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Is it time for Arsenal fans to praise Stan Kroenke for a change?

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A Silence of Convenience by Neil Watson

I am fairly confident this article will meet with a record number of aggrieved reactions and disparaging comments because the truth is often the most uncomfortable thing to admit. One of the best lessons you can teach the young is ‘learn from your mistakes’ and ‘be honest when you are wrong’. In that way you can learn and as a consequence you will grow mentally. By not admitting when you are wrong means you choose not to learn.

And so let’s get down to it. Stan Kroenke and the senior management of our club. The management that have spent in excess of 150 million pounds in players in the last 2 years.

When things were very bad within our club we, as fans, blamed the manager and the owners. In truth the inner issues of a club can be speculated on by fans but we never ever know. None of us know why Ozil has such a bad run of form, why Sanchez was so keen to go anywhere… loads of things involving Ramsay, Jack, Bellerin…..

So now we find ourselves on a run of form that was last achieved 7 seasons back. The same owner yet a different manager and a few new players.

In reality should fans not be congratulating the owner and senior management for securing the services of a manager that, if form is any guide, was unjustly ignored as manager of the month? Let’s be honest was he on top of anyone’s lists when the club were looking for a replacement for Wenger? Some might say he’s had easy fixtures to accommodate and they’d be right but even the easy ones need to be won. You can do no more than win them regardless of how many goals you score.

I’m part of the majority of Arsenal fans who think poorly of Kroenke. We see him turn up at the occasional home game and have zero connection with the fans. I think most of us assume, probably quite rightly, that his ownership of our club is purely for personal gain. But isn’t that the point?

The undeniable point here is that if you’re going to blame someone individually for our team playing terribly you have to praise that same person when things turn around and the results go in your favour. We were terrible and so the manager was changed, a few new players were bought and we then went on a run. We look sharp on the pitch, the team play with smiles on their faces and we can look across London at our noisy neighbours and feel for the first time in a few years our ship is once again sailing in the right direction whereas they maybe about to embark on something less pleasant.

At the end of this season we will be able to judge Kroenke for the first time without there being an existing structure in place since the day he arrived. The Wenger regime is well and truly over and we are seeing how well the senior management and ownership can run our club and what will transpire as a consequence of their new found freedom.

To précis, and stay focused on this point when commenting, if you’re like me and most, who vehemently criticised Kroenke for causing the crisis within our club over the past couple of years then surely you have to accept that the current success we are enjoying is at the very least partially due to the new structure within the club that his money created.


Neil Watson

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Laurent Koscielny reprehensible behaviour has done Arsenal a massive favour

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Laurent Koscielny going on strike has done Arsenal a massive favour and forced the club to change its plans.

It really does appear that Unai Emery and the board had no intentions of bringing in a central defender. not going by the credible transfer reports we have been receiving.

It is fairly accepted that Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney, William Saliba, Everton Soares and Wilfried Zaha are the players the club are targeting.

Of those, only one is a central defender and he will not be available for a year.

Anyone watching the Arsenal mini-tour to the USA cannot fail to notice that the defence is still a shambles and that a central defender has to be the priority and it beggars belief that Arsenal has not clicked on to that.


Koscielny effectively going on strike leaves a huge gap at the back, he may not have played every game but he would have been significant throughout the season and he does need replacing.

If the club does not sign a central defender and goes with what we got then the consequences will be harsh and the fans will not forget, it would be negligence of the highest order.

Basically, the way I see it, if Koscielny would have stayed for another season the chances are no new central defender would have been brought in, that simply cannot be the case now.

So, in effect, the 33-year-old has done the club a massive favour even if they have not realised it yet.


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So what should Arsenal do about Aubz and Laca’s contract situations?

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Anyone Else Worried About This? by Dan Smith

While I don’t believe the seriousness of the rumours linking Aubameyang with a move away it did remind me about his current situation. Maybe gooners are distracted by transfer talk, or maybe we want to pretend it’s not happening, but our two best players have less than two years left on their deals. It means this time next year Auba and Lacazette can either run down their contracts or be sold for a cut price fee.

Essentially, we will be back in the Sanchez/Ramsey saga, one which we promised would never happen again.
In Raul Sanllehi ‘s own words, the recruitment team will be stricter with those with less than 24 months left on, unwilling to lose any more value on assets. So, by that criteria, if the Gabon and/or French striker chose not to negotiate we would have to sell now?

It would be a PR disaster to send one of our stars to a rival, but fear of criticism was the reason we preferred to lose Sanchez for nothing. The notion was having the Chilean for one campaign was better than any money we could have received. By the next January we were all taking about the 60 million we turned our backs on for 4 months work.

So, should we pay over the odds to keep the duo? Most gooners would say yes but how much stick have we got for doing exactly that for Ozil? The German has had supporters turn against him for his salary of 350,000 when he has zero resale value. Our forward line is 30 and 28 respectively and will be fully aware that someone the same age deemed not as important as them is the highest earner.

So, do we continue to write cheques North of 300,000 pound a week or (like Rambo) insist on a threshold? We either cash in now (fans will be unhappy), let them leave as free agents in the future (fans will be unhappy), or give them a raise (which upsets your wage structure). I was just wondering if anyone else was worried about this, and if so, what’s your preference?


My view is if Auba don’t say yes in the 2 weeks we have to sell, don’t we?

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