by Tony Attwood
We all know there are lots of anti-Wengerians on the internet, telling us daily what a useless manager he is.
There are also a number of people (some of whom are kind enough to read this blog) who argue that this is not the case.
But just for a moment let us think – who might it be that took the club to the position where we lost 8-2 to Manchester United and 2-0 to Liverpool? Was it Wenger, on the grounds that he is the manager, or was it someone else who has control over the situation?
We know that players we might want to buy have clubs already who want to hold on to their best players, and maximise the fees if they sell. For all the angst we feel with a defeat or with the loss of Nasri and Cesc we must not forget that each club that sells can go through the same, if they are losing a top player.
But even then there are issues – does the player want to move to London, does he like the manager, is there a player here that he hates, does his wife or lover or harem want to move? Does his agent want too much? So it goes.
Yet there is more: because behind all this is the Board. Now I know nothing of the Board activities at most other clubs, but we can speculate about the Board at Arsenal, because Mr Wenger has a few times let slip little comments that could be taken to mean that he has wanted players but the Board has said no because of cost or salary.
That would suggest that Mr Kronke, or his deputies, have started to run the club their way – which of course they are entitled to do since they are the owners. But shareholders appoint a Chief Exec – in our case Mr Gazidis. He treats fans with respect, meeting with them through Arsenal Independent Supporters Association. But is he acting on a shareholders’ agenda?
Or is there something else?
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