Arsenal aren’t in the best of shape at the present, are they? Wether it be yet another moribund performance on Tuesday evening, supporter unrest, or Premier League tips favouring our absence from Champions League football next season (barring a miraculous triumph in that competition) the world of the Gooner is far from illuminated with joy.
The answer would appear deliciously simple; open up the chequebook, throw a monstrous amount of money at new recruits, and all the problems will disappear. In reality, is it that simple? Nope, not by a long stretch.
I’ve thought about it quite a bit recently, all this chitter-chatter. It seems you can’t so much as browse the internet these days without coming across at least one story of an ex-player and how he thinks the Club should splurge all their money. Fans are just the same – me included.
When you actually give it a few moments of rational thought, you realise there’s nothing from our manager’s past that shows he’ll ever do something that drastic, as such a thing would be admitting defeat.
There’s not much I could say to back up the idea of opting against transfers in January. Like many of you, I could name a few areas in which I believe Arsenal are screaming out for reinforcements. We could use a different option up front (not bloody Gervinho) and a bit of healthy competition for Szczsney wouldn’t go amiss. To me, those things are glaringly obvious. To our manager, a man who knows immeasurably more than I could ever claim, we have, as he quite regularly claims, “the best squad of players he’s assembled”.
Arsene Wenger is not a man for knee-jerk reaction or bloated excursions into the transfer market. He’s a thinker; a calculated man who believes in resolution from within and purchasing at a value he deems appropriate. The louder the collective masses scream for world-beaters to enter the club on the back of ridiculous fees, the stronger his resolve is to search out those deals that make us all exclaim, “Jesus, that was an inspired signing”.
Perhaps it’s simply vanity on his part – as if going the same route as your Chelseas or your Manchester Citys is a dirty pursuit beneath a man of his stature. There are many ways you could view it, but the truth remians; if we have a budget of £70m to use in January, our manger is unlikely to use it. We may very well see incomings, we’ll probably see Thierry Henry back to give us something to smile about.
What we won’t see is anything drastic. Perhaps that’s a good things, perhaps it is not. As the pressure mounts, as the supporters turn on a man once above reproach, the more likely drastic action is the only course left for the Club. Arsenal without Arsene Wenger is no longer unthinkable. I’d be devastated if he left, but sometimes in life things fall apart after having once been magnificent. Sometimes change is needed.
Thats all for today, folks. Apologies for my recent absence – I’m working the big hours over December, but I’ll be blogging as much as is humanly possible. Take a moment to leave me a comment.
I shall return. Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.