If you are an Arsenal fan, you know how it feels like when other fans mock your for not winning any trophy for the last eight players, but this has not alone been Arsenal and their fans’ major heart-break for the last eight years. The club has also failed to make big name signings that have been successful at the club. Names such as Squillaci, Park and Santos come to your mind when you think of such signings.
Yet, when we consider who is to be blamed for all this, everyone abruptly utters Arsene Wenger. What is surprising is the fact that Wenger does not even deserve the entire blame because it is someone else. That someone else is Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
When Ivan took over Arsenal, he replaced someone who was very passionate about Arsenal. It was not widely anticipated that Ivan would be close enough to David Dein, but the Arsenal fans did expect someone who would manage their club well to take over.
Also, it was reported back in 2008 that Ivan was selected with the consent of Wenger because he wanted someone who would help him in transfers. However, things have not been the way Wenger expected them to be.
Arshavin arrived at the club in form of a big-money signing but he did not really make a mark, and since then Arsenal have heavily relied on bringing in cheaper players.
The administration has been giving contradictory comments since then, because they give one claim and then one of them comes out and contradicts it.
For example, when the board states that Arsenal has a huge stadium debt and they are always working on reducing it, someone like Peter Hill-Wood appears and says Arsenal have enough money to bring in big targets – something you recently saw when Arsenal were linked to Rooney and Suarez but a ‘big’ money bid was not really made to lure the players to North London.
It might be true that they are working more on making big money for the club so they can enjoy big bonuses. Here Is The City identified today, “He has scooped a reported 36% bonus last season and earns a reported £2 million a year. Him and Wenger are two of the highest paid managers and chief executives in the league, at the same time they are penny pinching on signings and contract renewals.”
Players have left on free transfers, players who could have given Arsenal some spark have also left them for their rivals and Arsenal are still struggling, and guess who bears all the burden of this? The fans, and no one else.