So it is time to put Saturday’s defeat behind us. Yes, it was disappointing, but we can not dwell on it for too long. Luckily for Arsenal, we play Leicester tonight. After a defeat like what we had, it is good to have another game so quickly, to get 3 points on the board, to move on.
It is the oddity of the league this season that after our most disappointing result so far, we actually have an opportunity to be 3rd in the league – our highest position since the opening day.
With Manchester United and Southampton not playing until Wednesday, and Spurs away to Liverpool, a 3 goal victory for Arsenal will likely see us be 3rd on goal difference, even if it is just for 24 hours.
The race for the Champions League is tight. By the end of tonight, there could be just 3 points between third and seventh. And that is why it is important we move on from Saturday, and quickly.
But just to dwell on Saturday a bit (yes, I know I said not to dwell), we might have lost, and we have all probably taken a ribbing at work over the last day, but it is important to remember the following:
- Saturday was only the 7th time Spurs have defeated Arsenal in the last 45 attempts
- A Spurs fan aged 20 has never seen Spurs finish above Arsenal
- Harry Kane has celebrated Arsenal winning the league more times than a 50 year old Spurs fan
Spurs are in our shadow, and it will take a lot more than one victory for them to come out.
3 points tonight is crucial, against a Leicester side bottom of the league. With the rumours surrounding Nigel Pearson’s future, you would think it will be an ideal situation for us to romp to a win. However, beware the wounded animal.
Pearson will be setting up Leicester to not lose. It will be 11 men behind the ball, defend for your lives. We will have to be patient to break them down, and when we do, take advantage of our chances. Get an early goal, we will go on to romp it.
Despite being bottom of the league, Leicester’s form in their last 8 games is not actually too bad – including the FA Cup (where they played 2 Premier League sides):
P 8 W 4 D 1 L 3 F 8 A 8
Get behind the team. Let’s not allow the disappointment of Saturday eek into both the fans and players minds.
In other matters, it is being reported that the Premier League are set to announce another record TV deal – this time worth £4.4bn. This would be a 45% increase on the current deal. This would see each individual club receive an additional £30-40 million a season, depending on where they finished.
The disgrace is we all know that whilst this will get shouted about as a brilliant success, all the additional money will go into the pockets of agents and players.
At the moment, clubs have to spend £200,000 of the current TV money on ‘the away fans experience.’ Arsenal do this by dropping prices for away fans by £2.50, and having a ‘Welcome xxxxx Football Club’ sign hanging above the away end. Other clubs put on coach travel, give bar staff shirts of the away club to wear, or put up pictures of the away clubs legends.
It sounds all well and good, but it is just £200,000. That is a drop in the ocean as to what clubs from the TV deal. The £200,000 would not even be enough to pay Wayne Rooney’s weekly wage!
With the new MEGA MONEY TV DEAL set to be signed, it is time the clubs gave back to the fans. The players do not need anymore money, nor do the agents.
Using my GCSE maths, £40,000,000, divided by 60,000, divided by 26 (how many games a season ticket holder gets) would equal £25.64 a ticket.
Or working back upwards, Arsenal could drop season ticket prices by £666 and still earn the same money that they are earning now.
Sadly, these are but a dream. Ticket prices would not be reduced, and all income will go out of the club to players and agents as quickly as it comes in. And at the same time, ticket prices will probably rise.
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