the season. One that we should get rid of as soon as possible. Once the season starts we should just be concentrating on the only important : the match on the field.
If the transfer window is the only place where the title is decided then they just might stop playing football at all. But luckily it isn’t and so you get smaller clubs beating rich mega spenders on the field. And that is why football is usually so interesting. Because anyone can have a bad day and anyone can have a great day.
Forget about the transfer window, the real thing is what is played on the green grass. And now the transfer window is shut, we should all forget about it and think of what the team is capable of. And that is a lot in fact.
A question: which Premier League team won the most matches in the year 2015. Looking over the two seasons it is 2 teams now. You might add the top 3 name if you could name them. One big shock surprise in it! The answer can be found here https://twitter.com/OptaJoe/status/639040882612785152
- 3 September 1932. Arsenal 6 Sunderland 1 (Hulme 3, Coleman, Jack, Bastin) as Arsenal started an amazing 18 match run in which they won 15, drew 2 and suffered just one defeat scoring 66 goals in the process (3.66 a game)
The Untold Books
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal