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[VIDEO] Watch Arsene Wenger’s ‘Embarrassing’ Speech At The Club’s AGM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to fans and shareholders at the clubs AGM yesterday and personally i found it all very embarrassing for the Frenchman.

There was unprecedented disapproval towards the Gunners boss throughout the meeting. He told Arsenal fans nothing new and nothing we haven’t read a million times in the papers or heard a million times in his press conferences. He regurgitated the usual excuses, and took very little responsibility himself.

To be fair, he did make some valid points such as our bad luck with injuries to key players last season, but these have become tired excuses now. Fans don’t care anymore. Real answers are needed. We all knew Van Persie and Cesc were injury prone last season, the point was Arsene, you didn’t buy the required quality to back them up when they were on the sidelines, and you still haven’t to this day.

He also had the cheek to blame high ticket prices on the need to pay the players wages, which he describes as ‘extremely high’. Hmmm, this from the club that has a strict wage structure and refuses to pay it’s world class players the going market rate for wages, whilst charging the highest ticket prices in the UK?! This imbalance can only point to one thing, mediocre players being paid too much (Denilson, Squiallci & Bendtner spring to mind who are all on over £45,000 p/w). Something which is entirely Mr Wenger’s doing.

Anyway, watch the video of Wenger for yourself:



  1. theoneeyedman

    October 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    …”Real answers are needed.”…

    Sorry, what was the question?

    Why haven’t we bought more players like RVP and cesc? – I think it’s quite hard to find players of that quality within our budget.

    In fact, we did put bids in for some quality players (widely reported), but they were turned down.

    The real world is not like pro evolution – do we really need to sack the best manager in our clubs history to confirm that?

    • RVP10

      October 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

      The questions are fairly obvious mate.

      – Why did we leave our transfer business until the last 48 hrs once again, therefore having to panic buy?

      – Why did we fail to buy the real world class players, who were available despite the rubbish you hear, and instead settle for cheaper alternatives and outcasts on loan such as Benayoun to replace 2 world class players in Nasri/Cesc? If Hazard was available for £25m, and we weren’t prepared to go beyond £18m, suck it up and realise you need to pay the going rate for quality players. We had to money to do it. Now Hazard will go to Madrid for £35m.

      – Why did we let the Cesc/Nasri saga’s drag on for so long, that the above was forced upon us?

      – Why are we still a profit making machine with millions sitting in the bank, yet we have the worst squad in Wenger’s history?

      Answering these would be a decent start.

      • Lanesra

        October 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

        Ok. We didn’t leave all of our transfer dealings until the last minute; Wenger anticipated that bidding for a player like Mertesacker could spark a bidding war, so he played it nice and quiet and captured a few players that he has widely and openly admired for quite some time.
        For a start, we had to wait until we AT LEAST qualified for the champions league before we could guarantee the signing of any “class” players. Remember that game against Udinese? Hazard wasn’t going to leave champions league football in a club where he is the hero, for a team that weren’t in the competition. By the time we had qualified, Lille had decided that it was still possible for Hazard and Belgium to qualify for the Euro2012 tournament, where if Hazard played, his value would rise dramatically. So, Lille did everything they could to stall that deal. And trust me, Wenger did everything he could to secure it.
        This is not Wenger’s weakest squad, we have brilliance in each player but need time to gel as a team. Players like Arteta avoid mistakes that others might have made in the past.
        To top it off, Wenger is the man who has set the expectations for this club, moved us to a beautiful stadium and provided us with some of the most incredible memories. So let’s stop dwelling on the past, get behind the man who puts everything into our club and get behind OUR team because the sooner we do so, the sooner we will start winning things, bit by bit.

      • theoneeyedman

        October 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

        1. We didn’t. The very idea that a club would spend MILLIONS of pounds on ‘panic buys’ without conducting due diligence is absurd. Perhaps you would do this on pro evolution. We opted for these alternatives after the bids for the ‘quality’ players failed. Read Grimandi’s recent statement – that makes this point quite clearly.

        2. I’m not sure that’s the best sentence you’ll ever write, but if I understand correctly, you’re saying that Hazard was available for £25m and we wouldn’t pay that amount. Not sure what your source is on this, we tend to conduct our transfer business privately, so anything in the media should be treated with a pinch of salt. Even if this is accurate, Wenger and the board have a duty to get the best possible deal for Arsenal – £18m is expensive, £25m is very expensive, £35m is insane. Again, this is not pro evolution, this is real life. Eden Hazard would take time to settle, like Nasri did. £25m is way overpriced for an unproven player, and he is unproven.

        3. To repeat the point, Arsene and the board have a duty to get the best possible price for the club. With Nasri, I genuinely believe Wenger thought he’d stay – with hindsight this was a mistake.

        4. This is not pro evolution. You cannot buy a player without the player, their agent and the selling club all finding the terms acceptable. Buying players is not easy on our budget, but we still bought quality in AOC, Gervinho and possibly Park. This is not the worst squad in Arsenal history, you would have to be 15 to believe that… oh god, your 15 aren’t you? I’m arguing with a 15 year old – I better do some work.

      • WOLF

        October 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        You obviously do not know too much about business and economics do you? First of all, Hazard was never available for £25 million. Lille said that either one Gervinho or Hazard were leaving not both. Also the president of Lille recently said that Hazard would go for £40 million minimum, so I doubt he’s coming here and it’s not like we really need him. Keisuke Honda would be a better fit but let’s move on from what ifs.

        And yes we are a profit making machine, in revenue before taxes. So enough with the lining of the pockets bullshit, we are just beginning to finish paying off some serious stadium debt and rest will be payed off in affordable long-term interest rates, as Kroenke stated.

        Finally, the worst squad in Wenger’s history? Really I think maybe you can say the weakest starting 11 but I can safely say that this is the strongest squad we have had in a while, in terms of depth. Our Midfield will consist of Song, Wilshere, Arteta, Diaby, Ramsey, Rosicky and Benayoun. Our strikers RVP, Chamakh, and Park. Our CBs TV5, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Djourou, and Squillaci. I don’t know about you, but for the spine of a team that’s pretty decent.

  2. jeremy

    October 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I see nothing to be embarrassed about in his speech, a lot of positives as he acknowledges the criticism he has received, which is commendable, sods like you should jerk off! i bet you see the world as one ugly hole too.

  3. Jordn Gooner

    October 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Icompletely agree with Wenger, supporters should get behind the team and there is too much scepticism from many of the supporters whilst i agree, some of the previous board, such as Lady Bracewell Smith and Fiszman and the chairman, Hillwood, cashed in on the so called self sustaining model, this happens in any club. It appears, many of the supporters we’ve acquired over the past 10 years (the plastics) can never understand when teams have setbacks. Wenger, is a genius, and providing all the real supporters get behind the team,success will return even the way this article has been written is very sceptical, there is nothing embarassing about Wenger’s speech and unlike most british managers, at least he can speak English. The quicker the sceptics leave our great club, the better.

  4. Erol

    October 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Author is an idiot – considering Wenger received a very warm applause before his speech and a standing ovation at the end, the author doesn’t know what he’s talking about.Football Talk, do us a favor, if you want to be treated as a serious online publication, get intelligent authors who can publish intelligent pieces.

    • RVP10

      October 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

      For those of you who think I’m wrong with this, and think Wenger was given a ‘warm applause’ and that everybody in the room was behind him. Please watch this video:

      And also read this post:

      • SA Gunner

        October 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        Both these links have nothing to do with Wenger and yet they are singling him out. Why? The first link is of a shareholder saying he felt disrespected. He never at any point in the short interview names Wenger. Why is the caption misleading? The second one also doesn’t provide any proof of Wenger being argumentative. Your anger is either misguided or you have a personal vendetta against Wenger. He doesn’t run the club you know. And for him to be involved in the decision to increase ticket prices is quite odd but I doubt his involvement was to that extent. Maybe he intimated at one of his meetings with the club management that we cannot compete in the market on player salaries, but to assume that we convinced everyone of them to increase ticket prices is quite ludicrous. Advice for you RVP: “Activate brain, sift info overload, open mouth (or exercise fingers in this case as you typed this article). Don’t be a simpleton.

  5. Flavour

    October 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This morning BBC London 94.7 apprecxiated our manager for a wonderful speech that came with a clapping oviation and also said unity should go as far as the shareholders. This author is an idiot. It is people like him that spread the negative that makes us discomfort

  6. Doomd

    October 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Beaten by Barca in the last min?… What is this mad frog talking about?

    • RVP10

      October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Exactly. We were battered by Barca and were lucky to lose by only 1 goal.

      He probably means the fact Bendtner could have won it for us in the last minute, but that hardly amounts to ‘losing to Barca in the last minute’

      • SA Gunner

        October 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

        It’s goals that win matches, not ball possession! Maybe you should ask Marseille how they’d have traded ball possessing and dominance last week for a goal or two.

  7. cakestar

    October 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I do not agree with Mr Wenger when he says that Arsenal have world class goal keepers. The keepers we have are still learning their trade. I believe we will see Arsenal keepers making fundamental errors this season. The fans at Arsenal deserve a world class keeper. Mr Wenger is too stubborn.

  8. SA Gunner

    October 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    The author of this piece is a chocolate teapot. You are one spectacular idiot!!! If not Per, who would you have wanted Wenger to buy? Samba? Oh yeah I saw bagfulls of clubs across Europe clamouring for him. Or maybe Cahill…but he’s still at Bolton at the moment isn’t it. You’d have expected him to be snapped up by close of the transfer window. However way you look at it we got a great centreback in Per. Who would you have wanted to have in the middle of the park? Hazard? Frankly I think Hazard is a good ball juggler and is quick but no real football brain. He will fail to lead Lille to any real achievement as he doesn’t influence games enough. I’d rather have had Mario Gotze (which in case you didn’t read that one we bid for) but Dortmund didn’t want to sell. In the striker’s position I think we got an excellent deputy for van Persie in Park and they both have very similar movement but Park is more of a number 9. Transfer window game and tactics is as much a game of wits as a game of football on the pitch and as one post has clearly alluded, Wenger didn’t want to go into a bidding war with anyone for the players he targeted. You can’t buy a loaf of bread for 100 quid even if that loaf had a portable vagina, so stop boring us with your “world-class replacements” coz Nasri and Fabregas were not when they came to our beloved club. The players we’ve got are capable of taking us to where we want to be once they’ve gelled. To put it bluntly you are an idiot RVP and I don’t see any part that was embarassing about Wenger’s speech. In fact I saw the speech last night and your headline just completely flummoxed me, which is why I read your bloody stupid article. Advice for you, RVP? Find another calling (maybe picking up trash on the streets of London) coz you really suck at football commentary.

  9. Benjy

    October 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    SA Gunner: couldn’t agree more.

    RVP10: go home. Tool.

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