Arsène, It’s Easy. Sign & Motivate – Just Get On With It
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Arsène started yesterday by denying Paul Merson’s claims about drugs and fluid intake.Wenger observed that he was too tight-fisted to have ever given anyone anything and that Merson had solved the riddle of who was drinking his banana milkshakes (from Mister Jimmy’s Kebab Emporium, Enfield High Street – we put the ram or lamb with the ding dong, so Donna can sell the kebab) in the early days.
Recent years have seen Arsène told who to buy and when. This summer, a quick and decisive burst of activity immediately after the Fulham game would dampen the ardour of his critics. The failures of this season are going to be heard long into the close or pre- seasons.
The suspicion is that the first activity will be to offer new contracts to those who are about to enter the final year of their existing ones. It is an interesting time for the players. Will they benefit from the largesse of a new owner, perhaps getting a better deal than would be normally expected since KSE will not want to preside over a bad first transfer window or see a ‘star’ player leave.
For Wenger this is the priority,
The first target is not to weaken our team but to strengthen it.
He has a forlorn hope that others will not be involved in a transfer splurge,
I hope that the financial fair play rules will come in and, because I know Chelsea and Man City has voted for it, I hope as well they will respect it. We will always have to respect our wages schedule.
There was an interesting dissection of the loopholes by Gabriel Marcotti earlier this week which suggests that Uefa will not be forced to ban any of the loss-making clubs so long as they can prove that the losses are diminishing and are part of a sustainable plan to turn them into profits.
Those expecting lawyers to have to work for the escape clause will be disappointed that it is so easy to get out of them.
Arsène is not naming names about whom he will sign but an out-and-out winger is not going to be one of them, Nicklas Bendtner will no doubt have been disappointed to have seen his name amongst those whom Wenger believes can play on the flanks.
My suspicion is that the outcome of any discussion between the Dane and the club is going to be along the lines of it’s either the wing or waiting for van Persie to be injured for you chance to play in the first XI. Actually that’s not a bad option if goes for the injury, should be around the second international break if past seasons are anything to go by.
Martin Keown spoke on Thursday about this season,
I think Arsene Wenger has almost over-estimated what they are capable of and they have let him down, so it is a shared responsibility when the team does not do well and collective praise when they do.
I am sure everyone will look at themselves, and that they will bounce back.
His views are not going to sit comfortably with some. In fact, many will outright disagree,
Arsenal are not far away, it is not all doom and gloom. With the right collection of players with experience and strength of leadership, then I think Arsenal can win something next season.
If the right players are signed, the honours will be forthcoming.
Well, according to Emmanuel Adebayor they would be if Arsène could instill some belief in the players.
The former Arsenal player praised Jose Mourinho, words that should in no way be construed as him seeking to make his move to Madrid permanent. Wenger it seems, is second best to The Special One in the preparation stakes with the pivotal moment of losing to Birmingham City never contemplated in his head.
So Arsène, it’s easy. Keep the stars, sign new players and learn how to motivate people better.
Posted on May 14, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 123 Comments.