Today is Arsene’s Wenger birthday and today it’s all about saluting the boss… (or yesterday if you’re reading this on Friday)… and in a timely manner, the AGM was held today, and was much more positive AGM than the last… although was the last one wasn’t 12 months ago was it?
Well, it was certainly was an interesting discussion and very positive words from Arsene Wenger.
“This year I am convinced we will win a trophy,” Wenger said. “It will come down to how resilient, consistent, intelligent and united we are until the end because there will be tough times. There will be periods when it will be difficult, but we have to show our strengths that have always made this club special.
“This team is now ready to go for it and I am convinced we will perform throughout the season.”
Now that’s a statement and a half. Normally Arsene isn’t so forth coming with statements such as “I am convinced we will a trophy”. It’s very positive and sends out a very strong messages to the fans and the players too that our time has arrived and that the team is ready to kick on and win a trophy. The last four years has seen us unable to get our hands on any trophies, but that fact deludes the truth behind our progress. In the last four years, we’ve competed with the top teams.
We’ve got to the final of the Champions League and defeated teams like Real Madrid and Juventus who have arguably spent a lot more than us and have greater resources. In order to do that, it’s no easy task, it requires careful understanding of the bigger picture and a level of patience that has seen us prosper. The “kids” have grown up. How much is Cesc Fabregas worth now? £40m, £50m? We’ve trained him from his school boy days and been able to compete with the Liverpool’s, Chelsea’s and now the Man City’s of this world whom have all had heavy investment. And we’ve done this whilst also buying a stadium.
“When we moved from Highbury to the Emirates I knew it would be a sensitive period,” said Wenger at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday. But I know as well that the most important [thing] is to stay at the top on a consistent way and that’s where you see really the quality of the Club. Can you maintain through ten years, 15 years to play at the top of the game in Europe?