The summer is here and, not unlike the rest of the season, transfer targets are at the forefront of many a football fan’s mind. The difference now being that there is no football to dilute the true joy that gossip and lies bring to the party. While this summer promises to be a massive departure from the more austere windows gone by, the issue of the day, for me anyway, is the contract of one Arsene Wenger.
The greatest manager in our fine club’s history takes great pride in always honouring his contract, but that will be little comfort to those who would like Arsenal to continue on its current path towards domination. With just over a year to run on his current deal, the intelligent Arsenal supporter is praying like there’s a god that Arsene will grace us with his managerial magnificence for another few years. Having endured years of austerity and the abuse of simpletons, Arsene has guided the club to where it can demand huge sponsorship deals and, in turn, sign the players on whom we’ve been missing out all this time. The idea of selling a top player just to maintain is a thing of the past as a new dawn is broken over North London. Arsenal are now in a position to compete on a financial level and, with the team gelling so well at the end of last season, should be able to compete for top honours once more.
Unlike many of our rivals, the position of strength in which we now find ourselves has not come about by chance. It took meticulous planning and absolute faith in the manager to mould the club into its current form. It is only with a manager of Wenger’s nous can a club really commit to a plan of such magnitude. I would like to know whether the board convinced Wenger or the other way around but some visionary devised a plan and Arsene Wenger was, and remains, the keystone. Even with huge set-backs like player departures and severe injuries to some vital players, Arsene Wenger has managed to keep the team in Europe’s top elite competition without fail. Of course, player departures were a direct result of a lack of silverware and financial power but there were some whose lack of loyalty must have hurt the boss personally and definitely impacted negatively on the plan. The casualties of this period would be the weak, the impatient and the greedy.
Why am I telling you what you already know? Well, I am just imagining how comfortable life would be if I were Arsene Wenger’s agent. We know that the boss is wanted by other clubs with almost guaranteed success for a man of his talents. We can assume that without Arsene Wenger, Arsenal would have at least once fallen out of the top four. We know that Arsene Wenger is the keystone. We know it and the Arsenal board know it. Has an agent in football ever had such leverage with which to bargain? With the exception of a few who lack the mental fortitude to see it, and a few who appear to be too stubborn to accept it, everybody knows what an incredible job Arsene Wenger has done and continues to do. The Arsenal board should, and in my opinion will, offer Arsene Wenger whatever it is he deems to be fair.
While I believe that the boss will simply renew his contract and continue his work, the little, anxious wreck inside me won’t be happy until it has been confirmed. Fears can overshadow logic like a cannon does a cock and we all need reminding of how good we have it, from time to time. I usually try to come up with my own lines but when I was planning this post, I read a tweet from Ricky (@GeezyPeas) that seemed to be more pertinent than anything I could muster. Rather than trying to reword it and pass it off as my own, he said, “Sad that some are genuinely concerned about losing Arsene to PSG. It’s as if you know nothing about the man.” A fine endorsement of Mr. Wenger’s integrity, I’m sure you’ll agree.
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.
Up the Arsenal!