A small number of Arsenal supporters who dislike Arsene Wenger, Tottenham and KGB Fulham supporters happy to stir up any discontent inside the Emirates, UEFA dogsbodies who dislike the big clubs’ success, and national newspapers always looking for a story that needs no research, have combined to try and disrupt the current Arsenal regime.
Having retreated from their silly “Cesc to Real Mad” weekly headline the journalists have now found other approaches….
1: Top players are expressing discontent because Arsenal won’t win anything, and they (the players) are preparing a mass walk out
2: Arsenal is broke, and can’t afford to buy anyone
3: UEFA and the EPL are utterly embarrased that their structures and rules have been used to create super-clubs like Arsenal and Manchester IOU. It is the EPL that has created the income structures that reward the success of these clubs. It is UEFA that has created the financial structures of the Champions League that has also rewarded them.
Now they are trying to find ways to undo their own work. Bujt being the corrupt agencies they are, they will never admit to their mistakes, and so they try underhand methods.
The latest suggestion is to limit the number of players that the clubs can register for the league season – an approach that will make it harder for the clubs to bring through promisng young players (who might or might not make it) and instead stay with the established top players. It will result in more and more of the top players being gathered by the big clubs, and Arsenal’s wonderful experiment with bringing through young players will be stopped.
It will also result in fewer loan signings to EPL clubs since they won’t want to risk taking on a player who might only play a few games.
The newspaper stories concerning players not wanting to sign new contracts, and Arsenal only having £15m to spend can be treated with the contempt they deserve. One only has to remember the Mirror’s translation of the Danish interview that Bendtner gave, (or their childish “Arsenal will sign Crouch”) to know how these things are made up.
But these stories will be seized upon by the anti-Wenger lobby, which is clearly supported by those from other clubs who are endlessly angered by Arsenal’s success at achieving top four finishes and financial success.
What we can do here is at least recognise what will be published in the future, and repeat the trick of saying “that’s an old story – it appeared here weeks ago”.
So here we go…
Denilson wants to leave because he is homesick
Rosicky wants to leave because Arsenal refused to allow him to play again this season
Adebayor wants to go to Milan, because he scores more than Rooney even though he plays fewer games than Rooney, and Rooney is now playing full back so why can’t he?
Theo wants to leave despite just signing a contract because he wants/doesn’t want to play in the middle/on the wing
Arshavin wants to leave because everyone else is taller than him
Sagna wants to leave because he is made to run up the field a lot
Gallas wants to leave because he’s not captain any more
Cesc wants to leave because the responsiblity of being captain is just too much for him
Gibbs wants to leave because when Clichy is back he won’t play enough
Nasri wants to leave because he wants to play in the middle more often
Song wants to leave because he doesn’t like playing midfield/central defence (choose one of two)
Carlos Vela wants to leave because he doesn’t get enough starts
Bendtner wants to leave because he plays too many games. (Actually I suspect even the drunken pressmen will soon realise that in the second half of the season he’s really developed as a young forward, and that Wenger’s judgement that he simply needed games has been vindicated).
So it goes on.
There is no doubt that booing an Arsenal player on the pitch has the effect of undermining the team and the management. Same is true with leaving early. The reality is that on Saturday we played without half a team of players who if fit would have been there (Gallas, Almunia, Djourou, Rosicky, Eduardo, Clichy…) and we still could hold the league winners. This should mean everyone is happy – I just hope that the people who have been booing Arsenal will realise that Wenger will be at the club next season, and that they would be better off selling their season tickets to people who actually support the team.
(c) Tony Attwood 2009
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