Should Arsenal follow Tesco’s example?

Arsenal blogger Highbury House wants the Gunners to follow the lead of struggling supermarket giant Tesco

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger claimed that the level of our performances this season haven’t earned Arsenal the right results ahead of the Anderlecht clash, insisting the Gunners should have more victories instead of draws.

Well last night, that view couldn’t be further from the truth.

We were awful, absolutely awful. Yet right at the end of the game, Calum Chambers crossed an inch-perfect ball to Kieran Gibbs, who volleyed home a stunning equaliser.

Then deep into added time, substitute Lukas Podolski smashed the ball into the roof of the net to secure all three points.

Those three points were far from deserved, and Anderlecht must still be in a state of shock as how they lost last night beggars belief.

Just in case you haven’t seen the post-match comments from Arsenal legend Paul Merson, here it is – and he sums things up rather well!

We lacked everything, and only Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck can hold their heads high as both were giving their all as usual. But sadly, those around them, just weren’t at the same level.

We had no organisation whatsoever and that’s not all the players fault, that comes from their illustrious leader. He’s lost his way and the players appear to have followed suit.

We lack a midfield general, we lack leadership, we lack pretty much everything to be honest but credit where it’s due, two superbly-taken goals saved us.

I’m not going to go on as I’d be here all day……

Around 10-12 years ago, the supermarket chain Tesco hit dizzy heights.

They opened their bigger stores for 24 hours, they brought out a ‘value’ range to help families struggling through hard times and they drew in many new customers, customers who turned their backs on the likes of Waitrose, Sainsbury etc;

Tesco were right at the top of their game and they knew it. Those other supermarkets realised that they had to improve in order to compete, perhaps overtake them.

Back then, Arsenal were in a similar position. We were winning trophies under Arsene Wenger, we had great players and we were playing great football. We too were at the top of our game, so much so, other clubs wanted to go ‘The Arsenal way’.

Back to the supermarkets.

Lidl and Aldi came alive and they said ‘no’ to the credit card, and this alone saved the stores thousands of pounds each year.

They didn’t pocket that saving, what they have done is to transfer that saving onto their stock, allowing their prices to be much less than other supermarkets and it’s worked, big time.

In the meantime, Sainsbury and Waitrose had launched their own budget range, ‘Basics’ and ‘Essential’ as they looked after both their staff and customers.

Tesco got cocky, knowing they’d ‘made it’, they stood still over the years which followed and only this week they have announced that their profits over the last six months have seen a 91 per cent decline!

Their chairman has stood down because of this failure. Perhaps this move is a little late but it’s a move which the company believe will see Tesco rise again, whether it will remains to be seen but they are doing something as something is better than nothing.

Haven’t we done something similar over the same period of time?

We were at the top of our game but instead of pushing on and improving, we didn’t.

I wouldn’t even say we stood still because we haven’t, we have declined and have been doing so for a number of years now. Meanwhile, many other clubs, you know, the Lidls and Aldis have stepped up their game, improved their team and kept their ‘customers’ very happy…..

As said, the Tesco chairman has paid the price for their failings. Someone at Arsenal should do the same and there is plenty to choose from!

At least we can be grateful we didn’t sign Super Mario!!

Highbury House is an Arsenal football blog which welcomes every fan from all over the world. Check out the latest opinions on all things Gunners here

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