Who’d have thought eh? Just a few weeks ago, his future at Arsenal looked bleak yet Mikel Arteta bounced back in September. It proves just how quickly football can change. For Arsenal, that change has been positive but a drop in focus, attitude and commitment and in a flash, the club could be right back where it was in August.
The fixture against Brighton showed that there’s a lot of work to be done yet. When a NLD arrives, it’s easy to turn on the style in front of the home fans, especially when Nuno’s tactics were pretty poor but away from home, Arsenal need to up their game in my opinion. Brighton were afforded too much time and space on the ball and definitely far too many shots on goal. I know they didn’t score but that was down to their inabilities much of the time. Arsenal have to be better at cutting out the balls into the box. High and low.
The back pages seem to be filled with the Newcastle Utd takeover. The Mail report that Toots, along with Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool, were dead against the deal going through and tried to block it. There were also reports last night that the other 19 clubs have demanded a meeting to ask the Premier League why the Newcastle takeover was signed off – say the same newspaper. City and Chelsea can’t really complain.
The new owners have already promised to deliver long term success to the club and regardless of what you and I might think about The Saudi group, that’s probably scaring other clubs in the League. A League which right now is about City, Chelsea, Liverpool and which of them will lift the Premier League trophy at the end of May. Once Newcastle are up and running so to speak, they’ll be offering the biggest wages to the best players I’m sure. It’ll be like Chelsea and City all over again, both clubs with ‘questionable’ owners in my opinion.
Once the Premier League welcomed Roman Abramovich, the writing was on the wall I think. English football sold its soul to overseas mega rich individuals or consortiums.
And to think Arsene Wenger was once accused of ruining the England team because he was signing too many overseas players.
The Premier League are ruining the English game because by allowing these multi million/billion ownerships to go through, it means more and more money will be thrown at foreign clubs as the best players from around the world are snapped up. In turn, the value of homegrown players will continue to increase too because the likes of City, Chelsea and now Newcastle will pay over the odds for them. £50m for Ben White will look cheap in a few years time in my opinion.
The fans of clubs like Chelsea, City and Newcastle Utd will cite jealousy at people like me I’m sure but I’m far from jealous. I’d hate for Arsenal to be owned by people like their owners. It’s bad enough having Stan Kroenke as our owner but he looks a saint in comparison.
Give it a few years and the top four will be about City, Chelsea and Newcastle, with the rest fighting it out for that prestigious fourth spot I suspect. How boring will that be?
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