WTTGT Writer: Vivek Arulnathan (Site Editor)
Arsenal’s move to the Emirates from the historical Highbury is well documented. So are the subsequent measures the club took to ensure that stability is maintained and the new stadium doesn’t take the club down. These included a huge clamp down on transfer spending and increased investment in the club’s academy. With the huge money spent on the stadium, Arsenal fans were also paying the highest ticket prices in the country to increase the club’s revenue.
Arsenal’s image as a big club did increase with a world class stadium and it’s state of the art facilities. Arsene Wenger operated well with a small budget and to make Arsenal even more impressive, we started to play ‘beautiful fooball’ with emphasis on techique and skill.
It all looked great when it began. Arsenal were producing some good footballers with Cesc Fabregas being the crowning jewel. And to ensure Arsenal generated profits, we began selling our star players and replacing them with raw talent from the academy. They were made to develop in the tough world of Premier League football and to Wenger’s satisfaction, they kept delivering a top 4 finish every year and Arsenal’s problems were repeatedly hidden by the blanket called Champions League football.
But now, all those well laid plans look like a joke. Arsenal are no longer capable of competing in the market for the best players and they don’t seem to have the people required to understand the realities of modern day football at the board level.
So following up from Carlos de Lima’s article about the failures of the Arsenal board, we are asking your opinion on the current state of affairs at the club. Do you think Wenger is the reason for our failures? Or is he having his hands firmly tied behind his back by the business-centric board? We are eager to hear from you. Let us know your opinion in the comment section below.
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