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Liverpool victory highlights how poorly Arsenal have been run

If I asked the question: “Who has the better squad – Arsenal or Liverpool?” unanimously the response would be “Liverpool.”

If I then asked a follow up question “Why?” unanimously the response would be “they have invested more.”

But that is actually untrue. Liverpool have not invested more, they have simply invested better.

If we look at the net figures since 2011 (the first summer after which the Fenway Group took over), Liverpool have only spent £10m more than Arsenal.

Money spent on player salaries during that period is also very similar. Arsenal have spent £1.397bn, Liverpool £1.381bn.

Combined spending on transfer fees and salaries are also near identical. Arsenal have spent £1.642bn on net fees and salaries, whilst Liverpool have spent £1.637bn. That is a difference of just £5m

In terms of revenue, Arsenal lead the way with £2.243bn generated since 2011. Liverpool have generated £2.255m

So since the Fenway Group took over in 2010, Liverpool and Arsenal have generated similar income and spent similar on players + salaries.

Of course, in that time Arsenal have won 3 FA Cups whilst Liverpool have won the Champions League and League Cup. Both teams have finished above the other 4 times. So you could argue that the similar outlay have resulted in a similar level of success.

As it stands, Liverpool have a much superior squad than Arsenal and you feel it will take Arsenal some time to catch back up.

In summary, Arsenal need to spend what they generate better. They need to buy more players with a better sell on value (think what Liverpool got for Coutinho and Luis Saurez), whilst maintain better control over their wage bill.

I am willing to give those running the club the benefit of the doubt.

The majority of the above was with Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger at the wheel. Up until 2015, we were out performing Liverpool on and off the pitch. In the 3 years from 2016 to now, we have fallen off the pace.

With the new commercial deals coming in and Raul Sanlehhi as the new captain of the ship, we need to be established and then move forward again.

It might take a couple of years for Arsenal to catch Liverpool back up, but with both clubs having similar spending power, it is certainly not mission impossible. We just need to spend what we have better.



Liverpool and Tottenham show why Arsenal need to stick with Unai Emery

Tonight it is Tottenham v Liverpool in the Champions League final. I will not be watching.

There are lessons to be learn, however, from Liverpool and Tottenham for Arsenal fans in the way things need to be one in the future.

Both teams have stuck with their managers despite a lack of success, believing that they were the right men to take them forward. Tonight one of them will break their trophy duck in charge of their relative club.

Following Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday, Arsenal fans overacted with many calling for Unai Emery’s head. Demanding to be sacked. Many of those doing it did so because they missed Emery off their short lists to be Arsene Wenger’s replacement. They backed Allegri or Arteta and have not been willing to give the Emery the chance.

Emery is the right manager.

Emery is already ahead of Pochettino and Klopp when it comes to win ratio in English football.

Jurgen Klopp’s first 3 seasons with Liverpool saw them finish 8th, 4th and 4th. They lost the League Cup Final, Europa League Final and Champions League Final.

Prior to tonight’s game, Pochettino had just a League Cup Final defeat on his record. Three times Tottenham were in the Europa League under him. The furthest they got was the round of 16 (once). They were knocked out in the Round of 32 twice.

Their fans stuck with the managers, giving them a chance. Realising they were taking them forward and all they were lacking was success.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal are already vastly superior to where Tottenham and Liverpool were after Klopp and Pochettino’s 1st seasons.

Emery is not going to be sacked this summer. He should not be sacked this summer.

Instead of using your time and energy trying to start a campaign against him because you did not want him in the 1st place, spend it on supporting him, supporting The Arsenal.


Wet day in Vauxhall trumps sunny Spain

I have made better decisions in life.

It is 17°C in Alicante this morning. Today’s highs will be 26°C. Arsenal fans are gathering in the Spanish city for a couple of days of sunshine boozing before getting a 2 hour train north to Valencia on Thursday for the game.

I turned down the chance to go to the game. Most of my mates flew out Monday lunchtime. They have been sunning themselves for 2 days already.

The reason why I turned it down? I had tickets for today’s ODI against Pakistan at the Oval.

So instead of waking up this morning in lovely Spanish sunshine, I am looking at of my window at grey clouds, could air and rain until 4pm. Cold and wet. It must be the start of the cricket season in England.

Earlier this year I spent a couple of weeks in Antigua watching England get thrashed by the West Indies. I did not care about the result, it was a cracking bit of time away.

The Vauxhall Oval is going to be very different to the Sir Viv Richards Stadium that I sat in earlier this year. Instead of looking for a bit of shade to sit in, I will probably be looking for somewhere to stay dry.

Arsenal have not been great this season. That is an understatement. And as Liverpool showed last night, the tie is not over.

Valencia did not look great at Arsenal. There only threat was from set pieces. But at 3-1 and with Valencia having the away goal; the 1st goal is key.

Wining the Europa League would turn Unai Emery’s 1st season from a tough one to a trophy laden, successful one.

What it will also do is parachute Arsenal back in the Champions League.

For obvious reasons, the Arsenal transfer budget is not yet finalised. There is plenty of money available with the increase in commercial deals and players leaving on a free. These two factors free up £60million a year to be spent on transfer fees, wages, bonuses, agent fees, etc.

Win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League could add an extra £40million to that pot for next season.

Tomorrow is a huge night.

I just wish I was out there instead of getting the waterproofs out of the loft for a day at the cricket.

ps: Whilst I am talking about the sunshine, have you bought the banana beach towel yet?