Michael: Arsene Better Bloody Know

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Our ongoing catalog of reader submissions, ‘From The Terraces‘, finds Michael venting some rather timely frustration at a certain manager’s taste for kids.

Every now and then even Wenger baffles the life out of the most steadfast Arsenal supporters, but we can always revert back to the old saying of “Arsene Knows” safe in the knowledge that he would prove us wrong.

Now, prior to the World Cup I was overjoyed at the signing of Tomas Rosicky. Not only because we bought a great player but also the bargain transfer fee we had paid to acquire him. When the rest of the world saw what Tomas can do as he took apart the USA, it had me chomping at the bit for August 19th to arrive. We finished last season strongly and we were bolstering the squad with a high profile player, but my enthusiasm has been waning ever since to the point where I’m dreading our game against Zagreb.

We’ve lost Pires, Bergkamp and Campbell. It looks obvious that Cole and the forever “misquoted” Reyes want nothing to do with us, add to that Bendtner, Larsson and Muamba and we’ve lost 8 players. Now considering we have the most intelligent manager in world football, surely he can see that eight out and one in isn’t really going to make us stronger. For me, the Premiership is the life and soul of our team and even last year as soon as we had 3 or 4 players injured we were in an injury crisis. No top club can operate under such circumstances over a long season and we need to sustain a strong Premiership challenge to maintain our financial health after moving over the railtrack. Leaving it to the last day to secure Champions League football is not an option ever again.

Arsene needs to buy and perform better in the transfer market, a Ghanian on trial is not good enough I’m afraid and we can’t afford to rely on 16 year olds from Barcelona who will need years to settle in. Surely we’ve earned bucket loads of money from the TV revenue from getting to the Champions League final, increasing our number of season ticket holders for the new stadium and freeing up wages from high earners on the way out. There may still be a few weeks till the ‘business end’ of the transfer window, but the nerves are starting to fray.

I’m just counting the days until Arsene pulls out “Our youngsters are good enough to get us through the season”, which is great if we want to pip the scum on the last day again but personally I want to celebrate St. Totteringham’s day in March or early April at the very latest, preferably with some sort of relegation involved.

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