Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Money can't buy you love
I'm away from home at the moment and it's a little trickier to get hold of the old world wide web, but I fortunately did have time to stumble upon this great little Arseblogger rantique. We can all probably get a bit too introspective at times, and it's easy to cross over that line between good natured discussion and over the top attacks.
We've made no signings and that's a fact, so we just have to get behind the boys and do as well as possible, maybe the lack of expectation will help, I certainly hope so. What never ceases to amaze me is the completely hypocritical behaviour of other clubs and their fans.
Spurs and Manure must be the biggest hypocrites of them all, certainly in this country, while they have both been very keen to speak out at the tapping up of their own players by other clubs, they have also been caught doing the most blatant of tapping ups themselves. For every Berbatov there is a Ronaldo, and for every Arnesen there is a Ramos.
The most pathetic thing about Spurs in particular is the ease at which their vocal whinging is silenced by a prompt cash pay off, if they really had any morals or balls for that matter, then they would put their complaints in writing to the authorities, rather than bending over and taking a royal shafting in exchange for a few sweaty ten pound notes.
As the recent Manchester City takeover has demonstrated, there are unparalleled levels of money in the game these days, and there is still a rich vein of hypocrisy running through Manchester, it may well originate from fergie's back garden. Over the last few days how many Manure fans have we heard accusing Man City of trying to buy success? It's more than a tad rich coming from a club whose success stems largely from yes money, the only difference being that Manu have generated their own money and not relied on rich investors.
I may only be speaking for myself here, but in this game that is becoming wrecked by the ill gotten gains of a few corrupt individuals, Arsenal are beginning to stand out as a bit of an exception to the rule. Arsenal FC behaves with a remarkable amount of dignity and respect in all its dealings, especially when compared to the Manures, Chelseas, Tottenhams and Liverpools of this world (not forgetting the Real Madrids and Barcelonas too).
Chelsea may have been more successful in the last few seasons, but frankly so what? Their achievement is comparable to a grown adult beating the shit out of a small boy in a boxing ring, and then being incredibly proud of his performance. Maybe Man City will be of the same ilk, who knows. All I know is that I am still incredibly proud to be a supporter of a club that has not, as yet Usmanov touch wood, sold its soul to the devil. It is not only what one does that is important, it is the way one goes about doing them. Money can certainly buy you sex, but it can't buy you love, something Mr Abrahmovich would do well to realise. Cheers Arseblogger et al.