Arsenal’s biggest transfer activity wasn’t buying Partey – it was forcefully ejecting their longest-serving player: Ruth


Probably the most important move of Arsenal’s recent transfer window was the ejection of Ruth – Arsenal’s longest-serving player, signed during the timid Autumn of the Gazidis-Wenger reign.

Ruth was on a fat, comfortable salary, somehow always first on the team-sheet sub-list, despite not living up to expectations. Ruth was happy to swap shirts with opposing players. On the pitch. Before half-time. A social media wizard, popular with the fans who celebrated every 4th-Place Trophy, Ruth quickly became representative of the modern Arsenal player: talented – sure – but easily bossed, singled out by opposition defenders, scorned by cundits for being lightweight, never delivering in “big games”.

Ruth was good. But not good enough to be great. A cruiser, a coaster. An almoster.

Ruth wasn’t just a player, though. Ruth negotiated contracts and transfers, guided by the motto “If Anyone Can Do It, Then Ruth Possibly Can Too.”

For a long time, Ruth took credit for signings that were – essentially – fortuitous. Big name players made redundant by transfer activity between actual Champion Clubs. Ruth was the mongrel under the King’s table, who occasionally nabbed a dropped treat and scurried off to enjoy it in the corner before it was reclaimed by the big dogs.

Don’t blame Ruth, though.

Ruth was an employee. Employee Of The Decade, actually. Delivering the exact, bland, greige, comfortable numbers that Arsenal’s owners demanded. Ruth was like the perfect TV babysitter – keeping the infant mind-numbingly happy while the parents could focus on bigger things. Ruth was Prozac. Ruth was Valium.

Ruth made everything OK. Just. OK.


It’s got teeth.

And then came Arteta, with his eagle-eyes, his silky tongue and his otter hair…

People wondered if a virgin manager – barely older than the star player with whom he’d shared the pitch – would be able to rescue such a ‘big’ club from what looked like an unrecoverable nosedive into obscurity.

The first thing he did was lay down the law. He decreed a list of Non-Negotiables, and then set about enforcing it. It was basically The Arsenal Way or the highway. No one, no thing, was bigger than the club. End. Of.

So, when Ruth stepped out of line he was sent to train with the U-23s. When Ruth’s arrogance spilled onto the pitch, Ruth got Delilah-ed. When Ruth’s social media machine started nipping at the Club’s heels, Ruth got side-lined, left-behind. Sent packing.

Now Ruth’s contract is up. Ruth is gone.

And the new Ruth-less Arsenal – with the help of their seemingly re-invested owners – can finally start doing what Actual Big Clubs do: take what they want, from who they want, when they want – and start competing for Proper Prizes.

Let’s hope Ruth never comes back, the insidious, romplacent little runt.


12 Responses to Arsenal’s biggest transfer activity wasn’t buying Partey – it was forcefully ejecting their longest-serving player: Ruth

  1. MeinBergkampf October 8, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

    Brilliant. Let’s hope with Ruth gone we can really kick on. I’ve been looking forward to this season since we won that FA Cup Semi Final. This transfer window has messed with my sleep (I work nights and should’ve been sleeping in the day but couldn’t stop myself from checking constantly, for Auba then Aouar then finally our man.) So I’m glad its closed and we’ve done some good work. Dont know how I can’t suddenly stop thinking KSE are bad for our club but people keep saying that he’s the one that does this and that he has seen the value in investing to try and win instead of squeezing the pennies for a top 4. Let’s see us win the UEFA cup this season and really make a push on the title race(even if we’re not quite ready to win the league yet we should always be in the race)

    • invinciblog October 8, 2020 at 5:43 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 I do feel that there has been a steady build, a constant improvement on ALL levels – including from KSE. Hopefully Josh is inspired by Mikel – and starting to believe that Arsenal can get back to the top. Which would obviously be VERY good for business.

  2. Saurabh October 8, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

    At first I thought who the hell is this Ruth? Midway through the article I thought may be you are referring to a certain star player who has not performed to his potential and position, and then you revealed him Ruth-lessly! Amazing writing!

    • invinciblog October 8, 2020 at 8:53 pm #

      🙂 Thanks. At least I know *somebody* got it. My silliness wasn’t in vain…

  3. bolaji October 9, 2020 at 6:04 am #

    Well scripted. Ruth is everything that we don’t want to see in our club in terms of onfield behaviour,
    off-field attitude, mentality in general. Anyone or anything that represents ill-discipline cannot be allowed to fester. Everybody is seeing what arteta is doing and its not rocket science to tell that he will take this great club back to glory days

    • invinciblog October 9, 2020 at 8:15 am #

      I am very much hoping that this is the dawn of a new golden era.

  4. Wale October 9, 2020 at 6:48 am #

    Absolutely brilliant. Style of writing I do and love. Now to the football. Arteta has proved that you don’t need a big name Manager to do big things. What you need is a Manager that is not afraid of kicking butt and not afraid of losing as a consequence. A Manager who doesn’t give hoot for Ruth. Arteta will take Arsenal places. Hope they got him signed to a 10 year contract.

    • invinciblog October 9, 2020 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks so much. I agree. We need to nail Arteta to a post or something.

  5. Andy October 9, 2020 at 10:22 am #

    Hv been looking out for jersey number with Ruth in it up until the 3rd or so paragraph that I discovered the true meaning of Ruth, well written man, thumbs up

    • invinciblog October 9, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed.

  6. Mewtwo October 10, 2020 at 5:39 am #

    Guys I still don’t know who is this article about, please someone tell me

    • Dave Seager October 10, 2020 at 9:19 am #

      It is not about anyone individual. It is about any player on good money who coast, the staff that enabled that and the negotiators who habe bought high, offered high wages and sold low.

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