Originally Posted by El Argentino
Originally Posted by smashwindow
I don't understand how arsenal fans put up with wengers shit for so long. Sure he produces good players, but then he sells them at their peak. For how long has he insisted to walk talent on? Dude would have been fired after half a season at real.
At this point, I can't believe it either. Needs to go. Sure he's been an institution, but everything has an expiration date.
what you don't seem to take into account is that there is not incentive at this point from a business ops point of view. first, credit where due, he built what is the arsenal in his first seven years from a team of fat humps that achieved nothing through many seasons prior to his arrival. he scouted obscure talent and managed to produce some of the best players. and even in this time of stagnation, he's managed to consistently qualify for the CL year after year. that's where the problem is, though. the CL spot and the associated money coming in means there is still some attraction for players from other leagues wanting to get on the big stage as well as nice lining for the suit pocket$ on the board. so the cycle goes, qualify, get players and help launch their careers with a fireworks of sales and income at the end of the season (Arsenal have broken even in transfer market per my calculations since 2006, and in the past 5 years have made a profit
of 50 million pounds per commentator's remarks last friday).
couple that with a horrible wage structure that inhibits top players (prior to transfer RVP making pennies on the dollar compared to, say, rooney) while the worthless muppets like jenkinson and bender were raking in a considerable % of the top player. that is, the wage gap at arsenal is tiny and prohibitive, while it's massive (capitalistic system) in majority of other clubs. sure you can say this is the better way, but only if it's adopted league-wide like in germany -- but if only the germans adopted it, that would weaken them on the international stage, which it somewhat has over past 2-3 seasons.
so now you have a low-paying system generating an almost-guaranteed CL spot revenue, with ever-increasing ticket prices (highest season tix in league) justified by stadium loans which were in fact already taken care of and i guess apathy of behalf of the fans who willingly shell out more each season only to see the likes of walcott demand 100k and a starting role as center forward as the board plans its next sale -- cazorla to barca perhaps ?
so i agree wenger should be tossed, but the board won't and they are the root of the problem--wenger only the face of it, and complicit since he covers for them with retarded excuses and sickening promises of potential and next season's chances etc.
sorry i just am a bit frustrated at the current state of affairs, and yeah complaining makes me seem like a dunce when you consider the prospects of leeds but hey i have high expectations (thanks to wenger, ironically)