It is quite fair to conclude that Arsenal have endured something of a disaster in regards to the current summer transfer window.
The Gunners – who only clinched fourth place and that ever crucial fourth Champions League qualification position – on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign were expected to splash the cash this time round in order to finally turn the side into genuine title challengers once more.
Arsene Wenger has found himself questioned more than at any other time in his 17 year tenure in North London and it remains baffling as to why the Gunners have failed to land any of their major summer transfer targets.
The club have only brought young French starlet Yaya Sanogo to the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer this summer and this fact has failed to capture the imagination of frustrated Gunners fans who may have been expecting the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney.
With the Gunners’ surprising opening day home defeat to Aston Villa not helping matters, Arsene Wenger responded to his critics emphatically on Wednesday night steering his Gunners outfit to a convincing 3-0 away win at Fenerbahce as well as defeating Fulham 3-1 on Saturday. Given the Gunners have bounced back, should the wily old French tactician have been treated with greater respect by fans and the press?
Respect has been a buzz word amidst the football fraternity for what seems like an eternity now and following the FA establishing the campaign, from players to referees, parents to coaches, all have been advised to treat eachother with respect and humility in order to ensure a matchday environment free from sour tastes and ill-feeling.
Although there is much to do across the entirety of the campaign, the Respect programme has achieved some significant highlights to date such as assaults on referees falling while 5,000 more matchday officials have been recruited.
Another facet of the Respect programme surrounds a theme of technology. The FA’s latest short Respect film details how ‘corrective’ technology can allay the threats of abusive parents, potty mouthed players and the like.
Dermot Collins, The FA’s Respect Manager, said: “The application of technology is an ongoing discussion in Football. This film takes a light hearted look at how it can be applied to improving behaviour in the Grassroots Game but ultimately the solution is in our own hands. We all have a part to play.”
Check out the video below…