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Wenger Blasts Cheating Chelsea

Wenger Blasts Cheating Chelsea

It's been a while since Arsenal got close enough in the title race to warrant getting involved in some mind games, but the recent sparring between Wenger and Ancelotti is living proof that we're back on the map.

The latest round in this current scrap came about as Arsene was asked what his thoughts were after Chelsea effectively had their debts wiped out by their Russian Sugar Daddy. Of course the Chelsea fans are unable to realise that this isn't Wenger just spouting out any old clap trap he sees fit, rather than someone answering a question posed to him as honestly as he can.

Wenger gave his honest opinions on the subject. "Well, you know we are in a period of magicians. Professional football is about winning and balancing the budget, that`s the basic rule, one I fought for. All the rest is half-cheating. For every club it has to be the same. I always pleaded for financial fair play.'

"The clubs belong to the fans. That`s all I feel my responsibility is, to keep the club in good financial condition."

Of course there has been uproar in the Blue part of London, accusations of jealousy, sour grapes and general voyeurism, but Arsene is doing two things here........

1) He's talking sense. Football clubs should be self sustaining, they should reap what they sow and success should come on the back of hard work rather than the dodgy dealings of some shifty oil Barron.

2) Getting under Chelsea's skin. To win a league title you need to have a great squad, a brilliant manager, and a bit of luck, so it's important to grab as much advantage as you can, and if that means winding up the opposition then so be it.

I personally feel we'll still come up a little bit short in the race for the Premier League, but by the reaction of the Chelsea fans over the past few weeks (especially the ones who claimed that even if Chelsea did slip up we wouldn't be the ones to benefit from it) they are certainly starting to worry about us .... just check the comments section in a few hours for confirmation ;)

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Date:Saturday January 2 2010
Time: 11:50AM


The Chavs have carried and nurtured their 'Oo you lookin' at!' mentality ever since the pathetically self conscious Mourinho, replete with 120 page dossier, whinged about voyeurism because Wenger dared express an opinion. I don't expect the delicate little flowers from West London to be any less sensitive now than the sensitive Moanrinho was then. Wenger has a point, which will be lost in the haste to shoot down the messenger, but it's still in there.
02/01/2010 12:05:00
well... I'm too lazy to post my comment on vital blue side .. but may someone ask them .. or if any of them stumbled here .. What happen if your "uncle Roman" decided to quit playing around and leave you guys?
02/01/2010 12:33:00
BLOODY VOYEUR ................
02/01/2010 12:36:00
Rocky, blasts? Bit too "Sun" for my liking ;-)

He's happy to give his opinion on the state of the game, and is anyone really surprised? He has been advocating the self financial dependance of football clubs for pretty much the whole decade. Replace Chelsea with any other bankrolled club and the sentiment is the same. I don't think it's anything about Chelsea, more a comment on the state of the game as a whole. The chavs are just an example.
02/01/2010 12:42:00
MrE._Man --- keep wishing those same thoughts the Spuds have been expressing for years! If he does, he does, we'd survive in one form or another!
02/01/2010 12:44:00
Of course the Chavs will survive when Abramovich goes. Just as Blackburn and Leeds have survived when they were no longer able to fund their losses. But unless you can generate a profit from normal activities - or find someone else to cover your losses - you'll have to adjust your spending in balance with your revenues. If you can succesfully generate enough profitable revenues through normal commercial activites you can continue to compete. As yet there is nothing in Chelsea's financial performance to show that will happen anytime soon without reducing your spending substantially. Unfortunately there is no magic that can change that inevitable economic reality.
02/01/2010 12:55:00
The supernova will be a delight to watch though merlin. 8-)
02/01/2010 12:57:00
We were here long before Abramovich rocked up, and we'll be here long after he's gone (which, by the way, I don't expect to be in this decade, or the one after that...). Roman has already said he'll pass the club onto his son eventually, and the bloke's been a man of his word from what I've seen in the past six-and-a-half years. Just a quick question - will Wenger still be harping on about 'self-sufficiency, etc' when either Usmanov (who, by the way, is a million times more shady than even the most ridiculous Abramovich rumours) or Kroenke take over and start flashing the cash?
02/01/2010 13:05:00
I agree with Gunnerman on that one, I think it was his general opinion, the only thing new about it is the context with Chelsea. We all know Wenger is an idealist, which, as we have seen, is a quality with huge positives, but I'm afraid this is an example where his idealism contradicts any true sense of reality. That's not to say he shouldn't express his opinion, but financial fair play, as such, won't happen, no matter how much it should do. It's been going on since the conception of league football - in 1910 we were bailed out of liquidation by Henry Norris. It would be nice if all teams had equal financial opportunity, but making that happen will take a long, long time.
02/01/2010 13:09:00
and daspecial1, in all likelihood, yes, he will. If (more likely, when) Kroenke takes over, we will still be a self-sustainable club. We will just have a different resource upon which we can call, although I doubt we will do so much while Arsene's in charge, and club profits would be shared in a very slightly different manner. I doubt Kroenke would be 'flashing the cash' as you put it. The main benefit we'll get from him will be his American links and his previous expertise in setting up successful sports franchises. From the outside, we'll probably see very little change, but with increased profits, so when he decides to leave, we'll be in a better position than the one where we started. I think we all accept that Usmanov is a slimy ********, and I'm not going to contemplate what would happen if he takes over, in fact I'd rather like Silent Stan to just buy us now so Usmanov can't.
02/01/2010 13:20:00
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