Last month David Dein suggested that Wenger may have had enough of Arsenal and was ready to walk away.
Wenger quickly rebuffed Dein’s view by saying:
David is not right. I will one day prove to you my loyalty by showing what I have turned down to stay here. You will be surprised. You can question my decisions but not my loyalty to this club.
Ok, forget what he says about the loyalty, I am sure £6 Million a year would keep anyone loyal to any job, even if it meant you had to paint the white lines at S***e Hart Lane, I bet most Arsenal fans would for that amount of money.
What we all need to know is what really has been going on since David Dein left on 18 April 2007.
Peter Hill-Wood said this at the time of his departure:
Let’s be truthful, the rift with David Dein has been festering for some time, although nothing sufficiently as bad as this to make it impossible to continue. We had an idea he was in league with Kroenke and the board did not know what was going on. We put two and two together and came up with the right answer.
He also said this about Alisher Usmanov:
He’s certainly not an open book, business is murky in Uzbekistan, and that in itself is an argument against him being involved in Arsenal. I wouldn’t want him to be the owner of the club.
Hill-Wood was quite clear that he didn’t want a takeover and in any case, certainly not by either the American or the Uzbekistan man!
Who ‘owns’ us now? Both!! Well one a lot more than the other although you wouldn’t have known from the silence coming from Stan..!
So, Wenger no longer had Dein by his side, he no longer had a man who would go and buy the players he wanted. Under Dein we didn’t have all the long drawn out negotiations over transfers, we just went about our business quietly and quickly and before we knew it, we’d signed a player or two….
I’m not suggesting that Dein was a saint, nor am I suggesting that the answer to our current problems could be resolved if he came back – his days seem to have been done and dusted.
What Dein was and what he still is, is an Arsenal supporter, what he did was for the best of our club and with Wenger at the helm of the squad, we had the perfect partnership.
Dein sorted out signings like:
Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Overmars, Thierry Henry, Davor Suker, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Gilberto, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie. Ok, there were a few duffers to add to the above list but not every player turns out to be gold….
What have we had since his departure?
Firstly, we were left without a CEO, the man/woman who would go and sign players that Wenger wanted, so Wenger had to do that himself.
Wenger had lost his soul mate and was now left alone with a board who didn’t really seem to want to help out.
Then in November 2008, Ivan Gazidis was appointed as his replacement, a man renowned for his involvement in the MLS – and, having moved to Manchester when he was 4 years old, he was a Manchester City Fan.
Just what we needed, NOT!
I still recall that a guy at the top of Vodafone had also applied for the job, he had one thing going against him – and that was he was an Arsenal Fan from the day he was born, why oh why didn’t he get the job??
Well, I am sure the answer is, the board knew they were going to sell out to the American… Gazidis had no doubt had contact with Stan and a new relationship was on the verge of being born – a relationship that would see us where we are today!
The only problem being, neither of them are Arsenal men, neither of them are Football men – both however are business men and that is what Arsenal have become – a business.
They don’t seem to care about results, they don’t seem to care about much apart from ensuring we have now made our shirts and all other merchandise available across the world and that we secure Champions League football each season for the money it brings..….
Although let’s be honest our off field deals are hardly setting the world on fire either considering the amount of execs we have at the club but also success breeds success who wants to be a partner with a team that isn’t winning things or at least competitive. Sponsorships are also tight financially in this day and age Sponsors also want value for money and to be aligned with a team that’s up there with the best, hand on heart can we say we are ?.
Well, unless we win this season’s competition, we are looking unlikely to qualify for next seasons Campions League…. Ok, it is still early but there are too many other sides who are already making an impact on this league and this isn’t about our start to the season this is more a carry on from our dire form that started in feb/march.
At some stage they need to realise we are not a business, we are a football club – we are in the Premier League to compete, not to make up the numbers and this season it is looking highly likely that we won’t be in the top four come the end of this campaign not unless things take a severe turn….
Arsenal have been around for donkeys years, they will be around for many more donkeys years too.
We have not always been about Wenger, nor have we always been about the current board.
For us to move on and truly get back to being a successful club, we need changes across the board – the latter being the poignant word – we need a new board, fresh faces, fresh ideas but with one thing that will always remain old in their heart, head and mind…
That my friends is Arsenal Football Club, we need The Arsenal back in the boardroom and we need it back on the pitch…..
One day, when Wenger goes – I think he will spill the beans and maybe that will be the day we truly find out what has happened to our club since the day David Dein left us…
Maybe then, we can all move on……
Until then, may the man sitting down in the photo step up and make his move, it’s what OUR club needs… Stan has made no comments about “OUR” club we’ve not heard a peep out of him regarding his long-term plans for the club or his vision of where he wants us in world football, we seem to be a club lacking direction and leadership and most of all ambition and intent to actually be a top club…!.
We need change. Starting at the top, the very top, Is Stan the future ? is Wenger the future….? Questions we need to look at very carefully.
If Usmanov steps in and takes over he needs to sweep this current board out and bring in new faces new ideas and most of all needs to bring in proper Arsenal people, maybe then we’ll get our Arsenal back on track……