By Walter Broeckx
As I had stayed clear almost the whole transfer window of the madness that surrounds these things I thought it would be nice to have a look at how fans reacted to it on the last day before the window slamed shut or whatever the expression is that people like to use.
So during starting up the sale of tickets for Dortmund away and the sale for Burnley at home for the Arsenal Belgium supporters club I also had an eye on all those experts out there who know much better than me (not that finding them is big a problem) but who also claim to know much better than Wenger.
And the people who talk as if they all are sitting in the negotiation room themselves. For if this were to have been the case I could imagine a kind of meeting room with in front on the stage two representatives from each club, the players agent in between and then a few hundred people who shout and scream at the people who are preparing to do the deal.
One of the funny things is that some people always criticise Wenger. This time he was heavily criticised because he went to Rome for a charity match. It is as if people still think that it is Wenger being the Arsenal representative up on that stage I imagined in my head. Let met get this straight for you guys: HE IS NOT THERE to do the negotiations. Not there at all. That is something that is done by other persons from the club. Wenger is involved as he is the one who sets out who they should try to buy. But then it is down to others to finish the job.
The only way Wenger acts with transfers is when he talks with the players. But that is about his position, the way he wants to use them on the field, what he has in mind for the future, those things. And as we have seen before it is very helpful when Wenger has a chat with his targets on football. It has been the key to many deals. But it doesn’t always work of course. Some players are not that much interested in the football part. No, they are much more interested in the money part. We cannot really blame them of course as it is their job but we also shouldn’t blame it then on Arsenal or on Wenger if such a money grabbing players choose to go to another club than Arsenal.
So from the early hours I could read all the abuse aimed at Wenger for him being in Rome. Some of those people really do seem to have a problem and I hope that they can find a place and a person that can talk with them and help them over the issues they seem to have. I really thought some wouldn’t make it to the end of the transfer window without getting a serious heart attack.
What also is something that caught my eye is the lack of cohesion in the “expert” world out there. Let us take Falcao who was also named as an Arsenal target by whoever invented the story. Now it seems that Arsenal were interested in the Falcao transfer but more to maybe do a good deal themselves in the process by buying Welbeck. I think any interest that Arsenal themselves had in Falcao would have ended very quickly when they heard his wage demands. And rightfully so. This would have been completely bullshit to pay so much money for a player on loan.
But the thing was that on twitter (that I gave the name ‘shitter’ yesterday) the opinion of the experts was divided. You had the AAA-types shouting each time: “buy him” followed by the very much necessary (for them) swearing and shouting and abusing of Wenger and of anyone how even dared to raise a mild question about us signing Falcao. Wenger again didn’t want to spend was the word. A famous shitter, sorry twitter ITK (In The Know – or in this case I Know Nothing) even came up with the phrase from last summer that Wenger was dithering again and that the board was going nuts over Wenger’s dithering.
People falling over each other (in a virtual world of course) in their desire to hurl abuse at Wenger and all with one goal in mind: be the king of abuse by the end of the day. I don’t know who won the trophy at the end as even I got fed up with all that garbage but it was very entertaining or depressing depending on how you want to look at it.
If social media like twitter is even close to the real world I really am not surprised that in so many places on this planet people kill each other for no good reason. There is no good reason ever to kill someone but the way people behave on places like twitter I am happy that this is only a virtual world. If they had the ability to shoot people on twitter they actually would. Well a few of them would I think.
Indeed some people really lost the plot on the internet yesterday. And I think it is strange because I have read that Arsenal have been the third highest spender this transfer window. So we splashed some cash but obviously for those in the moan (can I call them ITM – I will launch this on twitter very soon) on the wrong players. So it is not about being stingy it is about what is best for Arsenal without disrupting the team. Because we can all now start counting how long it will take before Wayne Rooney gets upset about the fact that the new kid in town will earn more than him. And then the disruption can start (or carry on as you wish) and it could cost the team points.
In a next article I will continue talking again about my impressions of the goonersphere on the internet on deadline day. But it sure was ugly, and that’s enough talking about them for the moment.