So, I was reading the McNulty blog*, as every week, and it
got me thinking of the Arsenal philosophy, particularly under
Wenger, which we, Gooners, value.
McNulty says, and I quote:
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis recently told Radio 5
live's Sportsweek: "For us winning is certainly important but
it is not the end objective of everything."
This is a romantic, some might say fanciful, notion that may
not be shared by, for example, Cesc Fabregas if he goes
through another season without a club honour to add to the
Euro 2008 and World Cup medals he claimed with Spain.
Sure, it is sweet to see your team lifting trophies and all,
but I would stop here for a moment and ponder how precious
it is to lift trophies every year while your team is indebted,
lacks identity because it buys highly priced employees
(rather than players who "feel the jersey"
, develops not
a single talented young player, and, most of all,
is synonym of angry supporters asking the Arab or American
owner in turn to sell the shares.
I mean, I want to see Arsenal winning something, for sure,
but not at the price of becoming a Liverpool or a Manchester
(united or city, it is the same stuff) or, even worse, a Chelsea.
I respect Wenger and his philosophy and I like, besides the
beautiful football displayed, the healthy finances of the club.
If Fábregas leaves... so what? Let him go to Barcelona for an
awful amount of money. Wilshere is maturing quickly and he
can fill the spot. Let him go and win things. We, Gooners, aim
for something else.