Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Wenger Needs Mercenaries Too

Wenger Needs Mercenaries Too

It is risky ground basing any piece on uncorroborated press quotes but avoiding the sensationalising aspects of some articles built around quotes taken out of context then in amongst the offerings of the last few days an interesting point is raised. Lost around the distorted stories purportedly bemoaning lack of transfer funds Wenger seemingly branded some players as mercenaries. 'If I had the power to change anything in football, it would be the transfer system which makes mercenaries of players' Wenger was quoted as saying 'If they are bad ones they stay. If they are good, they think only of leaving'

In the equally distorted and roughly translated Hleb phone-in interview with the Belarussian media he was asked why he was thinking of leaving Arsenal given that sporting wise they could be considered a top club. His reply was I believe that world football has 10 top clubs, and when a couple of clubs are interested in you and offer better terms. Fair enough then a couple of clubs are offering him a better deal and being a mercenary he is looking to take advantage of it. How does he justify it? I believe that at my other place [presumably Stutgaart] would have been exactly the same. But Arsenal roads for me, I am grateful to Wenger for what he did for me. A bit quaint translated verbatim from Russian but what this seems to mean is that he left Stutgaart for much the same reason he is justifying now leaving Arsenal. Therein lies the paradox. If Hleb weren`t a mercenary then he wouldn`t be at Arsenal in the first place. Arsenal were able to offer him a better deal than he could get from Stutgaart.

It is true that changes in contract law makes it difficult to retain players, or at least those players you want to retain, but those players tend to be the mercenaries anyway. Is there any coincidence that the 3 wantaways this season Flamini, Hleb and Adebayor all came to us as mercenaries? The primary attraction may have been the glamour of a top club but the associated rewards were, undoubtedly, a motivation too. Those players who have been with us from a younger age such as Toure, Clichy and Cesc seem, for the present at least, to be more settled and willing to show greater commitment. Club lawyers will get better at drawing contracts with performance and loyalty bonuses geared to encouraging those we want to stay. But as things stand football needs its mercenaries and if anything many supporters are more irritated when we don`t seem to rush to import more of them.

Not all 'imports' are as mercenary as others. Some, and there are a number of honourable examples, will and do go on to become loyal servants to the club. But nurturing youngsters, whatever their nationality, and giving them a sense of place and purpose may be our best hope of rooting talent to the club. Arsenal has possibly the highest percentage of 'homegrown` players in the premier league. While little can be guaranteed hopefully this may prove a significant factor in time. In the meantime we may not rely on mercenaries as much as some other clubs but they are, and will remain for some time still, a necessity.



Join Vital Arsenal

It's easy to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board To visit the message board, click here. Get involved

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Amos
Date:Tuesday July 8 2008
Time: 7:38PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Quite true. It's amusing when people say, "Adebayor is disrespectful and not loyal. ***** him, let's buy Villa......." Yet Villa leaving Valencia after they've had one dodgy season would be the behaviour of.....Samegoes for Arshavin or whoever else the flavour of the month is.
Little Dutch
08/07/2008 19:45:00
0
Completely agree with both Amos and LD
Passenal
08/07/2008 19:54:00
0
A quite apt quote from Parlour here, "I'm very privileged to have played at Arsenal during my career and I enjoyed every minute of it and I do miss it," he said. "I follow Arsenal quite a lot and I go over to the training ground quite a bit still and watch the games. I like to keep involved with Arsenal because it is such a great club. I was there many years, I signed as a 12-year-old and left at 32. So 20 years of your life is a long time. I'll always have Arsenal in my heart." And to think he got such a bad press from Gooners down the years, possibly from the same people who would fawn over quotes like that.
Little Dutch
08/07/2008 20:39:00
0
Excellent point there Amos. I've always felt that fans should not begrudge a player if he wants to move, for whatever reasons including money, coz the face of modern football has changed. However, it is not as simple as that. When Arsenal makes a better offer for a player, they show a certain level of faith in the players ability. Moving from Stuttgart to Arsenal or Monaco to Arsenal lifts a player profile a lot higher than Arsenal to Barca. So there is a higher extent of risk that Arsenal takes.
prits
09/07/2008 08:57:00
0
Some good points. Arsenal buy players from smaller teams because they can offer more money, Wenger can't really complain if other teams offer more than him.
monkeyg
11/07/2008 21:05:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Who Will Arsenal Face In 2016/17 (29/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of the Premier League for 2016/17 is now known.

No More Quarter Final Replays For Arsenal

Should Arsenal progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

What Did Arsenal Earn In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on league positions have been confirmed.

Duo In Statistical Team Of The Season

Arsenal are represented in the latest Team of the Season concoction, and this is based on statistics.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Editor email
Profile
ClockEnd124
no email
Profile
Amos
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Player of the Year
Suggested By:
Petr Cech4%
Hector Bellerin9%
Mesut Ozil75%
Alexis Sanchez9%
Olivier Giroud3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Amos.13
2.Wyn Mills12
3.Naijagunner9
4.Galway Gooner6
5.Merlion963
6.Will-i-am102
7.phreddy2
8.NYArse1
9.Leon Kingsford1
10.julieloveshenry4ever1