All sorts of fanposts today...
Look, today's (yesterday's?) match was a bad loss, I can understand that, and by watching the other fixtures turn out the way they did, even just a single point would have helped. It seems like TSF nowadays is having a influx of new posters and visitors which I do enjoy, and I fully encourage you guys to comment and post more and become regulars here just like the rest of us, but here's a list of things in lieu of the match report comments that I think we've all come to terms with, most of which we tend to agree to disagree, based on my own opinions and recollections!
1.) Kroenke's ownership of Arsenal, which is based off his majority shareholding, has been limited, about a year and a half now. Kroenke does own other sports franchises (Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids, and the St. Louis Rams), but his ownership and investment in those franchises does not and will not dictate his ownership of Arsenal. European clubs are run and managed different from those in North American sports. Realistically, the most we want out of Kroenke is his full support for the club, and better sponsor deals from the ones we currently have when they expire. We shouldn't have the expectation that Kroenke is going to influx a bunch of cash into Arsenal out of his own pocket and bring in better players, that's not the way Arsenal is run, and it never should be, and some of us do take some pride in the way that Arsenal is run. According to recent reports and based off the hiring of Simon Lilley, it sounds like Arsenal are already on their way to improving that, launching a bidding war for kits between Adidas and Nike, who are allowed to match the offer. The current sponsorship deal with Emirates is up soon, and either we'll get someone else, or Emirates will up their sponsorship deal now that the stadium is close to being paid off (Emirates footed the bill while we repaid it, in exchange for kit and naming rights as well)
2.) The call for Wenger to be replaced for whatever reason (He's falling out of touch with the game, he's not as sharp in the transfer market as he used to be, etc.) should just be put aside. For one, you can count on half a hand the managers who would even be realistically as good as an option as Wenger is now, it's pretty limited. Two, for what the man has done for the club, there's absolutely no good reason to let him go. And three, someone with the experience Wenger has just doesn't fall out of the game, he isn't completely oblivious nor does he suggest that he even is to the rest of the football world, the man has double my age in experience in the game and then some. Aside from the particulars that live in Catalonia who believe that they know everything about football, Wenger has the upmost respect from almost every manager and player out there.
3.) The losses of some big names (Cesc, RVP, Nasri) and some not so big names (Song, Adebayor, Clichy) do hurt the team as far as skill and depth go, but it's not the end all be all of the club and it never will be. I get the feeling that these transfers getting taken quite out of context. As I posted in another fanpost, it wouldn't have even mattered if Arsenal had won the title in these past seven years, in the cases of pretty much everyone, Arsenal just couldn't compete with the wages that were being offered elsewhere. Pretty much all of these players are currently making close to double of what Arsenal could have offered them, and they jumped on the deal, whether it be for personal reasons or their agents words pushed them to, and it doesn't matter anymore because it's all said, signed, and done. As for Cesc, we all knew he wanted to play for his hometown club, and we all knew he was going to leave for Barcelona at some point in time eventually. For Song, there was rumors about that he was having a falling out with his teammates, which would partially explain why the deal came up and was done so quickly. Either way, we got a nice chunk of money out of the deal.
4.) Me, along with some of the bloggers and posters on this site, have already discussed the idea of loyalty in sports, and quite frankly, there is none. It's extremely rare for a player nowadays to stick around for one team, because it's not like they're just fans, this is their job. If another job came calling at you with more opportunity and more money, you would probably take it, and that is the case with pretty much all of these players. The idea that we, as fans, are supposed to expect loyalty from these players is absurd. Players have no need to show loyalty and stick around when it comes down to their paycheck, but we as fans can stay as loyal as we want to, and if this seems to be a problem with your fandom of Arsenal, then maybe you need to go and rethink why you became an Arsenal fan in the first place.
5.) This is more of a personal thing. I've been a regular at TSF for two years now, and I absolutely enjoy the amount of conversation, analysis, and debate that goes on here, and I enjoy running IKTS for you guys (and gals). I think I can speak for Ted, Aidan, Thomas, Paul, Travis, and the rest of the us here when I say that we're more than happy enough to provide our own opinions on matters and spark up a debate. But the thing I've noticed recently is, we seem to have a sharp increase of people who seem to be either offended or taken back by other comments of their own opinions, some of them with poor knowledge into the situation, others it seems like they think they're being personally attacked. We by no means are trying to personally "attack" you, and it's not something you should be turned off by. With that being said, the worst thing you can do is return the attack, because it just provokes more attacks and more chaos, which kind of spoils the fun for the rest of us. We're all generally friendly people here, looking for a good place to discuss some good Arsenal and football tidbits with some comical antics in between (wherever you are danawent). All I'm asking is, don't get the feeling that your being attacked by us, we're not snobs and we're not exclusive in any way, but I do go about saying that with a bit of advice. Blogging is a bit like politics, and before you speak up and make yourself heard, I do advise you try and become knowledgable in the subject at hand before making yourself heard on the matter. Nothing is going to draw more attention here than a comment that seems narrow minded and blunt, and if you want more knowledge on the matter, do some research and feel free to ask for it, this isn't a fifth grade classroom and Butch in the corner isn't going to call you out on a stupid question, keep yourself informed, and have fun!