By Walter Broeckx
Get out the champagne, fill the pints, get out the soft drinks for those like me who don’t drink alcohol. Some 14 days after winning the FA cup it has been made official by Arsenal: Arsène Wenger has signed a new contract.
We will have our longest serving and most successful manager at Arsenal for another 3 years. As you can imagine this is news that most of the faithful Untolders have been hoping for the read.
In a way it is amazing thing to see that the news was published only now. Because when we look at the interview on arsenal.com we see that the interview about his contract was taken on the day of the parade. So it was all settled on that day and yet Arsenal kept it a (public) secret for another 14 days.
What this shows is that Arsenal do it their way and will only come out with some news the day they see it fit to come out with it. Frustrating as this might be conceived by a lot of people and I could understand the frustration at times, it shows that the club has their own way of doing things.
And if they even deem to issues like that when it comes to something rather easy like the contract of our manager, it shows how secretive they will be about transfer deals. Or try to be.
What is very interesting about the interview we can hear with Wenger is something that surely must fill even the AAA with a little bit of hope. Unless their hate is so big that they cannot stand the man at all. In that case I suggest they would put their fan-ship away for the next 3 years and forget about Arsenal in that period. But don’t come complaining when you missed the fun.
So what did Wenger say in his interview:
on building another great Arsenal team…
It’s time for another one [to emerge]. It’s the start of a new team and I believe [the FA Cup] victory was crucial in that belief. We have shown signs the whole season that we can be a great side and now it’s [important] of course to have another successful season. We know we have to… have a successful June and July, that’s where you strengthen the team. It’s very important that we are good now in the next two months until the end of August, that we can give to the team some more quality and go into next season with the belief we got from [the FA Cup] win.
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on the fans expecting a big summer…
Yes, they should expect that. What I can promise is that we work very hard on a market that is very, very congested with many people who have a lot of money. But we have a big advantage, players want to join us and if we find the right quality I’m sure we can strengthen the team.
So reading the Wengerian speak which is hard to understand for the AAA most of the time because they don’t try to read between the lines so I will try to translate it for them.
It is clear that Wenger wants to add. And if he adds it will be quality. Not quantity. I think it has been a while since Wenger was so clear about that before a transfer period. Not just something the media ‘said he said’. No he said it in public directing himself to the Gooners worldwide.
It is clear that the club is trying to bring in some extra quality for the next season. But of course we will have to fight off the moaners. But as Wenger has said: it is important that the players want to come to us despite the oilers. For me it looks as if the targets have been identified. And that we have spoken to the targets and that they seem to be very willing to join Arsenal. Despite maybe earning more money or having the chance to earn more money at other clubs.
And looking at the quality we already have I think that adding one or two or just imagine even three top quality players to the squad we will be truly ready to challenge for anything next season.
So for me this is a double nice message. First of all of course the fact that Wenger will guide us in the next 3 years and will be able to benefit from what he has been building on all these years. But also the fact that he seems to have a very good idea on what the squad needs to make it even stronger.
A squad that came 7 points short of a league and cup double remember. Only 7 points. So bring it on is what I say. Let Lord Wenger do his job in and off the field, let the people who do the negotiations with the players we want to buy do their job in a good way so that as Wenger hopes by the start of August and certainly at the end of August we will be ready to have a squad that can do better than the last season.
Good days are ahead of us I feel. And let those who want to drawn in their misery just do that. For me the future looks brighter than it has ever been in the last 9 years.