Well, not in so many words, but the Spuds manager talked about the problems he has been facing on the club’s tour of America and we can pretty much see it’s not a good idea.
Speaking about the training sessions he said,
I would be a liar if I said it was the perfect way to prepare for the new season, because it is not. We have found it difficult to get the training sessions in that we want.
Just like Arsene prefers Austria, Redknapp seems to have a liking for Scotland.
If I had my way, I would be in Scotland having a couple of games, or down to Devon, where we used to stay at [the former Formula One world champion], Nigel Mansell’s hotel and play Plymouth, Torquay or Exeter.
Sadly for the Tinies’ manager, he doesn’t have the same degree of authority over even the football related matters.
But that is the game now – we just go where we are told. Teams go all around the world now – Everton were in Australia.
This pre-season United haven’t impressed on their tour of America and neither have City or Tottenham. All of them have key players missing due to the World Cup and I’ve a feeling we will see them struggling a bit at the start of the season. United have, over the years, developed the ability to catch up even when the start is slow but I’m not sure City or Spuds will be able to do that.
Of course, all these clubs desperately need the money as neither is as well managed as Arsenal so they don’t really have a choice in this matter. You could say Citeh don’t need the money but they do need to build an image around the world, something their history hasn’t done for them.
I think Arsenal have found the perfect solution in the Emirates Cup. It allows the club to play a couple of competitive games, generates revenue, and we don’t have to go half way around the world. Instead we can get some good pre-season training.
The only aspect where we might be missing out on is the development of the commercial market in America and Asia. I’m not sure how big an impact these tours make on the commercial sales but hopefully Gazidis will be aware of the details and will make sure it’s not a big loss.
There are those who don’t understand the value of pre-season (Even I don’t know much about it but am happy to trust Wenger’s judgement on the importance of this trip to Austria). They might certainly think it’s a wasted opportunity. I can’t say much to that but from what I’ve seen in the pre-season games so far, it seems Arsenal are preparing well. City and United couldn’t even keep the ball moving. Obviously, it’s still early days and it would be stupid to predict the future based on these games but I do feel we have a good chance of getting off to a flyer. Time will tell.