Moving to the The Emirates – Are we any better off?


Since leaving Highbury in 2006 under the promise of becoming a European Super-club, it seems to me that the height of our expectations is to be also-rans.

Here we are 8 years after our move & what benefits have there been other than false hope?

* We’ve genuinely competed for the title 2 years at most, to come unstuck in the latter part of the season (08 & 14)

* 1x FA Cup win in May

* 1x semi final appearance in the CL

I’d suggest that’s not exactly the record of a ‘Super-Club’

According to reports, we’ve accumulated near on £100m in this period which could be made available for player transfers. Yes we’ve spent a fair bit this summer but are they along with the likes of Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Cazorla etc not similar to what we would have bought at Highbury?

There’s not much monetary difference between those players & what we paid for the likes of Pires, Hleb & Overmars in relative terms

Yes I accept that Sanchez & Ozil are the exception to the rule but we also constantly spent what was considered big money at the time on Henry, Reyes & Wiltord for example.

I don’t want to get into the exact names of ‘who we should have bought this summer’ debate as we’ll all have different opinions. I’m also not criticising who we have brought in as there is no doubt that all of them will be an asset to our squad but they are all like for like position wise with what’s left the club.

According to the club website we now have 6 defenders to choose from for a 50+ game season. How long will it be until we hear ‘Mertesacker is jaded’ after he played right until the end of the World Cup?

Here lies the problem, there should have been more than the 5 we brought in. We have a lopsided squad, top heavy with creative midfielders. If you & I can identify the areas as weaknesses, why can’t the Hierarchy at our club? The excuse of no money or players not available just doesn’t wash anymore.

As it stands, the only benefit of our move to Emirates Stadium I can see is amassing a huge figure in the Bank. Of course that isn’t a benefit to the ordinary fan if it’s not being invested in the team or used to reduce ticket prices. Only the Shareholders will see benefits with their stock value increasing on a daily basis.

I’m not sure that’s what I signed up for when we moved from our beloved Highbury.

We’ve seen match tickets hit £100+ per game mark & cheapest season tickets now up to over £1000 per year & they’re only going one way. Thousand’s of loyal fans priced out for what exactly?

I hope The Arsenal win the quadruple this year (as I do every other year) but realistically at this stage we are looking at scraping 4th & hoping for another Cup win.

Should that be where we are after all the promises when we moved?


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6 thoughts on “Moving to the The Emirates – Are we any better off?

  1. Shimmy

    I hate to criticize anyone spending the time to think about Arsenal, but this isnt very…..uummmm….in depth, shall we say, analysis.

    The question really is where would the club had been had we not moved to the Emirates while CFC, MCFC and Man U were getting bigger and richer? The only solution would have been to also get a rich owner like CFC and MCFC. Sure we havent won much, but it coincides directly with the Glazers, Roman and Abu Dhabi taking control of the competition. We would have had no choice or we would be equivalent to an also ran with no CL football. Be thankful- its because of the Emirates that we are independent and have had 17 years continous CL football. We have to try and maximize our revenues in every aspect to compete and be independent and that includes ticket receipts, concert and conference receipts, merchandizing and the like.


    1. Andy

      A complete myth about manure having money poured in by the Glazers. In fact this whole money buys trophies thing is a spin put out by all the AKB”S and Le twat himself. If this was true chelski and citeh would have the league wrapped up by Christmas. Cups certainly wouldn’t be won by the likes of Wigan and Birmingham. even the Champions League has not been won by the Spanish giants for a couple of seasons. Money doesn’t buy trophies (ask QPR) it helps to a certain extent but the main thing is the manager and the team he buys and picks. think about it both citeh and chelski change managers every two weeks. If money bought sucsess they wouldn’t have to. We should never have moved Highbury was home and we were a better football club in those days. Even in the baron years we were getting to cup finals.


  2. SD

    Very we’ll written, such a lopsided side we are.. Too many similar kinds of players. We needed a DM pretty much after Viera left and a striker after Van Persie left. How long are we going to keep polishing players? Shouldn’t Wenger have a target in his mind of creating a CL winning team. We are proud of our young players but we need a team that wants to win Champions
    League not FA CUP. only then shall we be feared and counted amongst the best of best…


  3. Font

    Jack wilshere will play holding midfield is he disciplined enough only time will tell for all those doubters pick your 11 from our squad then pick your bench then look at the quality of the rest if you think the ones who don’t make the team or the bench will be happy just to sit around .
    after you have done the equation add the players you want then delete from first 11 then bench .and then ask yourself will you be able to keep the squad happy , no I did not think so .


  4. Abhi

    True words. Wanted to see a good striker come in. Wenger knows we need more there his pursuit of Higuain and a certain racist bucktooth forward proves it. It’s so bad to feel what could’ve been every season knowing if we spent a little more we could’ve done it 😦



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