I think it's time for a little bit of perspective... So what is perspective.
per·spec·tive (pər-spěk’tĭv) Pronunciation Key
A view or vista.
A mental view or outlook: “It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present” (Fabian Linden).
The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective.
Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker.
The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
Calls for Arsene’s head are so out of perspective, it’s funny.
Yes, this season has been a disappointment and yes I’ve been upset. In yesterday’s blog I called out to all to give me some something to be happy about, but time is a healer and today I do feel better than yesterday. Tonight, with the guys round, counselling me have helped me gain some perspective on the matter.
In reaction to our fourth defeat of the season, we had the DVD, “Untouchables” on the box and this was a time when Arsene had the ability to splash the cash, it was a time when the Emirates was only a dream, I saw the sketches of the stadium. We had players such as £10m Henry, £13 Wiltord, £5m Pires, £17m Reyes… and yes those figures at those times where £15m was today’s equivalent of paying over £30m for a Berbatov or Robinho.
The plan back then was to become the biggest club in the world. But what did that mean then and what does it mean now? Pretty much the same thing. Sustainable debt. But at what cost? The cost of buying big names every year. So Arsene’s had to go a different way. A youth policy has been introduced although somewhat a constant theme throughout Arsene’s reign. Our superstar of the moment, Cesc Fabregas, came through as a young player, albeit not through our academy. Clichy, Toure, Van Persie, Denilson and Walcott were all bought at young ages for a lower fee than they would command at their best form.
If you look at the squad, you can’t argue with the quality. We’ve got players like Rosicky, Eduardo to come back and players like Vela and Ramsey who are oozing with talent. At the same time, we’ve built and are plying our trade in a world class stadium. I was on the way to the game last weekend and there were Villa fans who were standing in amazement at the stadium.
We’ve had to fast track the younger players into the squad and of course, it’s spelt out inconsistency. Inconsistency that means we beat Man United one weekend and with the same team, go down 2-0 at home to Villa next weekend. Questions can be asked about the formation and chosen personnel against Villa, but in all honesty with Ade semi-injured and VP suspended, Vela having played on Tuesday and Eduardo yet to return, was Arsene’s chosen XI the most sensible? Had he picked Vela instead of Diaby, would we question why he didn’t pick the team that beat United had we lost?
Many people think Arsene should have gone into the transfer market for a defensive midfielder – me included. But what were the constraints involved in his decision making. Was Song’s form in the Olympics and Bischoff’s availability something that turned his mind. The decision has been made and yes we could be stronger in DM, but Denilson has played out of his skin. His performance against Villa (having watched the game so many times) was actually one of the better ones on the pitch. So where do the problems lie? As we watched the DVD (The “Untouchables”) yesterday, it was a reminder of how many times at Highbury we went a goal behind or conceded – often from free kicks and corners. But the difference then compared to now is that we always came back to win. Without forward players such as Eduardo and Van Persie, it’s harder to score a goal out of nothing.
So today, I’ll sit back, gain a little perspective and support the manager whose assembled a top four team on a shoestring budget, letting our top players go and bringing through a great academy. Not to mention the stadium.
This article hasn’t been written to cheer everyone up, it hasn’t been written to give anyone false hope, but it has been written to air some perspective on the situation.