The 2010/11 Premier League Previews 1 – Arsenal: How Long Is Too Long?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. dollar mighty says:

    5 years is long enough,but as every season passes and we continue with this policy,5 years will turn into 10 and so on,next season we will definitely fall out the top 4,wenger doing it on the cheap will finally catch up with us,also he refuses to sign a goal keeper,a problem which he has let slip for far to long now and then there is the defensive issue he also overlooks,untill we sort the way we defend out we will continue to fail,plus having vermaelen at the back doesn’t help.

  2. Matthew Montgomery says:

    While I largely agree with your analysis — I am particularly enamoured with the Arsenal — you are a bit wide of the mark when discussing the celebration actions of Cesc Fabregas with Spain and the “wearing” of a Barcelona kit. While many headlines shouted about Fabregas wearing a Barca kit, these were largely nonsensical, alarmist garbage: The kit was put on Fabregas, then he took it off. Video evidence supports this position, while the popular position portrayed by some sections of the media is considerably different. It’s troubling to see you succumbing to the headlines, as I believe your coverage is generally of some real quality.

  3. admin says:

    I will be straight with you Matthew, I only saw a picture and not the video (time constraints, you know), but I’m happy to check it and amend it once I’ve seen it.

  4. admin says:

    (I’m happy to change that part of it, having checked it out).

  5. Paul says:

    @Dollar Mighty I was under the impression that Arsenal fans were quite pleased with Vermaelen.

  6. ejh says:

    I happened to be in a TV room full of Spaniards on a campsite near Catalonia when the shirt incident occurred. Everybody cheered. I’ve subsequently been delighted to see it apparently rebounding on the arrogant so-and-sos.

  7. Graham says:

    Short answer as to how long they should wait? As long as it takes. The fact that Arsenal have held on to a top four place while still remaining competitive in Europe is achievement enough over five years that has seen their spending strangled.

    The hoary old chestnut that if they don’t win anything their best players will go is frankly rubbish. If Arsenal won the Champions League and Premier League titles next year it wouldn’t stop the billionaire clubs blundering the squad and offering ridiculous sums/contracts for their services – in fact it’s even more likely.

    Arsenal are coming out of a period of austerity just as many clubs (including Man United) are about to enter theirs. This won’t mean they can lay waste to all who oppose: they’re still in a situation where they can’t compete with the loss-leading super rich clubs for players.

    Any Arsenal fan who thinks that the club can buy their way to success is horrifically deluded.

  8. Steve says:

    The goalkeeping position is crucial as both Fabianski and Almunia are quite clearly not good enough. Signing Schwartzer – an average keeper at best and his average standard is slipping – would be a waste of time. Perhaps time to spend some money on Joe Hart who wouldn’t want to sit around waiting for Shay Given to retire.

  9. David Howell says:

    Totally agreed on Joe Hart, and it would be the best thing to happen to the England team in years if Arsenal signed him. But that’s another argument…

    Arsenal have been the top sustainably-run club in the league in every single one of their ‘barren’ seasons. Is that enough? I suspect the corporate fans would disagree, but some of those will be from industries who wrote the book on how to spend beyond one’s means and get away with it… as Graham said, Arsenal’s age of austerity is ending and all of their rivals are about to enter their own. Since about 2008, I’ve predicted that this decade will produce an Arsenal dynasty to rival that of Manchester United in the last decade, and I stand by that. I don’t think it will start this season, though – I think it will start when the Financial Fair Play regulations come in and instantly tears apart the business models of every club who can even begin to compete with Arsenal at this time (save possibly Chelsea if they can circumvent it well enough, which I seem to recall from this site is something they’re going to pull off).

    Arsenal are playing the long game brilliantly, and Wenger may well be remembered for decades to come as the greatest financial manager in English football history. In the short run, goalkeeper is definitely the place to invest – and invest significantly, seeing as it is not only the most glaring weakness at the club but the cheapest position to address. I would even go as far as to say that if Arsenal sold Fabregas and bought Hart – at what I would imagine would be a net £30m-ish profit – they would be none the worse on the field.

  10. John says:

    The commentators who bemoan and harp on about Arsenal being trophyless need to get things in perspective. The premiership is basically reserved for either Man U or Chelsea with Man City now looming large. These clubs have the finanance to buy the best players and Management teams. Arsenal are a success because they have made the European Cup group stage for ten years. This is the most that can be achieved without going into substantial debt. For many of those years they lacked the ground capacity to match the others. The majority of the clubs in the EPL are also ‘trophyless’ don’t let lazy journalists keep on repeating this nonsense about Arsenal being unsuccesful.


  1. July 28, 2010

    […] The 2010/11 Premier League Previews 1 – Arsenal: How Long Is Too Long? “It’s that time of the season again, and we have time this year for a pre-season piece on all twenty of the clubs in this season’s Premier League. First of all, since we’re doing this in alphabetical order, Arsenal, where the big question over the next nine months may turn out to be what they can do to end their run without a trophy and how long supporters’ patience with M. Wenger will last.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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