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Arsenal fan groups join together to remind Kroenke what the club is really all about. 16 different fan groups on social media have managed to gather 35,000 signatures with the The #WeCareDoYou campaign. Loyal fans are objecting to the way that Arsenal is currently being run and have asked the owner, Stan Kroenke, to “reinvigorate... The post Arsenal Fan Groups Unite In Finally Raising Their Voice Against Whom It Matters As They Start #WeCareDoYou Campaign. appeared first on...
Arsenal fan groups join together to remind Kroenke what the club is really all about. 16 different fan groups on social media have managed to gather 35,000 signatures with the The #WeCareDoYou campaign. Loyal fans are objecting to the way that Arsenal is currently being run and have asked the owner, Stan Kroenke, to “reinvigorate the club”.
Although the campaign is not enough on its own to change the gunners direction or sway the thoughts of the belligerent and emotionless Stan Kroenke, it is drawing attention to the club.
#WeCareDoYou – #Arsenal fans are asking for the board to be strengthened, improvements in the match day experience to give our players that needed boost and a firm NO to the proposed European super league. pic.twitter.com/HeQFRA187d
— AST (@AST_arsenal) July 15, 2019
Kroenke himself is aware of the growing discord and just today, tried to join the Arsenal fans forum, where surprisingly he is said to have six friends. Quite what he feels may be achieved by this action is unclear, especially if he communicates as frequently via social media as he does through the club.
Some will see this campaign purely as a monetary issue, indicating fans want massive seasonal spends on world class players, it isn’t. Of course investment needs to increase to allow Arsenal to compete but its the lack of clarity, ambition and passion. It’s being run as a commodity that generates commercial opportunities but its not geared for success.
The statement by the group said,
“As Arsenal fans, we have watched with frustration as the team’s football performances have declined over the past decade,”
“When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares, the club had just competed in a first Champions League final.
“Twelve years on, Arsenal are about to play in the Europa League for the third year running.”
It comes as Arsenal are facing a transfer window with just £45million to spend, but this time the campaign is not aimed at forcing Kroenke out, but more to get him to change his approach, especially his “passive ownership” of the club.
“Off the pitch fans have never felt more marginalised, less listened to or valued. This was sadly illustrated when Stan Kroenke forcibly bought out the last remaining supporter-shareholders without even a word of appreciation for their custodianship role in the club. It feels as though Arsenal is at a crossroads. Things need to change. What all of us as signatories to this statement want to see is meaningful action by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our football club.”
Finally it questioned the composition of the Arsenal board, the “soulless” atmosphere at the Emirates and a lack of any real transfer strategy, as well as “changing the football executive”.
It’s no secrect that Arsenal’s handling of difficult situations has been a complete farce with the PR department appearing as incompetent as the board. The whole handling of contract negotiations and transfer funds, has been deeply embarrassing for a club that is still perceived as a football giant, with the history to match.
We were sold the “we’ll be competing year after year” before having to leave Highbury but 13 years later it’s gone backwards. We need people on board who really care about the club and the fans, not just making money!
— WorldwideArsenal (@WorldwideAFC) July 15, 2019
I’ve absolutely no doubt that this could get very ugly as the season gets underway, especially if things don’t go according to plan in the transfer window or as the season unfolds. Arsenal are never far away from a protest with so much upheaval and unrest since the latter days of the Wenger years.
Although it’s nothing new, it’s a coincidence that Arsenal’s first game on their pre season tour was against another Kroenke bauble, The Colorado rapids. Only in America could a football teams name be merged with something that has no baring on the sport.
Just to add some perspective here, The rapids home stadium is called Dicks Sporting goods park in Commerce City. Umm, very catchy. The point is, that back in 2017 Rapids fans questioned the direction their club was heading in.
Centennial 38 released a similar statement outlining their concerns regarding recruitment, planning, and strategy but it all seemed rather less acidic :
“We would like to emphasize to everyone: our members, the Rapids staff, the players, the press, and the greater Colorado soccer fan base as a whole, that there is a very important distinction to be made between being critical of the club itself, and being critical of the people that run it. Players, coaches, management, and even ownership all come and go. In the end the only thing that remains is the identity of the club, and the community that surrounds it.”
It’s all as familiar as Christmas. Kroenke buys out a club like Arsenal, turns it into ‘an investment vehicle’ or moves it away from its fans completely in a bid to make money from endorsements and hotdogs !
For the first time in years #Arsenal fans are together with the same message. Well done to everyone that got involved and ever fan around the workd that loves the club can play a part in promoting the campaign #WeCareDoYou
— The Arsenal Memz (@TheArsenalMemz) July 15, 2019
He will continue to provoke negative comments because he just isn’t interested in Arsenal as much as its supporters. Only a miracle will prevent the two sides clashing further in the future, because sadly, Stan isn’t going anywhere.
The rivalry between Arsenal and Spurs has always been intense. A win in the North London Derby is always a special thing for either side, a higher league finish secures the bragging rights until the next season and a win on opposition soil that secures the title is something that Arsenal fans still dine out... The post The Competition Between Spurs And Arsenal In The Transfer Market Shows How Badly Stan Kroenke Has Failed The Club appeared first on...
The rivalry between Arsenal and Spurs has always been intense. A win in the North London Derby is always a special thing for either side, a higher league finish secures the bragging rights until the next season and a win on opposition soil that secures the title is something that Arsenal fans still dine out on regularly.
However, Arsenal’s dominance has ended in recent seasons as Spurs have inched slowly ahead with a enthusiastic manager and reasonably youthful, energetic side.
This is all old news of course, but Spurs appearance in the Champions League, higher finish in the Premier League and a completed billion pound stadium, have grabbed the headlines and turned the spotlight in the direction of White Hart Lane.
Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy, seems to have made provision for every eventuality that Spurs could possibly face over a five year period and the move back to White Hart Lane was supposed to signal a period of austerity because that’s what happened to Arsenal, right ?
Wrong, Spurs still have the ability to compete in the transfer market and although in recent years they have been somewhat cash shy, this transfer window has seen the acquisition of Tanguy Ndombélé of Lyon for £54m and Jack Clarke from Leeds for £9.9m.
They have also challenged Arsenal for the signature of William Saliba from Saint Etienne for around £30m and are interested in another joint target in the shape of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.
Arsenal on the other hand cant attract their preferred options because they can’t compete in the transfer market at the same level as Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea.
Arsenal fans looking at the current transfer window are watching Spurs spend cash whilst wondering how they’ve managed to do what their club couldn’t.
It’s yet more evidence of the massive incompetence of Stan Kroenke and his band of appeasers, who couldn’t sell a umbrella in the rain. Kroenke’s reign continues to be the stuff of nightmares which has seen the club fall away from the top four.
Please don’t say that they ran close last term because they embarrassed themselves in the final third of the season with the usual failings and inadequacies.
The insult to injury would be that Arsenal get gazumped on the Saliba deal amid the stench of the Koscielny debacle and that the club is unable to secure the services of a couple of credible defenders.
To the untrained eye Arsenal are struggling to attract players to the club because of the absence of Champions League football and the possibility of a three year rebuilding project that will prevent them challenging for honours.
I remember the words of Arsenal’s head of football, Raúl Sanllehí when questioned if Arsenal could achieve their transfer targets. He said:
“We are a reference in the football world, so when Arsenal knocks on the door of players it’s a different knock than other clubs. Of course, the fact that we have not been in the Champions League for two years and we are in question marks now for the next year, that’s not helpful.”
“But again, the image of Arsenal is strong enough to help us build a case about all the model we are bringing up, the new era that we are bringing up. It’s very exciting. The passion of the coach that is projecting to the team, it’s seen by everybody in the football world”
“We have a lot to offer to a player. I don’t feel in disadvantage with anybody. The league, the Premier League, is exciting for any player in the world.”
“London, Arsenal, the history, the dimension of the club, the stadium, the facilities at Colney, the fanbase, the followers around the world and the exposure. Really, I feel like I have a lot of ammunition when I talk with players to engage them in our project.”
Yet, Arsenal are struggling on various fronts to rebuild, with just one addition to the squad in the form of Gabriel Martinelli. This inactivity in the transfer market has at least been offset by the news that a few of the academy players are to feature in the first team in the new season.
Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are all making the jump along with Freddie Ljungberg, but it’s still not enough to deflect from Arsenal’s defensive woes which only investment can solve.
Arsenal fans are divided more than ever and some of the criticism I’ve personally faced is about the constant negativity towards the club, which I feel is completely justified.
We have to question what happens behind the scenes, especially now Kroenke has complete control and isn’t accountable to anyone.
Sometimes the essence of an idea or ideal gets lost as a business grows or expands. The history and tradition can become lost as the wheels are set in motion to increase revenue and revolutionise an existing venture same as Arsenal. Some things aren’t meant to change to this extent, they aren’t meant to mirror... The post Are Arsenal Becoming Morally Bankrupt As They Change From Family Run Business To A Global Commercial Enterprise appeared first on...
Sometimes the essence of an idea or ideal gets lost as a business grows or expands. The history and tradition can become lost as the wheels are set in motion to increase revenue and revolutionise an existing venture same as Arsenal.
Some things aren’t meant to change to this extent, they aren’t meant to mirror the opposite of the original concept. Of course any business will need to meet changes in its market place and it will need to evolve if it wants to be successful, but it’s important that even in the modern era, it still manages to retain its core values.
It’s generally recognised that there are four core values including Integrity and Ethics, Respect, Innovation (not imitation) and Drive.
Look at Arsenal as the morphing entity it is undoubtedly becoming and the shift in the way it conducts and presents itself has been gradual.
It has been entirely noticeable that the club has lost a degree of honesty and decency as it has adapted to the Premier League and moves towards the inevitable formation of a Super League.
It could be said that in its attempts to remodel and restructure, it has lost its identity and integrity in its quest to be a big commercial player and achieve greater financial success.
Arsenal were known for the way that players were embraced by the club, they became part of a wider family and the club went to great lengths to achieve harmony within.
The players that left always retained a soft spot for their adopted London home. Without realising it, they had formed a deep association with the North London club that would last a lifetime, similar to those relationships fostered by Manchester United or Liverpool.
Arsenal was a safe club, a respectful club and one that had morality but that was before the Kroenke era. Arsenal had never been the type of club to generate friction with its fan base. It had never been incompetent in its negotiations and it had always employed discretion and secrecy in it’s business.
It has never publicly fallen out with a player and although tensions have been high in the past, the club has always retained a respectful and dignified position.
The recent situation involving Laurent Koscielny, is just another example of Arsenal’s decline at the very top of the club.
When did Arsenal ever choose to wash its linen in public and issue negative press releases against a long serving player still under contract ? It never has.
The statement it released regarding the Frenchman’s refusal to attend a series of pre season friendlies in the US, was extremely ill advised and made Arsenal look as tragic as West Ham during their recent slanging match with Marko Arnautović.
Yet, we shouldn’t be surprised because the changing face of Arsenal has seen it become just another club that concerns itself with commodities and assets.
The signs have been there for all to see but perhaps, the fans didn’t want to acknowledge the facts, why would they ?
First, there was the protracted contract extension for Arsene Wenger, which managed to destabilise the entire team and prematurely end a season.
Fearing a major revolt, the owner and his board sacked the Frenchman, at least giving the percentage of the fans what they wanted, whilst deflecting blame away from the boardroom door. We should all look forward to the day Wenger decides to cash in and publish his book on that period, because it promises to be as damning as it does explosive.
Then there was the disgraceful treatment of fan favourite Santi Cazorla, who was dispatched during his recovery from injury. The club were convinced that he would never recover sufficiently to compete in the Premier League, so no further extension was offered and he was cut loose. The fans never got their chance to say goodbye and he left like a thief who had taken a bag of jewels from the master bedroom.
This was followed by the contract offer to Aaron Ramsey which was retracted before it was signed. The whole thing was a PR disaster and reflected a new level of incompetence that had never been seen anywhere in the league apart from Mike Ashley’s Newcastle. Had Ramsey’s services been secured in time, he could have been easily sold on for £40m, he wasn’t, so he went for free.
Continuing the theme and I apologise in advance, because it feels like a regular gripe of mine, but the loan deal involving Dennis Suarez was about as bad as deals can get. This lunacy resulted in £2 million in fees for a player that wasn’t even fit.
Aside from the latest idiocy, Danny Welbeck’s release was an indicator of just how badly Arsenal intend to treat their players. He turned up after the final whistle against Brighton at the Emirates, to be presented with a meaningless piece of cut glass in recognition of his services.
It was gut wrenchingly tacky and it felt like the club had lost its heart.
Moving along to Laurent Koscielny, there’s a sea of speculation surrounding the player’s refusal to travel to the US and some supporters have already labelled him a traitor without knowing the full details.
I find it deeply curious that a player known for his loyalty has suddenly hit the rebel button and is acting so out of character that he is almost unrecognisable. Why is that ?
Let’s look at how the club have behaved up until this point and give Koscielny the benefit of the doubt for a moment.
Arsenal are now a club that deals in unnecessary subterfuge. They are underhanded, lack transparency and have an owner who has total autonomy to do as he wishes.
I believe that Koscielny was promised that he could leave on the proviso that additional defensive cover could be found. I also believe that the club’s confused transfer policy, lack of funds and late arrival of a technical director have been responsible for the club reneging on that promise.
The player realised that this, was potentially, his last chance of a dream move back to France and at 33 years of age, that opportunity will disappear extremely quickly should Arsenal retain him for another season.
Feeling betrayed, Koscielny has been advised, rightly or wrongly to refuse to join the pre-season tour party. Arsenal have announced their intention to pursue disciplinary procedures instead of continuing with negotiations and it’s doubtful that Koscielny will ever play in Arsenal colours again, let alone be its captain.
For those ready to string up the defender, hold off !
Somethings not right here, something smells off, with Arsenal continuing to demonstrate a lack of integrity in the way it conducts its business. I look forward to the truth in the coming months, which I feel will vindicate the former Arsenal skipper.
By way of putting context into this situation, Arsenal allowed Alexis Sanchez to play its board like a second hand banjo, as Gazidis and Wenger tried to secure his signature. It was embarrassing how he managed to manipulate the club at a time of desperation and had he extended his contract, the financial restraints would have been ten times worse than they are now.
Ozil was handed a massive wage increase to remain at the club but since then, his performances have dipped drastically, yet Koscielny, who risked his entire career to injury can’t go nine months early, what does that tell you ?
It appears that Arsenal wants to be seen as a no nonsense club, even though they have mishandled the entire situation and deceived the player. They want to show balls but in the meantime, they allow Ozil to play as and when he chooses and slink off regularly with influenza.
They can’t even get the William Saliba deal over the line, perhaps because Arsenal have been outed as the shoddy outfit they are under Kroenke.
My allegiance is to Arsenal but there’s something deeply troubling with this situation, that makes no sense and refuses to go away.
Koscielny has made his stand and in the process has traded the goodwill and trust of the fans. Surely he can’t play in an Arsenal shirt again, let him go with immediate effect and spend some money !!
Arsenal have met with former captain Laurent Koscielny and his representatives, to try to find some common ground over his decision not to travel to the US as part of Arsenal’s pre season tour. Arsenal issued a terse and awkward statement after discovering the player’s intentions and have since mentioned disciplinary measures against the defender... The post Arsenal Look To Push For Koscielny Exit As Talks Reopen But A Compromise Still Needs To Be Found appeared first on...
Arsenal have met with former captain Laurent Koscielny and his representatives, to try to find some common ground over his decision not to travel to the US as part of Arsenal’s pre season tour.
Arsenal issued a terse and awkward statement after discovering the player’s intentions and have since mentioned disciplinary measures against the defender as both sides came to an uncomfortable impasse.
The club wanted to try to find a way to build bridges that would allow it to hold on to its experienced defender until a suitable replacement could be found, but it now looks like they are prepared to grudgingly let him go for the right valuation as per Sky News.
They had initially agreed his transfer to France with a number of interested parties from his homeland, but changed their mind after negotiations with Saint Etienne for defender William Saliba, which stated that the player would be committed to a season long loan back to his former club.
Things deteriorated once the player was informed of Arsenal’s new position and the situation was made public when Koscileny refused to join his team mates.
Arsenal then grew a pair of testicles by insisting the defender would only be allowed to leave for £8m, a spectacularly inflated fee for a perpetually injured player.
It’s said that the two sides are looking at a deal that will save face on both sides, but Arsenal’s fees will have to become a lot more realistic if a move is to actually happen. The club would certainly look for a fee, but it has to be significantly reduced to around the £1.5m mark at its lowest figure and £2.5m at its highest.
It was reported that Koscielny wanted to be released on a free but that was never going to happen with Arsenal’s reported financial woes, having already lost out with Aaron Ramsey, who could have generated millions for the club.
Koscielny is entitled to feel a little bit hard done by as Arsenal try to amend for their past mistakes by taking a tougher stance, but if the club had an ounce of common sense, it would cut its loses and allow the player to go.
Koscielny has given his best and as a consequence, has reduced his chances of longevity by sustaining a serious achilles injury. Its said that he requires ongoing daily treatment because of the extent of the problem and as such, it’s unlikely he will play into his late 30’s.
It’s a complicated mess, an undignified spectacle and a disappointing end to a nine year association, but you sense that the time for Koscielny to go, has arrived.
Former players have come out in support of the player including Mathieu Flamini and Olivier Giroud. Speaking to the BBC, Giroud said:
“You cannot make a judgement when you don’t have all the clues. I’m pretty sure we don’t know everything in this situation.”
“I hope both sides will find the best agreement.”
This is all meaningless waffle of course and does nothing to defuse a volatile situation, but behind closed doors there’s a growing realisation that this needs to be resolved before the season commences.
Distractions are as welcome as an unforeseen tax demand and both parties will find a solution because it’s genuinely in their best interests.
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When I read the trending feed on Sky Sports News suggesting that Paul Pogba had somehow been mismanaged, I was slightly bemused, but it’s an interesting thought as all parties concerned try to explain why one of the world’s biggest and most talented midfield stars hasn’t blossomed at one of the world’s biggest clubs. Is... The post Why Media Suggestions That Pogba Has Been Mismanaged Is Clearly Something of A Joke appeared first on...
When I read the trending feed on Sky Sports News suggesting that Paul Pogba had somehow been mismanaged, I was slightly bemused, but it’s an interesting thought as all parties concerned try to explain why one of the world’s biggest and most talented midfield stars hasn’t blossomed at one of the world’s biggest clubs.
Is it that no one understands his curious talent ? Is it that the current and previous managers have been using him in the wrong system, surrounded by the wrong players ?
Is he not appreciated or encouraged enough ?
Well, the bottom line is you can look at all the angles, but the picture doesn’t become any clearer. Pogba is the archetypal modern player, bigger than the club and bigger than the game. Someone who was born to star in a team full of equally precocious talent, such as the Galacticos.
This is of course the image that Pogba has made for himself. He seems disinterested, difficult, demanding and dysfunctional and if Alex Ferguson couldn’t bring out the best in the young Frenchman, then its unlikely that even Klopp or Guardiola could do any better.
He arrived at Old Trafford in 2009 and by 2011 he was sold on to Juventus at the age of 19 for £1m. The move was inevitable and Ferguson was his usual prickly and mischievous self when he said of the midfielder’s departure:
“Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware, It’s a bit disappointing because I don’t think he showed us any respect at all. To be honest, if they carry on that way, I’m quite happy that he’s away, from me, anyway.”
In private, Ferguson is said to be even more forthright referring to the player’s ego and his laziness, so if you are looking to solve the Pogba puzzle, look no further than the man himself.
Pogba is a talent, no denying that but he turns it on and off like a tap. It’s based on the importance of his own profile and the stage involved at the time.
Egotistically, Pogba has no interest in playing Wolves or Brighton, he wants to show off against Barcelona or Bayern Munich every week, anything else is beneath his chiselled chops.
Mourinho, who made the mistake of bringing back the untameable player, was considered to be one the top three managers on the planet at the time, but he failed to coax out his talent and clashed repeatedly with the player.
He should have noted Ferguson’s relief when he sold the Frenchman and there is no doubt that the pair spoke at length about his return over a glass of red.
During which time, Fergie would have bruised the Special One’s ears with tales of his lack-lustre performances and petulant behaviour.
He definitely might have mentioned how his relationship with Pogba became toxic when the Frenchman appointed Mino Raiola as his agent. Ferguson showed contempt for agents in genera,l but he liked Raiola even less, referring to him as a “shit bag”.
Pogba is primed to leave, he pottered around Old Trafford last season offering nothing, playing well within himself and below the expected standards.
Not even the introduction of Solskjær could lift his mediocre performances and Ferguson has probably already whispered in the current manager’s ear, suggesting he should jettison the problem for as much as he can get, as quickly as he can.
Has Pogba been mismanaged ? No, of course not but he is in danger of becoming unmanageable.
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Arsenal’s representatives will once again sit around a table with their counterparts from Celtic and agent of Kieran Tierney to tweak the details of the recent £25m offer. There is a deal to be done and it could be concluded within days, provided Arsenal increase the upfront figure to Celtics satisfaction. With the Emirates accountants... The post Arsenal Need To Rethink Their Strategy As Celtic Play Hardball Over Tierney Transfer appeared first on...
Arsenal’s representatives will once again sit around a table with their counterparts from Celtic and agent of Kieran Tierney to tweak the details of the recent £25m offer.
There is a deal to be done and it could be concluded within days, provided Arsenal increase the upfront figure to Celtics satisfaction.
With the Emirates accountants hanging on to every cent like their very existence depends on it, it’s a deal that’s likely to result in lunches and late nights before handshakes are exchanged, but it’s close.
Arsenal would be stupid to invest so much time and energy pursuing a player they clearly want, only to see a deal fall apart because the sums involved which add up to the figure Celtic want couldn’t be jiggled slightly.
The proposals as I understand them were for £10m for two years and £5m in year three, but it’s thought that Arsenal were trying to put a smaller lump sum down for the first year, with the remainder being paid over this season.
It’s also thought that Arsenal are haggling because Kieran isn’t fit to start the season and could miss up to 8 weeks plus, but Arsenal aren’t really in a position of strength in the deal because Celtic don’t really want to sell.
They can wait until Arsenal meet their terms in full the following season or another bid from a rival club comes in.
Football 365 have claimed that Arsenal were losing patience over the deal but to be fair, Celtic held all the aces and have from the outset. If this deal breaks down, it will be because the Scottish champions were after more money, which will NOT be forthcoming !
One has to feel slightly sorry for Arsenal’s representatives with their exhausting limitations. Negotiating a deal for Arsenal must be like a guy trying to organise his own funeral after his death.
There’s no position from which Arsenal can apply any pressure of leverage and suggestions that the limited budget of £45m is just a business strategy to get a better deal is utter tosh.
I doubt anyone within the Arsenal structure is that bright to initiate a smokescreen of this nature, not after their clumsy admission in January that they had no money to spend.
I expect Arsenal to rework the offer for Kieran Tierney with options and time running short and apparently, Unai Emery has made it clear that he wants this deal made.
Elsewhere, Edu is busy with his contacts in Brazil and don’t rule out any surprises as he looks in his own backyard for quality bargains.
He was said to be a key player in securing Gabriel Martinelli and if the Tierney transfer falls through, the technical director can supply options in the form of Marcelo (Real Madrid) Alex Sandro (Juventus)and Alex Telles (Porto)
It’s thought that the deal for Everton Soares is just a formality with Edu jetting out to his homeland to wrap things up personally.
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