The mood has changed!
Fans have gone from being enthused by our climb back from the lower depths of the league to the high and mighty heights of the top four, to suffering doom and gloom after our cheap loss on against Fulham!
In reality though, isn’t that just what the Premier league is all about?
Even the teams with big backers are not having it all their own way are they, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United haven’t had it all their own way have they?
I am sure Mancini, Red Nose and AVB have all hit the roof over the last few weeks after suffering poor results and so they should, bearing in mind the millions and millions invested by their benefactors.
Questions have to be asked and the first one is why are we not winning?
Rich owners who invest multi millions are in football not to make pocket full’s of money, they had pocket full’s before they started and most football teams owe millions in any case.
What they are probably in it for is an interest, something different from their normal way of life – they are so rich the money doesn’t come into it when their winning. However, when their teams lose to a team considered to be below them, they start to think about the cost and what a mug they must look.
Young men who are supposed to be the best in football, losing to an inferior team, what next eh?
While building their fortunes straight out of the rich owners own pocket, any such loss must feel like a slap round the face, so questions will be asked.
There is no doubt about that and if it goes on for some time, managers will be sacked and players will be sold and that may cost a club vast amounts of money but for each billionaire, he would rather see that than look like a guy who is being taken for a ride.
Arsenal football club is also owned by wealthy men, the difference with us is that they only buy the shares, they only want to be owners for investment, they bought our club and put it in the hands of football people.
They let them carry out the running of the club, while they are abroad, or watching sport elsewhere. Their instructions are, run the club while I’m away but only use the money that we make from television and sponsorship and of course the gate receipts.
From that money, wages and transfers and the normal running expenses have to be covered, so it becomes obvious that the big named signings will not be joining us and that is why we sign the cheaper player.
Maybe because of the system our club work, or maybe just luck, we seem to still finish well up the league each season.
The whole club realise that the chances of winning the league, the FA cup, and the Champions League is probably beyond us but we still seem to make enough to keep our head above water.
Arsene Wenger earns a huge salary but he doesn’t cause any waves and he demands little for funds to buy top players. He waits to see what funds are available and buys accordingly.
He probably feels that if he doesn’t buy in one window, he can save that money for the next and hopefully when the money from the next season is available, he will do his buying. Obviously if he needs more than one player, he would have to buy the cheaper option but you know that all ready.
Where I get confused is if he buys a player, that player is bought for a certain reason, a striker because were short, or a defensive midfielder for example.
You would think they would come straight into the team and others left out but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
We signed Chamberlain and Ju Park in the last window and Miyaichi finally joined us too but none of these players have been played much, maybe a token game but that’s all, and I am wondering why that is?
Surely for a club like ours that works the way we do, we cannot afford to buy players and then not play them for six months. Theo Walcott has been dire for months, Arshavin for a season and a half and yet we still play them.
Chamakh had a run of games at the beginning of last season, a spell where he scored 12 goals but as soon as Van Persie was fit again, he was dropped like a stone and he has never returned that kind of form since. Chamakh came as a free signing so I see that as a clever bit of dealing while Van Persie was injured but since Ju Park was brought in and with Chamakh so off, why are we still playing him and not giving Park a chance?
Chamberlain is another strange case, he was introduced against United when we got well and truly hammered and although he gave a good account of himself, has hardly been played since.
Theo has playing terribly yet our other young Englishman has to sit out, even with a depleted squad against Fulham he was not even on the bench, so what’s all that about?
Arshavin, as already said has been woeful not just bad but horrendously bad, while Ryo Miyaichi has not been seen, can anybody see the point of buying a player and then refuse to play him, I am speechless.
Ju Park comes from a country that still has conscription, so we have him for another 18 months before he is called up for two years, what was the point of acquiring his services, only not to play him?
Remember Ryo Miyaichi was signed by us but had to be loaned out because of his visa problems, he’s actually been with us for 18 months now. Since his debut in the Emirates cup, we haven’t really seen him again!
So, as much as we appear to be doing reasonably well, when you look beneath the surface you see that there have been a lot of strange decisions.
Players have been bought and never used, bad players are getting more games than they deserve, Army recruits are signed yet not played so what the hell is Wenger doing and how can Stan Kroenke allow this bad use of funds?
Suggestion is that Kroenke should sell his shares to Usmanov and make way for another billionaire owner, can he be any worse?
Oh, we also have Joel Campbell signed and out on loan – don’t suppose we’ll see him play for years……
Written by Steve Palmer
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Out of the three rumours, the latter seems the most likely…