ARSENE DOESN’T KNOW? Wenger unaware of Danny Welbeck signing cannot be true and here’s why


The news – or alleged news, to be more accurate – broke a couple of days after Arsenal’s announcement about Danny Welbeck: Arsène Wenger was not aware of the signing of the English forward on permanent basis.

Would you believe it? I don’t.

Arsène Wenger, the ultimate deus-ex-machina of the Arsenal Football Club wasn’t informed about a signing for his own team!

Absolutely unbelievable, especially if we look at facts supposed to back up this theory: according to reports Arsène Wenger didn’t comment on new signing, which proves he was not aware of the deal and was not happy about it – resulting in his refusal to comment on this news.

A manager who used to publicly support players like Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner during very troubled times and who never slated these players in front of the press, now decided not to express his thoughts about Danny Welbeck just to prove a point.

That would be childish, at best.

Worse would be if the manager would decide to play Danny Welbeck out of position as a matter of principle – something that was mentioned, too.

I genuinely cannot imagine Arsène Wenger acting like that only to prove a point.

That would hurt his reputation in the first place but would also affect Danny Welbeck’s performances on the pitch and the spirit inside the dressing room – something that always seemed to be primordial to Arsène Wenger himself.

He didn’t hesitate to protect his players beyond any credibility and often offloaded players who he thought could be disruptive for the group – as he did with Robin van Persie. He could have forced the player to stick to his contract, perhaps sit on the bench or do some housekeeping but he decided to let the Dutch go and preserve the good atmosphere within the team.

Why should he change his reasoning at this point?

And there is even more to come, listen to this: Arsène Wenger was forced to sign Andrey Arshavin and Mesut Özil.

Yes, Le Prof did not agree with the arrival of both players but was forced to make the deals to ease pressure on the board and the team.

Stan Kroenke Arsene Wenger 01

If there is something I really cannot envisage is Arsène Wenger denying his own beliefs.

If Arsène Wenger wanted to sign a 16 year old from Botswana because he trusts that player more than a Mesut Özil or a Danny Welbeck, he would have done it – period.

He drove all of us crazy when he used to sign promising young players ahead of experienced (although less talented) ones, we know how that feels.

You might disagree with how the club works today – I personally find it a bit scary – but I guess we all agree nothing happens at the Arsenal without Arsène Wenger knowing it.

To me, this whole story sound very ridiculous.

Something which sounds even more ridiculous is how we Arsenal supporters seem to like to shoot ourselves in the foot: shall we really believe our manager is a fool who would put the whole season in danger just to prove a point? Shall we believe we are supporting a club that looks like a total mess, where everyone seems to work on his own?

We shall not.

We might consider the fact that Arsène Wenger will talk about Danny Welbeck and sing his praises on Friday, during the usual press conference; we might consider the idea that Ivan Gazidis, Dick Law and Arsène Wenger were in contact during deadline day and got thru the deal together; we might also consider the hypotheses that everyone at the club knows what is happening behind closed doors and everyone agrees on how things shall be done.

I don’t believe that we would have managed to go through the huge renovation process so well, had we a childish boss and a bunch of amateur directors.

We are on the up, we are signing many excellent players and we are no longer the joke club none was taking seriously.

We are entitled to enjoy all this, fellow Gooners.

Give it a try.

Andrea Rosati


14 Responses to ARSENE DOESN’T KNOW? Wenger unaware of Danny Welbeck signing cannot be true and here’s why

  1. Wilfred September 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    No point talking we are on the up.
    Start winning and beat MC. Then maybe the gunners are finally challenging.

    • AndreaR September 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Hi Wilfred, hopefully the team will deliver a good performance on Saturday and beat City. I don’t think one result will make a huge difference on our credentials, I do believe that we have a squad good enough to challenge. A statement of intent (as tabloids love to call them) is more than welcome, tho.

  2. perrygrovesworld September 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Erm Andrea? do you not keep an eye on NewsNow?

    It was widely reported that Arsene spoke to Welbeck around 7 am on the morning of deadline day to say he wanted him to come to Arsenal. This makes your piece completely unnecessary and out of date.

    • AndreaR September 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

      Hi mate, sure I heard about these reports!
      I was oriented on highlighting how much a large chunk of suporters seem to like a good whine, no matters how real the news may sound.
      Of course I never doubted Wenger was in contact with both the player and the board, as I wrote on my blog.

  3. Mick September 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I cannot believe you even bother to write about this ridiculous rumour, what is the point Find something worthwhile and interesting to write about.

    • AndreaR September 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      I’ll put more dedication in my inspiration next week, Mick 😉
      Stay tuned

  4. Mark Baker September 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Good on you girl for pointing out what is very probably the reality of the Welbeck situation, there will always be bloggers out there trying to create unfounded reports to undermine Arsene Wenger for no other reason than they dislike the man. If you want to see a classic example take a look at Arsenal Truth, though you will have to search back through the history pages to see what I mean. Enjoy.


    • AndreaR September 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks Mark.
      Eeeerrrr…I’m a boy , by the way 😀

  5. Martin September 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    So was it a coincidence that Stan Kroenke was in the country on deadline day

    • AndreaR September 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Martin, it was no coincidence at all. That’s the point of my blog: everyone at Arsenal was aware of that signing – and they all agreed it.
      I didn’t mention Kroenke but I meant the whole management was involved.

  6. johnboy September 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    load of bollox u beleive that the whole lot of them and steve green hes full of shit slating jack

  7. Arsenal1Again September 11, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    This is the first I have heard of this rumour. The easiest way to put it to bed is to quote Wenger, “The board manage the finances of the club. Of course I manage all the players and make all decisions about the team.”

    This means who is added and what the contract cap will be. He gives the nod via phone what is acceptable.

    You have seen how he focuses on harmony and balance by the way he turns down the chance to sign available players. The main thing he does is not sign players which will threaten the development of players already in the team. Signing Welbeck, Sanchez and retaining Campbell is very un-Wenger because it threatens the development of Sanogo, stops Wilshere getting starting places on the Wing and emphasises the last chance Walcott has with a contract renewal approaching.

  8. NW September 11, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    There is no way Wenger doesn’t know or Wenger show a strong dislike about it.

    He may not like the details of the contract. He might not like the price but at least he can use the player somewhere.

    Today, Wenger already say that Welbeck is mainly a player for middle striker so at least part of it is wrong.

    Also, there are rumor saying that Arsenal players find out the possibily of signing Welbeck when they come across each other. We’ll see what happens.

    Its a bit strange though. There really is a story behind the door.

    Normally things would go through either if someone met the player or Wenger is in office but he is off somewhere and the deal goes through. May be he heard something on his way to Rome? May be some people had free time to do something because Wenger is out of town? May be they are after somebody else. If Wenger is in office to close that deal, that striker will come in thus Welbeck wouldn’t have join?

  9. LOLpundit September 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I don’t agree with this theory. Arsene signed sanchez and others being in Brazil. I am sure he can do the same when he was in rome.

    There is only one Boss at Arsenal. Here is my take.

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