The saying a lesson lived is a lesson learned fundamentally means real life experiences and mistakes are what teach us best.
The one criticism I have of Arsene Wenger is that he has lived 30 years of managerial lessons yet his stubbornness refuses to allow him to learn or at the very least learn quickly.
There are lots of reports in the press that Arsenal are finally going to have the summer clear out that we desperately need to free up some wages for our existing stars. This is good and bad news.
It is excellent news that we are finally going to try to sell Bendtner, Denilson and Chamakh as well as releasing Squillaci and Almunia on free transfers. It is good news that we are going to offer new and improved deals to Van Persie, Song and Walcott and hopefully enough money to satisfy Robin’s financial requirements assuming we can convince him that we can satisfy his ambitions but I’ve already voiced my belief that he will stay.
It is not so good news that we are looking to sell on Arshavin. Don’t get me wrong, if we can get a decent sum for him then I won’t really miss him but I do feel that if we let him go we will be back in the situation of being a bit light on experience. Arshavin is a great player and maybe this loan will rejuvenate him and he’ll come back and be the player he was in his first 12 months. I’d prefer to keep him but will accept a reasonable fee for him.
It is also not so good news that Arsenal are looking at making the same mistakes as they have for many years with the report that we are going to double The Ox’s wages.
For far too long Arsenal and to a greater extent Arsene Wenger have offered big wages to young players or players with average talent. I’m not for one second saying that AOC is average, far from it and I’m not saying that he isn’t worth £50k a week or to put it into perspective just as much as we’ve been paying Denilson and Almunia. What I am saying is firstly Denilson and Almunia were never worth £50k a week and secondly but more importantly it is a big mistake to pay a player so young such great wages because what happens is that by the time he has 2-3 years of first team experience under his belt and is setting the EPL alight his agents will feel he is worth double again and he’ll only be 21-22, by the time he is 24 his agents and maybe by then he himself will feel he is worth another £50k a week. Then we are talking £150-200k a week. Arsenal won’t pay this or more importantly won’t be able to pay that for 10+ players which we will probably need to do. So what happens? We end up selling him when he has a year left on his contract to a Man City or the next club with a sugar daddy willing to offer him £250k a week. Read more