An Open Letter to Antiquated Arsene, Subservient Steve, Short-armed Stan and Ivan the Terrible

Richard Branson once said,

“We are human beings, not human doings”.

This is a great mantra for life, (and one I should personally follow a lot closer) but this doesn’t work for a football club.

Just being a football club doesn’t cut it. You have to do as well and Arsenal Football Club are not doing.

At present you are being, existing, just turning up, going through the motions, taking the/our money and running and frankly, this is just bullish!t.

Arsene, it’s one of 2 scenarios and it’s your call:

1 – You are a stubborn fool, who truly believes that the players at your disposal and your tactics are right and beyond reproach. That it will all come good in the end and you will be proven to be the genius you truly believe you still are.

2 – Stan is just in it for the money and he is stopping you from investing in the players the club needs to move forward.

Which ever, this process is killing the club we all love and if you love the club as much as you say you do, it’s time to make your stand.


Admit you and the management team are wrong, your methods are outdated and resign


Come out against ‘Short Armed Stan’, explain to us all his restrictions, side against him, resign and show us all how serious your love for the club is.

Which ever it is, the club is in a bloody diabolical mess and we are the bloody laughing stock of the footballing world.

• Our best player is about to/has left to join City.

• We have a whole starting 11 of players in or entering the last year of their contracts.

• The team is about to be decimated and nothing appears to be being done about it.

According to Soccerex Football Finance 100, we are the 2nd most financially powerful club in the world.

Their research showed that Arsenal have £766 million worth of fixed assets, the highest in world football and £300 million in the bank (bettered only by United).

This is all based on an outstanding business model, off the back of the move to The Emirates. And yes, this is the proper way to run a football club, with no sugar/oil daddy buying everything you want, but if you don’t use the financial power you build up, what’s the point, unless you just want it for yourself !!!!!?

On the pitch it’s no better…

Under the club’s training methods, injuries are rife, the career of the best English midfielder of his generation has stalled and defending is seen as a by-product, not a necessity.

On the field it’s just plain ridiculous. The players seem unprepared, uninformed and uninterested. Defensively inept, tactically naive and uninspiring in attack.

Week in, week out, it’s the same uninspiring performances, with the same predictable results. There are some glimmers of hope, but these last for fleeting moments and then normal service is resumed.

14 years ago we were invincible, now we are incomprehensible.


Please, please, please, for the sake of Arsenal Football Club and all loyal Gooners everywhere:

One of you has to come clean;
One of you has to tell us the truth;
One of you has to hold their hand up;
Otherwise, come May, there may not be much left to salvage.

Yours faithfully (To Arsenal Football Club)


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8 Responses to An Open Letter to Antiquated Arsene, Subservient Steve, Short-armed Stan and Ivan the Terrible

  1. victor Thompson January 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    Couldn`t have said this any more succinctly. Well said sir.

  2. Brian January 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    I have been a Gooner for the last 60 years and this is the first time I have seen a letter written that specifically points out the problems with the club today. This is so on point and needs to be looked at. The problem with the ownership of the club is that their first interest is making money and if winning happens with that then ‘OK’. We are destined to be a mid table club unless things change drastically, you cannot hope that getting rid of Wenger will change everything. If you need to understand what Kroenke’s sports teams do just look at his USA based franchises and you will see where our club is headed. So sad!!!!!

  3. Me January 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    Well said.
    But nothing will change.
    Stan will bleed the club dry – just like all parasites.
    And the manager will continue his old, antiquated ways because he is not the tactician he believes he is.
    The only way things will change is if people stop attending the games and they lose money.
    Money is what motivates them.
    Boycott the games – not much worth attending for now anyway…

  4. Marblehallstv January 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    Well said. Spot on in every way.

  5. Danish Gooner January 8, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    Ooohh the days of Pascal Cygan,he would probably be worth 100 million in the current market.

  6. John January 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

    Arsenal football club isn’t a diabolical mess and we aren’t the laughing stock of the whole of world football.

    Bit of an extreme view on things me thinks X

  7. Tony Manvell January 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    I mostly agree with the comments you have made. After the passion and the failure to beat Forest in the cup it has given me time to reflect on the short comings at Arsenal. Admittedly after some poor refereeing decisions It felt like the world was against us. The fact remains that the performance on the pitch was shocking. Those players on the pitch bar some have played in the Europa League and have got the job done. Criticism should be directed at the players.
    Firstly Theo Walcott is the most uncreative player ever at Arsenal, it seems that he plays football by numbers a bit like dot to dot. For a senior player he shown no authority no passion no urgency no skill. Apart from the cross which lead to the goal his performance was inept.
    BFG is passed his sell by date { I do like him as a person } , he should have retired 2 years ago. Positional sense is fine if you have pacey backup, Holding and De bouchy do not come under that category.
    I am fearful for the youngsters that have played in that game where the vibe of ( I am doing my job, what more do you want? ) attitude seemed to be prevalent, I hope that doesn’t affect them.
    I cannot believe that the defence cannot be rectified by Steve Bould. He played under George Graham and in the fav four defence, with a world class goal keeper. He knows how a defence should work. Is he allowed input or is it that he is not good at teaching the techniques to the players. A question that needs to be ask.
    For me Mr Wenger inherited a well drilled team, that had passion and desire oh and skill. He bought in players to give a more attacking flavour and attractive football, which gave him the right balance for a team and rightly so gave him the title and the double.
    If he wants to remembered as a football Genius he should reflect on the fact that all good teams do not let in goals. I would say that he needs to rebuild the defence immediately, at least 2 central defenders. That means he will need to spend money which they have. Contract negotiations for players that you need to keep should have not got into the state that it has. Shambolic, who is responsible for this.
    I am a Wenger Supporter but even my patience is wearing thin. It all good having faith in your players but when the fail to deliver then you need to take action. Be ruthless and demanding of the player for the performance the Fans demand, after all it is their money paid on the terraces or via the subscriptions to the TV companies that pays them.
    Please get it right Arsene, win us something and then go on a high.

  8. Z January 9, 2018 at 7:52 am #

    This is the reality and nothing but the complete reality

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