Morning, darling readers.
Depending on where you cast your peepers, Arsenal either have money, or they are the footballing equivalent of those hairy men you see slumped in the doorway of a Costcutter at 3am. Some folks would have you believe it’s going to starting raining transfers (Hallelujah! We’re going to go outside and get absolutely soaking wet), others suggest the darkest clouds of parsimony again gather above the Emirates.
Truth be told; no one really knows what delights await us.
As fans, as bloggers; we can only hope for positive outcomes, share our opinions and wait and see what occurs. And that, dear friends, is what I intend to do. I can’t – I won’t – make any claims of insider knowledge or of having made several phone-calls to mysterious, clandestine individuals happy to feed me tasty tid-bits of fact and fiction. All I can do is offer up my opinion.
Robin van Persie will leave. I know, I know; that’s hardly a startling revelation. We all have known for many months his departure was achingly inevitable. However, I don’t think he’ll go to Manchester City. Perhaps there’s more than a element of wishful thinking to that statement. God knows, seeing him prancing about the Eastlands turf with Nasri will fill me with the desire to punch things. My leanings come from silly mistakes we’ve made in the past. Surely, by now our board are sick and tired of flogging our top players to those feculent douchebags.
Last year, Arsenal successfully played out the manual for how not to conduct a transfer window. Those mistakes where splashed across every news outlet for all to see. No one could deny it was a farrago of last-minute deals and foolish games of ‘call his bluff’. This season, we’ve already seen evidence of our desire to recruit quickly, and we’ve not seen the last of the incomings. Before the new season kicks off, I think/hope they’ll be one or two more.
There simply has to be. As much as he’s gone from apotheosis to Dutch prat in the space of a few days, it’s impossible to deny just how integral Robin was to our accomplishments – as meagre as they were. Losing him is a gargantuan blow. It’s a blow not just in footballing terms, but it extends as far as recruitments and the general optimism around the team. It’s greatly worsened by the simple fact it’s not the first time it’s happened. Losing star players/capatains has almost become an expectation for Arsenal fans.
That trend must be bucked. A statement of intent must be made, and we must stop the decline. If not, it will continue to happen until there truly isn’t anyone left.
The club must know this, and I believe we’ll see them do something about it. As much as I might deplore him using it for his own gain, the statement Robin made about the club lacking ambition worries me. If we wan’t a future as one of Europe’s elite, we have to compete – and compete against even the things we may not like. That includes financially. Like it or not; football is changing and money rules. If we don’t at least attempt to bring ourselves in line with what’s happening, we’ll be left behind. I’m not saying we sell our soul to the first oil billionaire we meet – I’m simply saying we have to change with the times.
Perhaps foolishly, or with blind hope, I believe changes will come into play. Robin van Persie’s departure could very well be a blessing in disguise; the proverbial kick in the arse the board have needed for some time. Invest in the team, damn you. Give Arsene Wenger the tools to do his job and stop assuming we can replicate what he did circa 2000–2004 with transfers.
Like most of you, no doubt, I’m just a little sick of all this talking; of all the wild-eyed rage and speculation. I want to see things happen. I want to have my hope restored and have my spirits lifted. I love my team, I have faith in their ability to do well. All I’m hoping for is to have something to smile about soon. And I believe that’s on it’s way. Something good will come of all this, you mark my words.
Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. Comment below, if you so desire. I shall return with more tomorrow.