Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham told club employees to “stay positive” despite their dire start to the Premier League season and insists their recent moves are “the best route to future success”. Say The Mirror.
In his message to staff, which I guess has been leaked to the press for a few quid in return perhaps, reads as follows:
Of course, I write this update against the backdrop of a hugely disappointing start to the season. I know how tough this is for all of you, both as supporters and employees, with criticism coming from all angles.
At times like this it is critical we stick together and stay positive. We have a very important run of games coming up after the international break and I’m confident we can and will come out fighting.
Our approach for this window was framed by fully recognising that we are not where we want to be on the pitch — finishing eighth last season, with no European football for the first time in many years. This is well below the standards each of us all have, and of course that our fans rightly demand of us, which is to be competing for the biggest trophies in the game. Whilst we would love to jump from where we are to where we want to be in an instant, we need to be realistic that the gap is too large to do that. As such, our activity this window has been focused on youth.
Our strategy is to fill our squad with some of Europe’s most exciting young talent, with players from both our academy and further afield, that can grow and develop together under Mikel to take us where we want to get to. Whilst this will not be overnight, we can make positive progress, and it gives us the best route to future success in a sustainable way.
Although Covid and no European football bring financial challenges, our owners, Stan and Josh Kroenke, have sanctioned very significant investment this transfer window in support of our strategy.
Basically, Arsenal fans need to be patient for a long time yet but there is a plan in place. Not being funny but I think most of us could have worked that out for ourselves. Out with the old, in with the young and move forward together. Build a team which in the next few years might we’ll be able to challenge for bigger and better things.
There is no doubting the strategy the club are employing is the right one because our squad was not only ageing but fast becoming a place seen as a retirement home for footballers coming to the end of their career. We can go right back to the Sebastian Squilaci, Gallas, Flamini the second time, because that’s when it began. Not the day the club thought signing Willian, or renewing Aubameyang and Luiz’s contract were a good idea at the time.
Now though, slowly but surely, the hangers on are departing and come this time next year, there’ll be less I’m sure. Lacazette, Kolasinac, Elneny should be gone as their contracts expire and that’s just for starters.
By then, our younger guys will have had another year together. They’ll know each other better, know each other’s game better and of course, the new signings of this summer, will know more about Mikel Arteta as he will them.
It’s a recipe for success on paper, if the club have the right manager and by that I mean, experience with this type of managerial style, is able to manage young players, some who might be in England for the first time and has the ability and know how to keep them all interested and happy despite not always playing.
That’s one heck of a task for an experienced manager, let alone someone in the first managerial post who is clearly going through a tough time already.
Disgraceful challenge on Sead Kolasinac. Regardless of what you or I think of him as far as playing for Arsenal goes, I hope he’s ok.
See you in the comments.