Posted on Sunday, 28th October 2012 by The Goon
Are Arsenal ‘drifting’ away from the pack and far away from success as they’ve ever been? Well this is what Frank McLintock thinks after hearing from chief executive Ivan Gazidis that the club are still two years away from competing financially with the big boys.
But is former Gunner, who led the side to the League and FA Cup Double in 1971, right? Are we as far away as we’ve ever been from success?
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday, McLintock said:
‘I think they’re drifting. They didn’t tell us [when they built the Emirates] it would take between seven and 12 years to start to achieve success.
‘We keep on selling our best players and bring in other players that are not quite up to the same standard and you have to be extremely lucky to continue to do that season after season. You might get away with it once or twice but you won’t get away with it four or five times.’
He finished off by saying:
‘There is a lack of transparency. It would be nice if [Arsene] Wenger or the board came out and said this is the situation we’re in, these are our plans, it might take another year or two but this is where we’re going to go. But we don’t know. It’s always promises, promises and then in the end it’s disappointing.’
Despite agreeing with Wenger that finishing in the top four is ‘essential’, McLintock believes this achievement is not enough for a club like Arsenal.
‘The top four is essential, it really is, because you get so much money if you stay in there. But for a club like Arsenal that’s not enough.
‘We have the most expensive tickets, the most expensive food and drink, but we don’t put top quality players on the pitch, so why are we playing so much for so little for so long?
‘Getting in the top four [every season] is a great record, but he needs a cup and how are we going to compete with these top teams and when is it going to happen?’
McLintock is 100% right. A club like Arsenal shouldn’t be just settling for a top four finish every year. We as fans deserve more than this, especially for those who go and watch the team week in, week out.
Are we ‘drifting’? Well when you consider the stars we’ve lost over the years and the players who have replaced them, we have gone backwards in my opinion.
Wenger and the board need to come out and tell us what the deal really is. Every year, like Frank stated, is promise after promise after promise by the club’s hierarchy, yet we never see anything at the end of the season.
Hopefully this side delivers us some silverware this season, not just another top four finish. Otherwise we could be waiting a while for our club to achieve success.