The one thing that has made Sir Arsene stand out over other managers in his time at Arsenal has not only been his incredible ability to make his teams play football the way it should be played, but his incredible ability to get in the mind of the people. Trying to play mind games with Wenger is like getting into a fight with someone who has a shooter and all you have is a knife….There’s only going to be one winner…..
The business end of the season brings exciting times to a football club and its fan base, especially if you are in the hunt for major trophies (which we are) and especially if your a massive club expected to win major trophies (which we are)….
Being an Arsenal fan at this stage of the season is a lot like being a child in the build up to Christmas…. You know what you want, you really really want it, you’ve wanted it all year and its coming to the time when you will finally find out whether your getting it or not…. You could end up with the “GI Joe” with the kung fu grip complete with the “GI Joe” remote control car that transforms into a speedboat with rocket launchers or you could end up with a pair of socks and a knitted jumper……
On the other hand the one thing that really annoys me about this time of year is that contracts are up for renewal and players are contemplating their futures and the vulture teams such as Barca are circling the situation before there’s even sign of a rotting corpse….
We currently find ourselves in a situation at Arsenal where we have a number of players whose contracts are running low, players such as Cesc, Robin and Theo all need their contracts renewing and Robin has already been making noises…..
Robin wants a new contract and apparently he is ready to sign and an agreement has been reached but he wants the club to match his ambition, or he might not sign…..he was recently quoted as saying he is happy with the financial package but wants trophies and in all the time he has been with us he has only one to his name…
Adebayor tried it on last year and under the circumstances he got away with it, this time Wenger has hit back….
Sir Arsene OBE CBE has warned his Arsenal squad that contract talks will have to wait until the end of the season.
He said ”My thinking is that we focus completely on the short term and not long term because we have such important targets in front of us. We have to show maturity and get rid of all the talks which are not helping us to win the games,” said Wenger.
“We have to because we play every three days and we cannot sit around with the players.”
Wenger continued: “It does not affect anything because we can always talk to the agents, but I believe when a player comes back from an away game you do not want to be sitting around the desk at eight o’clock in the morning – you want him to recover, rest and prepare for the next game.
“We have taken this approach because we have a tight schedule. We know that every game is decisive for us.
“It is a period when you have to be completely ‘in’ to be successful. You cannot be half in and a little bit out, or 90 percent and a bit out because you can miss that 10 percent at an important moment of the game.
“I believe we have to be professional, to know what is important and when.
“That is why in the next month I do not want to talk about that [contracts].”
The two key words in all that are MATURITY and PROFESSIONAL….In other words Robin (and the rest of you) shut the hell up, play your football, win us some silverware and then we talk about wages……