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What can the big clubs do?

Posted on August 07, 2020 by Harry Kettle

We hope you’re all having as good of a time as you possibly can be right now given the bizarre set of circumstances that we’re currently faced with. As we look ahead to the immediate future, there’s no real telling as to when we’re going to receive the ‘all clear’ for life to go back to normal.

Perhaps this time away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life will allow us to reflect on why exactly we love and admire it so much. If that is indeed the case, then we’d love to know what you guys have been up to in this downtime away from seeing the Gunners play.

Alas, it feels like there’s a bigger problem in the air when it comes to the continued development and progress of football on a grassroots level. At the conclusion of all this chaos, we would be absolutely shocked if we didn’t see a handful of clubs suffer the heartache of going out of business. After all, financially speaking, the economy is going to be an absolute mess once we’re able to even start trying to get back to normal.

The Premier League seems to have committed to helping smaller clubs out on some level, but do we need to go even further with this? We’ve seen the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur receive a great deal of backlash for using the government’s furlough system instead of using their own funds to pay their staff. Some might think that was just a shortsighted decision from them, but in reality, it highlights the sort of arrogance that is heavily associated with these big teams. In the end, they’re just not that capable of doing the right thing 100% of the time.

We don’t have the answers and we don’t even have any suggestions, because it’s simply too hard to predict what will happen in the next few months – and potentially even years. Arsenal Football Club seems to have come out of this pretty well so far, but again, it’s not about public perception, it’s about doing what you think is right for the fans and for the general public. Getting back to watching live football is considered to be a vitally important piece of the puzzle, but let’s face it, there are much bigger financial and health factors to think about.

What do you think the Premier League should do next?

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