There’s nothing like a dose of Mourinho garbage to give the squad a lift is there? He reckons that this will be the season we fail to qualify for the Champions League and in our place will be the Totts. Of course he could very well be right but I wouldn’t bet against Everton either, as long as they don’t lose any players this month or suffer injury.
However, if nothing else can lift our crop of players, surely reading that in the newspapers this morning would get through to them wouldn’t it?
Mourinho also reckons Wenger has had it easy over the last few years. Some might agree there I guess….
Talking of our manager, he’s the one who will ultimately decide whether Theo Walcott, or indeed anyone else will stay or go if players are asking for a pay rise. Wenger had revealed that he is the one who sets the wages. Of course he consults with the board but if it comes down to an odd few pounds here and there to get a certain player to stay, then if Wenger wants him, he’ll ask the board to sanction that players demands.
Here’s a few comments from our esteemed leader:
I don’t know how it works at other clubs, but the wages at Arsenal are decided in consultation between me and the board. There is an amount of money that is dedicated to the wages every year. Within that budget, we try to come up with payments that are sensible and defensible.
As long as the economical balance within a club is respected and you pay the people with the resources that make economical sense, then it is fine. If I want to pay a player a little more than the budget, then I ask for the authorisation from the board.
The set-up we have means sometimes you have to let one player go to make space for someone coming as the squad is limited and sometimes you need to knock out some good players to make room for others.
People neglect the reality that Arsenal pays very well and all my life I defend to pay well people who work for us and, If I believe we can afford to do it, we do it, that is the policy. Do we change? No.
What exactly is ‘sensible or defensible’ about the salary which quite a number of our players are currently earning is beyond me and why is Wenger even involved in what gets paid to who? Surely the board alone should be dealing with such things off the pitch and leave Wenger to do what he gets paid for, manage!
He’s not far away if they really can’t make a decision on their own!
One they can’t seem to make relates to Walcott, so I guess it will be down to Wenger now. If he thinks the player is worth what his agents are asking, then he’ll sanction the offer, if not, then it’s goodbye Theo.
Anyway, onto football and the lunchtime FA Cup fixture against Swansea, a team which battered us at The Emirates just weeks ago in the league.
Two goals right at the end of the game undone us on a day Wenger said ‘we were not really sharp physically because we had played in the Champions League the week before’. (I’m saying nothing!!)
One player who was involved in that game won’t feature today and that’s Gervinho, he’s gone off to the ACON’s.
Aside from that, our injury list is the shortest its been in a long while. Lukas Fabianski the only true injured player as both Abou Diaby and Andre Santos just lack match-fitness so will Wenger put them both on the bench? I suspect so….
Emmanuel Frimpong is back from loan but he’s got some kind of sickness bug.
History, previous results, league places etc all go out the window on a day like today.
Today it’s a one off and we need to win it. If Wenger takes his own words about working hard for his money and puts them into practice then we can win and part of that job is getting the players to do the same.
They all want big money, well time to start earning it!!
Have a good day all…..