God is a Gooner

This Weekend – Money vs. Wengspiration

Based on the idea of a ManUnited Supporter – ‘Seconal‘.

The Clash of Money and Inspiration

The Clash of Money and Inspiration

Long ago, P.J. O’Rourke, in his book – A Parliament of Whores, said, “You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money.

I just can’t help myself relating it to Manchester City.

The transfer window is closed. And, Manchester City—backed by big bucks, have spent near to £120 M in this single summer transfer window and around £200 M overall, since last summer. In fact, of the total money spent on transfers by 20 premier league clubs this summer, the share of City exceeds 25%.

Now, to mention the transfer money spent by Arsenal as a percent of Manchester City’s spending would be an insult—but I am not sure, of whom. The historically ‘poor’ gunners have spent just £10 M this summer, on Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax. In fact, Arsene Wenger, in last 12 years of his reign at Arsenal is shy of £220 million on all the transfers till date and has recruited only six players (Reyes, Nasri, Hleb, Wiltord, Henry and Arshavin) over £10 M.

Manchester City host Arsenal this weekend and there will be many who might feel that City may prove stronger than Gunners

Willem De Kooning once quoted,<“The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.”So, when city were poor like many other premier league teams, they were mostly bothered about improving their team and trying to put up a fight against the top half of the table. They were mainly concerned with their football as they hardly had anything else to ponder over. But now bankrolled by Sulaiman Al Fahim, City’s immediate ambition is to build a global brand by luring star talents with absurdly high wages rather than actually bothering about or working for the development of football at the club-level.

City’s academy, less recognized by English media, has produced quite an impressive breed of homegrown young talent in the form of Micah Richards, Daniel Sturridge, Michael Johnson, Nedum Onuaha, Stephen Ireland and Shaun Wright Phillips. While Ireland has managed to build his place in the mid-field and Shaun Wright Phillips is back to revive his career after a frustrated spell at Chelsea, the future of other young players is highly uncertain. After an exciting start, last season, Richards is set to get sidelined after the recruitment of Toure and Lescott in the central defense. Onuoha is difficult to spot now and Sturridge has been sold to Chelsea. For Johnson, interests from top clubs have been reported and he might be off in January or next summer.

One can argue that Sparky has bought the best of the players for each position, automatically setting the club for a top 5 finish. But clearly the money has taken the top seat at Eastlands and the pursuit of establishing a football culture has been mostly disregarded.

At the same time Wenger has taken up all his time in readying Fabregas, Clichy, Walcott in past and now, he is building his future starlets – Ramsey and Wilshere. The ambition is to make Arsenal play the most beautiful football in premier league, season after season. But gunners are still hunting for the first major trophy to officially landmark the success of their football. So being poor has actually kept Wenger very busy.

In his book – The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles wrote,

“The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour or two. But inspiration can cause them to rise out of their misery. If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich. Prove it by getting rich yourself.”

Arsenal has inspiration from Wenger – Wengspiration. Wengspiration has seen them rise out of their misery and has demonstrated to the world how to become rich in football. Arsene Wenger has been churning out young and talented individuals for years. Wengspiration has triggered them to play the best football while the world has looked them in awe.

The astute mind of Arsene Wenger has made everyone richer. Gallas is richer as there is no Toure to fight with. Fabregas is richer as he is the youngest captain. Bentdner is richer as there is no Adebayor to compete with. Song and Denilson are richer because of the faith shown in them. Arshavin is richer because Arsenal plays the way he likes to play. Hence, Arsenal FC is richer as there is Wengspiration all over the pitch.

City has bought players but they may look poor when it comes to inspiration. Wenger may not have the money but then, he is smart enough to build a team that will fight in style.

City’s poverty of not having big players has been sorted out by the sheikh. But the inspiration to build and not buy football may actually get Manchester City out of misery and probably make the club and not just players, richer.

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I like the thought behind this whole scene….where money is not the only thing which will turn the tables in football and even if you have stars, you still have to find the combination….I completely agree with that…

when it comes to inspiration for gallas and Bentdner I disagree here….for me it is good when you are kept on your toes to fight for your place in the playing eleven rather than when there is no one to compete with…there are more chances of complacency….if you are talking about self responsiblity and players rising to the occassion…there is a flipside too, which cannot be denied!!!

Comment by Abhishek Tupe

I meant to point out the Wenger’s thinking there. The competition won’t serve any good if the players involved are not creating a good competitive atmosphere. By ‘richer’, i meant the space, freedom and trust given to players because he believes in them. He just didn’t sell Kolo and Ade for money.

Comment by God is a Gooner

Very well written. While I do agree that money does not buy victory (something I touched upon in my post http://selonmoi.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/its-kick-off-time/) it has to be said that Wenger has not really been money-wise. True he has bred young players and taught them to play eye-candy football, but as any Arsenal fan will vouch, you need atleast a trophy in the cabinet in 4 years. Wenger’s inspiration, or Wengspiration, should have rather been Winspiration for Arsenal. I love the brand of football Arsenal play, but I like Burnley’s free flowing style too. Both teams don’t w in trophies (though Burnley made it to the semis of the FA cup last time). Football is as much about winning the top prizs as it is about playing beautiful football. And sometimes money can buy you that team that might win you the coveted prize (and City might just prove it this year)

Comment by Anil

Money Won Today.

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