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Jem Maidment, London24 Arsenal blogger
Friday, April 6, 2012
“Misguided fools will tell you it’s wonderful City are challenging for the title. No it’s not”
I hope we beat Man City on Sunday.
It will be a victory for decency over vulgarity.
Misguided fools will tell you it's wonderful City are challenging for the title. No it's not.
They said the same when Chelsea crawled out from under their rock when Abramovich came along. But it wasn't.
These clubs are killing football. They ride roughshod over everyone else because they have oil money.
They push wages up to price decent clubs out. Take Wayne Bridge, a moderately talented 4th choice left back who City were paying a staggering £90k a week. That's a drop in the ocean to them. That is the entire wage bill of some League 2 clubs.
This guy is so poor, he doesn't even make the Premier League squad.
Still think City are good for football?
We saw this with Winston Bogarde at Chelsea a decade ago.
So why should we be bothered? Because ultimately YOU are paying these obscene sums. You may be sticking a tenner petrol in the tank rather £20 because of rising fuel prices, but you are still unwittingly paying crap footballers big bucks.
Because the likes of Arsenal and Spurs have had to up their wages to compete with Russian and Arab money. That's why players like Theo Walcott pick up £85k a week. And that means ticket prices go up. And that means you have to pick and choose your games.
And that's why West Ham - CHAMPIONSHIP mediocity West Ham advertise tickets for £32 like they are a sodding bargain.
Want to see Arsenal v Wigan on a Monday night (a game that is live on telly)? Cheapest tickets start at 35.
So while I really am no fan of Manchester United and this leveraged buy out business at least crooked money isn't bankrolling them. And it's why I pray they win the title.
And Chelsea finish 5th.
I don't hate Spurs. Pity yes. Hate no. But I want them to finish top four thisseason. I want them to push Chelsea into the horror of Thursday nights Channel 5.
Tottenham pay what they can. They won't spend what they don't have. Just like Arsenal. It's why we let Adebarndoor go. And it is why Spurs will too this summer, unless he loves them so much he is prepared to lose 60 per cent of his wages (we'll see!!!).
We see an absurd situation in which moneybags City pay the bulk of his wages because it is the only way they can get rid.
People say Tevez will leave City in the summer. I don't see it.
He is being paid too much to attract buyers. PSG might take him (another Arab oil plaything), but if not, nobody can afford him.
So he'll stay whether he wants to or not.
At a time when belts continue to tighten (check your pay packet at the end of the month now these new tax measures kick in tax measures that will ultimately see footballers take home even more because of that insufferable arse George Osborne), if you step back and look at our beautiful game, it seems so disgusting, so utterly detached from the real world, that it makes you question where it will be in another five years.
So please. For the sake of sanity and decency, Arsenal must win on Sunday.
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