I voted Arsene Wenger…

Yesterday was a crazy day. Football aside for one minute, and the elections kept us all entertained for the evening. The dilemma, of course, was who the hell to vote for… and an even bigger dilemma – could I really figure it out all in one day and then make an educated decision. Well, no. It was too much. Too many people telling me too many stores. People saying “if you vote Tory, they will plunge the country further into recession” and others saying “if you vote Labour, they will plunge the country further into recession” and other saying… Okay, you get my drift.

But then I thought, wow, who would I want to vote for? Who has the ability to get out of debt, make profit, get kids into work, help educate them, building a community… you see where I’m going with this… and in the end…

I voted Arsene Wenger…

It wasn’t easy and I spent the better half of the evening persuading some random guy at the polling station that I could vote for Arsene Wenger! I kind of had to explain how and why people should be voting Arsene Wenger…

Economic Growth

Arsene, being an economist by education, has shown in his work at Arsenal and the ability to move into the stadium whilst managing the debt. He will be able to manage the UK debt, whilst reducing the national debt. He will not stand for the fake economies that the world banks have created and he will rectify the influx of money creation. He has always shown his dislike for inflated economies, such as those you see in Chelsea and Manchester City and it’s a parallel to what the big banks have done. In addition, he wouldn’t stand for unmanageable debts that you see at Liverpool and Manchester United in the hope of a knight in shining armour coming in and saving them. The financial aspect down at the Grove is the most manageable debt and the progress of the debt is way ahead of schedule.

Families

Arsene key focus since his tenure at Arsenal has been the team. No one person is bigger than the club and he has successfully created a mental strength and a great unity. The club has focused acutely on the community, and putting back time and money back into the local area. This passion is second to none, and regular visits to hospitals and the supporting of major charities has been a key part of what Arsenal is all about. The club is structured to ensure that families can all come to watch game with a dedicated family enclosure and an excellent Junior Gunner scheme. Arsene knows how important the family nucleus is and that is what his team represents.

Tax

Tax is an interesting area and this can portrayed in a similar fashion to how we pay for our season tickets and come down to the Emirates. With ticket prices being held at the same value for the last 4 years, Arsene can understand that the taxes or levies should be proportionate to a) the performance of the club (i.e. the performance of the government) and b) the economic climate surrounding the state. If the UK are in recession, then financial changes have to be made, and despite rising inflation, the frozen ticket prices express both aspects.

Europe

Arsene is a fan of being part of Europe, but does not want the club (or country) to be governed by Europe. He believes in the ideology that people should be determined by their value, their skillset and what they can do, rather than the nationality of their passport and this means continued trade with Europe, whilst keeping it’s own governance. Fighting for the title is always the priority and this resembles the national and patriot essence. Europe is an important aspect, but is of secondary importance.

Alternatives

Finally, looking at the other candidates, a certain Alex Ferguson relying on the old guard and plunging the country into unknown levels of debts. Rafa Benetiz spending the treasury on random assets with no sell on value and thus devaluing the county… Mancini trying to fight on all fronts, but with no passion and no desire… Ancellotti inheriting the financial institution and maintaining status quo, but with an expensively assembled manifesto…

So, if all the football managers in the Premier League were standing for Prime Minister, who do you think would be best suited?

  • Syah

    I like your assessment of arsene and arsenal. Really feel that the success he has brought to the club even though lacking in silverware is amazing. Wish the footballing world would give him and the club more credit. I vote for arsenal definitely.

  • Yemi

    i vote for stubborn arsene knowing fully well he is not perfect and hoping that he would be able to see his flaws and add 3 or 4 more to his cabinet and ship out all unwanted members of the parliament.

  • Yemi

    I just visited the official website and discovered that ihave about a full team on out injured. something is definitely wrong somewhere.
    i could play a 4-3-3, 4-5-1 or even 4-4-2 with this injury list.

    ————–Manuel Almunia———–

    Djourou – Gallas – Vermaelen – Gael Clichy

    Denilson — Song — Rosicky

    Fabregas — Bendtner — Arshavin

    subs
    Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey

  • Kicker

    only Wenger or nothing

  • Walter Broeckx

    This really is a special season. For the first time it is not the usual top 4 teams that will go in to the CL.

    Before the season we were written off by the pundits and told we wouldn’t make it. It was Manchester City that would take our place. After all the millions they had spent on brand new player-toys it had to be.

    All those big shining new superstars they had bought last summer and the summer before with big names as Tevez, Adebayor, Touré, Barry and don’t forget Robinho they would make it to the top surely.

    Yesterday evening they found out that they will not be in the Champions League. So this is a big lesson to all those who say, “we must buy at any cost as we are the Arsenal and we as fans deserve it.” It doesn’t work that way. Just like it didn’t work in Spain with Real Madrid.

    I know they still can win the league in Spain but they were humiliated in the Spanish cup by a 3rd division side away and at home. They went out in the Champions League against Lyon. And in order to win the Champions League they had bought and spent even more money than City had done.

    I think it should be considered great news: you don’t buy titles or the champions league by just buying all the best players in the world and bring them together in one team. In fact at least one team in the CL final this year is a team that has some home grown players in its ranks, filled them up with one big name – who wont play actually in the final – and that works within it means.

    That team is Bayern Munich. I don’t care who wins the CL but if someone would ask me to pick a team I would hope that Bayern would win it just because this would mean that you can win the CL and live within your own means.

    Just like Barcelona proved last year that you can win the CL based on a team that you have build up for several years and that is based upon your own youth players and added with some wise buys and additions.

    I find it rather amusing that just when Barcelona bought Ibrahimovic and sold Eto’o – who could be considered as a Barcelona man – they didn’t make it to the final this time. Maybe if they would have stuck with Eto’o they would have made it. But Barcelona couldn’t resist the buying of a big name and let a not so big name go. I would have Eto’o any day over Ibrahimovic I must say.

    So you can win the CL and get to the final when you build a team up from the youth and play good foorball or when you are a club that is living within it means. This is good news for Arsenal as this is exactly what we are trying to do. Barcelona went to a barren spell for 5 years at the start of it and before their project brought them back the trophies. It’s the long way but it can be done.

    There was another thing that struck me last night. It was painful to see how many fans, once again predicted the end of the world for Arsenal at the start of the season and then when we were in the title fight but lost it at the end, due to injuries mostly, those same fans declared our team to be shit and the manager as a loser.

    And yet we have qualified once again for the how many times again in a row for the CL.

    But most consider this to be of no value and no importance. I don’t agree with that and I think that qualifying for the CL is already worthy of some bit of celebrating. Because it means that we can attract players who want to play in the CL and it also gives us a good financial backing to pay off the debts we have made for the Emirates.

    But most of the fans think it’s only normal to do this, even with a crap team and a bad manager, and keep on telling us that we didn’t win the title and thus there is nothing to celebrate.

    As I just tuned in for the last 20 minutes of the game between City and Tottenham yesterday I cannot tell you much about the game. But what struck me was the way the Tottenham fans celebrated. For them to know that they had qualified for the CL, even be it for the qualifying round, was a reason to celebrate it as if it was a title. And this is the way it should be seen I think.

    Those Tottenham fans realised how difficult it is to get that far and so they went mad. Yes I know they had little reason to celebrate over the last decades apart from the odd cup win so they are happy with anything that comes their way.

    And we, we are so used to winning things in the last decades and so used to qualifying for the CL every year that we don’t appreciate any more what we have for the moment. We think it’s natural that we finish in the top 4. Well it isn’t and it is in fact a reason to be joyful about.

    In fact I was glad last night that Manchester City did not make it to the top 4. I don’t like the money man to win it. Simple as that.

    Yes I wasn’t happy that of all the teams in the EPL it was Tottenham that took their place. If I had to make a choice it would have been someone else but nothing we can do about it. But in fact it was the reaction of their supporters and players that made me realize that in fact qualifying for the CL is a big thing for 16 clubs in the EPL.

    So instead of moaning because we didn’t win the title we could learn a lesson from the Tottenham supporters – (my God am I really writing this?) – and celebrate the fact that we once again achieved something that is far out of reach for most of the other EPL teams.

    We are so used to doing this we forget the importance of it and how difficult it is to do it year in, year out. Arsène Wenger has spoilt us to much in all those years and we don’t appreciate it anymore.

  • zohaib

    brilliant post dev !
    definitely wenger

    @ yemi. we’ve got quite a ‘few’ injuries :P

    i was wondering the same thing. who are we going to field this time.

    Fabianski
    Sagna Campbell Djourou Clichy
    Eboue Diaby Eastmond Nasri
    VanPersie Arshavin

    maybe :P

  • devday

    What a crazy day in the world of politics…

  • zohaib

    @ Walter
    brilliant post mate !

  • dajama

    @Walter
    Excellent stuff. What you say rings so true for me.

    I would love nothing more than for us to win a trophy. The disappointment of ending up empty-handed year after year for the past 5 years is sickening, true. But getting as far as we do each year is cause for celebration. Much as it disturbs me to be happy for Tottenham, I was also glad that Man City didn’t manage to buy their way into the CL (although I suspect they’ll make it next year or the year after that…) and maybe we should take a second to celebrate where we are, even as we mourn another season without silverware.

  • Kuka

    Great post Walter. Good food for thought. I too watched the City v Spurs game and had saw the reaction of the spurs fans. CL meant that much to them…..We have got reason to celebrate

  • goonerman

    I know the fact we are all arsenal supporters makes us slightly against spurs when it comes to most topics but i really belive that this topic has nothing to do with being biased or against the SCUM lol.

    The manager of the year award was awarded to harry redknapp and i know it is awarded by the premier league but it basically is or the work done by a manager in all competitions, harry has had a great season and spurs sealed champions league football but in the last year or so they have spent over 150 million pound second only to man city, also people sya they were once bottom of the league but that was for a small part of the beggining of a season and it was a completley false position!

    roy hodgson came to fulham and by the end of the season it was said a miracle was neeeded for fulham to avoid relegation and a miracle happened and fulham stayed up, fasgt forward to this present day and after playing around 60 games and spending literally no money bringing in completley unknow players he has got his team mid table and reached the UEFA CUP final, for a team like fulham with a small stadium known really as one of the small clubs in london for them to reach a uefa cup is like any of the big boys reaching the champions league final!

    so for harry to spend 150 million pound and reach 4th place in the league and harry spends a peanut and reches a european final harry redknap gets all the recognition when every manager has allreay said roy in the mamager of the season, personally i just think its wrong and that why should tottenham be hailed as shock champions league takers after spending that kind of money??

    LOVELY RANT!!!

  • zohaib

    2 points i wanted to make

    1) imo. roy hodgon was the deserving manager of the year, even though spurs beat arsenal, mancity and chelsea en route to 4th spot and champs league.

    2) i’ve come to feel that even though we didnt win anything this year, i was hugely impressed with how we were able to fight for the title till the very end, with all our injury problems. it must be noted however that manutd and chelsea lost a few too many points, which in other seasons wouldnt happen. but i guess now that spurs, mancity and villa as well as liverpool and everton are more of a threat to the top 3, we might see the top 3 losing more points compared to the past seasons.
    i must say that this time last seasons i was immensely frustrated by arsenal. i was at boiling point. but now i realize that i love arsenal whether they win trophies or not. its funny but its a kind of unconditional love. and i dont care if we narrowly miss out on silverware. i’ll still support arsenal for the way they play and the commitment.
    we need to remember that this season we had players making huge improvements – Song specially. and how good was Vermaelen !
    more of the same next season please. maybe if we can cut out the silly mistakes we might even win something :P

  • http://kierandelaney.net kierandelaney.net

    Zohaib, I agree completely about being proud of the season.

    If Arsenal score today, they’ll have scored more this season than any of the 3 league winning seasons. Not bad without our main striker for 4 months!