FFP IS FREAKING ME OUT MAN!
Ok, I’m panicking. I’m freaked.
And I need the optimism and positivism of Untold NOW!!
FFP is out of here and even Arsene Wenger has seemingly given up on it. Jesus, what the f…?
I thought FFP was going, you know, ok. Not fully fledged (yet), not perfect (for sure) , not unchallenged (there was bound to be a fight) but, nonetheless, making some difference at least.
The bottomless-pocket spending of Chelsea and Man City seemed to have been curtailed (a bit) and they seemed to be having to sell players in order to invest in new ones.
And Arsenal, with its new sponsorship deals, was spending now and, to a much better extent, competing in the transfer market once again. Having been dubious of Arsenal’s strategy over recent years, I was beginning to believe we might just be able to nudge our way back after all.
There’s a way to go still I know but Ozil, Alexis, a trophy, another cup final coming up and a deeper squad overall was giving me some grounds for optimism. And if Arsenal, this summer, could continue to invest in line with its new found income, we might buy another player or two from the top drawer to complete the job. And, although Chelsea and City might also invest, the FFP would prevent them from blowing us out of the water completely.
But our FFP safety net has been taken away. And the rich can throw their coins in the air, guzzle on their grapes, caviare and wine… and indulge, indulge, indulge …without restraint.
As I recall it, according to Mr Gazidis, our plan, should FFP ultimately fail, would be to stick with our commercially responsible, self-sustaining business model and do our best in the circumstances. Mr Kreonke isn’t going to join the orgy. At least not using his own money.
Doesn’t that mean effectively that we will be massively outspent, miss out on the best players and watch while those clubs with richer and more inclined owners sweep all before us and pot all the pots?
Whatever disagreements I may have had with you Untolders in the past about Mr Wenger, I am looking for some of your renowned upside.
I know for you guys being a fan is about supporting the club as it goes about doing its business the right way. And winning isn’t everything. But winning is something, right?
It’s going to be ok isn’t it? Guys?
- Over half of the 92 league clubs have gone into administration this century. What next?
- Does spending on transfers automatically bring success? Arsenal compared to the rest.
- Manchester City v Arsenal: the team and the FA Cup
- Has Arsenal now caught up with Manchester City?
- Manchester City v Arsenal: the referee and the FA Cup