So, Liverpool are front and centre. Tomorrow’s opponents also nipped to the head of the queue of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s suitors. A quoted fee of £35m seems good business to me, particularly for a player in the last year of his contract.|
Not that Arsène sees it that way.
“We’ve invested time and money and confidence on players like Ox and they have a responsibility.”
Arsenal made a mess of managing them and Wenger is now trying to play the loyalty card, pressurising players into committing their futures to the club. Desperate times call for desperate measures and we are desperate.
There is a genuine concern for Arsenal Football Club. With two-thirds of the squad coming into the final year or two of their contracts, the preferred method of change – evolution – is out of the window. This is disintegration and symptomatic of the decay around the playing side at the moment.
The end of Arsène’s reign was always going to be a watershed moment for the club but claims he will leave the squad in good shape look increasingly hollow with every passing season.
It could end another way. As unlikely as it is, no-one can rule out the three current rebels extending their stay at the club, enticing the 2019 crew to renew theirs.
That’s the happy ending the fairy tale demands but is unlikely to receive. Pesky things those fairy tales; a bit Grimm all round.
Neymar Long Contracts For Anyone
A few weeks back when he was discussing Alexis, Arsène declared that “…in the future you will see that more and more. Players going to the end of their contracts.” It’s far the utopia he tried to paint a picture of.
I’m not heading in that direction today. Or if I do, that’s not the intention as I type this. A few weeks back when he was discussing Alexis, Arsène declared that “…in the future you will see that more and more. Players going to the end of their contracts.”
It’s far the utopia he tried to paint a picture of.
I could be wrong but it feels like big changes are brewing. The restlessness of clubs and players is building into something bigger and not necessarily good for the game. Barcelona and Paris St Germain are at the heart of it. I’m not surprised by either but it could easily have been Real Madrid and Manchester City.
The Catalans issued a writ against Neymar for breach of contract and repayment of a loyalty bonus. Neymar has responded in kind; a writ against Barcelona for loyalty bonuses to be paid. Barcelona contend that because he didn’t see out his contract, he’s not entitled to them. I see their point, just as I see his that he served notice and bought himself out of the contract per the clause.
Don’t Open The Door – It’s A Place You Don’t Want To Go
Messy – and we may see something similar with Lionel next year – and bringing the timorous gentlemen’s agreement between clubs crashing down around FIFAs ears.
Anything which relied upon clubs acting honourably was always doomed to fail. They said they wouldn’t poach the best players and naively Barcelona assumed that they were impervious to the same agitation they played out on others. It’s gone wrong and heads are going to roll. I can’t feel sympathy for them; indeed, I find some solace in watching tthe whole shambolic affair unravel.
Hell, it seems, has found another with the fury of a woman scorned: football clubs.
Football operates in a dome, separated from the outside world. Now that’s coming to an end; the dome is cracking and no-one is quite sure where this one will end. I guess there will be some settlement between Barcelona and Neymar with token payments made either way.
Every evolution in the way player registrations and earnings has come as a result of a landmark court case. Eastham, Bosman, and now Neymar. I don’t thinks so; there’s a Bosman out there somewhere but he isn’t the Brazilian. PSG has too much to lose (potentially) and will apply pressure to him to settle the cases.
Do We Know Our Arsenals From Our Elbows?
Future years are going to see a lot more ‘big’ players moving between the elite clubs. Arsenal are no different although at the moment, there is an unshakeable belief that it will be players leaving, not arriving.
Wenger doesn’t want to lose any of his trio of contract rebels but he must keep hold of one at least. Talk of £180k per week for Ox is desperation on the part of the club. Desperate to hold onto the player and if that doesn’t work, desperate to make it look like they tried.
It doesn’t hold sway with me; Arsenal may claim they are active in the market but I don’t believe that’s the case. They will, if forced by departures, move for other players but we’re almost certainly going into the season knowing three players are walking on a free come June 2018. Wrong message to send out to those who are renewing in 2019.
The manager’s credibility will be shot to pieces if all three leave in the next week. Fortunately for him, nobody seems interested in Mesut Özil, save for the Turkish clubs used by agents to flush out the interest of others. Ox and Alexis? Big bids totalling more than £100m? We’ll take it and to be honest, we’d be mad not to.
This is an unholy mess and having placed us firmly in it, we’re supposed to trust the same people to get us out of it? Forgive me if I wait to see that happen rather than placing my trust in them.