Here is a fantastic article as featured on justarsenal.com, it will hopefully make you feel some sort sympathy towards our man Wenger and trust the Frenchman to stabilize the rocky ship that is Arsenal FC. Check it out:
Way back in march i posted an article on here defending Wenger and questioning what was really going on behind closed doors, i wrote this article after having stumbled across and interesting bit of reading which made it clear all was not what it seemed at the Emirates and that Wenger was working under tight restrictions from the board.
After i tried to contact the editor of the piece i based my article on it was removed only hours after going up and i was told to drop the matter when i pushed for the source to verify the facts, the article i posted subsequently got absolutely hammered by everyone on here including Adam Kemp who had me for lunch with his responses to the post. At the time i tried to point out that i had stumbled across this information and was just relaying it to fellow fans, my only real point that i tried to get across was to lay of Wenger because no one really knows what goes on between him and the board and we could well be aiming anger at the wrong man. All the points made were lost and i let the argument go and took the pasting on the chin but i always had a feeling that was not the end of it.
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Low an behold on August 21,2011, i stumbled across an article posted on ArsenalTimes by a chap called Eduardo (no, not that one!) and to my complete shock it was almost word for word what i had stumbled across way back in march and what i had based my article on. The piece was called “Wenger and the board at loggerheads” and i advise any gooner that hasn’t read it yet to go to ArsenalTimes and check it out asap!
The gist of Eduardo’s article was that the board are not backing Wenger properly and although its not the same as what i posted all the main points that i tried to raise have once again come to the surface. Points like Wenger wanted to sort Nasri’s contract out way back in January with a big money offer but the board wouldn’t sanction it, and that wenger was well aware of the shortcomings in the squad and knew he’d taken the kid’s as far as he could and needed the big hitters like Benzema to finish the job and take us to the next level.
The biggest confrontation is that although wenger would spend 30 or 40 million on a player and the board have given the green light (sound familiar) what the board wont do is meet the contract demands that the players wenger wants will undoubtedly come with, lets be honest what 30 million pound player is going to play for £80,000 a week? Wenger knows that to compete we need a new wage structure for our better players and potential targets of at least £150,000 a week to keep this club anywhere near the top and challenge for honours
Now I’m not saying either mine or Eduardo’s articles are gospel, i couldn’t verify my source and Eduardo refuses and rightly so to reveal his, but what is very interesting is that Eduardo claims his source comes directly from the inside the Emirates, if this is true there must be some substance to it somewhere along the line, after recent events its obvious that Samir and Cesc’s departure have hurt wenger deeply, and if you read between the lines with whats going on in the press from Wenger’s end its clearly a man that does not have the freedom we all think, i pointed out in march that there was no way the man that built this squad could be so naive to not see what was wrong with it and with everyday that passes and every comment wenger makes to the press it becomes more and more clear that there is so much more to this than just “wenger is stubborn and naive” hes getting a right good seeing to at the moment and the board seem to be happy to watch from a distance whilst the money keeps rolling in.
As always fans will make up there own minds and fill in the gaps themselves, however i would again like to make the plea not to keep bashing up the boss, i wouldn’t suggest for one second Wenger hasn’t made mistakes but until we get to the bottom of the boardroom antics its not right or fair to lay so much blame on him, truth is Wenger could be performing miracles considering the conditions and if this does turn out to be the case we could well be destroying the work of a great man and put our club in serious jeopardy of sliding into the abyss.
I shall leave you with a response that Eduardo received within 24 hours no less from arsenals senior media officer Katie Baldwin which stinks to high heaven if you ask me, i especially like the bit she drops the club in it by verifying that the source had indeed come from within, judge for yourselves but there’s definitely something a bit skewwiff about it if you ask me
Having read your piece today we feel its appropriate to get in touch to say its entirely factually incorrect.
A number of other sites have picked up on this and are reporting various elements, and they have also been warned this is without substance.
By all means do call us in the office if ever you want to sound something out before running it, we appreciate you’ve had a steer from someone who has contact here at the club.
Ultimately we want all supporters to be able to read factual pieces so help it helps you to
All the best
Senior media officer”
Pheeeeeew that stinks! almost like shes saying you might have a source and you might well be right but it ain’t official unless we say it is! naughty boy, hand smacked!! What do you guys think?