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The unruly mess called Arsenal

Wednesday 6th September 2017
The transfer window has slammed shut and Arsenal fans all over the globe have their loyalty for the club in question after the Gunners failed to live up to expectation in the transfer market. Well. That's hardly a new thing. This has been the norm since the club moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, but what surprises me is that lots of the club's devoted fans believed there would be a turn around this summer.

The club has refused to show any sign of progress, the manager is well past his best days and the board are a cancer to this once great outfit. The supporters are not being treated right, but is there any solution? It certainly doesn't seem very likely right about now.

Protests, banners and chants will have little or no effect because Arsenal Football Club are mainly concerned about generating profit and that is Stan Kroenke's primary reason for buying the North London outfit in the first place. As long as the club continues to enlarge Kroenke's purse, the American owner certainly will retain his hold on the Premier League side.

Some put the blame on Wenger, others direct their anger at the board but really, this Arsenalic mess is a combination of factors and, therefore, a far more complex issue to resolve.

Stan Kroenke and the Board

Arsenal's majority shareholder currently owns the Los Angeles Rams and the Colorado Rapids; you don't need to look deep before you see just how poor those sports teams have been performing, then you will understand the motive behind his presence in this game – money, money and some more money. He is a ruthless businessman who spotted an opportunity to grow his empire and while it is a good financial investment, there is no hope of him walking anytime soon.
The club has made a joke out of their fans loyalty and the early signing of Alexandre Lacazette was just meant to give hope where there's none. The fans need to get this straight and clear – as long as Stan Kroenke remains the largest shareholder, with Wenger as his right-hand man, the story will always be the same. Like it or not, Arsenal are now a selling club whose primary purpose is to ensure the owner's fortune gain more weight.

The board consists of businessmen loyal only to paper. A panel of old men who have little knowledge of the game, whose priority is financial success rather than the success of the team. They have absolutely no regard for the fans, who ultimately make this club what it is. No one that understands the game and nobody with the gut to confront the majority shareholder.

Arsene Wenger

The boss has been subjected to strong criticism for the past couple of seasons and the lack of progress on the pitch is evident for all to see. Some would say the regress is due to his failure to bring in quality players with the funds that were at his disposal; but I would say his weak leadership and tactical errors constitute a big part in Arsenal's absence in the Champions League this season and the worst is yet to come.
Speaking to the Press after the humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in their third game of the season, Wenger said: ‘Of course it was shocking. I believe our performance on the day was disastrous,' he said.

‘We have to take a little distance [before assessing what went wrong]. There are some reasons behind it that we have to analyse. Now players go on international break and we have to take stock.

‘If you find a manager who is happy after a performance like that then good luck.' This comment shows Wenger was either scared to put the blame on the players or he feels he was responsible for the epic failure. We all know what Jose Mourinho would have done in the face of such defeat.

Moreso, the fans have lost faith in the manager's ability to restore Arsenal to the top of English football and the air of invincibility and power the board associate with Wenger has had a negative effect on the team performance.

For this club to move forward, return to its former glory and be able to attract the calibre of players necessary, the Frenchman simply has to go.

The Emirates move

Arsenal relocated to the state of the art Emirates Stadium back in 2006. The idea behind the move was to increase revenue and place the club on par financially with some of Europe's elite clubs. At the time the construction of the stadium was approved, this was no big deal.

Arsenal's leadership could not have guessed the Premier League's TV revenue will rise or the impact of the billionaire owner. At the time the move was instigated, you could not fault the board for thinking an increase in gate receipt revenue would put them ahead of the league's other clubs and give them a free rein in the transfer market.

The increment of the Premier League's TV revenue has meant that the clubs are now on something of a more level playing field. Of course, you still have your super spenders, but this increased income means the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Huddersfield have all had a larger purse to take to the transfer market.

The consequence being that the competition within the league becomes intense and having a bigger stadium becomes less alluring in the modern era.

It is fair to say the Premier League has taken a new turn and that would have been hard to envisage.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan

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