Terrific post DeTimes.
I think tweo things really stcik out because they are at the heart of all this in the post. First this.
The quality of arsenal squad has been in steady decline, i agree. But it's also clear that there has been a complete lack of investment in the squad at the same time. The share value of the club has increased during this period, and of course there is a state of the arts stadium too. It points to one thing, that the club are more focused on other areas than what happens on the pitch
This has been something that to some was clear as far back as five years ago and has become increasingly clear to an increasing number of Gooners over the last five years despite The Club's best efforts to obscure this from us, which sadly were initially quite effective, and a large part of the reasons things have deteriorated to the point they were allowed to.
What we can
do still now is pressure the club so that actions are taken to halt and correct this decline sooner rather than later but we cannot continue to wait patiently as some still seem content to do (and agin to make sure I don't mean you lol). We need to question precisely why this thesis you pose appears to precisely what is and has been going on and now not any later.
And then this
If they say money is available to the manager and he spends that money but ends up selling players that worth more, then something isnt right somewhere. And i refuse to agree that wenger would delibrately go against the board to sell more players than he buy consistently over the years, lower our targets and expectations against the wishes of the board and still not only be in the job, but continues to have his contract renewed
point, DeTimes - so many people seem to want to believe this bizarro -world theiroy that the Board aere and have been making all sorts of money available all this time and that they want it spent as badly as we do , and this stubborn/insane/arrogant/manager just refuses to spend it, and that for some, they just won't/can't sack him or even demand that he use the money.
This is mind-blowing illogic on every level imaginable, they portray as absolute fact. How they can buy this sort of theory is truly hard to comprehend for me even impossible. They are essentially suggesting the Club's share price rose 10 the thousand pounds and the Board made 300 million pounds in spuiite of its itself its employees and its business plan, and because of happy accident or dumb lick.
These supporters insult their own intelligence rather then insult the integrity of the Board they trust so unconditionally. Their loyalty is commendable, and the ingratitude the Club shows them paticularly is just even more disguting than the disrespect they show all of us collectively. I actually feel sorrier for those Gooners than I do myself and others less blindly faithful to our Board for what they have done to our Club and our team since 2005.