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Written by Dwang Goon on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 09:05

 

Hello everyone,

I am sure the major concern and talking point for all Gooners right now is....... what's next???

All eyes will be on Rvp & other possible signings over the next couple of days and weeks or even months. Many fans hoping for a quick positive resolution so that the club have generous time to prepare, and the squad can gel better for the new campaign.

This season, we lost out on chasing the title almost right from the start. Realistically, UCL qualification was our only goal, and gladly we managed it right at the very end.

Destiny is once again in our hands, just like the final game against WBA. We now have the opportunity to distant ourselves away from spurs like we always do in the past. Over the last 5 years, they have caught up so much that we are almost equals. Spurs' improvement alone didn't do all the damage.

Some say no one is irreplaceable, generally it is a sensible statement. But someday, it'll come to that point that we have no more worldclass players to "replace". To add on to the mistake, replace is not the right word, we haven't really "replace" our losses in quality, it is like a pothole, only covered up by a cloth.

Our current squad do have some quality, and a lot of depth - some in the form of deadweight & ghost workers. I reckon if we could just bring in another 2 or 3 more fine players like Podolski, while keeping hold on our current key players, we could really, truly, finally challenge at the highest level with sufficient quality depth. Many fans are yearning for new quality names at the back of their jerseys, and others waiting to jump on the bandwagon when Arsenal go out to show more ambition. New faces can also help raise the performance of players so that they know they will have to earn their place. We don't even need to go into a spending frenzy like Chelsea or Man City, and now that the transfer market is much more stable than previous years, there really isn't a better time.

Nobody can guarantee winning major trophies every year, not even at Barca or City in current circumstances... Arsenal's improvement could very well be the best bet for RVP. No club worship and adore him as much as Arsenal, or will be as patient with him if he one day loses form or suffer bad injuries. The feeling and price of winning a trophy with Arsenal and other clubs is so much different. I hope Rvp uses himself wisely as a bargaining chip to improve our team.

Arsenal's financial strength and position have picked up so much to the point that it doesn't make sense if we were to be content with European participation, or so it was portrayed over the last few seasons. We are easily one of the richest club in the world, but our squad quality pale in comparison with the top 10.... it doesn't take a genius to realise something is not quite right.

The fans and every other stakeholder at Arsenal deserved better.

And I believe, the time is NOW! Before more fans take a break for the benefit of their health.

Thank you for your time.

Mean Lean's Response

Since the invincibles, the gap between ourselves and our over excited neighbours has closed somewhat but I think there is a good reason for this.

Their owner has been able to pump good money into their squad over the last few years without having to consider debt repayments towards one of the best stadiums if not the best in the country. But that for me is not the reason for the narrowing of the famous gap.

Tottenham have been an average to good Premier League team over the years, a team that those above them do not pay much attention to when the transfer window flies open, so building a team, building a squad has been easier for them. In recent times I can only think of Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick that they have wanted to hold onto but were really forced into selling and they got good money for those players to reinvest back into their squad.

Arsenal on the other hand are watched and prayed upon by those with deeper pockets and it has been this way since we moved to the Emirates stadium. Henry, Cole, Adebayor, Flamini, Hleb, Cesc, Nasri and more have all had their heads turned and rebuilding the squad, re-finding a new balance has been Arsene Wenger's groundhog day.

We find ourselves in a catch-22 situation, we need to win trophies to keep hold of our stars but to win trophies we need to keep our squads together, but without a shadow of a doubt, the riches that Manchester City and Chelsea are offering is jamming spanner after spanner into the works. How else can you explain the number of Arsenal players going to Manchester United? A team that has been the most successful in this country since the rise of the Premier League. Zero. If Arsenal players were jumping ship purely for trophies then surely the red devils would have been the first stop.

Sadly, we cannot compete with billionaire owners who can pay individuals (Yaya Toure) a reported £220k per week. Our aim should be to get closer to Manchester United in the wage stakes and that can only happen post 2014 when our commercial deals will be renegotiated.

I would much rather we were not able to compete at the top end for transfers fees (-£21,616, 000 NET transfer spend since 92/93) and have a higher wage bill because I have faith that our manager and his scouting system can find the next Koscielny, van Persie, Sagna, Vermaelen, Fabregas etc all players under £10m. Keeping our players at the club would benefit us much more I believe.

Tottenham have been working the other way round, spending huge sums on transfers (-£168,832,500 NET transfer spend since 92/93) but having a low wage bill. Now that they have had their most successful season in the Premier League (still finishing below us) it will be interesting to see how they go about keeping Bale, Modric and company. With the bigger clubs around Europe sniffing around those lot from down I do not see any gap continuing to be closed.

We had a huge transitional season, losing more players in one summer than perhaps ever before. Losing our captain and a player who performed on top of his game for half a season, we had to bed in new players and had our worst start to a season for many years. Meanwhile our neighbours enjoyed their very best start to a season after building on the players they had last season. We all know how that story ended.

Interestingly, Tottenham's end of season reminds me of ours last season. We were comfortably in third, challenging for the title until we fell apart and in the end we dropped to 4th. Could that continue this summer? Tottenham may lose two key players and have to rebuild. The team that finished in 3rd last season did pretty well this season didn't they?

Wishful thinking or a real possibility? Depends on which side of the fence you sit on I suppose.

Before I disappear, can I point you in the direction of Squid Boy's excellent piece today. Certainly worth a read.

Comeback Kings – The List and analysis

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Comments (41)

  • BillyTheYid
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    :roll: When will you lot stop talking about us, i mean you conceded more goals than us this season ha ha.
  • MeanLean
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    Haha now that is a come back. :D
  • paspartu
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    right ok . enjoy channel 5 you little tottenham smurf and next time you want to say anything about gaps , mind the gap between your smurfette mother's legs...increases every time we pay a visit..... :lol: :lol: :lol:

    our boys are horny and when they see the chicken with its Ass bent and ready they get excited and 5co2e too much :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  • BillyTheYid
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    we will see how well you do in the derby games when RVP heads up to manchester won't we, 1 MAN TEAM .
  • Jake  - Dream
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    What a load of tosh. You will lose rvp- we will likely sell modric and replace with someone maybe not as good at keeping the ball but someone with more determination and the ability to score. You are on a downhill tumble and it will continue next year.
  • m.see.14  - m.see.14
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    you my friend (meaning foe), are mentally insufficient to be writing on this blog. In which world do you live in, states that gaining more points and a higher place in a season is a downhill tumble? please, go to your mirror, look at yourself and realize that commenting on a arsenal blog and talking up your team against ours is a terrible idea.... and please, for the sake of having an improved gene pool, never, ever, have children
  • BG
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    as long as Wenger will be our manager we can forget challanging for anything.... also rans in the CL & PL and very little or no interrest in the domectic cups.... Oh and we will continue to sign average players with potential that will not materialise because the real good ones are too expensive even though we moved stadium to increase our purchasing powers!! Alledgedly!! IN WENGER WE RUST..... :(
  • MeanLean
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    BG,

    "even though we moved stadium to increase our purchasing powers!!"

    Let me help you out on that front. We borrowed money to build the Emirates, that debt has to be paid back. Which we have been doing. The debt has been reduced dramatically. When the debt is repaid then the club no longer have to repay any debt on the stadium and then the club will earn much more than it did at Highbury.

    If you can show me a link where anyone at the club said that our purchasing powers will be increased as soon as we walk into the Emirates then I will give you a gold sticker.

    That was never said. It is common sense really. If we stayed at Highbury then we would never be able to match the bigger clubs in future. With the stadium repaid and the commercial contracts improved, guess what? We can.
  • matt  - Away from Spurs for good?
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    I don't think so! I am happy that Arsenal fans are now so pre-occupied with our near parity to them, that finishing 1 point and no goals above us has been celebrated by some of your players and almost all of your supporters as a crowning achievement. What next? A DVD of the 5-2 victory? :lol: The truth is, the gap between the two teams has steadily been reduced over the past 5 years. Inspite of considerably more revenue/financial muscle than us you have declined dramatically since your unbeaten season and with the critical departure of David Dein. Your boardroom is riven with disharmony and you have become a selling club. We on the other hand are on the up, unarguably punching above our weight on and off the field and about 3 years away from achieving a match day financial parity with you when the new stadium is built. In my opinion you have a once iconic manager now in his death throes, raging against the dying of the light and once Wenger goes you will be entering a further period of uncertainty and division. The future of North London is lilywhite, like it was in the 60's, so you better get used to it!
  • BillyTheYid
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    north london will ALWAYS be lillywhite no matter what lack of success the invaders up the seven sisters road have :lol:
  • Spurfect One
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    The truth is spurs and arsenal have the most evenly matched sides for a long long time. Both had there turmoil the season gone. Arsenal had to deal with losing there best players while spurs had to deal with the modric saga at the beginning, then the riots, then harrys heart surgery and court case + the england speculation, and then Muamba nearly dying in front of there eyes, all things we could have done without. Its sad the best we can both hope for now is CL qualification because no matter how well run financially our clubs are, city, chelsea, and man u can blow us out of the water when it comes to transfer fees and wages.
  • Arjen  - Spurs are a disgrace
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    Arsenal's ready for the future with our stadium trust me look at BVB(that's Dortmund for those Spurs fans who never really watch the CL) the reason they can keep their stars is because they have only 13% of their stadium debt left thus Arsenal too will be in a similar situation in two years and can then invest more in transfers.Manchester United and Liverpool have started looking for a new stadium so has CFC but they won't be paying their debt till the next millenia.
  • Really now..  - Goons are going down..
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    Gunners are in a mess, yes we ended well but when we lose RvP which we will its unfortunately the end. call me negative but Spurs have been improving season after season and we have seemed to have lost any pull, cant get top players and keep selling the ones we have.. This will keep happening until we mid table and Wenger leaves.. Wouldnt be surprised if we lose RvP and one or two more and sign a "arteta" or two. The spuds on the other hand dont seem to take any whining from their players instead Arry slaps them into place and they keep playing week in and week out..
  • paspartu
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    The future of North London is lilywhite, like it was in the 60's, so you better get used to it!

    puahahah ..these poor smurfs have been waiting for nearly 50 years to see parity ...and with their best squad they FAILLED against arsenal;s worst squad ....

    and they are still talking ..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    bless you for making our season a happy one...... it gives me an extra satisfaction knowing that i crushed the hopes of the last 50 years with only ONE POINT ...ahahahahha :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  • BillyTheYid
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    "Ready for the future with our new stadium" HA HA built in 2006 and what year are we in now ? HA HA HA HA HA.
  • paspartu
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    come on billy ..let it all out ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LZDlz39BR0

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  • Barndoor Bendtner  - Trolls
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    Just laughing at the sorry Yids on here that have to troll our blogs because theirs are too embarrassing.

    A good, well researched article with an understandably Arsenal bias. Interesting NET spend over the past years, and goes to show how little £150m+ actually buys. Not long ago that would have bought the title.

    Bottom line is that the spuds are in the shit without the CL to finance the new stadium.They cant use the old ground to balance the books because they need half of it for the new build and the property prices are so low in that area vs Islington.

    Arsenal > RVP no matter how good he is. We have to expect not to be able to buy superstars EVER, while oil money props up the smaller clubs above us.

    The past is black and white, the future is bright - its red and white.
  • JB212  - Spurs LOL
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    Why do us Gooners even compete with these petty Tottenham CockSpurs fans. Tottenham aren't on our level in any way or form, this is them at their best and us at our near worst, with dud players and constantly losing our main players and they still can't finish above us.

    Man United, Chelsea and Man City are the sharks in the Premier League pond that we need to be capturing.

    The days when Arsenal vs United were the biggest games in the season is what needs to be restored.

    Tottenham are heavily punching above their weight and will frazzle out soon enough when they can't attract any stars and start losing their current gems. :roll:

    Arsenal need a huge squad blow out - players and staff.

    Squillaci, Djourou, Diaby (as painful as it would be to see such talent go), Denilson, Bendtner, Chamakh (actually feel bad for the guy), Park (Pfftt), Vela (sad to see go with his potential) and all the youngsters that clearly won't cut it. :arrow:

    We don't need a whirlwind amount of players coming in. I'd be over the moon with:

    Mbiwa, Capoue, Giroud and Kagawa

    Szczesny, Fabianski (Hopefully he stays), Martinez
    Sagna,Jenkinson,Kos,Verms,Merts,Mbiwa, Miquel,Santos,Gibbs
    Capoue, Coquelin, Frimpong, Song, Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky
    Kagawa, Walcott, Chamberlain, Gervinho, Campbell/Miyaichi
    van Persie, Giroud, Podolski

    ^ Champions ^ :D

    Also, coaching staff that have been there and done that with the club need to be bought in to try and install that pride that the players of Arsenal once had when pulling on that shirt ! :!:
  • Afc
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    Yeah tottenham are defo on the up!! If they get any higher they might hit the roof..
  • superspur  - Arsenal Tosser's
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    RVP one man team, when he goe's who will score the goals. Emile Heskey's looking for a team!!!
  • TonyC
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    Typically deluded piece of shit.

    The only way you will ever get away is if you piss off back to Woolwhich.

    Rather be a spud than an arse.
  • Jaconite Gunner  - @TonyC
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    well if your so content with spuds, then why do you feel the need to read and comment on this blog? (rhetorical question TonyC so there's no requirement to answer)
  • paspartu
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    relax harry;s little orphans ...levy will bring in pep ... :lol: :lol: :lol:

    and kaka , and daniele de rossi too, and hazard !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    and youll be playing your champions league football in your new 70k stadium :lol: :lol: :P :P :P :P ...

    and then your mother threw a bucket of water on you while you were dreaming and reminded you of having to take out the trash from her kitchen....

    8) 8)
  • Wnkr  - Plebes
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    As a yid spud wotever love the way your talking about us no wonder rvp is LEAVING wot happened to man utd man city and Chelsea ? O yer there out your league good luck with 4 th next year you won't get any higher and may be your win the carling cup next year hope ya don't get a massive team like BIRMINGHAM again on the up side Wiltshire might be back next year your saviour PMSL
  • FOYS
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    Tony C, the old Woolwich thing hey :lol: We'll piss off back there when you lot fuck off back to where you were prior to 1965....... You Middlesex Mug!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  • jumsi!  - cockspurs
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    tott cockspurs u losers arsernal big name even you cockspurs should be bowing down when you hear arsernal treat it with respect you Loser cocks
  • jumsi!  - cockspurs
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    tott cockspurs u losers arsernal big name even you cockspurs should be bowing down when you hear arsernal treat it with respect you Loser cocks
  • jumsi!  - cockspurs
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    tott cockspurs u losers arsernal big name even you cockspurs should be bowing down when you hear arsernal treat it with respect you Loser cocks
  • jumsi!  - cockspurs
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    tott cockspurs u losers arsernal big name even you cockspurs should be bowing down when you hear arsernal treat it with respect you Loser cocks
  • hotspur  - hotspur
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    you lot r now going to be a mid table team without pat rice telling wenger what he should be doing with the tactic's of the team and that striker you signed will not even get into double figures with his goalscoring. also RVP is going to Barcelona, so what will you lot be crying about next season about, ohhhhhhh I know another year without any trophy's and please don't even go their about youth or women, they are not your 1st senior team.
  • Tony  - Shameless spuds fools
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    A spuds talking about arsenal years without trophies...? now thats a laugh...lol.
    And please you spuds even have another club paying for your only and highest goal scorer to score them goals for you, and you dare yap about RVP?..Shameless loser fools.
  • paspartu
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    of course they are shameless, theyve got nothing to lose :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ..whatever it was they thought they had , was lost LOOOONG TIME AGO

    :lol: :lol: ...
  • Dwang21  - Arsenal
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    :D

    It is not our choice recently to be compared to the likes of spurs instead of Man United or Chelsea.

    Good comments by Mean.. except I don't know if spurs fan don't have a fan blog? lol.
  • craig
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    Just read that Squillaci's brief few minutes on the pitch last season triggered another payment to Seville of €250,000. If true, what an amazing piece of business for Seville. Yep, I can hear the laughter from Spain. :P
  • craig
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    This proves le professor is surely a wise man. :lol:
  • MeanLean
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    €250,000? Huge sums of cash ey?

    What do you think of this piece of business?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/2477922/ Arsenal-net-7m-David-Bentley-windfall.html


    "Arsenal net £7m David Bentley windfall
    Arsenal are set to receive up to £7 million following David Bentley's transfer from Blackburn to Tottenham.

    Reports suggest a 50 per cent sell-on clause was included in the deal when Bentley left Arsenal to move to Ewood Park in 2006.

    The England midfielder will today complete a £15 million move to White Hart Lane, a fee that could rise to £17 million.

    And that deal will now lead to a significant income for Arsenal, who stand alone as the only leading Premier League team to regularly make a profit from transfers."



    But I guess that doesn't fit with the everything that Arsenal do is awful agenda does it?
  • paspartu
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: ML........ well played sir :lol: :lol: :lol:

    250K VS 7M + ......LOL

    THIS WENGER DONT KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING HUH ... :lol: :lol:
  • craig
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    oh well, at least that covered the £3million wasted on Park Chu Young.

    Wise indeed!!

    But if you really want to re-open the transfer debate, please feel free. AW's recent purchases have been a massive hit haven't they????
  • MeanLean
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    If you want to pretend that every manager other than Arsene does not make mistakes in the transfer market then yes Wenger has bought badly. If you actually want to be objective and balanced then Arsene Wenger has one of the best track records in the entire league. He is well known for it.

    Hence the fact that our net spend is one of the lowest in the league if not the lowest.

    I am stopping right here though because it is obvious that you will do all you can to avoid praising him so there is no point. I could speak to any fan from any other club including the Spuds and they would admit that he has bought better than most during his time at the club.

    When you sole objective is to undermine the manager then debate becomes a waste of everybody's time.

    Here is a question for you though as I do not know the answer. Can you name me a list of managers who have won the league title during the Premier League years 1992/93 - Present who have won the league without a billionaire funding the club?

    There is Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but who are the rest? Scratching my head here. I assume you think Arsene is a poor manager who doesn't know what he is doing so I expect that list to be rather substantial.

    Any ideas?
  • craig
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    ML, not sure what's happened to my replies/posts from 2 days ago- their missing?? Whether that's a technical problem or you've decided to remove them to suit your agenda-not sure.

    Anyway, lets see if this post appears/gets removed.

    As said a couple of days ago, this is a site about Arsenal. I am not interested in other managers and the decisions they make for their clubs and the money they spend. You (and others) point out regularly that AW doesn't spend much (or as much) in the market. Whether you spend £50M or £500,000 its "value for money" on which signings are judged.

    So, if Torres banged in 50+ goals last season for Chelsea, he wouldn't have been described as a flop -as he was last season.

    As far as AW goes, no-one on this site really knows the politics internally within our club but whatever they are, AW has dined out for years on his early ability to buy cheap and develop into World Class and/or sell on for massive amounts.

    So, in the early AW years, we had for example; Anelka, Viera, Overmars, Henry etc- all bought for relatively low fees but deemed world class or at least extremely good Value For Money and were sold on for a (usually very big) profit.

    Probably the last example of this activity was Cesc.

    Since then the purchases have not been expensive (ie. over £15M or £20M) but would you argue Park, Squillaci, Diaby, Denilson etc have been turned into World Class or are regarded as Value For Money??? I'd say not.

    These 'fringe' players are not being sold because no-one wants to buy them.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    ****Paspartu, don't bother posting your vile, juvenile comments- SPUD's like you are not welcome. I expect you have bigger things to worry about like finding a new manager :wink:
  • Anonymous
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    spurs fans are in dream land if you think you are any were near arsenal! you are years behind us in terms of suscess and fan base! next you will be saying you are close to man u! lol
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