Arsene Wenger says the club are ready to ‘spend big’ again!!
IF he can find the right quality! We have been linked we goodness knows how many players recently, from Lyon’s Yoann Gourcuff, to West Ham’s Mohamed Diame and then the rumour mill stooped to its lowest yesterday with talk about us re-signing Jeremie Aliadiere.
Even Arsene Wenger wouldn’t do such a thing….. (would he?)
Talking about his plans this month:
My plan is to keep all of the players we have and then to add maybe, if possible, two new players to the squad. We will spend big (again) because we had restricted finances because we had built the stadium and had to pay that back.
You look at any club who has done that, and they have gone down (in performance). We stayed at the top level, yes without winning the Premier League, but we were always at the top level.
Now we have come out in a much stronger position financially again, so we can spend but our way is a bit like Barcelona as well, to produce the core of the team from inside and add from outside the players who give really a plus.
Maybe signing up the British players is a sign of the ‘core’ and now Wenger is ready to add one or two more to compliment what we already have in the way of experience.
Many fans/media believe that Kroenke and Wenger take care of the finance within the club first and foremost and that is all they really care about. The squad takes second place they say and as long as we finish each season in 4th place or above, all is seen to be running well.
But Wenger denies that, he truly believes that we have a good crop of players and that with a bit of leadership in the right direction, the doubters will see things differently.
The biggest challenge so far is to convince people we have a good team, that we have good quality and that we lead the club in the right way, because many people doubt that. I am convinced this team has a fantastic mentality, fantastic quality and with the right level of confidence, if we can create the momentum, we can be a positive surprise until the end of the season.
But Wenger won’t always be the man to lead this side.
Some will feel sad when that day arrives but from reading around the ‘blogosphere’, most will be elated to read that Arsene has admitted his days as manager won’t be for always:
It is (time up), because I am 63 years old and will not work at 100. That, though, is not the most important, what is important is that when you are somewhere, you give your best.
How long will I stay? I have a contract until 2014, and I always respected my contracts.
It is important is that the club goes the right direction – we have a very young team who have fantastic qualities and (it is important) that I help them to get their qualities transformed into positive results.
Let’s not forget that last year we finished third (in the Premier League), as long as that is seen as a disaster, it is not too bad for the future of the club.
That to me is the biggest hint ever that he’s ready to walk away at the end of this contract. He’ll be 65 years old then and unless he truly believes he can hang on and better Fergie, then I really don’t see him accepting a contract renewal offer.
That will be a sad day for me, not because I want him to stay, or think x, y or z but we’ll be saying goodbye to a man who changed our club for the better in so many ways.
He has given us so much, Pires, Vieira, Henry, Petit, Anelka, Overmars, Freddie, Campbell, Lauren, Gilberto, Wiltord, Reyes and so so many more. Jeepers, he’s even given us Squillaci and Cygan.
What more could any fan ask for….?
I hope the current Arsenal players have seen this latest chit-chat from Arsene Wenger and I hope they sit and think about how they have been performing of late. If just one person within the side could grab the rest by the scuff of the neck and get them all to show some balls, we would start to improve. As would the addition of a beast in midfield!
We can blame Wenger, and I am one of very many who do, but sometimes human beings need to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask questions of themselves.
Right now, Wenger, his coaching staff and most of our players need to do just that! (Kroenke needs to stop looking in the mirror and get his cheque book out!)
Come on Arsene, get this lot to work for you, and you start working a lot harder for them……
Make this last eighteen months count, starting with a victory over Swansea tonight.
That’s it folks, have a good one…