Mikel Arteta has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks and Per Mertesacker will take the captains armband for tomorrows opening fixture. Reports suggest we have just ELEVEN fit outfield players. Will that kick start our manager into transfer action?
We’ll soon see…..
There’s a new book out called ‘The Manager’ which Arsene Wenger has contributed to.
The Daily Telegraph are printing extracts and this one is from our manager:
Unfortunately sometimes in the job I feel very average when I do not deliver results, but there is something in every individual that pushes him to try and be excellent. That is my petrol.
If you want to make a career at a big club you must be capable to believe in your abilities, and to keep them in perspective off the field also. You can have players who appear quickly to have a big talent, but if they cannot handle keeping their feet on the ground and continue to improve, they will be eliminated.
If a player is only motivated by money he will not go far. Players are made rich very quickly, so if he has the money and is only motivated by money where does he go? The players at the top are people who have a very strong internal need to be the best.
One of the difficult things of being a manager is to sack 14 people every Friday morning – and then re-employ them on a Monday morning and say: “Right, we start again – I take you back on board.”
So what is he actually saying?
He won’t sign players who are interested in money alone?
Adebayor, Flamini, Nasri, Chamakh, Bendtner and eeven Cole are just a few who, since the invinsibles were allowed to depart one by one, were just that weren’t they? He so often say’s he will only sign ‘special’ players, well most of those cost a lot of money and demand a very high wage. Aren’t they driven by money?
Then we have players who thrive to simply be the best they can – admittedly, we have quite a few of those…
So who are the 14 players he’s wanted to sack after a match, only to want to re-instate the day after? Simple, that would be the entire starting eleven and the three players he used as substitutes.
So, all 14 players were deemed so bad after a bad result that he’d sack them…
Poppycock, I’d suggest that the one in charge of those players takes a long look at himself in the mirror because when something is clearly not right with all those he employs, maybe the employer is getting it seriously wrong…..
Yes, I’d say so these days and maybe it’s time he changed…..
Let me remind you of what Ivan Gazidis said a long time ago:
This year, we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time, which is the escalation in our financial firepower.
We have a certain amount of money which we’ve held in reserve. We also have new revenue streams coming on board and all of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you.
Didn’t the manager back up those comments by saying he will sign players?
Something which he has since repeated when admitting the squad is thin and again yesterday:
There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active. I cannot certify what the number [of players coming in will be], but we will be active until the end, that is for sure.
Well he sure hasn’t been active at the beginning, let’s hope and pray he’s truthing this time.
The footings are in place Arsene, now go and build a solid home…..