Below is the text of an email sent by Arsenal fan Tony Ward to the AST and AISA, both of which Tony is a member.
The AST and AISA both have members who are at all positions on the spectrum of fan opinion, so it’s difficult for organisations to take up too much of a stance at one end or the other. They rightly stick to fighting for things that are best for all – or at least the vast majority – of fans, rather than too much criticism on subjective team matters.
However, this is a personal blog and I am under no such constraint!
Tony has given me full permission to publish this. I’m not saying I agree with every word, but I throw it out there for discussion. I’m sure I’ll be criticised by some, but that always happens. I’m getting used to it.
This was written just before the two most recent wins against Bayern and Swansea, but I don’t think they make a huge difference to the sentiment. We still lost overall against Bayern, and Swansea are just Swansea – we should be stuffing them out of sight.
“As an individual member of both AISA and the AST and with my company being a Corporate member of the latter, can I please state the obvious and seek feedback:
We have a team that we expect to get beat whenever they play a decent side or top side. They are “average” at best.
We went out of both cups this year to vastly inferior opposition.
There is no sign whatsoever of a trophy.
We have had a wonderful Manager who is now quite simply past it. He is able to dictate all affairs at the club and is in actual fact now bigger than the club. He has made mistake after mistake re buying or not buying the right player at the right time. He has refused to strengthen certain key positions (Goal keeper etc) over a period of years. He seems to be under no pressure internally.
A dysfunctional Board with no access to a 29% + shareholder and a largely absent main shareholder.
We pay too much to average players and with a wage bill 40% more than Tottenham something needs to be done urgently.
We sell all our best players.
We pay far too much money to watch this dross.
We cannot buy the best players. It’s either youngsters (and expensive one’s at that) or over 25 year olds no one else wants.
We are not decisive enough and seem incapable of closing a player deal quickly.
Top players and good youngsters do not progress as they should.
In fact, the list goes on and on…
Everyone seems frightened to act or establish an open debate but all of my friends are fed up and want change!
At over £7M a year, we would have a long queue seeking the Arsenal manager’s job and must not fear needed change!
Well it’s a succinct list, with some good points. What do you think?
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