SteveO 35 wrote:Highbury JD - if you're going to quote me mate then at least do it in context. The quote you've referred to is the very point I am making. I said that I was happy to own a season ticket then - not that I was happy with the performance of the team. In fact I use the word 'dismal' to describe how we were playing in the last 2 years of GG's era - that hardly sounds like being happy with the team does it? The football from 1994-1996 was mostly bloody awful - midfield plodders with no creativity and a total reliance on Wrighty to nick us a goal. We could still defend pretty well, but what was laid out in front of that back four was the most predictable, stale midfield I think I've witnessed in my days as an Arsenal fan. But, and back to the original point and retort to your post about fans only renewing based upon the results
I don't like being lied to by corporate schmoozers, and I don't like my expectations being mismanged - whether its the car I drive, the restaurant I eat in, the suit I wear etc. I'm not a snob by any stretch of the imagination - if I fancy a Subway or McDonalds I'll eat it. I'll pay a fiver and enjoy it.....but I won't have it sold to me as a Michelin star dining experience. If I hire a Ford Fiesta, I expect it to drive like one and not like a Bentley.
One of the main rules of business life is not to alienate your customers. Another is to under promise and over deliver. Now I hate comparing Arsenal to a corporate organisation because its my pleasure in life and not the same as buying a car or eating in a restaurant - and hence the reason why it hurts 100x more to watch my club being led and managed the way it is currently i.e. complete alienation of the fan base and overpromising and underdelivering
When we moved to the Emirates we were sold a vision of competing with 'Europe's elite', and ticket prices were set accordingly. Since then we have seen a constant weakening of the squad, ticket price increases despite the fact that people's disposable incomes have been squeezed drastically, and a team that are further away from competing with Europe's elite than they were in 2006 when they reached the final of the CL, knocking out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus en route. The club's focus on its property development activities at the expense of the football club has been impossible to disguise - read the club's accounts for the past 5 years.
Stan Kroenke is a high wealth individual that is running this club for cash, ready to sell it to the next owner. He doesn't care about Arsenal FC, to the extent that he'll show up to the AGM, give stock answers to preloaded questions and will then fuck off again for another year.....leaving Gazidis to preside over the milking of the fans for another year - last year 6.5% ticket price increases, this year pushing through Silver membership increases that have seen the price rise by 70%+ total in 2 years. What next year? I can only imagine...
I personally choose not to add to Kroenke's personal wealth all the while I feel that I am being lied to. I don't enjoy not going as regularly as I once did, but I can live with it. There is no counterargument to that - it is my right, and my personal feeling. If it isn't shared by you then great for you - you'll benefit to the extent that I am one less ST holder / ticket purchaser for you to worry about....but please don't confuse everybody that doesn't want to renew with some form of trophy hungry fan that pisses off the first time we don't win something. It was years until I saw Arsenal win anything of substance from the time I started supporting them and I went every week and the football was far worse.....and I can assure you that if these current owners or the next batch eventually fuck us all over and saddled us with crippling debts, I'd be one of the first fans to be buying tickets in the Championship or League One if we were owned by people that didn't rip us to shit, were honest in their ambition and delivery and didn't constantly feed us a pack of lies.
Fantastic post Steve-O. So good it is worth quoting.