@GoonerMan2 “Wow! Ivan has just pulled off a faultless karaoke performance of The Sex Pistols – friggin in the riggin”
So, according to one top Tweeter, I missed quite a performance at the Arsenal Supporters End of Season Q&A with the chief executive. Of course having a day job and living a couple of hours away from the venue excluded me from putting in an application to be present. It has to be said though that everybody else who was tweeting from the event missed that particular highlight.
What I saw was essentially an extension of what was reported from last night’s interview on Arsenal Player, with some added defence of the board and much reference to the proposed Financial Fair Play regulations. That provoked derogatory comments from some quarters to the effect that he had spoken for over an hour but said nothing. With all due respect I think that says that people were not listening, or perhaps interpreting what was being said.
That isn’t intended to provoke, just prompt reasonable respectful discussion. There are lots of things we can do better, said Ivan. I doubt he will get much argument there. The board have proved they are risk-takers with the move to the Emirates, he added. With all due respect Ivan that was a different board, ownership structure, and organisation to the one in place now. The goalposts have moved with the arrival of foreign money in Manchester and West London, absolutely. No argument there.
The FFP appears to be a crutch we lean on and I have to own up to not knowing enough about it other than the overwhelming feeling I get from selective reading that the big clubs most likely to abuse it will ride rough shod over the plan and anybody who dares to challenge their collective bargaining power. We have a delicate balancing act to do in that respect. Better on the inside pissing out, and all that.
Now I don’t know what those who were quick to criticise were expecting him to say. Let’s not forget he has responsibilities that extend beyond keeping supporters as fully informed as possible. If you really took notice there were some honest admissions.
@DarrenArsenal1 “IG…we need to be efficient on how we spend our money, we know we have squad spend inefficiency”
I read that as recognition of an issue that perturbs many and there followed on my timeline a promise to do something about that, although it may take a period of years. That was one of the admissions that makes me believe large chunks of what Ivan has to say. That does however inform me we are getting some things wrong and will seek to rectify those, but on our terms.
There was more, but probably too many column inches will be produced about tonight because there is nothing else going on if you are an Arsenal supporter. Plus the fact I know we all have different views about the situation we are in, and where we may be heading. I don’t claim my interpretation is any more reliable than anyone else’s, providing of course they are interpreting what they hear, and not just blindly trotting out the usual popular dissenting lines.
Some good people have genuine concerns about what is happening at the club at the moment, and it is good to chat with people prepared to reason and debate. Just as long as you don’t mind if I accept Ivan at his word when he says, “we can do things better and have to do things better but are not as bad as made out.” Thanks @10akhil for that one.
Looking forward to seeing the event on Arsenal Player later to see his responses for myself. I recommend you do the same.
The New Kit Launch
Supporters close to the new home of football can attend the launch of the new 2012/13 home kit on Thursday 7th June.
Taking place in The Armoury from 8.30am, the ‘Red, White & Blue Party’ will be the first opportunity for supporters to get their hands on the new kit.
There will be plenty of fun-packed activities to keep the family entertained on the day, including:
- The Rifles, whose track features in the target practice film, will be performing live in-store from 7pm
- Target practice games and prizes
- Bouncy castle
- Speed cage
- Opportunity to download the amazing new augmented reality app featuring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Get yourself down there if you are free, but looking at the weather forecast make sure you take enough money to buy an Arsenal umbrella, the must-have accessory this monsoon season, I mean summer.
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