Farewell PHW & Rooney Spotted At Colney
Yesterday it was announced that Peter Hill-Wood would be stepping down as Arsenal chairman and would be replaced by Sir Chips Keswick.
When questioned about our board in a recent Q&A, Ivan Gazidis said:
It’s no secret we have an ageing board, they understand and acknowledge that too. This is something we are reviewing.
Replacing a septuagenarian with another septuagenarian isn’t really addressing the ageing board issue but I assume the position of chairman is largely a ceremonial position similar to the roles of the Royal Family. For example; the Queen is Head of State but she doesn’t really have any power, or at least any power she would exercise. I think the board could do with some fresh faces, younger faces, but if I am honest I don’t really care how old the person on the board is as long as they are truly a supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
We are a club of great tradition and although the halls of power are roamed solely by one man these days we have lost a real supporter in the boardroom. Peter Hill-Wood may not have been the most popular man nor could you say he could be related to by the average supporter but he was Arsenal through and through. He understood what legacy means and so does the rest of the board. They have their faults but their grasp of legacy and desire to set Arsenal up for the long-term is something I could never criticise them for.
I’ll certainly miss Peter Hill-Wood as much for his family connection as for his comedic value. As I said, he may not have been the most popular man but he could be trusted to say something outrageously gob-smacking, and at times downright embarrassing, or he would say what we were all thinking.
Farewell Peter Hill-Wood, I wish you a healthy retirement and look forward to some quips and remarks in your Daily Star exclusives.
So, on to my other “headline”- ROONEY SPOTTED AT COLNEY
I apologise if I got your hopes up but it’s silly season and I guess it’s getting to me a little. The constant tweets and headlines I see with “THIS PLAYER SIGNING” “ARSENAL TO SPEND £££” “EXCLUSIVE” “OFFICIAL” are really frustrating me. I expect if from some sites but bloggers and tweeters are getting in on the act now and it’s just a straw too many.
The main purpose of that headline was to grab your attention so I could implore you not to fuel these hit loving attention seekers by clicking their links. I realise this sounds quite hypocritical with my own headline but I hope to redress the balance by passing on some of today’s readers to sites that are more deserving such as Armchair Gooner, Poznan In My Pants, Goonersphere, Suburban Gooners and Positively Arsenal.
And the other thing that irks is the moaning. It’s still early days as far as the summer goes and illogical thought-processes of the incessant moaners is almost unbearable.
The complainers grumble that we haven’t done any “big name” business yet and lament Arsenal being linked with young unknown players. The big picture is being completely ignored by these people.
We let 16 young players go so naturally we will look to replace some of them with external talent and possibly supplement the first-team squad with a few choice youngsters like Sanogo. This doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in “big name” players.
— Daniel Arsenal Cowan (@thedanielcowan) May 17, 2013
Signing well-known players takes time – it can’t be achieved in a few short weeks. Take the signings of Cazorla and Podolski for example. Cazorla we tried to get before he went to Malaga and then had to wait for the situation to ripen as Ivan said in order to extract and complete the best deal. Had Malaga sorted their money problems I doubt they would have sold Santi.
Podolski’s signing was announced early but from what I can gather, Arsenal were in talks for Podolski as early as November 2011 before the signing was officially announced in late April 2012.
Signing a player can be made easier by a number of factors apart from money and those reasons can be prestige of the club and level of competition. Arsenal ticked the first box with aplomb and the second box couldn’t be ticked until the last day of the season.
If we couldn’t start serious talks with top players until our Champions League future was secured (or at least partially secured) then we may only have been in talks with players and clubs for around a month.
I’m sure the club wants to do business as early as possible and ideally before our pre-season tour kicks off with is almost 4 weeks away. 28 days in football can be a long time so lets not get our knickers in a twist if we hear Arsenal are signing Un No Nyungsta from Korea or Den Ekspeavy from a French-speaking African country. I am absolutely certain we will make significant additions to the squad.
For what it is worth I genuinely do think we have an interest in Rooney. Following up on that interested is an entirely different thing though.
On a final note I want to mention two sites.
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The second site I want to mention is NLIR’s sister site – Goonersphere. There is a great collection of writers over there, all offering different views and opinions, that you will all hopefully enjoy. Keep and eye out, you may even win a pair of Arsenal sunglasses over there in the next few weeks.
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