There’s a spectacular flurry of activity going on behind the scenes since the Arsenal coach, Unai Emery dropped the ‘loan bombshell’ at his press conference to discuss the Gunners game against West Ham.
As soon as the words left his mouth that the North London club were only going to undertake loan deals, the room fell awkwardly silent.
Angry fans took to social media to express a mixture of dissatisfaction, disbelief and frustration. Opinions varied on the cause but Stan Kroenke was a universal target for fans, although some apportioned the blame on former CEO, Ivan Gazidis and former manager, Arsene Wenger.
It’s a complicated matter full of financial shortfalls and possible breaches of FFP regulations but that is of no concern to the majority of fans who feel that Kroenke has mismanaged the club through others, to end up in this predicament.
Yes, the club has invested heavily over the last few years, £74.1 million just last summer but Arsenal fans have long memories and remember the clubs policy of selling the Family silver to finance a stadium.
WHAT a result!
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 12, 2019
Stars left like evacuees from a war torn Country and Arsenal’s ability to compete at the highest level, went with them.
I have been heavily criticised for attacking Stan Kroenke and have been reminded of FFP and that he had individuals working on his behalf and is thus devoid of any responsibility, which is complete and utter horse shit.
That’s like saying that the chef in the titanic should have informed the captain of the impending iceberg.
Yes, Gazidis was working for him but Stan Kroenke has been at the helm for ten years and he’s not the business man everyone would have you believe, if he did not closely monitor those making daily decisions on his behalf.
You can dress this up how you like but should Arsenal fall any further behind Liverpool and City, it may take 10 years to get back into contention.
Gazidis is partially responsible, no question about that and we have to hope that the current structure, which is entirely blameless come good but Arsenal have now become farcenal, such is the gross negligence of this great club.
Emery’s only mistake was to repeat his employers transfer strategy. The club probably would have been better served doing what it usually does, which is indulge in lies and subterfuge.
It could have said that the targets would not be affordable until the summer and in that period, it would secure a couple of players on loan until those targets could be acquired.
Better still they could have said nothing but they are no doubt happy that the financial cat is out of the bag, claiming honesty is the best policy.
No one knows how Kroenke is offsetting his loans of over £550 million and he’s not about to put an advert in The Guardian to calm the nerves.
The fact is that if Arsenal were a vehicle, it wouldn’t be road worthy. If it were a meal, it would be unfit for consumption and if it were a plane, it would be grounded indefinitely.
The problems are many and have been left overtime to get a damn site worse. Those that say I’m ignorant to the financial plight would be right, because as a paying fan, it’s not my major concern. That’s for those employed by the club, who were deemed fit to undertake the role.
Those that say it’s not Kroenke’s fault are living in a dream World. Where else could you mismanage a business to this degree by claiming ignorance because somebody else ran the day to day affairs of the business.
It’s staggering !! The fact that Wenger has been sucked into the blame vortex is also baffling. True, he had lost his way in the latter years but if he asked for players and the funds weren’t available, you can’t seriously tell me that there wasn’t anyone in the club to tell him No !
“We need to continue to work together, then the results will come.”
An afternoon to forget, but as always we’re grateful for your support ? pic.twitter.com/VeMT9AVK5U
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 12, 2019
Really ? Did he have that much power, that much influence ? How absurd is that notion ?
Did he trot down to Arsenal’s bank and withdraw the money himself, pop it in a Louis Vuitton suitcase, head off on a private charter and close the deal in a Cafe next to the airport.
These assertions are just as daft as Arsenal current plight and I for one, will not let Wenger take responsibility for what is currently transpiring.
If he is guilty of anything, it was in thinking he could return the club to the glory days of the 90’s and for showing loyalty and passion, both unusual in today’s game.
He made some dubious decisions in the transfer market but more than made up for those by bringing World class talent to these shores and even by selling them on for a handsome profit.
Where did that go ? Up Stan Kroenke’s wizard like sleeve.
Oh yes, and he delivered 3 premiership titles, 4 FA cups and introduced a standard of excellence to Arsenal fans that they had never seen the likes of before and are trying to emulate.
As for Kroenke, what has he done ?