Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has hit out at players who use excuses to leave a club when all they’re interested in is the money on offer elsewhere.
Tempted by agents who tell them that first they have to get the money in order to then get the women and the power, players say they’re moving to ‘win things’ or for ‘a new challenge’, but Hill-Wood says this is a load of old tommyrot.
“That is just a smokescreen. All they are interested in is more money”, he told the Daily Star (autoplaying video alert). “They put out other statements but that’s really what it’s about. How much can they spend? I don’t know but they are p*****g it down the drain.”
Arsenal’s ability to pay top wages has been under intense scrutiny in recent times and the club face the problem of trying to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Man City, whose owners bankroll the club from the money they make from oil.
“We know it is there and you have just got to face it, but we have got a limit to how much we are going to pay these boys. If some agent is prepared to come in and upset the player and try to move him on for a lot more money there is nothing much we can do. What you have got to do is not lose your own head and pay what you think you can afford.
“And if a player doesn’t accept that, so be it”.
Some points of note:
1 – The world’s supply of oil is limited, so if Arsenal can keep in touch with these clubs until the wells run dry then we’ll be in a great position to capitalise. Especially if we invest some of our transfer funds into finding a way to make fusion power a reality. If we can get there before anyone else we’ll be more powerful than General Zod himself.
2 – The wages thing is a bit of a straw man argument. Look at Sp*rs. The most pessimistic of fans would say that their team is better than ours right now but they spend a lot less on wages than we do. Simply paying our players more won’t help. In fact, it’s our wage structure that’s the issue, not so much the amount of money we spend on wages.
3 – If we all accept that football is a business these days, paying what you can afford to pay is not a stick to beat the club with. It’s the right way to do things. Any expectation that Arsenal should be able to pay the same amount of money to their players as Man City is ridiculous.
4 – Footballers are, for the most part, greedy bastards represented by greedy bastard agents. Money has always impacted the game like this and it always will.
So, in conclusion, there’s nothing shocking or new to what PHW is saying but it’s rare you hear someone within the game castigate players for their avaricious ways. And maybe it’s something we ought to hear more of.